CKA Event 2 Recap: High Rock

CKA Event 2 Recap: High Rock

The majority of area kayak tournaments this season have been marred by poor weather, with high winds, rain or both complicating affairs. And when the cold fronts aren’t spoiling bites, boating pressure on the lakes has been intense. Crazy weather, skittish bass and busy lakes: that is springtime tournament fishing. But stable temperatures delivered a picture-perfect spring day for North Carolina tournament anglers. With an FKA/MMKS joint event in the western half of the state and CKA in the middle, anglers had events to choose from on a clear spring…

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Rule Change: CKA, NC Wildlife and U.S. Coast Guard Lighting Rules Explained

Rule Change: CKA, NC Wildlife and U.S. Coast Guard Lighting Rules Explained

CKA Kayak Lighting Requirements and Laws for Man-Powered vs. Motor-Powered Boats in North Carolina New rule effective March 24, 2024: All anglers must display a white light that is visible 360 degrees between sunset and sunrise to ensure safety during tournament hours. This is to explain spirit of the rule, the law and the exceptions to be aware of. The easiest solution: buy a Yak Attack VISIpoleII, mount it and you are ready to fish. General Explanation CKA requires the maximum visibility when launching on large bodies of water shared…

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Faircloth Wins Burlington Bash

Faircloth Wins Burlington Bash

Summary Carolina Kayak Anglers’ 2024 season began with a throwback event: the Burlington Bash. The tournament was invented by former director Larry Anderson, prior to his move to Tennessee. Anglers love fishing the Haw River basin’s fertile (and overlooked) lakes, and when announcing a smaller CKA trail footprint for 2024, it was the perfect fit. The weather leading up to the event was also perfect – almost. At mid-week, it seemed like the event would produce a wild bite and big limits. While it produced a few of the latter,…

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Preview: 2024 CKA Burlington Bash

Preview: 2024 CKA Burlington Bash

CKA Tournament 1 The Burlington Bash presented by Faircloth Chimney Sweeps and Wildlife Removal March 16th, 2024 Lake Mackintosh, Stony Creek, Graham-Mebane and Cammack The Burlington Bash is back! Established in 2019 to highlight the fisheries along the Haw River basin in Alamance County, the Bash celebrates its fifth-year anniversary in 2024. Don’t let the smaller lakes available for this event fool you – they have a big history. How big? Well, the only verified ten pounder caught in CKA competition was landed during the bash, and the smaller lakes…

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Medina Wins Inaugural CKA Winter Series

Medina Wins Inaugural CKA Winter Series

The CKA Winter Series took everyone by surprise with strong turnouts for a cold-weather series. What was no surprise was the fact that some giant fish were caught. Consider the following: Jeremy Hicks won the final frame with a 62″ limit of three fish Mark Wilkins posted a 21.25″ Smallmouth Bass in the January event Will Lambert posted 61.75″ in the final frame, too. Stephen Bell Sr. landed a 23.25″ monster, the biggest bass caught across the three-event series. And while the series champion only landed the third longest limit…

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