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.
With the fishing tournament season only 6 weeks away, it’s time to prep your gear. When you do, head to Get: Outdoors to cash in your CKA discount!
Get:Outdoors has been the primary sponsor of our kayak fishing trail since day one. It has hosted our check-ins, sold us the best available kayak fishing gear, repaired our kayaks and made many great memories for anglers and our families. We are proud to continue our relationship with Get:Outdoors as we prepare to begin our 6th season.
All CKA anglers receive a 15% discount on full price items in the shop (including kayaks and accessories). If you fished a CKA event in 2018, you qualify for this exclusive angler discount rate!
Come into the shop and see the new products from
- Native Watercraft
- Wilderness Systems
- Jackson Kayaks
- Bending Branches
- & more!
This discount applies only to in-store purchases. You can see available stock on the website and call in advance, however : https://shopgetoutdoors.com/
Our first event of 2018 came during a good warming spell that woke up the fish on local lakes. We had 74 anglers turn out to enjoy the weather and a good bite on Lake Hyco. This was our first event on the lake; the lake staff treated us well and local businesses were happy to see us too. Thank you to everyone who attended and for patronizing our series, the lake and local stores.
As for the event itself: we shared the launch with a boat tournament and it went smoothly. There was fog on the lake at launch and it burned off by mid-morning. Not unsurprisingly, many of the best fish were caught during the early bite, which took place between two fronts – a cold front that came through late Friday and the wind and light rain that arrived Saturday in the late morning. Several early leaders held position through the day and in the end the tournament was decided by the smallest margins. On a day like Saturday, every small upgrade made a difference. Here are a few numbers:
- 162 fish were caught
- Nearly half the field (34 anglers) caught a limit
- The gap between 10th place and 1st place was only 4.5 inches
- The gap between 20th place and 1st place was only 7.25 inches
In the end, we paid out 10 places to faces new and familiar. Bob Dainton, who was director of Carolina Yakfish (the series that preceded CKA, but ended in 2013) won 1st place. By winning first place, Bob also qualified for the end of season CKA Tournament of Champions. Ron Gerber (now a CKA TD) placed 5th after not fishing with CKA for a couple of seasons. We also had two out of state anglers in the money: Casey Reed from Virginia won 4th fishing his second event with us, and Graham Reay from South Carolina won 6th place.
- Bob Dainton
- Jacob Miles
- Drew Blair
- Casey Reed
- Ron Gerber
- Graham Reay
- P.C. Hawj
- Eric Nelson
- Aaron Miller (Aaron also won the Big Bass pot)
- Shelly Efird
Additionally, Matt Hawj won the Manley Fishing Rod gift certificate, John Ladd won the Bending Branches Ace Angler paddle and Arlie Minton won the Carver Covers kayak cover. 6 anglers also won BioSpawn Lure Company lure sets.
We will post the first Rookie of the Year standings in the coming days, a photo gallery,and also other new info.
Full results can be seen here: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-2018-event-1-hyco-lake
Thanks again to everyone, and we will see you at Lake Hickory on March 31st!
CKA Tournament 9
Tournament of Champions
October 21-22, 2017
The Tournament of Champions marks the end of the CKA tournament season. CKA established the Tournament of Champions to reward the top 25 anglers in the AOY standings with an opportunity to fish for one last prize – a winner take all event. The 2016 edition was a single day event won by Denny Romero on the Yadkin River. Similar to last year’s attendance of 19 anglers, the 2017 edition drew 18 of the top 25 anglers (a few roll down spots were included). Unlike the first edition of the Tournament of Champions, this was a 2 day event, with a 3/2, 5 fish aggregate limit. The top prize remained unchanged – the winner took home the entire entry purse.
Day 1 of the 2017 CKA Tournament of Champions concluded with Melvin Yang leading the tournament with a three fish limit of 51.25” and Tommy Xiong just trailing the leader with 48”. Day one results are available at this link: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-tournament-of-champions
Day 2 of the CKA Tournament of Champions brought the remainder of the top 25 CKA anglers out for one last day to determine a champion on Lake Norman. On the final day, Melvin Yang extended his day 1 lead and anchored it with a great 19.25″ Spotted Bass. Melvin landed a 5 fish limit of 87″. For all who have fished Lake Norman, you know how impressive that is. Melvin won $900. Congratulations, Melvin Yang, for the hard fought win!
Read more “Tournament of Champions Recap”
Tournament of Champions
October 21-22, 2017
The Tournament of Champions pits the top 25 anglers in the CKA final regular season standings against each other to determine a winner in this final tournament round of the season. Last year’s championship tournament crowned Denny Romero the winner, and like that event, this is a winner-take-all event: the 1st place finisher will win the entire prize purse. Yes, 2nd and 3rd place will also win prizes, but there is only one cash purse to win and it is the total sum of all entry fees minus the big bass pot. This year’s Tournament of Champions will take place on Lake Norman, and so the 2017 CKA season will come full circle to end where it began.
About the lake:
For those who did not fish the February CKA event, Lake Norman is fed from the north by the Catawba River, and its 520 miles of shoreline with average depths of 33 ft. and clear water will present a dynamic challenge for anglers. The upper end (where we will launch) has many structural features such as boat docks, submerged brushpiles, rock piles and long points that invite many different styles of fishing. Since this is a fall event, bass will be following different feeding patterns than those we encountered at our late winter event. In short – whether you fish for schooling bass chasing shad or bass gravitating to structure, the entire lake will present diverse fishing options.
Notes about the format:
- This is a two day tournament. The first day begins on Saturday, October 21st; the event ends on Sunday, October 22nd. If you do not live close to the lake, you may wish to find local camping or hotel accommodations.
- The event is a 3/2 format. The aggregate of your 3 longest fish from Saturday and your two longest fish from Sunday will determine your total score.
Read more “The CKA 2017 Tournament of Champions”