Tournament Recap: Battle at the Border

Tournament Recap: Battle at the Border

Kerr Lake/Buggs Island

CKA and VKBC collaborated with support from Kayak Bass Fishing to organize the 2019 Battle at the Border, the first of what both clubs hope will be an annual event. We held the tournament on beautiful Kerr Lake, a massive body of water that straddles the VA-NC border. Approximately 70 anglers from three states signed up for the concurrent tournaments.

Three states – while the majority of anglers were from VA or  NC, a handful from South Carolina attended to compete, and one of them – Tim Sabella – won the day. Kayak Fishing is a sport of surprises and this was one of those. Tim is an accomplished angler who has placed high at the KBF National Championship, so there is no surprise regarding his skill or that he could win. The surprise was that the trophy VKBC or CKA hoped to bring to their home state went to a third state. This can only mean one thing – we will have to do it again and settle it next year.

Kerr Lake fished well, and while there weren’t any giant limits posted, the top CKA anglers in the standings all posted solid limits. Here are the top 10:

  1. Tim Sabella
  2. Brooks Lanier
  3. Will Lambert
  4. Drew Blair
  5. Ricky Rowland
  6. Shelly Efird
  7. Henry Veggian
  8. Nathan Green
  9. Dustin Good
  10. Chris Linville

Zee Bait Co. Lunker Length Program winner: Jacob Novak

For complete standings, click here:

Thank you to everyone at CKA, VKBC and KBF who put in the hard work to make this event possible. Thank you to our sponsors, and particularly to Denny Romero and On the Water Innovations for bringing extra giveaways.  The hospitality of NC Wildlife Commission and NC State Parks were also essential to the event’s success. Most of all, thank you to the anglers who traveled, competed and had a good time.



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