CKA Tournament payouts are calculated according to the number of anglers participating in each event. When entry fees exceed a certain threshold of anglers, payout places increase as the tournament pot is divided by the number of places to be paid. For example, through 2017, events with up to 39 anglers paid out to 3rd place. When an event had 40 or more anglers, payout places increase by one place for every 10 anglers, so 40 or more anglers paid 4th place, 50 or more paid 5th place, and so on for 10% of the field.
We will return to that system for the 2020 season, but with a twist: The payout will now guarantee $1,000 to each event that has more than 40 registered anglers! This means that the top 3 will earn the lion’s share of payouts, with amounts of lower placing spots increasing only slightly according to the size of the field.
Anglers must be present through post event check-in for live event or must present proof of a valid NC fishing license for online events in order to receive payouts. Payouts will be tabulated and finalized at a tournament’s conclusion and sent through Paypal within 24 hours. An angler who is not present at the end of the tournament or does not provide proof of a valid NC fishing license forfeits his/her winnings to the next placing angler.
Amounts in this chart (2020 CKA Payouts) may vary slightly. The chart also shows tournament related expenses (Tourneyx, Judging and Paypal Fees). Charitable donations and Big Bass points are now optional fees.
The $20 membership fee instituted in 2019 does not affect or change the listed payouts – it is a separate item used to cover operating expenses for the end of the year Tournament of Champions, printing costs, website hosting fees, trophy and occasional shipping costs.
The work of CKA Tournament directors is entirely voluntary and we pay tournament fees just like every other angler does.