The 2019 Gate City Classic

CKA Tournament 8

The Gate City Classic

Multi-Lake Event

September 28th, 2019

The Gate City Classic celebrates the end of every CKA tournament season. In nearly every previous year, the Angler of the Year was a lock. This year is different, as a handful of anglers will compete on the final day for the AOY title. The rest of us will compete for prizes, qualifying spots in the Tournament of Champions and for KBF National Championship qualification. It’s going to be a dramatic end to a great regular season, to say the least!

In addition, we will be giving away a number of special prizes this year.

  • Anglers who fished at least 6 of events will be eligible for the On the Water Innovations custom trailer. Please register early if you fished 5 events previous to this one, so your name will be on the list of eligible anglers
  • Rookie of the Year and Angler of the Year will receive Get Outdoors gift cards, among other prizes
  • Boonedox has donated a special prize package for the Rookie of the Year
  • TourneyX has donated giveaway items to CKA
  • Torqeedo gift certificates
  • Zee Bait Co. prize packages
  • And more!

We will also announce the time and location for the Tournament of Champions. The lake is announced after the Classic and Final standings are announced.

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OTWI Tourney Double Trailer Giveaway Update

At the end of last season, long time CKA angler Denny Romero approached us with an idea: he wanted to reward CKA anglers who consistently compete in events. His motive was simple: through their tournament entry fees, those anglers have raised the lion’s share of the money that CKA donates to Heroes on the Water every season.  And so to reward them, he decided to build a custom kayak trailer. Scroll down our Facebook page, and you will see some of his photo updates of the trailer’s construction. As many people know, Denny’s engineering and craftsmanship are second to none; he is also a kayak angler, so he knows exactly what anglers need from a trailer. Read more “OTWI Tourney Double Trailer Giveaway Update”

CKA Tournament 7 Kerr Scott Lake

August 3rd, 2019

Scott Kerr was a new lake to the CKA Trail in 2018 and we are returning to it by popular demand. We are also adding an optional twist – a random draw team event that will take place on the side!

Kerr Scott is located in the northwest Piedmont, near Wilkesboro. It is one of 4 Piedmont lakes run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (this means additional regulations apply – see website below). There will be (7) eligible launches (listed below). There is also camping and rental cabins, which can be found at this link.

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CKA Tournament of Champions update

After 6 events, the following anglers have qualified for the Tournament of Champions:

  • Melvin Yang (1st place, Burlington Bash)
  • Joey Sullivan (1st Place, High Rock)
  • Sammy Wilson (1st Place, Tuckertown)
  • Will Lambert (1st Place, Randleman)

As it stands, the cash prize pot is over $1,000.

Additional spots will be awarded to the Rookie of the Year and the AOY top 25. The 1st place winners at Kerr-Scott and the Gate City Classic will also become eligible. 1st Place winners at Kerr Lake and Jordan Lake would have qualified but did not pay member dues.

The tournament is scheduled for October 12th, and the lake for the tournament will be announced at the Gate City Classic.


July AOY/ROY Update

Since its inception, CKA has recognized the angler who outperforms the rest of the field. From the start those races have been largely decided by mid-season. This year is different: the mid-season mark has been a turning point: a handful of angler are gaining ground on the leader. Now, it is a wide-open race. And to make things even more dramatic, we have a tie at the top of the standings.

And it isn’t just any tie. It’s the veteran angler versus the young fisherman. Joey Sullivan, who directed the Carolina Yakfish Series from 2010-2013, is an accomplished fresh and salt water kayak angler. His walls are adorned with trophies and he has won and sold more kayaks than most of us will own in a lifetime. He also holds the North Carolina state record length for a monthly five fish limit on the KBF state Challenge boards, at 117.50  (that’s an average length of 23.50’ per fish). Some of us call him The Terminator – just ask the field from last season’s Tournament of Champions, when Joey came back from 7th place on Day 2 to win the event.

The youngster is Will Lambert, an accomplished angler in his own right, and the future of our sport. One day, his garage will also be filled with kayaks and his walls will also be decorated with trophies. But he is going to have to earn the CKA trophy and kayak by defeating one of the best all-around anglers in all of kayak fishing. The path to victory goes down Sullivan Road.

And it gets even more interesting. The race isn’t over for a handful of anglers near the top of the standings. In fact, several could overtake the two leaders at the next event while the top 10-15% of the field is not yet eliminated mathematically. And Rick Rowland is still out there, climbing his way into the conversation. His nickname requires no explanation – he’s simply “The Hammer.”

For anglers who have fished 6 events, the lowest score is dropped and replaced by a higher score – if they earn one – at the remaining two events. Qualifications for the Tournament of Champions and KBF Nationals remain on the line as we head into the home stretch.

This should be fun.

The AOY update is at this link.

The ROY update is at this link