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

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