Angler feedback, location scouting, mock schedules, coordination and discussion – these are some of the ingredients that go into each year’s CKA schedule. This year the process was amplified by several important announcements in the kayak bass fishing world. And now, the CKA 2020 schedule is ready.
- For the first time since 2014, we will open our season at the mighty Shearon Harris reservoir.
- KBF Trail events return to North Carolina (May 30) after a one year hiatus.
- We added a river event, for the first time ever, and it’s a great one: the famous Cape Fear River. Based on our location scouting, that river is absolutely loaded with big fish.
- We return to the surprise lake of last year’s schedule: Tuckertown!
- The CKA schedule avoids conflict with all the major national kayak fishing trails, providing anglers the chance to fish those events when they are nearby, including the Hobie BOS event at Norman on March 14th and the BassMasters kayak tournament at Lake Chickamauga, TN in (May 23).
2020 is shaping up to be a tremendous year for our trail, our anglers and the sport of kayak fishing. We look forward to sharing the season with you all.
Here is the full schedule:
The 2019 CKA Tournament of Champions will be held from 7 am – 3 pm at Jordan Lake on Saturday, October 26th. We will use the Ebenezer Church Boat Ramp for the post-event check in. The ramp address is: 2582 Beaver Creek Rd, Apex, NC 27502
The tournament will follow all of the standard rules, with the following changes:
- The Tournament will be a 1 day event(rain date is Sunday, October 27th)
- The event will have a 5 fish limit
- There is no entry fee
- Anglers can use any Identifier card from the 2019 season. These include CKA and KBF ID cards. Anglers can also use a blank ID card or make their own ID card with a sponsor logo on it, so long as the ID code is clearly legible on the card.
- The tournament ID code will be released on the evening of Friday, October 25th at 7 pm.
- The tournament will not use Tourneyx. Tournament directors will judge photos at check in.
- This is a multi-launch event. All public ramps on the lake are allowed; water adjacent to the lake that is not navigable without crossing a barrier is off-limits (for example, Weaver Creek Wildlife area is off-limits).
- Tournament hours are 7 am-3 pm
- Anglers may not launch prior to 6:30 am.
- Anglers begin fishing at 7 am.
- Anglers must be present at check in by 4 pm or they will be disqualified.
- The top 10 will be asked to post photos to Facebook or to message them to judges.
Read more “CKA 2019 Tournament of Champions”
In June of this year, several CKA anglers signed up and competed in an online charity event run by Socks and Cookies, a 501-C non profit that raises money to send care packages to American military members stationed abroad. CKA anglers who fished that June event spoke highly of how it was run and also of the quality of competition and non-cash prizes that they received in competition. The best prize was knowing that their entry fees went to support a good cause.
This Saturday, September 7th, Socks & Cookies will run a 1 day-long, nationwide online charity event. We hope that North Carolina anglers will show up in numbers and have fun in competition. To sign up, please register and pay at the following link.
To learn more about this organization, click here: https://www.socksandcookies.org/
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.
Kayak Bass Fishing has generously donated additional cash prizes and 2020 National Championship Qualifying spots for the CKA-VKBC Battle at the Border at Kerr Lake, this coming Saturday, July 13th. This additional tournament support is to promote the sport among KBF members and non-members alike. There are two award categories.
- $1,000 cash
At the end of the event, the tournament directors will merge the two event leaderboards, and the top 3 limits overall will each be awarded a cash prize. Anglers do not have to be KBF members to receive these prizes and the prizes are guaranteed. They are as follows:
1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $300
3rd place: $200
An angler cannot win two of these KBF cash prizes. For example, if Larry Anderson has a 91” limit on the CKA leaderboard for 2nd place, and 91” also on the VKBC leaderboard for 3rd place, he would not win both 2nd and 3rd place. If the two largest bags on the VKBC board took 1st and 2nd overall on the merged leaderboards, Larry would win the 3rd place money, assuming of course that one of the top two VKBC bags was also 1st on the CKA board. If 1st and 2nd on VKBC had 95” and 94.5” each, and a separate angler had 93” on the CKA board for 1st place, then Larry would fall to 4th place. In sum, the top 3 bags overall win the money.
This money is awarded in addition to any other tournament prizes from either event.
- National Championship qualifying spots
We will award 15 spots to KBF members at this event. Anglers must be members prior to the start of the event. The spots will roll down through the top 35% of the field (normally, these spots do not roll down). Non-KBF members and previously qualified members will be skipped. And so, in a combined field of 100 anglers, spots 1-35 would be eligible, but spot 36 would not. In a field of 75 anglers, spot 27 would be the cutoff, and so forth (fractions would be rounded up). To sign up for KBF membership, click here.