The 2021 Battle on the Border (III)

Kerr Lake (Bugg’s Island), NC/VA


In 2019, CKA paired up with a Virginia kayak fishing club (VKBC) for a friendly border war.  We called it the Battle on the Border, and nearly 100 kayak anglers fished the event. We continued the event in 2020 with comparable success.

In 2021, the Battle on the Border has expanded to invite more anglers and clubs. This year, 5 clubs will participate – three from Virginia and two from North Carolina. Additionally, Vance County has graciously offered to host the event, providing generous support for our event and our sport. Kayak Bass Fishing has also provided qualifying opportunities for the 2022 KBF National Championship to the top 10% of the field who are KBF members.

As always, the Battle on the Border will take place at Kerr Lake. It will be an open event so you do not need to be a member of a participating club to sign up and compete.

This post contains

  • Lake information
  • Boundaries, Rules, launches
  • Registration
  • Captains Meetings time and location info
  • Payouts and Qualifying
  • Tournament Start/End Times
  • Post-Event Check-In info

For additional updates, visit CKA on Facebook:

Lake Info

Kerr Lake (a.k.a. Buggs Island) is a massive reservoir located on the Roanoke River on the North Carolina/Virginia border. It is northeast of Falls Lake, just off I-85.  The lake was built shortly after WWII and it is one of the region’s premier Largemouth Bass, Catfish and Striped Bass fisheries. It covers more than 77 surface miles of water, making Kerr one of the largest impoundments on the Southeast. Want to test your skills against a massive lake? This is it.

The lake has dozens of public boat ramps and marinas as well as affordable camping. If you camp at the lake, be sure your campsite is open to the public and that it allows 24 hour access, so you can get out in the morning to fish. 

Boundaries, Launches and Rules

The event boundaries are as follows:

  • The Western boundary on the Dan River is the 360 bridge in South Boston.
  • The Northern boundary on the Staunton River is the 360 bridge, too.
  • The Eastern boundary is the Kerr Dam. No fishing below the dam.

The tournament is a multi-launch event and all public launches are available to anglers.

For a list of park managed launches and NC Wildlife launches, see this link:

Please be sure to obtain a valid N.C. fishing license. North Carolina has a license reciprocity agreement with Virginia for Kerr Lake, so you can fish the Virginia side with your N.C. license.

Please follow parking regulations practice good ramp etiquette at the lake’s public launches.

Competition rules follow those of the KBF Rules Standard. There is one exception: Hawg Troughs are a permitted measuring device for the 2021 event only.

Registration Links

Register here:

Please remember that launch fees at certain launches are not included in registration fees.

Anglers must use an identifier from a participating club or KBF identifiers from the 2021 season. The participating clubs are CKA, NVKBF, CCKF, VKY and BKBS.

 The CKA identifier can be found on the TourneyX dashboard.

The event ID code will be released in the Captains meeting at 8 pm on Facebook Friday evening, October 22nd.

Do not use the code that is automatically generated by TourneyX. write only the code released on Friday night on your ID.

Payouts and Qualifying Opportunities

Payouts will be 100% of the remaining entry fees after TourneyX and Paypal costs are deducted. The event will payout to 10% of the field.

Kayak Bass Fishing has confirmed it will award qualifying spots to the 2022 KBF National Championship to anglers who are KBF members in the top 10% of the final standings. To be eligible, you must be a KBF member prior to the start of competition. To obtain KBF membership, click here:

Captains Meeting

There will be no live Captains Meeting prior to the event. CKA will host a virtual Captains Meeting on Friday, October 22nd on Facebook.

Check-In and Awards will held at the Henderson Point Community Building provided by Vance County.

Address: 1395 Reverend Henderson Rd. Henderson, NC 27537

This event will use the check in/check out function on Tourneyx.

Tournament Start/End Times

Launch: 6:30 am

Lines In: 7:00 a.m.

Lines out: 3:00 p.m. (photo cut-off: 4:00 pm)

If you have a weak signal or no signal, be sure to leave the water early to find a signal so as to avoid delaying the judging of photos. We will not make exceptions for anglers who try to upload photos  after 4 pm.

Event Info

Sign up

Tourneyx ($5)

Fee $50.00 Entry (Big bass Optional)
Event Date Oct 22, 2021
Format 5 fish (12” minimum).
Captains Meeting/Sign up TourneyX/Facebook
Earliest Launch 6:30 am
Lines in 7:00 am
Lines out/Photo Cut-off 3:00 pm/4:00 pm
Check in/Awards 1395 Reverend Henderson Rd. Henderson, NC 27537



Stanley wins the 2021 Tournament of Champions

The CKA Tournament of Champions was established in 2016 to provide the club’s top anglers with a chance to fish one final club event each season. Denny Romero won that first event, which was held on the Yadkin River, and since then the tournament has become a prestigious end-of-season battle for prizes and trophies.

The 2021 edition was held on lakes Marion and Moultrie in South Carolina, and was CKA’s first ever out of state event. 14 anglers battled over the course of two days (Sept 25-26) for guaranteed payouts.

Event Recap

On Day 1, the bite started slow for the entire field, but Rick Morris figured it out and surged to a day 1 lead with a big limit of 5 bass that measured a total of 92″. The defending champion Keith McGee also climbed the leaderboard, posting one of only 3 limits that were caught. 2021 AOY Rick Rowland and posted a 4 fish limit, as did Christopher Decker. But as the day wore on, 2021 Rookie of the Year Jared Stanley made his presence known, and he ended day 1 with a limit of 89.25″.

Day 2 produced a battle at the top of the board. Stanley surged to an early lead, while Rick Morris figured out the bite. Morris climbed the leader board to retake the lead, and the two anglers exchanged fish. It would be close as each searched for upgrades. In the meantime, Christopher Decker put together 4 fish, and made his way into 3rd place.

Stanley would fish with 160.50″ for his two day total, 2.75″ better than Morris, who finished second overall. Decker finished in 3rd.

For his victory, Stanley took home $2,000. Morris earned $1,000 for second place, and Decker won $500. The Optional Big Bass Pool winners Jared Stanley Day 1 and Ryan Freeman Day 2 – each won $120 and a $25 YakAttack gift certificate! Both weighed in 22.75” toads.

For complete standings, click here.

For a complete history of the Tournament of Champions, click here.


CKA Tournament 1 Shearon Harris Reservoir, NC

CKA Tournament 1 Presented by

Shearon Harris Reservoir, NC

February 20, 2021


Welcome Anglers to 2021 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 began last season at Shearon Harris, and Larry Moua landed a 24.25” LM Bass on his way to victory that day. That’s why we fish the lake – two of the 24” fish landed in CKA tournaments came from its waters. Who will catch the third 24” from Harris?

Shearon Harris is a small lake that fishes big. Many of you know it well and fish it hard, and year round. But the lake changes dramatically from day to day and during the late winter and early spring it can deliver the limit of a lifetime.

Which lake will show up? Will the bite be deep or shallow? Let’s find out as we begin our season on the best big bass fishery in the region!

A few reminders:

  • CKA has streamlined sign up and payment system for the 2021 season. All tournament fees are now through TourneyX.
  • CKA membership fees are now paid directly to:
  • CKA has a new payout structure. See website for details.
  • Make sure you have a valid NC Fishing License

For additional updates, visit:

CKA on Facebook:


View the event page for full rules and details here:

CKA 1 Shearon Harris

CKA-VKBC-CCKF Battle on the Border 2020


Kerr Lake (Bugg’s Island), NC/VA

The 2020 Battle on the Border


In 2019, CKA paired up with Virginia Kayak Bass Challenge for a friendly border war.  We called it the Battle on the Border, and nearly 100 kayak anglers fished the event. On a beautiful sunny day, Tim Sabella (SC) lifted the 1st place trophy. Who will win it this year?

The 2020 Battle on the Border will take place at Kerr Lake. This year, a new club joins the event – the Central Carolina Kayak Fishing Club (CCKF).

CKA Tournament of Champions anglers can double dip and register for both events, and we are treating this event as an “Open,” which is to say it is not restricted to members of the two host trails.

This post contains

  • Lake information
  • Boundaries, Rules, launches
  • Registration links
  • Identifier Info
  • Captains Meetings time and location info
  • Payouts and KBF Qualifying Opportunities
  • Tournament Start/End Times
  • Post-Event Check-In info

Read more “CKA-VKBC-CCKF Battle on the Border 2020”

2020 CKA Tournament of Champions

2020 Tournament of Champions

Saturday, October 17th, 2020

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. The 2016 edition was a single day event won by Denny Romero on the Yadkin River, the 2017 event was a two day long event won by Melvin Yang. Joey Sullivan won a 2 day event in 2018, and Keith McGee won a single day event in 2019. Who will win 2020?

This post contains

  • Lake information & Payouts
  • Registration and Format
  • Tournament Start/End Times
  • Boundaries, Rules, launches
  • Post-Event Check-In info
  • List of Qualified Anglers

Lake Information & Payouts

The 2020 Tournament of Champions will be held on Kerr Lake. This is a 1 day event. There is no entry fee for this event, and no TourneyX sign up. Payouts are as follows:

1st Place for this event is guaranteed $1,000

2nd place is $500

3rd place $250

Registration and Format

Your best five fish will count to your limit. The angler with the longest 5 fish limit wins. The minimum length is 8”, as per CKA rules.  

We do not use TourneyX for the Tournament of Champions. In keeping with tradition and the old school check in format of our sport, you will bring your photos to the check in at Henderson Point. There, you will fill out a scoring sheet with your totals. Directors will review the sheets and then review photos. After the winner is announced, the angler must post photos to Facebook.

ToC anglers may fish the simultaneous Battle at the Border event.

You must use a CKA identifier card. The card is posted at this link on our website, in the 6th bullet point:

We will release the unique code during the Captains Meeting on Facebook Live on Friday, Oct 16th at 8:30 pm. Read more “2020 CKA Tournament of Champions”