CKA Tournament 5: Randleman lake

Randleman Lake

June 22nd, 2019


Welcome anglers to Event #5 of the 2019 CKA tournament season, and welcome back to one of our favorite lakes! We haven’t fished Randleman for a single lake event since the CKA/KBF Trail event in 2017. Randleman has a special place in CKA history: it was the site of the first CKA event in 2013, it is where we set the club record for attendance (96!) and it is where Rick Rowland won the largest payout in CKA history ($2k+). It is also known for being one of the best big bass lakes in North Carolina. If CKA has a “home lake,” then Randleman is it.

This post contains

  • lake information,
  • rules, launches
  • registration links
  • Captains Meetings time and location info
  • Tournament Start/End Times
  • Post-Event Check-In info

For additional updates, visit CKA on Facebook:

  1. Lake Info

Randleman Lake is a young 3,007 acre reservoir located on the Deep River south of Greensboro, North Carolina.  The lake was opened in 2010 and quickly earned a regional and national reputation as a great Largemouth Bass fishery. Due to its status as a water supply lake Randleman is carefully managed and does not allow overnight fishing or boats to run in excess of 25 mph. Additionally, boats are not allowed north of the Highway 62 bridge. Native and stocked fish as well as significant shoreline structure and vegetation combine to make Randleman an excellent fishery.

2. Boundaries, Launches and Rules

Rules: Certain areas of the lake are off limits to fishing, and marked by buoys. Do not fish beyond those markers.

CKA largely follows KBF rules. Remember that the top 10% of the field qualifies for the 2020 KBF National Championship at Guntersville, but you must be a KBF member prior to the event to qualify.

Please be sure to obtain a valid N.C. fishing license, and follow parking regulations at the lake’s two launches. Note that motor boats do launch at the south ramp as well (please be respectful and follow good ramp etiquette), whereas the north ramp is limited to paddle craft and electric motors.

The tournament is a multi-launch event, and the listed access areas (below) will be the only eligible locations to launch on Lake Randleman. Keep in mind that launches at Randleman have limited space and driving access, so there will be lines. Be sure to arrive early, respect fellow boaters and be careful and helpful at the launches.

Of the 2 available launches, both will be open at 6 am. There are additional launch fees. Please keep in mind that CKA does not control access to the ramps and if a gate is closed or it opens late, there is nothing we can do. We will do our best to have the gates open early, so follow Facebook for updates.

3. Registration Links

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

4. Captains Meetings

There will be a brief Captains Meetings at the Southwest Park ramp, where anglers will sign in and pay the entry fee. CKA identifiers will be available online the week prior to the event, in your TourneyX dashboard. The event ID code will be released Friday evening at 8 pm.

Anglers are free to launch/park vehicles prior to the meeting at Southwest Park, but must stay within hearing distance of the dock.

5. Tournament Start/End Times

Lines In: 6:00 a.m.

Lines out: 2:00 p.m. (photo cut-off: 2:00 pm)

You will not be able to post fish to TourneyX after 2:00 pm. This is so that judging can be completed prior to the end of check in. If you have trouble posting, be sure to leave the water early to find a signal so as to avoid delaying the judging of photos. We will not make exceptions for anglers who arrive near the end of check in asking for assistance with uploads.

6. Tournament Check-In

We will meet at the Southwest park launch. All anglers must be checked in by 2:45 pm. The check in area will be under the picnic area near the main building/lot. 

Anglers must be present at the post-tournament check-in in order to collect prizes. If you leave the event early and will not attend the check-in, we ask that you send us a message via Facebook so we know you are safe.

7. Event Info

Sign up Tourneyx ($5)
Fee $50.00 Entry (includes H.O.W,  Big Fish fees)
Event Date June 22nd 2019
Format 3 fish (8” minimum).
Check in/Payment 4:45:-5:30 am
Lines in 6:00 am
Lines out/Photo Cut-off 2:00 pm
Check in 2:45 pm


  •  Southwest Park, 6309 Southwest Park Drive, Randleman, NC 27407
  •  Randleman Marina 7123 Adams Farm Road, Randleman NC 27317

AOY/ROY update

It is mid-season, and the latest AOY/ROY update is posted! In the file linked below, the anglers who paid the member fee to retain points are listed first (1-50), while those who did not are listed below them.

Joey Sullivan has a strong position but several other anglers remain in striking distance. One win and a handful of top 5 finishes could change everything in the final half of the season!

We will update again after Randleman and also post an update of those who qualified for the Tournament of Champions. 

Link to file:

Shearon Harris Fish Habitat Restoration

We invite CKA anglers to participate in this great project to improve fishing at Shearon Harris Reservoir. As some of you know from previous posts, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is recruiting volunteers to participate in this effort, which is part of the Sportfish Restoration program.

By participating in this project, anglers will work with other volunteers (including other fishing clubs) to improve fish habitat at one of the nation’s most famous Largemouth bass fisheries. This is a great opportunity for CKA members to show that kayak anglers support the excellent wildlife officers and biologists who keep our waters safe and sustain our world class fisheries. Please try to participate, and spread the word to family and friends who might attend!

The scheduled work dates are June 18-22 and July 9-13. You can attend for one day or multiple days, and choose from various tasks to complete. They include:

  • Assembling Fish Attractors
  • Planting Vegetation
  • Marking GPS points for Fish Attractors
  • Building fences to protect emergent plants

To sign up, volunteers must register at least a week in advance of each event with Mark Fowlkes, the Commission’s Aquatic Habitat Coordinator. Mark Fowlkes can be reached by email at or by phone at 336-466-0541.

The press release below includes additional information.

Tuckertown Recap!

We rarely hold tournaments at Tuckertown, a lake that we took a chance on this year having only fished once there before. The gamble paid off. Storms swept through the area Friday, breaking a long heat wave. Low humidity, cool air temperatures and cool water temperatures greeted the 60 anglers showed up to a perfect morning with a strong bite. How strong was it?

  • 91.6% of the field submitted fish (55 out of 60)
  • 47 out of 60 anglers submitted limits
  • More than one-third of the field caught over 50”

The lake’s fish cooperated, to say the least.

Additionally, about a half dozen new anglers entered to compete, we gave away new $200 Torqeedo gift certificates and six anglers potentially qualified for the KBF National Championship, pending confirmation. Most importantly, Sammy Wilson took 1st place, qualifying him for the Tournament of Champions!

The money spots are below:

  1. Sammy Wilson 61.50”
  2. Chimeng Vang 59.75”
  3. Hue Vang 59.75”
  4. Hank Veggian 59”
  5. Will Hayes 57.75”
  6. Joey Sullivan 56.25”
  7. Kou Yang 55.75”
  8. Jacob Miles 54.50”

Congratulations to Kou Yang for winning the Zee Baits Lunker Length Big Bass prize with his 22.50” toad!

Socks and Cookies Tournament for Deployed Troops June 1-30

Hello everyone,

This Memorial Day, we are asking anglers to consider helping a worthwhile organization that provides care packages to U.S. troops. The charity is Socks and Cookies (501c), and they have been running kayak fishing tournaments (both live and on-line). The tournaments are called “Kickin’ Bass 4 Troops.”

The next North Carolina tournament begins on Saturday, June 1st, and you can sign up on Tourneyx for it. It is a one month long event with angler prizes, and you have to upload your fish the day you catch them.

Since the start of it coincides with our Tuckertown event on June 1st, we encourage anglers to sign up for this great cause!

To sign up, click here:

To learn more about the organization or send a care package without doing the tournament, read here: