CKA Anglers at 2019 KBF Events

CKA looks back on the season at the end of every year. In this installment, we survey your accomplishments on the KBF Trail, Challenges, Pro Tour and KBF/FLW tournaments. Check out the standings and the photo gallery, and congratulations to everyone on another great year representing CKA on the big stage, and let’s do it again in 2020!

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Bigguns for the Dunns

A charity event for Matt Dunn and Family

On November 29, 2019 Matt Dunn, his wife Jessica and their kids lost their home in Fuquay Varina, N.C. to a fire. Matt is a CKA angler, KBF member and the new North Carolina Angler of the Year, a friend, a brother and a fellow competitor. CKA is asking the kayak community to join and help the Dunn family rebuild their lives and home after this tragic event, and we will begin helping Matt and his family by doing what we do best: catching big bass for a worthy cause.


  • Clothing, fishing gear and toys can be delivered to Baptist Grove Church
    6140 Christian Light Rd. Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

Format and Rules

  • Nationwide, 8 day event (6 am eastern time, Saturday December 7th to 6 pm eastern time, December 15th).
  • Total length of your 5 best black bass (spotted, largemouth, or smallmouth).
  • Fish must have mouth closed, facing to the left, dorsal fin up.
  • Minimum length is 8”. Please follow local regulations and practice catch, photo and release.
  • An ID tag must be visible in submitted photos. Simply write “4Dunns” on a homemade tag or your hand.
  • Rigid measuring boards (Hawg Trough, Ketch board, Fish Stik are the only permitted brands). No tape measures.
  • Anglers may fish any public water from a kayak, canoe, or boat (catamaran, SUP, power, sail, jonboat, raft, etc), as well as bank fish.
  • We do not want to disqualify anglers but egregious violations of etiquette or rules will result in DQ’d fish, at the director’s discretion. Remember: this is a fun event to help a family in need.
  • PFD’s are required for all boaters. Photos that show angler without a PFD will be disqualified.
  • By participating in this event, you agree to fish safely, to refrain from legal action or dispute against CKA and to take responsibility for your actions. Please focus on safety as well as charity.


Sponsors &Prizes

There will be a random draw of numbers based on final standings on Monday, December 16th. The drawing will be live on the CKA Facebook page. Prizes will be shipped to anglers.

We will update sponsor donations to the event on the CKA Facebook page all week long.

Thank you to Dwayne Walley (TourneyX), Duke Weskamp, (Ketch Co.), Carver Covers, Casey Reed (VKBC &, Yak Attack, Fish USA and Kayak Bass Fishing for their donating time and support for the Dunn family and this event.

CKA 2019 Tournament of Champions: Results

CKA 2019 Tournament of Champions: Results

The top 25 anglers in the Angler of the Year race faced off on Jordan Lake today, bringing our tournament season to an end with a high stakes event in which the winner would walk away with $1,000. Fishing was tough, with the majority of the limits averaging under 15” per bass, but in the end Keith McGee emerged as champion, earning 1st place with an 84” total. The win adds another notch to Keith’s belt, which already includes the 2018 Rookie of the Year prize and a single tournament win this season at Kerr-Scott lake.

Rounding out the top 3 were William Queen in 2nd place with 79.50” and Jacob Miles in third with 74.25”. William and Jacob won the Zee Bait Co. Gift certificates for their finishes. Additionally, Ryan Freeman, who was 11th place and first out of the money, also won a Zee Bait Co. certificate.










CKA wants to thank everyone who competed in today’s event. We love the low-tech, high stakes format we have developed for this tournament. Next year will be the 5th season of the Tournament of Champions, and we have a great surprise in store for this late season tradition…..

The top 10 are listed below.  Thank you again to all of our sponsors!

Get Outdoors  Boonedox On the Water Innovations  Zee Bait Co. Bending Branches YakAttack CalCoast Torqeedo

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The 2019 CKA Season

The 2019 Season and Gate City Classic

The CKA 2019 Tournament season came full circle on September 28th when we held our final check in at Get Outdoors Paddlesports in Greensboro, North Carolina. We ended our season where it began with the Burlington Bash, when the seasonal grind began on a cold March day. Over the course of the year Will Seely and the store staff fixed our boats, offered us member discounts and hosted two tournament check-ins. Yesterday he provided the generous gift cards for the Angler of the Year and Rookie of the Year prize packages.

Over the course of the year, more than 450 anglers competed in a total of 8 CKA tournaments. There were combined events (the Yadkin Slam, the Battle on the Border), a team event as well as stand-alone events, we raised over $2,000 for Heroes on the Water and a nearly one dozen sponsor companies supported our anglers. It was a year of surprises (Tuckertown – who knew!) and a year in which 8 different anglers won 1st place at a CKA event, a sure testament to the high quality of competition on our trail.

It all culminated at the Gate City Classic with the resolution of the 2019 Angler of the Year race. In 2018, the Rookie of the Year race went to the wire, with Keith McGee the eventual victor over Graham Reay in a very close finish. The 2019 Angler of the Year race was similar in that not two but three anglers fought to the very last cast. It was ultimately decided by the thinnest of margins as the top 3 were divided from one another by 6 points each. A difference of 3-4 places at any of their top 6 events would have made this a different outcome. In the end, Will Lambert won the AOY prize, and long-time CKA veteran Joey Sullivan finished second.

Additionally, Sammy Wilson won the 2019 Rookie of the Year title and also finished 3rd in the AOY race. All three anglers had a remarkable run, and we congratulate them all. Trophy presentations will be held at our 1st event of 2020, when the previous year’s champions present the trophies to the winners, and a new title race begins!

The Gate City Classic concluded with a special prize this season. Denny Romero built a custom On the Water Innovations kayak trailer as a prize for CKA anglers who fish hard to raise money every season for Heroes on the Water. Qualifying anglers had to fish a minimum of 6 events and Denny’s daughter drew the winning number for the highly anticipated prize. Teng Yang won the trailer even though he nearly missed the drawing because he was asleep on the store couch when the tickets were distributed!

CKA wishes to thank all of the anglers who fished with us this season. We also wish to thank Kayak Bass Fishing for its support of our club.

Most of all, we owe a great debt of gratitude to our sponsors. Please click on the links and buy their great products!

Get Outdoors  Boonedox On the Water Innovations  Zee Bait Co. Bending Branches YakAttack CalCoast Torqeedo