Tournament of Champions Recap

CKA Tournament 9

Tournament of Champions

Lake Norman

October 21-22, 2017

The Tournament of Champions marks the end of the CKA tournament season. CKA established the Tournament of Champions to reward the top 25 anglers in the AOY standings with an opportunity to fish for one last prize – a winner take all event. The 2016 edition was a single day event won by Denny Romero on the Yadkin River. Similar to last year’s attendance of 19 anglers, the 2017 edition drew 18 of the top 25 anglers (a few roll down spots were included). Unlike the first edition of the Tournament of Champions, this was a 2 day event, with a 3/2, 5 fish aggregate limit. The top prize remained unchanged – the winner took home the entire entry purse.

Day 1 of the 2017 CKA Tournament of Champions concluded with Melvin Yang leading the tournament with a three fish limit of 51.25” and Tommy Xiong just trailing the leader with 48”. Day one results are available at this link:

Day 2 of the CKA Tournament of Champions brought the remainder of the top 25 CKA anglers out for one last day to determine a champion on Lake Norman. On the final day, Melvin Yang extended his day 1 lead and anchored it with a great 19.25″ Spotted Bass. Melvin landed a 5 fish limit of 87″. For all who have fished Lake Norman, you know how impressive that is. Melvin won $900. Congratulations, Melvin Yang, for the hard fought win!

Rounding out the top spots were Tommy Xiong who held his 2nd place Day 1 lead and won a Bending Branches Aces paddle. PC Hawj won the 3rd place prize Yak Attack Black Pack that was donated by Get:Outdoors. Austin Vang won 4th place and a 13 fishing rod. Finally, CKA Tournament Director Cory Dreyer won the Picasso Lures lucky draw bag and distributed the lures to all the other anglers. For the full standings, visit

The CKA tournament staff thanks all the great kayak anglers who competed to qualify for the event and all of our great sponsors who donated prizes. Please visit their sites and patronize their stores:

Picasso Lures

Get:Outdoors Paddlesports

Bending Branches


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