July AOY/ROY Update

Since its inception, CKA has recognized the angler who outperforms the rest of the field. From the start those races have been largely decided by mid-season. This year is different: the mid-season mark has been a turning point: a handful of angler are gaining ground on the leader. Now, it is a wide-open race. And to make things even more dramatic, we have a tie at the top of the standings.

And it isn’t just any tie. It’s the veteran angler versus the young fisherman. Joey Sullivan, who directed the Carolina Yakfish Series from 2010-2013, is an accomplished fresh and salt water kayak angler. His walls are adorned with trophies and he has won and sold more kayaks than most of us will own in a lifetime. He also holds the North Carolina state record length for a monthly five fish limit on the KBF state Challenge boards, at 117.50  (that’s an average length of 23.50’ per fish). Some of us call him The Terminator – just ask the field from last season’s Tournament of Champions, when Joey came back from 7th place on Day 2 to win the event.

The youngster is Will Lambert, an accomplished angler in his own right, and the future of our sport. One day, his garage will also be filled with kayaks and his walls will also be decorated with trophies. But he is going to have to earn the CKA trophy and kayak by defeating one of the best all-around anglers in all of kayak fishing. The path to victory goes down Sullivan Road.

And it gets even more interesting. The race isn’t over for a handful of anglers near the top of the standings. In fact, several could overtake the two leaders at the next event while the top 10-15% of the field is not yet eliminated mathematically. And Rick Rowland is still out there, climbing his way into the conversation. His nickname requires no explanation – he’s simply “The Hammer.”

For anglers who have fished 6 events, the lowest score is dropped and replaced by a higher score – if they earn one – at the remaining two events. Qualifications for the Tournament of Champions and KBF Nationals remain on the line as we head into the home stretch.

This should be fun.

The AOY update is at this link.

The ROY update is at this link

AOY/ROY update

The race for Angler of the Year has tightened up, with Will Lambert and Sammy Wilson Jr. closing ground on Joey Sullivan. Could Sammy achieve a combined ROY & AOY title? Can Joey regain his momentum? Can someone else emerge from the pack, and dominate the final 3 events, to shock everyone? On the ROY side, there will be even more movement as the best 4 scores for each angler will change over the coming weeks. One bad day, or one great day, can change each race.

We will find out more after the next event, on July 13th!

AOY update: https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=3936

ROY update: https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=3951

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: https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=3936

2019 CKA Photo Gallery Update

Hi everyone, we updated the photo gallery with pics from the Jordan and High Rock events. We posted some action shots and some of the check photos are there, too, but we didn’t get them all because some of the winners held them crooked (that’s on us for not taking good pictures). Nonetheless, download pics, share them and tag our sponsors! Here is the gallery link: https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=3890