The 2018 CKA Tournament of Champions

At the end of every season, the CKA hosts a bonus tournament for its top competitors. Last year, Melvin Yang won the 2017 crown at Lake Norman and the year before that it was Denny Romero on the Yadkin River. Who will be this year’s champion?

What follows is a timeline for the tournament, a list of anglers who qualified/accepted roll down spots and a map showing the check-in spot. We hope the trophies will be shipped in time, but we can assure you, the other prizes are ready!

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The 2018 CKA Tournament of Champions

2018 Tournament of Champions

Hello anglers!! We are happy to announce the location of the 2018 CKA Tournament of Champions. This 2 Day, No Entry Fee event will be held on beautiful Falls Lake in Wake County, NC. We will have our trophy presentations for AOY and ROY on Saturday at the post event check in, and the TOC trophy will be unveiled Sunday.

This will be an incredible time of year to be on this lake. The fall bite will be on and we picked Falls knowing that we can possibly see a record breaking 3 fish limit from this lake at this time of year. As some Lake of you may recall, Falls Lake was rated in 2016 as the 8th best bass fishery in the Southeast by B.A.S.S. We fished it in June of 2016 as a CKA event, and fished it again in early spring of 2017 as a combined CKA/KBF Trail event, but this is our first autumn visit to this fishery and only our 3rd visit ever to the lake.

The lake has plenty of room for our exclusive field: Falls Lake is a 12,410 acre reservoir located in Raleigh/Durham North Carolina.  Falls Lake extends 28 miles up the Neuse River to its source at the confluence of the Eno and Flat rivers. The defined river channels and creek beds will probably allow anglers to discover bass chasing shad, and the grass beds, ledges and structure will hold fish that are still in summer patterns.

Remember: 1st Place for this event is guaranteed $1,000!

Accommodations

Camping accommodations have been secured Saturday evening for the Top 10 fishing Sunday. These sites are located at Holly Point Campground. Anglers who make the Sunday cut are not required to stay at the campground but the option is there and will be a good time hanging out with other anglers and the TD’s. Also, we encourage anyone that is either not qualified for the TOC or does not qualify for Day 2 to secure a site and come hang out with us.

Format

  • The full field of invitees will fish Day 1. Following Day 1, the Top 10 Anglers will advance to fish Day 2. First invitees will be announced immediately after the Gate City Classic. Spots will roll down.
  • Big Bass will be Saturday only and will be optionally paid by anglers. Big bass will be $20 (if all anglers buy in, this will be a $500 plus pot). Day 2 anglers may create their own side pot if wanted.
  • We will not be using TourneyX for this event. TD’s will review photos after Day one onsite and announce the Day 2 competitors as soon as we wrap up Day 1 activities.
  • This will be a multi launch event for both days of competition. Eligible ramps and other info are at the bottom of the post.

Saturday October 13. Lines in at 7:00am. Lines out at 2:00pm. Check in at Harris Teeter satellite lot by 3:00pm. Check in after 3:00pm results in disqualification of days catch.

Sunday October 14. Lines in at 7:00am. Lines out at 1:00pm. Check in at Harris Teeter satellite lot by 2:00pm or disqualified (Harris Teeter: 1432 Brogden Woods Dr, Wake Forest, NC 27587).

Ramps and Rules

Please be sure to obtain a valid N.C. license, and follow parking regulations at the launches, as this popular lake is closely monitored by NC Wildlife officers. To learn lake rules and find other information, visit the Falls Lake State Recreation Area site at: http://www.ncparks.gov/falls-lake-state-recreation-area

Beaverdam Lake Area is OFF LIMITS. Although it is within the Falls Lake State Recreation area it is separated from Falls Lake by a dam and is not accessible by paddling from other areas of Falls Lake; this technically has it closed off as its own body of water. Any angler who submits fishes caught at Beaver Dam will be disqualified.

The listed access areas (below) will be the only eligible locations to launch for the events on Falls Lake. Many of the Falls Lake launches are very large with ample parking, boat lanes and docks to tie off vessels after they are launched. Keep in mind that some launches may also be busy with boat tournaments, so respect fellow boaters and be careful at the marinas.

Of the 7 available launches, four are 24 hour ramps and two other ramps open at 8 a.m.  (Rolling View Marina website, which has a launch fee, currently lists opening at 9 am). Please keep in mind that CKA cannot 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.

Eno River Boat Access  (24 Hour Access)

40 Rodolphe Rd.

Durham, NC 27712

 

Hickory Hill (24 Hour Access)

4600 redwood Rd.

Durham, NC 27704

 

Ledge Rock  (24 Hour Access)

24 hour access

2601 Olive Grove Church Rd.

Creedmor, NC 27522

 

Upper Barton (24 Hour Access)

12900 Six Forks Rd,

Wake Forest, NC 27587

 

Rolling View Area (Gates open 8 am)

 4201 Baptist Route

Durham, NC 27703

 

Rolling View Marina ($3.00 launch fee)

3940 Falls Lake Rd,

Durham, NC 27703

 

Highway 50 Access (8 am)

13900 Creedmoor Road

Wake Forest, NC 27587

CKA Tournament of Champions Prizes and Format

CKA established the Tournament of Champions in 2016 to provide an end-of-season event for the top anglers on our trail. Fun and prizes are the event’s focus. Denny Romero won that inaugural 1-day event on the Yadkin River and Melvin Yang won last year’s expanded 2-day event at Lake Norman (for a short history, click here).

This year’s event (October 13 & 14) will again expand and improve the tournament. First, it will be a best 10 fish event (5/5 over two days). Second, it will be held on a lake the CKA has not fished this season (we will announce the lake at the Gate City Classic). Third, the field will expand slightly: in addition to the top 25, winners of individual events, the AOY and ROY will qualify (we also awarded a spot to the winner of the Bass event at the Boonedox Yadkin Slam).

 Finally, a new expanded range of prizes have been organized. It includes:

$1,000 guaranteed for 1st place

An additional $1,000 in cash prizes spread out over the field (days 1 & 2)*

Free overnight camping accommodations for the top 10

Sponsor product giveaways

A Custom engraved trophy, designed by artist Ross Myer (FL) at Bass Trophies.

& more!

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