East vs West Anglers Choice Results

The last regular season event before the Angler of the Year title is decided at the Gate City Classic was a wild one with 16 anglers representing Western North Carolina at Lake James and 26 representing Easten North Carolina. 
Both lakes loaded with local hammers taking on the challenge of clear water lakes in the dog days of summer was more of a tight race than we had planned for! 40 of 42 anglers were able to put fish on the board, only 17 anglers were able to grind out a limit however. 
Mayo Lake anglers put up 101 fish for a total of 1,204.25″ of bass for an average length of 11.9″ with 11 limits being caught. Lake James anglers put up 63 fish for a total 731.00″ of bass for an average length of 11.6″ of largemouth and smallmouth bass with 6 anglers putting a limit on the board. 
At the end of the day, after the boards went down many anglers were finding problems at Mayo and James with uploading their catches on phones using Verizon, regardless of cell signal strength. This caused the director’s to vote to allow additional time for uploads to help anglers at both lakes get their catches submitted, other than that the entire day went smooth for the judging with only 1 fish that was denied due to an angler error with the photo. Always check your photos to be sure the entire board, fish, ID is in the photo along with the other photo rule standards! Release the fish when you are positive you have a perfect photo!
Ronnie Murphy entered the event Friday with the confidence of James being his home lake also believing that he could win a slot in the Tournament of Champions so he opted to send in membership dues as well! Turns out that was a great call as he took the overall win at Lake James with 77.25″ for $780, 2 inches over 2nd place! Ronnie also secured a spot in the Tournament of Champions at Santee Cooper!
Jereme Olshefski takes 2nd place at Mayo Lake and the Tournament of Champions spot!


Jereme Olshefski came in 2nd place with 75.25″ for $468, beating Rick Morris for 3rd and $312 with a tie breaking bigger fish. Jeremy also secured a spot in the Tournament of Champions being the highest place member at Mayo Lake! Rick was also fishing at Mayo Lake.
Melvin Yang came in 4rd place overall fishing at Lake James for $100.
Rick Morris and Melvin Yang both win a pair of Solar Bat Sunglasses for being 2nd highest at each lake,  Jacob Ly win a $50 Gift Cerficate from Yakattack for their 3rd highest at each lake finish! 
Eric Nelson came in 8th place with 69″ with only 4 fish being the only angler in the top 15 without a limit!
The event also raised $100 for Socks and Cookies showing great support for our deployed active military! 
Overall Top 10:
1. Ronnie Murphy 77.25
2. Jereme Olshefski 75.25
3. Rick Morris 75.25
4. Melvin Yang 74.75
6. Jacob Ly 72.50
7. Yee Hang 70.00
8. Eric Nelson 69.00
9. Garriett Chavis 67.50
10. Luke Greco 67.00
By Lake Top 3:
Lake James
Ronnie Murphy 77.25
Melvin Yang 74.75
Jacob Ly 72.50
Mayo Lake
Jereme Olshefski 75.25
Rick Morris 75.25

CKA 2021 #5: Falls Lake presented by Greensboro Gardens Recap

The Falls Lake event presented by Greensboro Gardens was hot and a grind! This is the type of event were the hard core fisherman come out to play and put in work! Congrats to all of you that got through the event – and safely – on a busy boating day on the lake! A lot of CKA regulars were out of town battling in Florida and just getting back from the BASS Kayak Championship, but we still managed 52 anglers on Father’s Day weekend!

2021 Falls Champion Rick Rowland
Rick Rowland won the event with 86.25″ with a 20.25″ kicker – Rick had a small limit early, and then he was able to find a spot where the bigger fish were roaming around and occasionally would bite. Great job as usual for Rick who always seems to be able to dial in a bite throughout the day! $875 payday!

2021 Falls 2nd Place Joey Sullivan
2nd Place went to another consistent hammer Joey Sullivan with 83.25″. Joey won the Tournament of Champions in 2019 on Falls Lake, and is always a threat in any kayak event – fresh water, salt water, he probably could find a pattern in the middle of the Sahara if you gave him enough time. Joey also wins a Pair of Solar Bat Sunglasses! $525 payday!

2021 Falls 3rd Place Seth Lubinski
3rd Place went to new kayak angler Seth Lubinski, who battled through the day for a total of 82.75″ besting some of the other hammers in the field in what he claimed is a “cheap kayak” – pricey kayaks don’t catch fish guys and gals – anglers do! Great job Seth! Seth also wins a $50 YakAttack Gift Certificate! $350 payday!

2021 Falls Big Bass winner Bobby Bowers – 22.50″
Big fish went to Bobby Bowers with a 22.50″ Falls Lake toad worth $450! Bobby also ended up in the top 10. Congratulations Bobby!
4th Place – 81.25″ – Will Lambert – $100
5th Place – 77.25″ – Parker Carnes – $100
6th Place – 75.50″ – Eric Nelson
7th Place – 73.25″ – Ryan Hayes – tie breaker big fish 17.75″
8th Place – 73.25″ – Calvin Keller
9th Place – 71.50″ – Bobby Bowers
10th Place – 70.25″ – Jared Stanley
The AOY Leader Mr. Hank Veggian ended up in 11th place for the day for some descent points to keep his CKA Angler of the Year goal on a good path! Great job Henry!
Shout out to Vector Fishing Lures LLC.. and Brian Falbe for supplying packs of quality Vector hooks for the check in event – these hooks have a great reputation for quality and the guys are eager to try them out!
Next event will be on Randleman Reservoir presented by Triad Signs with a lot less boat traffic! I hope to see you all and more at the event, we will have Triad Signs at the Check In and raffle for a Kayak Wrap they are donating! $10 per ticket, buy as many as you want! It’s a great was to show off your sponsors or to freshen up your kayak with a new look! Tickets available to attendees and more, you do have to be present to win however! Toyota Series Pro Angler and KBF The Ten qualifier Cory Dreyer will be present with his boat and kayak that were both wrapped by Triad! All proceeds go to the Tournament of Champions to help build the pot for the Santee Cooper slug fest!      

CKA welcomes Stanly County Convention & Visitors Bureau to our list of sponsors for 2021!

Stanly County Convention & Visitors Bureau has joined our great list of sponsors for 2021 and we are hopeful for an even bigger relationship in 2022! The county appreciates the kayak community and wants to support our events, which in turn support the local businesses.

We ask all of the kayak angler community to help support the county by patronizing the local business while you’re enjoying the Badin, Tillery and Tuckertown waters. Stay for dinner, grab your significant other a gift or plan a long stay in to enjoy the beautiful area that is full of scenic views and small town charm!

On behalf of all the anglers that fish with Carolina Kayak Anglers, we thank and are looking forward to a long term relationship with Stanly County!

CKA 3 – W. Kerr Scott Reservoir

W. Scott Kerr was a new lake to the CKA Trail in 2018 and this will be our third visit there, but our first for the infamous spring bite! 

W. Scott Kerr is located in the northwest Piedmont, near Wilkesboro. It is one of 4 Piedmont lakes run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (this means additional regulations apply – see event details). There are (7) eligible launches. There is also camping and rental cabins available around the lake. 

We are taking donations at this event at sign up for Socks & Cookies, a great organization that sends a “piece of home” to deployed military through care packages! Socks & Cookies also puts on tournaments for the charity so be on the look out for those as well!

There is also going to be a raffle for a Carver Covers custom kayak cover that you will want to get in on! $5 per ticket that you can purchase when you sign up, through PayPal by sending $5 per ticket (via friends and family please!) to nckayakanglers@gmail.com with a note that it is for the raffle. You don’t need to be present to win, but it is encouraged! All proceeds to go to the Tournament of Champions!

Burlington Brawl results are in!

Congratulations to all the anglers that placed in the top 10 today at the Burlington Brawl presented by Faircloth Chimney Sweeps! 

After a brutal season starter at Shearon Harris with Hank Veggian taking the win with a single 20.25” and only 5 other angers able to put up 1 scorable fish each, anglers were looking forward to redemption in Burlington!

After a week of warming up that was long past due for North Carolina the bass were on the move and practice for the anglers was heating up as well. Numerous photos of big fish and reports of good practice day limit totals had this event looking like we were in for a mega brawl! The cold front changed things up however and the bass changed their attitudes, and the guys that made the right adjustments came out on top!

First place and $1288 went to Christopher Decker with 93.25″ with a 20″ kicker! Chris had a slow start realizing the cold front had changed things up and was able to adjust and get the bites he needed to take the lead before the board shut off and it held up for the win!

Christopher Decker (right) receiving his CKA check from Faircloth Chimney Sweeps’ Justin Faircloth (left)

2nd Place went to Brooks Lanier with 88.25” earning him $515 with a 19.5” kicker. 

Brooks Lanier (left) receiving his CKA check from Faircloth Chimney Sweeps’ Justin Faircloth (right)

3rd Place went to Melvin Yang with 83.5″  earning him $386 with a 19” kicker. 

Melvin Yang (left) receiving his CKA check from Faircloth Chimney Sweeps’ Justin Faircloth (right)

Big Bass was a 2 way tie with 22″ slobs between Dustin Mathews and Robert Blackwell. Dustin’s second biggest fish at 18.75 was enough to give him the victory taking both the $600 pot and the lead for the 2021 Length Lunker award!

Dustin Mathews (top right) scored this giant 22″ for Big Bass and new 2021 Length Lunker leader!

Burlington Brawl 2021 Top 10 

Place Angler Total Inches Payday
1st Christoper Decker 93.25” $1288
2nd Brooks Lanier 88.25” $515
3rd Melvin Yang 83.5” $386
4th Marcus Smith 83.25” $258
5th Luke Greco 80.25” $129
6th Dontrell Sullivan 77.50” $100
7th Justin Finger 75.25” $100
8th Bobby Bowers 71.50”
9th Sammy Wilson 71.25”
10th Mike Wimmer 71.25”

Angler of the Year 

The second event has mixed up the Angler of the Year points and we have a new leader! Dontrell Sullivan is the only angler to have cashed a check in both events and has taken the lead from Hank Veggian who had a limit at Burlington but had struggled to find the higher quality bites needed to get further up in the standings. 





Total Points


Dontrell Sullivan





Henry Veggian*





Shelly Efird





Christopher Decker*





Chris Dragotta





Melvin Yang





Marcus Smith





Bobby Bowers





Brooks Lanier





Richard Vanmeter




* TOC Qualified

Side note:

Our apologies to the anglers that fished out of Graham-Mebane Lake for the morning debacle. Although we had contacted the ramp weeks in advance, and were on the schedule at the lake there was some sort of issue with communication (nice way to put it) with the staff there. Although we spoke to them the previous Saturday and was handed the event sign in sheet and told to call back Friday to ensure they would be able to get us in as early as possible, we seemed to have been treated like an unwanted stepchild. After all the fuss in the office, denial, excuses of “if I had known” from the Assistant Warden who handed us the sign up sheet last week, we were able to get everyone in. I also heard comments of even more poor attitude received from the Assistant Warden who checked you all in. 

We assure you CKA did what was required per what we were told the previous week, and hope to make sure this not an issue in the future.

All the other Burlington area ramps were courteous and friendly, and we appreciate their hospitality and willingness to work with CKA to get everyone on the water early and efficiently! Thank you to those kind folks, who some we will work with for the Gate City Classic in September!