The 2020 CKA Tournament Schedule

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.

Some highlights:

  • 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:

3rd Annual Socks & Cookies Kayak Charity Bass Tournament

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.

https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/3rd-annual-socks-and-cookies-kayak-bass-fishing-tournament

To learn more about this organization, click here: https://www.socksandcookies.org/

 

The 2019 Gate City Classic

CKA Tournament 8

The Gate City Classic

Multi-Lake Event

September 28th, 2019

The Gate City Classic celebrates the end of every CKA tournament season. In nearly every previous year, the Angler of the Year was a lock. This year is different, as a handful of anglers will compete on the final day for the AOY title. The rest of us will compete for prizes, qualifying spots in the Tournament of Champions and for KBF National Championship qualification. It’s going to be a dramatic end to a great regular season, to say the least!

In addition, we will be giving away a number of special prizes this year.

  • Anglers who fished at least 6 of events will be eligible for the On the Water Innovations custom trailer. Please register early if you fished 5 events previous to this one, so your name will be on the list of eligible anglers
  • Rookie of the Year and Angler of the Year will receive Get Outdoors gift cards, among other prizes
  • Boonedox has donated a special prize package for the Rookie of the Year
  • TourneyX has donated giveaway items to CKA
  • Torqeedo gift certificates
  • Zee Bait Co. prize packages
  • And more!

We will also announce the time and location for the Tournament of Champions. The lake is announced after the Classic and Final standings are announced.

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CKA Tournament of Champions update

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.

 

CKA Tournament 6 Kerr Lake (Bugg’s Island), NC/VA

The Battle on the Border

July 13th, 2019

 Overview

We enter uncharted waters here for CKA anglers. CKA has never fished Kerr Lake, and it will be the farthest north and east our trail has ever reached. It is also the largest lake we have ever fished. Kerr Lake covers more than 77 surface miles of water; for contrast, Lake Norman covers fewer than 50 surface miles. It is also a river system (the Roanoke) CKA has never touched. In sum, Kerr is one of the largest impoundments on the Southeast, and will challenge how anglers break down big water. Want to test your skills against a massive lake? This is it.

And just to make things even more difficult, there will be a 5 fish limit at this event with a 12” minimum length, instead of the usual 3 fish/8”minimum limit.

Additionally, we will be competing with and against the Virginia Kayak Bass Challenge, the Virginia club run by Casey Reed, a nationally accomplished kayak angler and a long -time friend of CKA in the kayak fishing world. CKA and VKBC will run separate, simultaneous events. You can fish both, or just one. As an added bonus, the angler who submits the longest limit to either trail will take home a custom trophy to commemorate this inaugural tournament! This event is a great opportunity to get to know our friends to the north, fish new water, and compete for state pride.

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

For additional updates, visit CKA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolinakayakanglers/

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