February 2018 CKA Newsletter
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:
- 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.
- 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”.
- 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.
- KBF has clarified its rules regarding PFD type as well as the size/type of permissible paddlecraft. Please review those rules as well.
- 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