Frequently Asked Questions


1. Is membership required to fish in CKA events?

It depends on whether the angler wants to keep his points. An angler may sign up on Fishing Chaos, pay a fee, and fish the event. However, to keep points for AOY/ROY standings, an anglers must pay an annual member fee.

2. Am I required to sign a liability waiver?

Yes. An angler who does not read and check the liability waiver box in Fishing Chaos will not be permitted to fish a tournament.

3. Does CKA payout the entirety of the tournament fees that it collects?

Yes, that has been the case in recent years. It is due largely to the generosity of our sponsors that we are able to make 100% payouts (and sometimes more).

4. When do tournaments begin?

Launch time will depend on a number of factors including sunrise and safe light, weather conditions, and other factors at the launch ramps. Generally speaking, all launch times are posted in every tournament registration page well ahead of every event, but subject to change. CKA will immediately inform its anglers of any change to a posted launch time or event.

5. Can I use a KBF ID card for CKA events?

No – we use our own ID cards that promote our sponsors. There is one exception: if CKA is hosting a KBF Trail event, then and only then will we allow CKA member to submit fish using a KBF ID card.

6. What code should I write on my CKA ID card?

During the Captains Meeting prior to a CKA tournament, we release the tournament ID code to anglers through a live FB video. That ID code is also posted in Fishing Chaos, on the tournament page. Only that code will be accepted.

7. How do I collect a tournament prize?

All anglers who are in prize contention should be present at the announcement of final standings at the end of each event. CKA uses Paypal to distribute winnings, but you  should still be present at the end of the event for sponsor photos, additional prize drawings, etc. Additionally, anglers must present a valid N.C. fishing license. This rule applies to both single event prizes and end-of-season awards.

All cash paying entries are verified by a 1 or more additional directors before announcing winners.

All cash tournament prizes are held for 24 hours to give time for submission challenges and verification. After the 24 hour window, the event standings are finalized and made “Official”.

8. Does the CKA Staff compete in CKA events?

Yes. In order to guarantee thorough and fair judging of photos CKA has adopted the Fishing Chaos system. Either a CKA director who is not fishing will judge or CKA will elect to pay an external judge to evaluate event catches submitted by CKA anglers during the event. Catches submitted by directors are subject to the same rules as yours.  In case you are wondering, a CKA Tournament Director has only won 1st place in a live event four times in the history of the series (2014-present, spanning more than 80 tournaments).

9. Do I have to be a KBF Member to participate in CKA events?

No. CKA is an AmBASSador club of KBF (and follows KBF rules with some modifications), but CKA anglers are not required to be KBF members. CKA’s KBF partnership provides CKA members with a chance to qualify in national events sponsored by KBF including the AmBASSAdor Series Championship, and the arrangement provides CKA members with a chance to participate in another level of our growing sport. CKA encourages participation and membership in KBF, but it is not required to fish CKA events.

10. Does CKA have a budget?

Yes. For the first 6-7 years of its operations, CKA was funded primarily by the tournament directors, with the help of Since 2020, CKA has adopted a strict economic model, with a budget that helps pay for trophies, the Tournament of Champions, banners and other materials (including this website). If there is money left over, it goes back to the club for payouts, with the exception of small percentages that are set aside for Paypal fees and the Tournament of Champions. CKA directors volunteer their time, free of charge, and that’s why we say “By the anglers, for the anglers.”

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