CKA Pre-Season Updates

Hi everyone, this is our annual pre-season update. Please read it carefully as there is important news below. If you have questions of a specific nature, please message us on Facebook.

We are very excited for this season and we have been working hard to put the final touches on the schedule and other plans. For example, we have re-instated the team event and paired it with a regular tournament, and the joint event with VKBC is going to be a big event and will only get bigger after KBF finalizes the prizes for it. Additionally, we are discussing a 10th event, in coordination with H.O.W., which would be a fundraiser for their local chapter. We welcome new sponsors and continue with our tried and true sponsors, too, and we will announce some more of those as we enter the final build up to the 1st tournament. We have other surprises in store and will unveil the first at the check-in at Get:Outdoors on March 9th. Like last year, CKA is changing and growing, and we are grateful for your support that allows us to make this an accessible and competitive series.

And now, two announcements:

In the first place, CKA is requiring an annual membership fee of $20 from anglers who fish for AOY/ROY points in 2019. Here is how it works: you pay the fee, you keep your points. It will also qualify you for CKA discounts at Get:Outdoors, coverage from KBF insurance and other extras. When do you pay it? After the first event you fish. Let’s say an angler begins fishing at the 2nd event of the season – if he or she doesn’t pay at the post-event check in for that event, the points come off the board and will not be reinstated. Can you fish and win a single event, and not pay your fee? Sure, but you won’t keep the points from that event.

We have to do this for several reasons. First, we want to keep payouts at the current level, but the cost of running the series is making it difficult for us. We have fees to pay for using various platforms (the website, Tourneyx, Paypal) and also operating costs (banners, the Tournament of Champions, end of year angler prizes). We don’t ask for financial support from outside so we can keep this an angler-based series – so to maintain our payouts, we have to collect a fee this year.

In the second place, after extensive discussion, we will allow the use of electric motors in competition. We’ve made our decision and the reasons for it clear elsewhere, and will briefly restate those reasons here:

  • Motors allow anglers who cannot paddle or pedal to fish events
  • Motors do not have any direct effect on results: a bad angler with a motor will still be a bad angler

Any angler who uses a motor must be in full compliance with all state laws regarding motor use on watercraft. Additionally, anglers will follow KBF limits on motors, too. We spot check for valid fishing licenses and will do the same for motors: if you fish an event with a motor and don’t have the state-issued permit on your kayak, you will be disqualified.

Finally, there have been some small but significant changes to the KBF open mouth rules for submitted fish. We won’t be adopting them, and we will stick with last year’s judging method. We are also retaining the 8” minimum length for catches. For full rules, see here: https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=38

The 2019 CKA Schedule

At long last, here is our schedule for next year! The decision making process changes every year, and this is how we arrived at the new schedule:

  • We listened to feedback. Anglers who told us about favorite lakes, driving time and spacing of events were heard. This year’s schedule has a tighter geographic radius, returns to some favorite lakes and expands the multi-lake option.
  • We increased cooperation with other regional trails and events.
  • We enhanced the number of multi-lake and multi-launch events.
  • We are working with more local sponsors (more about that in a later post!).
  • We included a “fun” event in the schedule!!!!

 

And now, because we know there are questions, we have some answers:

Question: What is the Burlington Battle?

Answer: It is a 4 lake event. Lakes are Cammack, Stony Creek, Graham-Mebane and Mackintosh. Like the Gate City Classic, we will meet at Get:Outdoors for check in.

Question: What is the Yadkin Slam?

Answer: The Yadkin Slam is a popular charity event hosted by Boonedox. Last year, it was combined with a KBF Trail event. The event was well run, it supported a great cause, the prizes were amazing and the food and company were excellent. Many of us fished the event, and as a result both parties decided to continue that experience. So we paired up again for simultaneous, parallel events. Yes, you can fish both, and yes the CKA event will be an AOY/ROY points event.

Question: What is the Battle at the Border?

Answer: We paired up with our friend Casey Reed’s VKBC Trail in Virginia to plan a tournament at Bugg’s Island on the NC/VA border. When KBF caught wind of the large regional event we planned, they stepped in to make it a KBF National Championship Qualifying event with cash prizes. And so, it will be 3 events: A CKA event, a VKBC event and a KBF National Championship Qualifying event.

Question: Will there be AOY points awarded at the team event?

Answer: Yes, but for the single angler event only. You have the option to fish a side-event in which teams will compete. AOY points will be for the single angler event only. However, you and a friend can show up and fish the team event by itself, too!

Please share the schedule with interested friends. The stand alone graphic can be found at this link: https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=3676

As always, we will continue our great partnership with Get: Outdoors and we will continue to raise money for Heroes on the Water to support their important work. We will post more updates in the coming weeks and months. Thank you again for supporting us, our sponsors and the charities we support!

 

Gate City Classic Update

What’s up everyone? Here are a few important updates for the Gate City Classic:

  1. ID Code: For CKA anglers, we will release the ID code at 8 pm on Friday night, following the non-mandatory Captains Meeting. There will be no ID card – write it on your hand or a card.
  2. Tournament fee: If you have not yet done so, please pay your CKA registration fee to Get Outdoors at this link: https://shopgetoutdoors.com/products/cka-gate-city-classic-kayak-fishing-tournament. If you don’t pay before event begins, your catches will be disqualified.
  1. Food: Additionally, we will be collecting $5 a head for food. We did not include it in the registration fee (as we did in years past), but if you plan to eat Saturday, bring cash. This applies to KBF Trail participants as well.
  2. The Classic hours: these remain unchanged: 7 am (lines in ) – 3 pm (lines out. Please ignore any other posts on other sites indicating other times.
  3. Launch Openings: As all of our posts have noted, we cannot control the gate schedule at nearly a dozen different launches. We can’t control all the variables. Here is what we know: the ramp at Randleman SW Park will open early (6 am), and the Guilford ramp at Mackintosh will also open earlier than the scheduled 7:30 October time (we don’t have a precise time). If you wish to fish a certain lake, talk to the lake managers and see what they can do. Some will open early to kayak anglers but charge a small group fee. If that is the case, everyone who shows up to fish the event must be allowed in. Communicate, get organized, and talk with the lake managers.
  4. KBF Trail: Yes, AOY points will be awarded.

Tournament Directors will be at Get Outdoors on Friday evening from 6-7:30 pm. Come by, browse for last minute kayak fishing needs, pick up KBF ID cards, and participate in the Captains Meeting.

Thanks for fishing with us, and we look forward to seeing everyone at the event!

Ralph, Larry, Wayne, Hank and Ron

 

KBF Trail at the Gate City Classic

Who wants to win a trophy?

A guaranteed $1,000 Payout?

A Trail Champion Coffee Mug?

Then register today before the Thursday cutoff – you can pay the entry fee later!

What’s on the line?

Carolina Kayak Anglers is a Legacy Partner of Kayak Bass Fishing. As such, KBF provides material support for Trail events hosted by CKA, including the opportunity to win large cash prizes, AOY points, prize giveaways and National Championship qualifying spots. All of those are on the line when we co-host our 2nd KBF Trail event of the season at the Gate City Classic on October 6th!

Sign up here: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/2018-kbf-trail-38-gate-city-classic-nc

4 Trails for Theresa & Tim

The Combined Kayak Fishing Trails of North Carolina present

FOUR TRAILS FOR THERESA AND TIM  

A charity event for Tim “NCPierman” Taramelli & Family

On July 15th, 2018, fisherman and fishing guide Mr. Timothy Taramelli was driving with his daughter Theresa to go fishing at Core Creek on the southern Neuse River. Tim and Theresa were severely injured when Tim’s truck was struck by another vehicle. To raise money for his family’s medical expenses, the North Carolina Kayak Fishing Association, Queen City Kayak Bass Fishing, Carolina Kayak Anglers and Plastic Pirates have combined to sponsor a month-long charity event in which 100% of entry fees will go to the Taramelli family.

Format

  • Month-long event (Midnight, October 1st to Midnight, October 31st). Sign up open throughout the month.
  • Total length of your 5 best black bass (spotted, largemouth, or smallmouth)
  • Rigid measuring boards (Hawg Trough, Ketch Board, Fish Stik only). No tape measures!
  • Anglers may fish any water (without trespassing) from a kayak, canoe, or boat (catamaran, SUP, power, sail, jonboat, raft, etc), as well as bank fish.

Tourneyx.com has graciously donated tournament support and a charity page. Free sign up here: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/four-trails-for-theresa-and-tim

Anglers donate the $40 entry fee through Paypal: PAWDUKES2@aol.com

Sponsors & Prizes

Native Kayaks has donated a Versa Board (Hidden Oak). Additional sponsors include Vicious Fishing   Black Bear Tackle    Fishing with Attitude   Power Team Lures   Personaform, Designs Lenovo Computers   C3 Baits    Carolina Custom Rods    Bending Branches    Biospawn  YakAttack & more!

Raffle prize tickets available (Entry = 5, Limit + 10, Big Bass + 15, Small bass + 10. 1st place receives 30, 2nd place 20, 3rd place 10, 4th 5, 5th 3). All prizes random draw. Contact Vinny Ferreri at QCKBF for prize package details.

Concurrent Events

Participating anglers and donors are welcome to come out and meet some of the directors of this event. NCKFA, CKA, QCKBF and Plastic Pirates will all host kayak fishing tournaments in October, and black bass species caught in those tournaments can also be posted to the charity event. Come by and say hello!

NCKFA  hosts its redfish on line tournament in October, and also the Oak Island Classic October 12-14th. For more info see http://www.nckfa.com/

Plastic Pirate Shootout hosts a single day kayak bass fishing event at Tuckertown Lake on October 28th. It’s a perfect chance to finish strong at the end of the month.  For more info go to https://www.facebook.com/plasticpirateshootout/

QCKBF hosts tournaments at Mountain Island Lake on October 6th (Ladies Only) and October 15th. Info here: http://qckayakbassfishing.com/schedule/

CKA hosts the Gate City Classic and a KBF Trail on Oct 6th. More info at https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/