CKA anglers again represented the club well in travel and competition various levels of Kayak Bass Fishing. North Carolina once again produced kayak bass fishing talent at every level of the sport, with this year highlighting also the achievements of some of our trail’s younger competitors.
This page recognizes their hard work and celebrates their achievements. Before proceeding, CKA staff thanks everyone who represented North Carolina in these events.
KBF events are sorted into 3 categories below: KBF Trail tournaments, KBF Challenges and the KBF National Championship. In 2022, the Stanly County Bounty was an additional and separate event.
Stanly County Bounty
The Stanly County Bounty was a joint venture between Kayak Bass Fishing and Stanly County, N.C. Its purpose was to incentivize and reward competitive kayak fishing on two Stanly County lakes (Badin and Tillery). A monthly big bass event was aligned with the KBF Monthly challenge and end of year results were also tallied for prizes. Additionally, CKA held two events on the eligible waters. Those were the Badin/Tillery event and the CKA Tournament of Champions. CKA anglers registered for KBF on-line events and the Bounty could submit fish from those events, too. When it was over, Justin Faircloth won 1st place overall for the longest bass caught during the season, with a 21.75”.
KBF Trail Events & Trail Series Championship
KBF Trail events are large regional events where anglers must travel, compete on large lakes and earn AOY points. CKA anglers represented North Carolina at a high level in 2022 Trail events. This section lists the most notable results of the season.
The best KBF Trail finishes by CKA anglers were as follows:
Jared Stanley 2nd place KBF Trail Percy Priest
Bruce Deel 13th place KBF Trail Lake Murray
Cory Dreyer 18TH place KBF Trail Lake Murray
Cory Dreyer, 30th Place KBF Trail, Kissimmee
Jared Stanley 35th place KBF Trail Potomac
Bruce Deel 42nd place KBF Trail Series Championship
KBF Challenges & Challenge Series Championship
Kayak Bass Fishing now holds only one category of “Challenge” events every season: the popular KBF Monthly Challenges, which are organized by state. The best finishes by CKA anglers were as follows:
Justin Faircloth was the 2021 North Carolina State Challenge Points Champion!
Finally, several CKA anglers competed in the Challenge Series Championship at Kentucky Lake on Oct. 14-15, 2021. The top CKA finishers in the field were:
Eric Nelson 30th place
Justin Faircloth 68th place
The 2022 KBF National Championship
The 2022 KBF National Championship was a 3 day event with a cut after day 2. It was held on Kentucky Lake. CKA sent about a half dozen anglers to fish the tournament and several represented the club well in a field of 247 anglers. Four anglers made the day 3 cut while a few others missed it only by a few inches. Here are the top 5 CKA finishes in the final standings:
Alex Sterling 71st place
Eric Nelson 75th place
Garriett Chavis 77th place
Bruce Deel 84th place
Justin Faircloth 110th place
[ Note: KBF Tournament standings are searchable and archived at FishingChaos.com]
Text and photos © CKA 2022