The 2019 CKA Season

The 2019 Season and Gate City Classic

The CKA 2019 Tournament season came full circle on September 28th when we held our final check in at Get Outdoors Paddlesports in Greensboro, North Carolina. We ended our season where it began with the Burlington Bash, when the seasonal grind began on a cold March day. Over the course of the year Will Seely and the store staff fixed our boats, offered us member discounts and hosted two tournament check-ins. Yesterday he provided the generous gift cards for the Angler of the Year and Rookie of the Year prize packages.

Over the course of the year, more than 450 anglers competed in a total of 8 CKA tournaments. There were combined events (the Yadkin Slam, the Battle on the Border), a team event as well as stand-alone events, we raised over $2,000 for Heroes on the Water and a nearly one dozen sponsor companies supported our anglers. It was a year of surprises (Tuckertown – who knew!) and a year in which 8 different anglers won 1st place at a CKA event, a sure testament to the high quality of competition on our trail.

It all culminated at the Gate City Classic with the resolution of the 2019 Angler of the Year race. In 2018, the Rookie of the Year race went to the wire, with Keith McGee the eventual victor over Graham Reay in a very close finish. The 2019 Angler of the Year race was similar in that not two but three anglers fought to the very last cast. It was ultimately decided by the thinnest of margins as the top 3 were divided from one another by 6 points each. A difference of 3-4 places at any of their top 6 events would have made this a different outcome. In the end, Will Lambert won the AOY prize, and long-time CKA veteran Joey Sullivan finished second.

Additionally, Sammy Wilson won the 2019 Rookie of the Year title and also finished 3rd in the AOY race. All three anglers had a remarkable run, and we congratulate them all. Trophy presentations will be held at our 1st event of 2020, when the previous year’s champions present the trophies to the winners, and a new title race begins!

The Gate City Classic concluded with a special prize this season. Denny Romero built a custom On the Water Innovations kayak trailer as a prize for CKA anglers who fish hard to raise money every season for Heroes on the Water. Qualifying anglers had to fish a minimum of 6 events and Denny’s daughter drew the winning number for the highly anticipated prize. Teng Yang won the trailer even though he nearly missed the drawing because he was asleep on the store couch when the tickets were distributed!

CKA wishes to thank all of the anglers who fished with us this season. We also wish to thank Kayak Bass Fishing for its support of our club.

Most of all, we owe a great debt of gratitude to our sponsors. Please click on the links and buy their great products!

Get Outdoors  Boonedox On the Water Innovations  Zee Bait Co. Bending Branches YakAttack CalCoast Torqeedo

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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Tuckertown Recap!

We rarely hold tournaments at Tuckertown, a lake that we took a chance on this year having only fished once there before. The gamble paid off. Storms swept through the area Friday, breaking a long heat wave. Low humidity, cool air temperatures and cool water temperatures greeted the 60 anglers showed up to a perfect morning with a strong bite. How strong was it?

  • 91.6% of the field submitted fish (55 out of 60)
  • 47 out of 60 anglers submitted limits
  • More than one-third of the field caught over 50”

The lake’s fish cooperated, to say the least.

Additionally, about a half dozen new anglers entered to compete, we gave away new $200 Torqeedo gift certificates and six anglers potentially qualified for the KBF National Championship, pending confirmation. Most importantly, Sammy Wilson took 1st place, qualifying him for the Tournament of Champions!

The money spots are below:

  1. Sammy Wilson 61.50”
  2. Chimeng Vang 59.75”
  3. Hue Vang 59.75”
  4. Hank Veggian 59”
  5. Will Hayes 57.75”
  6. Joey Sullivan 56.25”
  7. Kou Yang 55.75”
  8. Jacob Miles 54.50”

Congratulations to Kou Yang for winning the Zee Baits Lunker Length Big Bass prize with his 22.50” toad!

2019 CKA Photo Gallery Update

Hi everyone, we updated the photo gallery with pics from the Jordan and High Rock events. We posted some action shots and some of the check photos are there, too, but we didn’t get them all because some of the winners held them crooked (that’s on us for not taking good pictures). Nonetheless, download pics, share them and tag our sponsors! Here is the gallery link: https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=3890

 

 

Event 3: High Rock Tournament Recap

54 anglers competed in event #3 at High Rock Lake. High Rock fished very well this year, producing limits for more than half the field. In the end, the ROY race tightened up and new names appeared on the rookie roster, 3 more CKA anglers qualified for the KBF 2020 National Championship and Guntersville, an additional $280 was raised for Heroes on the Water and many anglers also competed in the Boonedox Yadkin Slam, where CKA angler Joey Sullivan won the Bass Division.

Pairing the event with the Boonedox Yadkin Slam proved to be a success, too. Rock Outdoors generously hosted CKA and NCKFA anglers, and as in previous years, the Slam sponsors such as Get Outdoors stepped up with a stunning selection of door prizes and angler prizes.

We should note that for the first time in CKA history, an angler won the Big Bass prize in 2 of 3 events. Joey Sullivan’s two winning fish (a 24” and 21.75”) add up to a 45.75” total, a number we doubt anyone will touch for some time. If we add in the 21” fish he landed at Jordan Lake in event 2, that equals a 66.75” 3 best-fish limit in 3 events. 

Looking ahead, on June 1st we return to Lake Tuckertown for the 1st time in 4 years. If you want to keep your AOY/ROY points, that will be the last chance to pay the $20 fee for the year.

Thank you to Tim Parks and Boonedox for being an excellent sponsor for our club and this event, and thank you also to Bending Branches, Yak Attack, Get:Outdoors, Cal Coast Fishing, Zee Bait Co. and On the Water Innovations, too!

  1. Joey Sullivan 57” & Zeee Bait Co. Lunker Length Bass 22.75”
    & 1st Place Bass Division Boonedox Yadkin Slam
  2. Austin Vang 55.75”
  3. James Wevers 55.25” (Qualifies for 2020 KBF National Championship)
  4. Kou Yang 54.75” (Qualifies for 2020 KBF National Championship)
  5. Matt Dunn 54.50” (Qualifies for 2020 KBF National Championship)
  6. Shelly Efird 54.25″
  7. Sammy Wilson 53”

Congratulations!