CKA 7 East vs West Anglers Choice

CKA Tournament 7 Presented by Solar Bat

August 21, 2021

Lake James/Lake Mayo

Want to escape the lowlands and fish a cool mountain lake? Then sign up to fish Lake James, and battle its great Smallmouth Bass. Do you prefer a shallow, grassy lake down east? Then sign up for Lake Mayo, and battle its big Largemouth Bass. 

CKA has not visited Lake James since the summer of 2015. CKA has never fished Mayo as a Trail event. New water, angler’s choice – it’s summer time, the AOY/ROY races are in their last stage, and it’s all on the line. What lake will it be?

Solar Bat Sunglasses are in their second year with CKA and we truly appreciate their continued support! Be sure to purchase a pair of performance sunglasses (20% off with CKA2021) and register for the Bat Bucks program!

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Because we had a couple winners that were not paid members, we opted to add an additional qualifying spot for this event for the ToC at Santee Cooper lakes. We also have the bonus prizes for each lake:

  • Highest Score will receive a Champion award and a Tournament of Champions Slot
  • 2nd Highest at each will receive a pair of Solar Bat sunglasses
  • 3rd Highest at each will receive a $50 YakAttack Gift Certificate

Points and Payouts

There are 2 options for this event based on turnout, so push as many folks as you can to participate! 

Option 1 – Less than 30 anglers at either lake: 

  • Standard points and payouts of the combined total as if it was just a typical multi-lake CKA event. 

Option 2: More than 30 anglers a both lakes: 

  • 10% field payout at each lake, Points scores per lake. Ie. James 1st place is 200 points, Mayo first place is 200 points etc. 

Lake and License Info

Please be sure to obtain a valid N.C. license, and follow parking regulations at the launches, as these popular lakes are monitored by NC Wildlife officers. 

Camping and Accommodations

Camping options vary around the two lakes. 

For Lake James info:

For Lake Mayo info:

Registration Links and Event Identifier Cards

In order to register for the events, sign up using TourneyX. Please create a Tourney X angler account for event registration and CPR submissions if you have not done so – the basic account is free! 

Tournament Fee: $50

Big bass (optional): $10

Socks & Cookies Donation (optional): $5

Sign up here:

The blank CKA identifier card will be posted and available n your TourneyX dashboard several days prior to the tournament. Print spares. 

The event code will be released during the captains meeting and across CKA social media prior to the tournament at 8 pm on Friday. 

Captains Meeting

The Captains Meeting will be held on Friday evening at 8 pm prior to the event on CKA’s Facebook page:

The unique event code will be released during the captains meeting and across CKA social media at that time. DO NOT USE THE AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED CODE FROM TOURNEYX! 


Format: 5 longest fish (8” minimum length), submitted on approved measuring device (Ketch Board only), entire fish and correct, legible ID entirely in photo. 

This event will largely follow KBF rules. Therefore, anglers must be familiar with and follow KBF rules as well as all lake regulations and North Carolina fishing laws and local regulations as they apply. CKA and KBF rules can be found at the link below: 


Launch Information and Competition Times

Anglers may place kayaks in water and enter kayaks at any time prior to launch time. Anglers must remain within 100 yards of the ramp prior to 6:00 am. Please be sure to stay away from boat lanes and remember to have 360 degree visible lights on your kayak. 

Event Info

Sign up TourneyX
Fee $50.00
Event Date Feb 20, 2021
Format 5 fish (8” minimum). Ketch board only.     
Launch 5:30 am
Lines In 6:00 am
Lines Out 2:00 pm
Check in / Upload Cut Off 3 pm

Launches and Boundaries 

The tournament is a multi-launch event. Any publicly accessible launch is permitted on either lake. Keep in mind that some launches may also be busy with boat tournaments, so respect fellow boaters and be careful at the marinas.

Post- Tournament Check-In

All anglers must be checked out on TourneyX by 3:30 pm. Anglers who do not check out will lose your fish for the day and will not receive AOY/ROY points.

Anglers must be present at the post-tournament check-in to collect prizes.  If you place in the money, you will be asked to remain for post-event photographs. In the absence of submitted written dispute, prizes will be distributed via PayPal within 24 hours.

Please be sure to obtain a valid N.C. license. CKA asks for proof of a valid license for anglers who win prizes.

Remember: All CKA Tournaments are 2022 KBF National Championship Qualifying Events, but you must be a KBF member prior to the CKA event. To become a KBF member, click here: