The CKA 2017 Tournament of Champions

Tournament of Champions

October 21-22, 2017

Lake Norman

The Tournament of Champions pits the top 25 anglers in the CKA final regular season standings against each other to determine a winner in this final tournament round of the season. Last year’s championship tournament crowned Denny Romero the winner, and like that event, this is a winner-take-all event: the 1st place finisher will win the entire prize purse. Yes, 2nd and 3rd place will also win prizes, but there is only one cash purse to win and it is the total sum of all entry fees minus the big bass pot. This year’s Tournament of Champions will take place on Lake Norman, and so the 2017 CKA season will come full circle to end where it began.

About the lake:

For those who did not fish the February CKA event, Lake Norman is fed from the north by the Catawba River, and its 520 miles of shoreline with average depths of 33 ft. and clear water will present a dynamic challenge for anglers. The upper end (where we will launch) has many structural features such as boat docks, submerged brushpiles, rock piles and long points that invite many different styles of fishing. Since this is a fall event, bass will be following different feeding patterns than those we encountered at our late winter event. In short – whether you fish for schooling bass chasing shad or bass gravitating to structure, the entire lake will present diverse fishing options.

Notes about the format: 

  • This is a two day tournament. The first day begins on Saturday, October 21st; the event ends on Sunday, October 22nd. If you do not live close to the lake, you may wish to find local camping or hotel accommodations.
  • The event is a 3/2 format. The aggregate of your 3 longest fish from Saturday and your two longest fish from Sunday will determine your total score.

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CKA Tournament 5: Lake Badin

CKA Event #5

Lake Badin, NC

June 3, 2017

 

CKA welcomes Anglers to Event #5 on Badin Lake (last visited by us in 2014). It’s the Southernmost Lake on the Yadkin/Pee-Dee river chain and one of the oldest impounded lakes in North Carolina.

Badin contains 5,350 surface acres of water, 115 miles of shoreline, and an average depth of 90 feet with a maximum depth of 190 feet. This diverse fishery hosts all three major Black Bass species (Largemouth bass, Smallmouth bass, and Spotted Bass) as well as Striped Bass and Walleye.  With its deep structure, rocky islands, grassy shorelines, flats, points and boat docks, there will be ample opportunity for every style of fishing.

This will be a single launch event from the Badin Public Access and Swimming area. The area is in a small park, just north of the boat launch at the southern end of the lake. Anglers will also check back into this same area at the conclusion of the event.

There are four events remaining (not including the October Top 25 event)…… The AOY standings remain very competitive. Remember that CKA takes the angler’s best six event finishes for the season towards your AOY points, so there is still a great opportunity to work towards both AOY and the top 25.

Sign Up:     5:00am – 5:45am

*** Sign up ends sharply at 5:45am, we will not be able to accommodate late anglers***

*** Anglers may launch from either the park or the ramp but please note the Captains meeting will be held on the water at   the park area***

 

Blast Off:     6:00am

*** Captains meeting on the water just before blast off. Anglers must stay within designated area***

Check In:      2:00pm (late penalties start at 2:01pm)

Photo Upload Cutoff:    2:30pm

 

Sign up and Pay at Tourney X: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-tournament-5-badin-lake

 

Launch Address:

38828 NC 740

New London, NC 28127

 

 

CKA Tournament #4: Lake Hickory

CKA Event #4
Lake Hickory, NC
May 13, 2017

CKA welcomes anglers to Event #4 on the naturally beautiful Lake Hickory.  CKA moves operations to the western side of North Carolina for its first ever visit to this 4200 acre gem on the upper end of the Catawba River chain. Crystal clear waters, steady water levels and sandy bottom will have anglers fishing docks, points and natural shorelines.

This will be a single launch event from the Wittenburg Landing Access area. Anglers will also check back into this same area at the conclusion of the event. Additional prize and raffle items will again include the Lucky Draw Bag Prize Package from Picasso Lures for the first angler out of the money a selection of Gandy Lures and a new Bending Branches paddle!

Remember that CKA takes the angler’s best six event finishes for the season towards your AOY points, so with 5 events left there is still a great opportunity to work towards both AOY and the top 25.

Sign Up:     5:15am – 6:00am

*** Sign up ends sharply at 6:00am, we will not be able to accommodate late Anglers***

Blast Off:     6:15am 

*** Captains meeting on the water just before blast off. Anglers must stay within designated area***

Check In:        2:30pm (late penalties start at 2:31pm)

Photo Upload Cutoff:    3:00pm

Sign up and Pay at Tourney X:https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-event-4-lake-hickory

 

Launch Address:

Wittenburg Landing

193-229 Wildlife Access Rd.

 Hickory, NC 28601

 

CKA Tournament #3: Jordan Lake Multi-Launch

CKA Event #3

B. Everett Jordan Lake, NC

April 8, 2017

The CKA is pleased to announce a multi-launch format for event #3 on Jordan Lake. We invite all kayak bass anglers to join us on the entire Jordan Lake Recreation Area for this  event!

About the lake: Jordan Lake is fed by several large, fish-filled tributaries, primarily from the Haw River to the west and New Hope Creek from the northeast. Standing timber, channels and flats form much of the lake’s north and middle sections while the Haw River channel, steep banks and islands shape the lake’s lower half. Jordan challenges anglers at times but the lake has been producing excellent size and numbers so far this season. This event will positively contrast our early season event at the lake two years ago, when the snow and flooding subdued the bite. By all reports high lake levels have improved fishing since the winter floods of 2015 and 2016. In sum, fishing at Jordan Lake is excellent right now and this event will be a great one!

Date: April 8, 2017

Sign Up: 5:15am–6:00am (Captains Meeting to Immediately Follow) @Ebenezer Launch Area. Anglers then depart for their launch locations.

Lines In:     6:45am

Lines Out:  3:00pm

Check In:    4:00pm @Robeson Creek Boat Access

Fee: $45.00 Entry (Includes H.O.W, TourneyX, Big Fish fees)

Format: 3 fish (8” minimum). Hawg Trough measuring board required.      

If you have not yet done so, please create a Tourney X angler account for event registration and CPR submissions!

Sign up & Pay on Tourneyxhttps://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-event-3-jordan-lake

Additionally, we will raffle more sponsor items from Get Outdoors PaddlesportsYakAttack, Gandy Lure Company, Stryker Jigs, Bending Branches and other sponsors at this event.

Please review the rules.

Eligible Launch Sites

The following sites are approved launch areas. Note that seasonal / launch fees may apply (Anglers are responsible for knowing and paying the fee separately).

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CKA 2017 Photo Gallery Falls Lake

We’ve added photographs to our 2017 gallery from the Falls Lake events on Saturday, March 11th as well as shots from the Captains’ Meeting on March 10.

Quick recap: Congratulations to Rick Rowland and Brandon Jessup on their wins today. Rick took the win for the KBF Trail event and H.O.W. Big Bass while Brandon took the CKA win today. Brad Crater took home the CKA big bass honors today with a 24″ monster (see the photo in our gallery)! Congrats to everyone who placed and thank you to everyone who attended the weekend meetings and events. This was a landmark event for our sport and by far the largest turnout we have ever had!

Once again, thank you to our sponsors Bending branches, Stryker Jigs, Gandy Lure Co and Picasso Lures for the great prizes!

View the 2017 CKA gallery: http://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=1586

You can also see submitted catch photos on Tourneyx:

CKA Falls Lake CPR photos: https://www.tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-event-2-falls-lake

KBF Trail Falls Lake link: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/2017-kbf-trail-fallslake

KBF Heroes on the Water Big Bass Brawl link: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/2017-kbf-how-big-bass-brawl-falls-lake