Pre-Tournament Checklist

  • Do you have a regulation Personal Flotation Device (PFD)?
  • Do you have a valid North Carolina fishing license?
  • Did you print out multiple identifier cards (the card sheet is in your Tourneyx dashboard), and put a spare (with a sharpie) in your kayak in case you lose one?
  • Do you have a regulation measuring board (Hawg Trough, Ketch Board, Yakgear FishStik)?
  • If using a motor, is your vessel registration current?
  • 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 and ALSO pay your fee at Get:Outdoors? (Click links for each – YOU MUST BOTH REGISTER AND PAY prior to lines in)
  • Do you have exact change/cash to pay launch fees at the ramps?
  • If you plan to keep your tournament points, do you have 20$ for the one-time membership fee?
  • Did you review the rules, practice using Tourneyx, and check the competition and post-tournament meeting times?
  • Are you ready to catch some fish?!?!?!?!

p.s. We will release the event code to write in the ID card on Friday around 8 pm. It will appear on CKA Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts

Setting up your TourneyX Account and Photo Submissions

Summary

CKA will continue to use Tourney X to judge tournament photographs for the 2019 season.  This is a great website and very easy to use because the designers consult with kayak anglers year round.

If you are a new angler, practice using the site, and even if you are a veteran angler, please familiarize yourself with the new features. Please review the information below. If there are still questions, ask CKA staff (or join the TourneyX group on Facebook), and remember to select CKA as the club you represent (you can find the list under “Clubs” in the main menu)

What is it?

TourneyX is a website and app (the app is free) for live check in of fish caught in Catch-Photo-Release (CPR) tournaments. You can download the app or save the home page to your phone for easy access. Anglers catch a fish, take a photo of it on their board (with ID) and upload it to the site for live scoring.

What does it cost and what are the benefits?

The basic account is free but there is also a verified account option with more features if anglers choose to buy it (we do not require it). Additionally, Tourneyx charges every series a fee per angler. That fee is included in your tournament registration and we pay it after the event. We minimize cost by using a trained judge as opposed to paying Tourneyx to judge your fish. The site allows for the following:

  • All anglers can see submitted photographs
  • The site automatically culls smaller fish without making anglers sort through photos later in the day
  • Upload fish to multiple tournaments
  • A tournament record for each CKA event
  • Faster payouts when accounts are linked to your Paypal
  • The basic Tourneyx account is free; verified account allows you to use other features
  • Friends or family can follow events on-line in real-time
  • Expedited results at the end of the day

In addition, a TourneyX account allows anglers

  • Access to other kayak fishing events from around the country.
  • The site allows anglers to “map” their catches, creating a useful record of where fish were caught, that only the angler can see.

 

How do I set up an account?

Register for an angler account at this link: https://tourneyx.com/register/

The TourneyX tutorial video is also useful. You can view it here: http://tourneyx.com/video_tutorial/

Can I fish in events if I do not use a smart phone?

Yes. But an angler who uses a digital camera must still have a TourneyX account as the judges will manually upload photographs (see more on this point in the summary below) from your SD card. If you do not have an SD card, we will be unable to upload your fish and they will not be scored. Texted photos will not be scored either because the text message may change the geo-location data and time stamp on the image. Note however that it is possible to synch some digital cameras with smart phones via Bluetooth, so you can photograph the fish with your camera and upload it from your phone without exposing your phone to water or other accidents. We strongly recommend that Anglers create an account and use their phone but there are other options as listed above. Anglers who use a digital camera/SD card camera must be present at check in at least 30 minutes prior to the end of the vent so a judge can review and manually transfer/upload photos.

Can I still fish in an event if I do not have a TourneyX account?

No. If you do not have an account, your fish will not be scored. There are no exceptions: every angler must create an account.

Final Points

We encourage all anglers to practice and learn the proper landing techniques so as to minimize injury to the fish (or angler). Equally as important, anglers must submit a clear photograph with the fish correctly displayed to the tournament judges in order to receive points for the catch.

TourneyX is an excellent photo upload site, and as you will see it makes the tournament experience more transparent and exciting. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Rules Update: Tournament Measuring Boards

This post is an update/reminder concerning approved measuring devices, but it also contains an explanation of how those devices may affect scoring when a photo is unclear.

We have received several messages about which measuring devices are permissible in CKA events. The following rule applies to CKA events, per section 7c. of the KBF Rules standard:

“Acceptable measuring boards include the “Hawg Trough” manufactured by Hagen’s…., a FishStik Version 2 (with Bump Board Arrows and Lock Slide) and the Ketch Co Measuring Board.”

Anglers Denny Romero & Chris Ferguson (Chris is TD of the Plastic Pirates Trail) recently convened the directors of the 3 North Carolina Bass Kayak Fishing Trails to review how Denny and Chris compared the Hawg trough with a Ketch Board. After a careful discussion, CKA has renewed its commitment to allowing the Ketch board. The other Trails will follow different rules, so if you fish their events, contact them and ask about permitted boards (for example, Chris will only allow Hawg Troughs this season).

Pursuant to that discussion, the CKA directors want to remind anglers of a relevant rule regarding the scoring of fish, and what role a board plays in it. That rule is 10.f in the KBF Standard, and it is as follows:

“Blurry Photo/Length Unclear: Scored at the highest mark at which there is no doubt.”

In reviewing the Ketch board with a black design, we noticed low contrast between the fish tail and board.  As you can see in Figure 1 below (courtesy of Denny Romero), the tail appears to be touching the 11” line, but a judge may have doubt (is that a piece of dirt?) and the rule clearly states there can be no doubt. Because the tail loses contrast between lines where there is shadow on the board, a judge could not be  able to clearly determine where the tail ends. Therefore the “highest mark” applies, and the fish would be scored an 10.75″. By contrast, the fish in Figure 2 below is absolutely clear, there is no shadow and there cannot be any doubt about the length.

Read more “Rules Update: Tournament Measuring Boards”

February CKA Newsletter: Rules updates

February 2018 CKA Newsletter

Hi everyone,

With the CKA tournament season ready to begin, anglers are preparing gear, shaking off paddling rust and pre-fishing water. It’s been a long winter and we’re all ready to fish!

Please read this post, which reviews important rules changes.

Working together with Kayak Bass Fishing, our tournament directors reviewed and amended CKA rules. There are some very important rule changes to review and adopt. The following is a summary of the more important changes:

  1. Do not place your identifier anywhere on the fish. This is because between hands and ID’s it was becoming too difficult to see submitted fish. Our judges need to see as much of each fish as possible so as to identify unique markings. Therefore, if you place your ID on the fish, the photo will be denied. There are no exceptions. Place the ID on your wrist, or near the fish/board, but not over the fish.

 

  1. CKA follows KBF rules, but makes a few exceptions (for example, we do not allow motors at CKA only events, but permit them at KBF Trail events we host). This year, KBF adopted a 12” minimum size. CKA did NOT adopt that rule. Our minimum size remains the same at 8”.

 

  1. Deductions have been standardized and simplified. A fish with a mouth open more than .25” is a 1” deduction. The same deduction applies to any fish whose mouth cannot be determined to clearly be touching the fence of the Hawg Trough.

 

  1. KBF has clarified its rules regarding PFD type as well as the size/type of permissible paddlecraft. Please review those rules as well.

 

  1. Anglers will sign liability waivers once again at Hyco, and thereafter check a box online at Tourneyx. You can print, read, sign and bring the waiver to the event. Waivers are on the CKA site here

KBF has clarified many rules and changed others. Please review them. CKA rules addenda and a link to KBF rules are at this link: http://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=38

CKA judges and directors enforce every rule. We do so by communicating directly with anglers, so please check your phones occasionally during competition time. We understand that mistakes happen but we cannot accommodate any request to correct an error once photo submission deadlines have passed. Our goal is to provide a safe, fair series for all kayak anglers in our sport. Thank you.

Don’t forget: we launch at Hyco in 1 week! Sign up here!

Sincerely, the CKA Staff

Larry, Henry, Wayne, Ralph and Ron