CKA Mission Statement
Carolina Kayak Anglers promotes kayak fishing in the form of competitive tournaments, partnership with kayak fishing industry sponsors and charitable events that assist military veterans and active duty U.S. Armed Forces personnel. Founded in 2013, Carolina Kayak Anglers, or CKA as it is popularly known, has organized over 50 kayak fishing events in North Carolina since its inception. These include our regular season competitive tournaments, charity events, hosting KBF events of national prominence and also our end of year championship. In doing so CKA has transformed the state’s kayak bass fishing community into one of the largest and most successful kayak fishing scenes in the United States. As a leading ambassador of a rapidly growing sport, CKA upholds its core values of fair competition, good sportsmanship and responsible outdoor recreation for anglers and paddlers.
CKA’s primary competitive tournament series holds 8-9 annual tournaments from February-October of every year in which the target is black bass species. No membership is required to attend and fish in CKA events – anglers simply register on TourneyX, pay a tournament registration fee and fish. Anglers compete for cash prizes and other rewards at regular season individual events. In addition, Angler of the Year (AOY) points are awarded, the sum of which determine the AOY at CKA’s final annual competition, the Gate City Classic, in September of every calendar year. Hosted by Get: Outdoors, the Gate City Classic also determines the location of the Tournament of Champions event in October of every year, where the top anglers in the series face off in a single, unique tournament.
CKA promotes the sport of kayak fishing through and for its sponsors and allied organizations. We partner in and coordinate events with other kayak fishing series, advertise and distribute sponsor products and collaborate with national organizations to grow the sport of kayak fishing.CKA is an official legacy partner of Kayak Bass Fishing, and our Tournament Directors contribute to discussions of rules and formats that grow the sport as well as regional planning of KBF events. Our anglers who have qualified for and competed in KBF regional and national events through our series have had high levels of success, winning money and prestigious titles and events.
In addition to working with other kayak fishing groups, we also work with sponsors to grow the sport. Our sponsors include kayak brands, fishing tackle companies and retailers, as well as manufacturers of clothing and gear for paddle sports. Our primary sponsor, Get:Outdoors, is an independent retail store in Greensboro, North Carolina. Anglers who fish CKA events receive discounts on their purchases at the store.
Carolina Kayak Anglers was founded by military veterans from three branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. In recognition of the sacrifices made by active duty personnel and veterans, CKA donates a portion of every tournament entry fee to Heroes on the Water (HOW), a charitable organization dedicated to helping veterans and active duty personnel fish, paddle and join the community of kayak anglers. CKA raises thousands of dollars every year for the charity. Furthermore, HOW representatives fish in CKA events, educating anglers about the charity, explaining the organization’s successes and plans while building awareness for veteran’s issues.