The 2023 Battle on the Border: A Preview

The 2023 Battle on the Border will be held on October 14th, 2023 on Kerr Lake (Bugg’s Island). This milestone event brings together kayak fishing clubs from Virginia and North Carolina to celebrate the sport of kayak fishing and compete for cash, prizes and beautiful custom trophies.

This year’s event marks the tournament’s fifth anniversary. Originally founded in 2019 as a friendly rivalry event between two clubs, the Battle on the Border now has six clubs represented among its anglers. And as the event has grown in club participation, so have its prizes. This year’s prize pool is particularly strong. Check out the details below, and get ready for the event!

Event Growth

This year’s tournament will once again have strong payouts. The total purse for payouts stands at $1500 with an additional $500 worth of FishUSA gift cards. In total, that’s $2,000 in cash and prizes available to anglers, before a single entry fee has been paid!

In addition to having the support of Vance County, the event is also sponsored by Carolina Paddlesports Outfitters of Winston Salem, N.C. As noted above, FishUSA has contributed gift cards, the prizes made possible by Kayak Bass Fishing.

Combined with entry fees based on typical registration in previous years, the tournament organizing committee reasonably expects there to be a total prize payout of between three thousand to four thousand dollars for this year’s tournament (not including other non-cash prizes).

The six clubs are working on a complete payout structure for the event, so follow the Battle on the Border event page on Facebook for additional updates!


Registration is now open for the event on Fishing Chaos:

For photos and the event history, click here:


We will meet for the trophy and awards presentation after the event. The meeting address is

Henderson Point Community Building

1427 Reverend Henderson Rd.

Henderson, NC 27537

When you enter the Henderson Point area, make the first left after the gates, then stay to the left at the split. The building will be on your right when you enter the lot.

Participating Organizations

The Battle on the Border V was made possible by the support and participation of

Vance County Tourism Authority (Henderson, NC)

Carolina Paddle Sports Outfitters

Ketch Products

Ross Meyer at Bass Trophies Online

Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF)

Central Carolina Kayak Fishing (CCKF)

Virginia Kayak Trail (VKT)

Bass Cast Kayak Bass Series

Carolina Kayak Anglers (CKA)

Foothills Kayak Anglers (FKA)

Virginia Kayak Anglers Elite (VKAE)

North Virginia Kayak Bass Anglers (NVKBA)

Casey Reed Fishing


Event Boundaries

  • The Western boundary on the Dan River is the 360 bridge in South Boston.
  • The Northern boundary on the Staunton River is the 360 bridge, too.
  • The Eastern boundary is the Kerr dam. No fishing below the dam.

Launches: The tournament is a multi-launch event and all public launches are available to anglers. For a list of park managed launches and NC Wildlife launches, see this link:

Please be sure to obtain a valid N.C. fishing license. North Carolina has a license reciprocity agreement with Virginia for Kerr Lake, so you can fish the Virginia side with your N.C. license.

First Published September 26, 2023

All content and photos © Carolina Kayak Anglers LLC, 2023.

The author of this article was not assisted by a machine in the composition of it in any way.

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