The Battle on the Border

2024 Battle on the Border

The sixth chapter of the Battle on the Border will be written on November 2, 2024, at Kerr Lake. Stay tuned for more updates!


In 2019, Carolina Kayak Anglers (CKA) paired with Virginia Kayak Bass Challenge (VKBC) for a friendly rivalry event between Virginia and North Carolina.  We called it the Battle on the Border, and nearly 100 kayak anglers fished the event on Kerr Lake in July of that year. The prize? Bragging rights, and a trophy to prove it.

The spirit of camaraderie was strong that day and the two clubs decided to make the event an annual tradition. Additionally, the tournament is open to all kayak anglers regardless of state or club affiliation.

The 2020 Battle on the Border was held again at Kerr Lake but moved to October to become a “last hurrah” at the end of our tournament seasons. The event expanded to include a 3rd organization: Central Carolina Kayak Fishing (CCKF).

The 2021 edition of the tournament was made possible with the generous assistance of the Vance County Tourism Bureau. Additionally, 2 more clubs (Virginia Kayak Trail [VKT] and Bass Cast Kayak Series [BCKS]) from Virginia joined for the 2021 edition, which was held on Kerr lake on October 23rd, 2021.

The 2022 edition of the Battle on the Border was held on October 8, 2022. The participating clubs were CKA, CCKF, VKT and BCKS. Carolina Paddle Sports Outfitters and Dakota Lithium Batteries sponsored the top prizes. North Carolina won the event for the first time, sweeping the top three spots.

The Battle on the Border by celebrated its fifth anniversary on October 14, 2023. The tournament was sponsored by Carolina Paddle Sports Outfitters. The 2023 edition also added a new prize and two new clubs to the event. In the first place, Virginia Kayak Anglers Elite!!! [VKAE]  sponsored the new multi-species prize pot. Additionally,Foothills Kayak Anglers, based in the North Carolina Piedmont, joined the event. The addition of the two new clubs brought the total of actively participating clubs to six for the 2023 event (three from N.C. and three from VA). Virginia anglers swept the top three spots.

As in previous years, Vance County co-sponsored the event. For complete results, click on the years in the list below!

Past Champions

2023: Jason Hensley (VA)

2022: Eric Nelson (NC)

2021: Jason Hensely (VA)

2020: Nathan Green (VA) 

2019: Tim Sabella (SC)

About the Lake

Kerr Lake is a massive reservoir located on the Roanoke River on the North Carolina/Virginia border. It is northeast of Falls Lake, minutes from I-85, and scenic nearby towns include Oxford, N.C. The lake is one of the region’s premier Largemouth Bass, Catfish and Striped Bass fisheries. It covers more than 77 surface miles of water. In sum, Kerr is one of the largest impoundments on the Southeast, and will challenge anglers to break down big water. Want to test your skills against a massive lake? This is it.

The lake has dozens of public boat ramps and marinas, as well as affordable camping. If you camp at the lake, be sure your campsite is open to the public and that it allows 24 hour access, so you can get out in the morning to fish. 

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, and vice-versa.

Event Boundaries and Rules

  • 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.

The tournament is a multi-launch event and all public launches are available to anglers.

Competition rules follow those of the KBF Rules Standard.

Affiliated Kayak Organizations

Carolina Kayak Anglers

Virginia Kayak Anglers Elite

Virginia Kayak Trail

Central Carolina Kayak Fishing (NC)

Foothills Kayak Anglers (NC)

Northern Virginia Kayak Bass Anglers (VA)

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