CKA Tournament 1: The Burlington Battle

CKA Tournament 1

March 9th, 2019

Lake Mackintosh. Stony Creek, Graham-Mebane and Cammack

4 Lakes, 5 Launches…..

Central location, on both new and familiar lakes….

The 2019 CKA season begins…..

It’s time to fish!

Welcome Anglers to 2019 season. If you are new to the Trail, welcome aboard and good luck in the Rookie of the Year race. If you are a CKA regular then you know the battle for Angler of the Year will be long and difficult against some of the best competition in the entire country.

We begin our season with a multi-lake event in the Burlington area. The largest of those lakes is Mackintosh, a lake familiar to CKA. The other three lakes – Cammack, Stony Creek and Graham-Mebane – are new to the Trail. With the exception of Graham-Mebane all are Burlington City lakes with special restrictions. Please abide by all state and local rules. A few general points:

  • please bring exact change for launch fees. Lake authorities stressed this point, and it speeds up check in. Your launch fee is not included in the sign up.
  • If you contact lake authorities and ask them to open early, then any angler who is present at that time can enter, pay and launch.

We will release the identifier code across our social media (FB, Twitter, IG) on Friday night at 8 pm.  Contact: CKA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolinakayakanglers/

Note: The same time must and will apply to all ramps and lakes for lines in. As it stands, the time below will apply to all anglers, regardless of when gates open.

More information about each lake is available below the summary. Please read it all.

Event Info

Sign up: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-event-1-the-burlington-bash

Tournament Registration Fee: $50. Fee includes H.O.W. donation, Big Bass fee and Tourneyx fee. You can sign up on Tourneyx and pay later at the Get:Outdoors link, but all anglers must complete both steps (sign up and payment) prior to competition time.                   

Payment link: https://shopgetoutdoors.com/products/cka-burlington-battle-multi-lake-kayak-fishing-tournament?variant=21493348466771

Format: 3 longest fish (8” minimum length), submitted on approved measuring device (Fish Stik, Hawg Trough or Ketch Board only), entire fish and correct ID entirely in photo. ID will be available for download and printing in the days prior to event.

Event Schedule

Lines in: 8:00 am

Lines out: 3:00 pm (photo cut off is 3:05 pm. Upload your photos early – No Exceptions!)

Check in: 4 pm at Get:Outdoors. Must sign in or lose AOY points. Anglers must pay CKA member fee to keep AOY points.

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KBF Southeast Region Trail at Santee Cooper

Every season, dozens of CKA anglers divide their efforts between our  series and the national KBF trail and major tournaments. The results have often been spectacular –Rick Rowland simultaneously won the KBF Open on Kentucky Lake and also placed 3rd at the 2017 KBF National Championship, Jamie Denison won the 2018 AOY and the 2019 events at Toledo Bend, Cory Dreyer won the “Ten” at Bienville and extended his legendary streak of placing in the money at consecutive Open and National Championship events. In these examples and others, CKA anglers have performed at a high level at KBF events from the start.  

KBF has reconfigured its 2019 Trail schedule, dividing states into regions and reducing the number of Trail events. Lakes are big and the stakes are bigger, with Regional Championships, National Championship qualifying and the new Pro Series category all in play.

And it all begins nearby for the Southeast region, on February 23rd at Santee-Cooper.

Renew or begin your KBF membership. Book your rooms, load your gear and step up your game to become the next CKA angler to gain national recognition this season.

Sign up and tournament details here: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/201902-kbf-trail-santee-cooper-sc

CKA Welcomes On the Water Innovations as an Official Sponsor

From our partnership with KBF to our fundraising for Heroes on the Water, CKA proudly supports businesses and charities owned and run by U.S. military veterans. This season, long time CKA angler and U.S. Army veteran Denny Romero has generously offered a special prize to CKA anglers through his company On the Water Innovations.

On the Water Innovations will donate a custom kayak trailer to be given to one angler who has fished a minimum of 6 events. The angler will be selected at the Gate City Classic on September 28th, 2019. The prize is the NEW Tourney Double, a compact trailer that is built to hold 2 kayaks side by side.

Features:

  • 2 Custom Rod Tubes 
  • 4 Self-Retracting Ratchet Straps
  • Adjustable Bunks
  • 13” Aluminum Wheels
  • All Welded Steel Construction
  • LED Lights 
  • Custom “Built Like A Tank” Fenders
  • Removable T-Bars (not included)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is how it works:

  • Anglers receive an entry for each event they fish
  • Eligible anglers must fish at least 6 events
  • Anglers must be present at the Gate City Classic post-tournament check-in

This prize was donated to reward the anglers who donate the most to Heroes on the Water through their tournament fees. We are grateful to Denny and OTWI for this great prize. Thank you!

Visit the OTWI website: http://www.onthewaterinnovations.com/

 

15% discount for CKA anglers at Get:Outdoors!

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
  • Boonedox
  • BonaFide
  • YakAttack
  • 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/

 

The 2019 CKA Schedule

At long last, here is our schedule for next year! The decision making process changes every year, and this is how we arrived at the new schedule:

  • We listened to feedback. Anglers who told us about favorite lakes, driving time and spacing of events were heard. This year’s schedule has a tighter geographic radius, returns to some favorite lakes and expands the multi-lake option.
  • We increased cooperation with other regional trails and events.
  • We enhanced the number of multi-lake and multi-launch events.
  • We are working with more local sponsors (more about that in a later post!).
  • We included a “fun” event in the schedule!!!!

 

And now, because we know there are questions, we have some answers:

Question: What is the Burlington Battle?

Answer: It is a 4 lake event. Lakes are Cammack, Stony Creek, Graham-Mebane and Mackintosh. Like the Gate City Classic, we will meet at Get:Outdoors for check in.

Question: What is the Yadkin Slam?

Answer: The Yadkin Slam is a popular charity event hosted by Boonedox. Last year, it was combined with a KBF Trail event. The event was well run, it supported a great cause, the prizes were amazing and the food and company were excellent. Many of us fished the event, and as a result both parties decided to continue that experience. So we paired up again for simultaneous, parallel events. Yes, you can fish both, and yes the CKA event will be an AOY/ROY points event.

Question: What is the Battle at the Border?

Answer: We paired up with our friend Casey Reed’s VKBC Trail in Virginia to plan a tournament at Bugg’s Island on the NC/VA border. When KBF caught wind of the large regional event we planned, they stepped in to make it a KBF National Championship Qualifying event with cash prizes. And so, it will be 3 events: A CKA event, a VKBC event and a KBF National Championship Qualifying event.

Question: Will there be AOY points awarded at the team event?

Answer: Yes, but for the single angler event only. You have the option to fish a side-event in which teams will compete. AOY points will be for the single angler event only. However, you and a friend can show up and fish the team event by itself, too!

Please share the schedule with interested friends. The stand alone graphic can be found at this link: https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=3676

As always, we will continue our great partnership with Get: Outdoors and we will continue to raise money for Heroes on the Water to support their important work. We will post more updates in the coming weeks and months. Thank you again for supporting us, our sponsors and the charities we support!