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


Mid Season Update!

CKA Mid-Season Update

First, we want to begin by thanking each and every angler who has fished with us this season. It has been a wild, unpredictable and dangerous spring and we didn’t know if anglers would take the risk of heading out. So it’s with great pride that we tell you our attendance is up this season, and it’s with tremendous gratitude that we thank you.

In the second place, this is where things get real. With four events to go, anything can happen. One good or bad event can change anyone’s fortunes in the ROY and AOY races. Based on historical experience, it looks like this year’s races will again go to the wire.

A number of things are on the line. As of now, four anglers have qualified for the Tournament of Champions. They are: Larry Moua, James Wevers, Charles Crews and Sammy Wilson. The Rookie of the Year will qualify, along with at least 21 other anglers. The top 25 fish that event. Remember, however, that if you do not pay member dues, you do not keep your points. We will continue collecting those fees in person, continuing at Hickory later this month. Paying the member fee allows you to keep your AOY points, qualify for the TOC and also earn a potential at large qualification for the KBF National Championship.

Much else is at stake as we head into the second half: entries for the On The Water Innovations/Texas Two-Step Trailer giveaway, ROY and AOY prize packages, and more!

Everyone stay safe. We will see you at Hickory on June 27th!

For the updated points standings, click on the following link. Anglers who paid their dues have an R or A beside their names: https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=4445

CKA Tournament #3 Tuckertown Reservoir

CKA Tournament #3

Tuckertown Reservoir

May 2, 2020


Welcome anglers to Event #3 of the CKA tournament season. The tournament will be held on Tuckertown Reservoir. We did not fish Tuckertown since 2015 and returned to the lake last year with low expectations. It turned out to be an amazing event.

Tuckertown is a Yadkin chain lake, but with a unique profile for a water body, the upper half being a tailrace and river and the lower half being a lake that grows wide and deep as it approaches Badin Lake. It sets up well for both river and lake fishing, and the coves, banks and islands are filled with vegetation, too, making it a dynamic fishery.

We will use a multi-launch format (see the list of 4 allowed ramps at the bottom of the post) for this single lake event. That means everyone must practice distancing at ramps. As with previous events this season, there will not be a physical check in. Anglers will use the check in/ check out function on TourneyX. Any public ramps that have been closed are also off-limits. For example, if an NCWRC ramp is not open on the lake then anglers may not launch there. Last we checked, all of the ramps were available. Please check the NCWRC website for ramp updates and closures.

As always, print your ID early and fill in the code when it is released Friday night before the event. You can also re-use your ID card from the last event – just be sure to put the code in any remaining blank box.

We will hold a brief online Captains Meeting and release the identifier code across our social media (FB, Twitter, IG) on Friday, May 1st at 8:30 pm. 

For questions and updates, follow CKA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolinakayakanglers/

This post contains

  1. Registration Links and Event Identifier
  2. Format and Rules (and links to complete rules)
  3. Tournament Start/End Times
  4. Prizes
  5. Lake and Launch Information


  1. Registration

In order to register for the event, sign up using TourneyX. Create an angler account for event registration and CPR submissions if you have not done so – the basic account is free!

Tournament Fee: $50, includes TourneyX fee, judging and Paypal fees. Optional Fees: Big bass ($5) and H.O.W. ($5)    

Sign up here: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-2020-event-3-tuckertown


The blank CKA identifier card will be posted prior to the tournament. Be sure to print spares. Do not use the automatically generated code on TourneyX.

2. Format and Rules

Format: 5 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.

This event will largely follow KBF rules. Therefore, anglers must be familiar with and follow KBF rules as well as all CKA exceptions and North Carolina fishing laws and local regulations as they apply. Rules can be found at the link below:

 LINK TO CKA RULES PAGE: http://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=38                    

Please be sure to obtain a valid N.C. license. CKA asks for proof of a valid license for anglers who win prizes.

Follow parking regulations at launches. Be respectful and follow good ramp etiquette.  

Remember: All CKA Tournaments are 2020 KBF National Championship Qualifying Events, but you must be a KBF member prior to the CKA event.

3. Event Schedule

Anglers must remain within 100 yards of the ramps prior to 6:30 am. Please be sure to stay away from boat lanes and remember to have 360 degree visible lights on your kayak.

6:00 a.m.: anglers may leave launch areas.

6:30 am: Lines in, fishing begins.

2:30 pm: Lines out, fishing ends.

3:30 pm: photo upload ends.

Check in: Use the TourneyX check out function located in your TourneyX dashboard.  

Note: Be sure to update your phone so that browsers and apps run well. CKA Directors cannot be expected to solve technical problems with phones. If you are using the TourneyX app, download the TourneyX Pro app to replace the older app, which is now obsolete. Be sure also that all phone settings are set to allow TourneyX access to picture data. If you use a web browser to upload to TourneyX, make sure the browser settings in your phone’s privacy features allow the site to access your location as well as the browser app. Any and all photos submitted with missing or incorrect GPS data will be denied.

Try to upload your first photo submission early from the water so that CKA directors can contact you if there is a question or problem with your submissions. CKA judges will email and/or text or call. Please be responsive to avoid or correct submission errors.


4. Anglers compete for cash and sponsor prizes. Additionally, each registered angler this season will receive one entry per event for a prize drawing: a custom trailer by On the Water Innovations & texas 2 Step! 

CKA follows a 24 hour waiting period prior to announcing and distributing prizes. Results are not finalized until that period has passed.

Additionally, the 1st place winner qualifies for the end of season Tournament of Champions.


5. anglers may launch from any public access. The following ramps are the most commonly used launch areas:

a. Bringle Ferry

3301 N. Bringle Ferry Rd.

Denton N.C.


b. Highway 49 Boat Ramp

New London, N.C.


c. Flat Creek Boat Launch

Off of SR 2152 (River Road).

Link to NC Wildlife directions


d. Stokes Ferry Road

(Limited Roadside Parking/Primitive Launch)



CKA EVENT 2 Wild Card Waters


Wild Card Waters

April 11, 2020

The Burlington Bash has been postponed to a later date. The reason is simple: we are in a national emergency and we have to balance our commitment to fishing with public safety. After considerable discussions with CKA anglers and lake authorities we have decided to hold the scheduled event in modified by allowing anglers to spread out as much as possible on public waters. Therefore, CKA will continue to follow CDC recommendations to make gatherings /sporting events “virtual” until the current crisis passes and/or state authorities close all public ramps. Should the latter happen and all public ramps close (as they have in S Carolina), we will update.

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Tournament Recap: Shearon Harris Event 1

We never thought we would have to write these words: yesterday, we ran an event following CDC and North Carolina Health Department Pandemic Prevention Regulations. We’ve fished and held many historic events, but that’s a twist.

First, we want to thank TourneyX for its check in/out system. Dwayne and TourneyX built in that feature, and without it we would not have been able to run the tournament. Second, we want to thank Duke Energy, Harris Lake County Park, and NCWRC for their assistance with the event permits and changes/cancellations. Communication between our Trail and those entities was excellent. Finally, we want to thank each of you who competed, communicated and traveled safely to and from the event. It was a relief to have it all go smoothly, and the credit goes to each of you.

In sum, this was CKA’s second highest attendance of all time. 90 anglers caught, photographed and released 190 fish on Shearon Harris, new anglers who submitted fish did a great job of doing it correctly, and communication between judge and anglers went smoothly.

There was a written dispute that necessitated a review of the standings. The review was initiated by a non-competitor who noticed an error. The matter was easily resolved. The final, revised standings are posted below and on TourneyX. This is why we returned to the Paypal system with a 24 hour window: it prevented a complicated return of cash funds. And yes, a non-competitor filed it: people are watching these events at all times, and that is all the more reason to take our time with results.

The final standings are now back open to see. Here are the money places:

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