Photographing and Submitting a Catch

Submission & Scoring of Fish

CKA follows Catch-Photo-Release (CPR) protocols. We encourage all anglers to practice and learn safe and proper landing techniques so as to minimize injury to the fish (or angler). Equally as important, anglers must submit a clear photograph to judges with the fish correctly displayed on an approved measuring device  in order to receive credit for the catch.

CKA uses the Tourney X site to upload live tournament photographs. All participating anglers are required to create Tourney X accounts (the basic account is  free of charge). Anglers must register for tournaments and upload photos in the correct manner. An angler who uses a digital camera must still have a TourneyX account as the judges will manually upload photographs. If you do not have an account, your fish will not be scored! There are no exceptions: every angler must pay the tournament registration fee through Tourneyx and create an account.

We strongly recommend that anglers practice use of the site. The TourneyX tutorial video is also useful. You can view it here:

Register for an angler account at this link:

General principles to keep in mind:

– Always keep the fish’s mouth facing left, dorsal fin up.

– Keep the fish’s mouth closed.

– Never cover a fish’s eyes, put your hand under the gill plate, or cover its tail

– Never put your ID card or any other object ON the fish. Judges must see as much of the fish as possible. A hand is allowed, but only if it is centered in the middle of the fish.


Practice! There are tricks that keep fish calm in photographs, but also ways to practice being efficient at CPR fishing. Go through your picture taking motions and gear handling until they become automatic.

Take multiple photos! The best photos are the clearest photos.

The examples below illustrate common deduction and disqualification scenarios. For more information, see the Rules page as well.

fish-2-mouth-791x1024        Pictured above is a fish that has a fish grip in its mouth. It would receive a score of “0”.

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