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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The 2017 Gate City Classic

For the fourth consecutive year, Get:Outdoors hosted the Gate City Classic, a North Carolina Triad based kayak bass fishing event that brings the CKA regular season to a close. The Gate City Classic provides anglers one last chance to dethrone the AOY points leader, qualify for the CKA Tournament of Champions and KBF National Championship, and offers prizes and food to celebrate the CKA fishing season.

This year’s Gate City Classic followed tradition in that it shuffled rankings and welcomed new anglers to the winner’s circle. 42 anglers fished this season’s event at their choice of 6 different area lakes, and CKA paid out to 4th place. The 5th place angler won the Picasso Lures lucky draw prize package, an assortment of lures valued over $100. Additionally, the raffles provided event prizes to all anglers in attendance, and the kayak raffle was completed, and a lucky angler by the name of Sam Nhia won the Native Slayer Propel.

Finally, P.C. Hawj was crowned Angler of the Year (expect a full post with complete standings, and more about P.C.’s impressive season, later today). P.C. won the A.O.Y. title and prizes, which included a new Jackson Cuda HD,a new Bending Branches Ace paddle, a new YakAttack BlackPak,  and a $500 Get Outdoors gift card. Congratulations to P.C.!

The Gate City Classic’s winning anglers were:

1st place: Tommy Xiong (60″)

2nd place: Jamie Denison (56″)

3rd Place: Ralph Nolan (55″)

4th place: Matt Hawj  (54.75″)

5th place (Picasso Lures Prize): John Vue

Click here to see complete event standings on TourneyX

Click here to see photos from the event!


CKA Photo Gallery: Shearon Harris

Hi everyone, we updated the photo gallery to include images from CKA Tournament #7 at Shearon Harris. Remember to patronize all our great sponsors who provide us with raffle products and show your support for them on line and in store whenever possible.

You can see the photos here:


CKA Tournament 7: Shearon Harris Lake

CKA Tournament #7

Shearon Harris Lake, NC

August 5, 2017


Welcome anglers to event #7 of the 2017 CKA tournament season. The tournament will be held on August 5th at Shearon Harris Lake. This will be a multi-launch event using the two  public ramps at the lake. The format is a 3 fish (black bass) limit tournament with anglers posting fish to Tourney X.

This post contains

  • lake and license information,
  • rules (and links to complete rules)
  • registration links
  • launch information
  • Captains Meetings time and location info
  • Tournament Start/End Times
  • Post-Event Check-In info

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CKA AOY Update June 2017

Hello everyone and thanks again to all of the anglers who recently fished at Lake Badin, as well as our sponsors for their generosity. CKA tournament attendance is up from last year and we are on track  break our seasonal attendance record. A few numbers below, courtesy of Mr. Butler:

  • 296 Anglers have fished in our 5 events to date
  • 139 different people have fished at least one of our events in 2017
  • 60 angler average per event

Once again, we thank everyone who competes with us to make CKA the most well-attended series in the state. These numbers would be even higher if some of our veteran anglers were not busy traveling to compete at KBF Trail events that have conflicted with our tournaments. The other side of that story is that we have welcomed many new kayak anglers to the series, and they have infused it with new talent. 

We have updated the Angler of the Year standings through 5 events (Norman, Falls, Jordan, Hickory and Badin). With 3 events remaining in the season there is room for earning points and the battle for the top spot remains close. Also, there is room to qualify for the top 5 (who qualify for KBF National Championship) and the Top 25.

An Excel file of the current and complete AOY standings can be found at this link: CKA AOY Standings 06192017

This PDF file contains the Badin Lake standings only: CKA_Event__5_Badin_Lake_Standings -Updated

We look forward to seeing everyone at Lake Randleman on July 8th!!