2021 Pre-Tournament Checklist

  • Do you have a valid North Carolina fishing license?
  • Do you have exact change/cash to pay launch fees at the ramps?
  • If you plan to keep your tournament points, did you pay your membership fee?
  • Did you review the rules, practice using Tourneyx, and check the competition and post-tournament meeting times?
  • Are your location settings turned On in both the “Privacy” settings and web browser settings on your smart phone? (This will allow you to upload fish)
  • Did you register for the event at Tourneyx? 
  • Did you print out multiple identifier cards, and put a spare (with a sharpie) in your kayak in case you lose one?
  • Do you have an approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)?
  • Do you have a 360 degree visible light for early launches?
  • Do you have a Ketch measuring board?
  • If using a motor, is your vessel registration current?
  • Are you ready to catch some fish?!?!?!?!

p.s. We will release the event code to write on the ID card on Friday at 8 pm. It will appear on CKA Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. It will not appear in TourneyX or on the CKA website.

CKA Tournament 1 Shearon Harris Reservoir, NC

CKA Tournament 1 Presented by Basstrail.com

Shearon Harris Reservoir, NC

February 20, 2021

Overview

Welcome Anglers to 2021 season. If you are new to the Trail, welcome aboard and good luck in the Rookie of the Year race. If you are a CKA regular then you know the battle for Angler of the Year will be long and difficult against some of the best competition in the entire country.

We began last season at Shearon Harris, and Larry Moua landed a 24.25” LM Bass on his way to victory that day. That’s why we fish the lake – two of the 24” fish landed in CKA tournaments came from its waters. Who will catch the third 24” from Harris?

Shearon Harris is a small lake that fishes big. Many of you know it well and fish it hard, and year round. But the lake changes dramatically from day to day and during the late winter and early spring it can deliver the limit of a lifetime.

Which lake will show up? Will the bite be deep or shallow? Let’s find out as we begin our season on the best big bass fishery in the region!

A few reminders:

  • CKA has streamlined sign up and payment system for the 2021 season. All tournament fees are now through TourneyX.
  • CKA membership fees are now paid directly to:
  • CKA has a new payout structure. See website for details.
  • Make sure you have a valid NC Fishing License

For additional updates, visit:

CKA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolinakayakanglers/

 

View the event page for full rules and details here:

CKA 1 Shearon Harris

2021 CKA Membership

2021 CKA Membership is open! This year, CKA is planning to use 100% of membership fees for awards and for the Tournament of Champions payouts. CKA will also be adding more end of year awards for various achievements, so stay tuned!

The $40 membership benefits include:

  • 15% off at Get:Outdoors 
  • Qualification for the $500 2021 Length Lunker prize sponsored by Faircloth Chimney Sweeps
  • Angler of the Year – Best 5 plus Gate City Classic points
  • Rookie of the Year – Best 3 plus Gate City Classic points
  • Tournament of Champions – Winners of each event and top in points qualify (25 angler cap)
  • 15% off CKA Apparel (Shirts, hats and hoodies all coming soon)
  • Title Sponsors and Member fees boost payouts!

To pay your 2021 Membership, click on the “Buy Now” PayPal tab on the left side of the screen. 

Visit the New CKA Hall of Champions

The CKA website has received an average of 30,000 views per year over the past 4 seasons. Through it, our anglers, sponsors and prospective competitors learn about the club, events and support our sponsors.

Our website is also a history of the club, including its KBF Partner work, its charity work and the history of the AOY/ROY races.

We have added a new feature: the CKA Hall of Champions. It is a near-complete list of every 1st place event winner. It includes notable statistics from the club’s history, too, and some rare historic photos. Is your name on it?

CKA Hall of Champions

The 2020 Gate City Classic

CKA Tournament 8

The Gate City Classic

Multi-Lake Event

September 19th, 2019

The Gate City Classic celebrates the end of every CKA tournament season. Anglers compete on the final day a number of prizes, including qualifying spots in the Tournament of Champions, 2021 KBF National Championship qualification, and giveaways. Additionally, we have several announcements to make regarding the TOC, next year’s CKA plan, and other news.

Additionally, anglers who fished at least 6 events will be eligible for the On the Water Innovations custom trailer. Please register early if you fished 5 events previous to the Gate City Classic, so your name will be on the list of eligible anglers.

Finally, we are currently planning to meet for a post-event meet up in the parking lot at Get Outdoors. However, anglers will still use the check in/check out function on TourneyX for event purposes and to limit contact. We will add further details to this post as they become available.

This post contains

  1. Registration
  2. Tournament ID
  3. Format/Rules
  4. Boundaries & Launches
  5. Event info
  6. Check in/Check out
  7. Lake info

For additional updates, visit CKA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolinakayakanglers/

Now for the event details. Because this is a multi-lake event, please read carefully. 

  1. Registration

In order to register for the event, sign up using TourneyX. Create an angler account for event registration and CPR submissions if you have not done so – the basic account is free.

Tournament Fee: $55, includes TourneyX fee, Paypal fees and Food.

Optional Fees: Big bass ($5) and H.O.W. ($5)    

Note that Lake use fees are not included. Bring cash to the ramp to pay launch fees.

Register for CKA event 8 here: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-2020-event-8-gate-city-classic

  1. Tournament Identifier

The blank CKA identifier card will be posted 4-5 days prior to the tournament. It can be found in your TourneyX dashboard as a printable pdf file. Be sure to print spares. It can also be found on the “Tournaments” page of the CKA website.

The CKA event code will be released on CKA social media and the Captains Meeting prior to the tournament at 8:30 pm on Friday, Sept 18th, 2020.

Do NOT use the TourneyX generated code or a KBF ID card.

  1. Format and Rules

Format: 5 longest fish (8” minimum length), submitted on approved measuring device (Fish Stik, Hawg Trough or Ketch Board only), entire fish and correct ID entirely in photo.

The CKA event will largely follow KBF rules. Therefore, anglers must be familiar with and follow KBF rules as well as all North Carolina fishing laws and local regulations as they apply. Additionally, the lakes have specific rules that must be followed. CKA/KBF Rules can be found at the link below. Links to lakes are in the last section of this post.

CKA RULES PAGE: http://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=38                

Please be sure to obtain a valid N.C. license. CKA asks for proof of a valid license for anglers who win prizes.

Follow parking regulations at launches. Be respectful and follow good ramp etiquette.  

Remember: All CKA Tournaments are 2021 KBF National Championship Qualifying Events, but you must be a KBF member prior to the CKA event. To become a KBF member, click here: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/join/

The tournament standings will be unavailable for public view beginning at around 2 pm but you can still post fish until the cutoff. We strongly encourage anglers to post fish throughout the day, especially their first fish.

Note: Be sure to update your phone so that browsers and apps run well. CKA Directors and Judges cannot be expected to solve technical problems with phones. If you are using the TourneyX app, be sure to download the TourneyX Pro app to replace the older app, which is now obsolete. Be sure also that all phone settings are set to allow TourneyX access to picture data. If you use the web browser to upload to TourneyX, make sure the browser settings in your phone’s privacy features allow the site to access your location. Any and all photos submitted without GPS catch data will be denied.

Upload photos early from the water so that CKA directors can contact you if there is a question or problem with your submissions.

CKA will use the Check In/ Check Out function on TourneyX for this event. All anglers MUST Check in and Check out virtually.

  1. Boundaries and Launches

You are responsible for reading and following all CKA rules. All local lake rules also apply, so be careful to read the regulations for the lake you choose to fish. You can read CKA rules at this link: http://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=38

Remember that certain areas of lakes are clearly marked as being off limits. This is true of some areas of Randleman Lake, for example. Anglers who fish in off-limits areas risk substantial fines. Furthermore, they will have their fish removed from the standings.

The tournament is a multi-launch event, and the listed lakes and access areas (below) will be the only eligible locations to launch. Keep in mind that some launches have limited space and different hours. Be sure to know the lake rules, arrive early, respect fellow boaters and be careful and helpful at the launches. There may also be additional launch fees. If you plan to ask for early opening of the gate, coordinate with other anglers. Any and all anglers must be allowed to enter and launch once a gate opens.

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 to change that fact.  Competition times (Lines in-Lines out) remain the same regardless of when ramps open.

We encourage anglers to coordinate early launch openings for the event, but some lakes may not be willing to provide early access, or may only do so for a fee. Anglers should cooperate and contribute in such cases, but CKA is not involved in arranging early gate/launch opening. Contact marinas/launches with your inquiries.

  1. Event Info

Launch: No angler may leave a launch area prior to 6:30 am.

Lines In: You may paddle to your spots but you cannot start fishing before 7:00 a.m.

Lines out: 3:00 p.m. Remember that you will not be able to post fish to TourneyX after 4:00 pm.

Event Date: Sept 19, 2020

Format: 5 fish (8” minimum).

Leave Ramp Area: 6:30 am

Lines in: 7:00 am

Lines out/Photo Cut-off: 3:00 pm/4:00 pm

Check in/out: use TourneyX

 

  1. Tournament Check-In

Use the virtual check in/ check out by 4 pm.

Post Event Meet up location will be

Get Outdoors
1515 West Gate City Blvd
Greensboro, NC 27403

Tel: 336-294-3918

  1. Tournament Lakes

You can fish your choice of the following launch locations as soon as the lake allows on the morning of the event. Hours vary at each launch, and launch fees apply.

  • Randleman Regional Reservoir
    Southwest Park, 3403 Wall Road, Greensboro, NC 27407 – $5
    336-641-3544 – No gasoline motors – No SUPs – 513 acres with no gas motors, 3,007 acres total
    7 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
  • Randleman Marina, 7123 Adams Farm Road, Randleman, NC 27317 – $5
    336-498-5281 – Maximum speed limit 25 mph – No SUPs – 3,007 total acres
    0 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
  • Lake Higgins
    Higgins Marina, 4235 Hamburg Mill Road, Summerfield, NC 27358 – $6
    336-373-3739 – No horsepower restrictions – SUPs allowed – 226 acres
    8 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
  • Oak Hollow Lake
    Oak Hollow Marina, 3431 North Centennial Street, High Point, NC 27265 – $5
    336-883-3494 – No horsepower restrictions – SUPs allowed – 800 acres
    0 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
  • Lake Townsend
    Townsend Marina, 6332 Townsend Road, Brown Summit, NC 27214 – $6
    336-373-3694 – No horsepower restrictions – SUPs allowed – 1,542 acres
    0 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
  • Lake Brandt
    Brandt Marina, 5945 Lake Brandt Road, Greensboro, NC 27455 –
    336-373-3741 – No horsepower restrictions – SUPs allowed – 816 acres
    0 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
  • High Point City lake: Marina
  • Lake Mackintosh
    Lake Mackintosh Marina, 2704 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington, NC 27215 – $5 launch fee. Tel: 336-538-0896 – No horsepower restrictions, but large area for non-gas – No SUPs – 1,100 acres
    0 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
  • Guilford-Mackintosh Marina (Lake Macintosh), 1345 NC 61 South, Whitsett, N.C. This is the western side of the lake, with an area that restricts use of gas-powered engines.