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: https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=25

We will release the unique code during the Captains Meeting on Facebook Live on Friday, Oct 16th at 8:30 pm.

 Boundaries and Launches

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: https://www.ncparks.gov/kerr-lake-state-recreation-area/activities

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.

Please be sure to obtain a valid N.C. license, and follow parking regulations at the launches, as this popular lake is closely monitored by NC Wildlife officers.


Event Info

Sign up Free
Event Date Oct 17, 2020
Format 5 fish (12” minimum).
Captains Meeting Facebook 10/16, 8:30 pm
Earliest Launch 6:30 am
Lines in 7:00 am
Lines out/Photo Cut-off 3:00 pm/4:00 pm
Results CKA Facebook, Saturday 8:30 pm


Post Event Check in

Check in at the Henderson Point Launch by 4 pm.

Address: 1395 Reverend Henderson Rd. Henderson, NC 27537, Henderson, NC 27537

We will have our trophy presentations at the post event check in.


Qualified Anglers

Charles Crews* (R)

Ricky Rowland*

Shelly Efird

Justin Finger

Keith McGee

Eric Nelson

Ryan Freeman

James Wevers*

Matthew Dunn

Christopher Decker (R)

Jacob Ly

Chris Linville

Brian Falbe

Jereme Olshefski

Calvin Keller

William Queen

Dustin Matthews*

Rick Morris

Stephen Bell (R)

James Smith (R)

Garriett Chavis (R)

Bernie Garrett

Joey Sullivan

Jeremy Hicks

Will Lambert*

Sammy Wilson*

Jack Chambers

Jacob Miles

Garrett Gincley (R)

Henry Veggian

Denny Romero