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!

Timeline

Friday Night (10/12) – ID released at 8:00pm on CKA Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites. No “in person” Captains Meeting.

Saturday Morning (10/13) – Anglers may go directly to their preferred ramp at any time. Anglers WILL NOT be permitted to have their kayaks in the water until 6:00am. After you put in at 6:00am, you may then pedal/paddle to your location (be sure to have your safety lights on). First cast/Lines In is at 7:00am.

Saturday Afternoon (10/13) – Lines out at 2:00pm. We will meet at the Harris Teeter satellite lot no later than 3:00pm. Anyone that checks in after 3:00pm will have their day’s entire catch disqualified. We will judge the fish quickly and determine the Top 10 for Sunday.

Saturday Evening (10/13) – We have secured sites at Holly Point Campground. We will have sites at Loop 3 Sites 82-84.

Sunday Morning (10/14) – Anglers in the top 10 may go directly to their preferred ramp at any time. Anglers WILL NOT be permitted to have their kayaks in the water until 6:00am. After you put in at 6:00am, you may then pedal/paddle to your location. First cast/Lines In is at 7:00am.

Sunday Afternoon (10/14) – Lines out at 1:00pm. We will meet at the Harris Teeter satellite lot no later than 2:00pm. Anyone that checks in after 2:00pm will have their day’s entire catch disqualified.

• We strongly encourage any Anglers that have not made the TOC or do not make the Top 10 for Sunday to secure a site at Holly Point and come join us Saturday Night.

• TourneyX will not be used for this event. Make sure you have good pictures. We will not judge them until end of day.

• Lengths from Day 1 will carry over to Day 2.

• Holly Point Campground launch is in play for both days. For a Saturday morning launch from that location, you will have had to secure your own campsite Friday evening. CKA will be paying Saturday night for the sites for Top 10.

• Harris Teeter: 1432 Brogden Woods Dr Creedmoor Village, Wake Forest, NC 27587

• Holly Point: 14500 New Light Rd, Wake Forest, NC 27587

Roster

*** Bob Dainton
*** PC Hawj
*** Jim Lor
*** Jacob Miles
*** Matt Hawj
*** Eric Nelson
*** Ronald Gerber
*** Derrick Hood
*** Melvin Yang
*** Matthew Dunn
*** Calvin Keller
*** John Vue
*** Ryan Freeman ( R )
*** Mike Wimmer ( R )
*** Dustin Matthews
*** Terry Wheeler Jr ( R )
*** Bobby Bowers
*** Austin Vang
*** Teng Yang
*** Kou Yang
*** Ronnie Murphy
*** Yee Vue
*** David Golding
*** Joey Sullivan

Big Bass Brawl at KBF Trail (Gate City Classic)

Hi everyone,

As we gear up to compete in the Gate City Classic  this coming Saturday, we want to remind anglers who signed up for the KBF Trail of the option to compete for additional prize money. KBF runs a Big Bass Brawl at every major Trail and Open event. Here is how it works:

  • Sign up at the KBF store for the Gate City Trail Big Bass Brawl (see link below)
  • The biggest bass posted every hour wins $50 for the event (your bass can rollover from one hour to the next – it has to be knocked down by a longer fish).
  • $500 goes to the angler with the biggest bass in the tournament.
  • Up to $950 in Big bass money may be paid out over the course of the event

The cost to sign up is only $25. If you do not sign up, you are not eligible. Register at this link: https://kbfstore.com/products/kbf-big-bass-brawl?variant=7485562978340

Remember that you can also sign up for the CKA event (3 fish format) that runs parallel to the Trail!

To register for the CKA event, click here: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-event-8-2018-gate-city-kayak-classic

To pay the registration for the CKA event, click here: https://shopgetoutdoors.com/products/cka-gate-city-classic-kayak-fishing-tournament

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

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/

 

 

         

 

Postponement Announcement: Gate City Classic

Hi everyone,

Well, Hurricane Florence saved her worst for last so far as central North Carolina is concerned. We were hit with catastrophic flooding caused by torrential rains that swamped the area over the past 36 hours. The CKA tournament directors discussed the matter extensively among themselves and also with KBF and Get: Outdoors. Our final determination was that damaged roads, closed launches and flooded lakes made the event impossible to hold this coming weekend.

As a result, the Gate City Classic/KBF Trail is postponed to October 6th.

If you already paid for the CKA event and would like a refund, email Will Seely at Get:Outdoors at this address: will@shopgetoutdoors.com

If you already paid for the KBF Trail event and cannot make the re-scheduled date, contact Richard Penny.

We appreciate your patience, and we hope everyone continues to stay safe.

Sincerely,

Larry, Henry, Ron, Ralph and Wayne