Tuckertown Recap!

We rarely hold tournaments at Tuckertown, a lake that we took a chance on this year having only fished once there before. The gamble paid off. Storms swept through the area Friday, breaking a long heat wave. Low humidity, cool air temperatures and cool water temperatures greeted the 60 anglers showed up to a perfect morning with a strong bite. How strong was it?

  • 91.6% of the field submitted fish (55 out of 60)
  • 47 out of 60 anglers submitted limits
  • More than one-third of the field caught over 50”

The lake’s fish cooperated, to say the least.

Additionally, about a half dozen new anglers entered to compete, we gave away new $200 Torqeedo gift certificates and six anglers potentially qualified for the KBF National Championship, pending confirmation. Most importantly, Sammy Wilson took 1st place, qualifying him for the Tournament of Champions!

The money spots are below:

  1. Sammy Wilson 61.50”
  2. Chimeng Vang 59.75”
  3. Hue Vang 59.75”
  4. Hank Veggian 59”
  5. Will Hayes 57.75”
  6. Joey Sullivan 56.25”
  7. Kou Yang 55.75”
  8. Jacob Miles 54.50”

Congratulations to Kou Yang for winning the Zee Baits Lunker Length Big Bass prize with his 22.50” toad!

CKA Event #4 Tuckertown Reservoir

Overview

Welcome anglers to Event #4 of the 2019 CKA tournament season. The tournament will be held on Tuckertown Reservoir. We have not fished Tuckertown since 2015 when John Ladd won 1st place on a hot July day. Tuckertown is another 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 one of the more dynamic fisheries we will face this season!

We will use a multi-launch format (see the list of allowed ramps at the bottom of the post).The NC Wildlife ramp off of River Road (SR 2512) will be the event HQ for the morning sign-up and afternoon check in. It’s a smaller lot, so please be mindful of parking, and travel in pairs whenever possible.

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 the right box.

Note: This is the last event at which anglers can pay the member fee to keep their points for the AOY and ROY races.

Sign up ($5) on Tourneyx: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-2019-event-4-tuckertown-reservoir

Fee: Anglers will pay 50$ (cash only, bring exact change) for the event on Saturday morning at the Captains Meeting.

Sign up/Captains Meeting: 4:45- 5:30 am

Lines in: 6:15 am

Lines out: 2:15 pm

Photo Cut-Off: 2:45 pm

Check in: NC Wildlife Ramp. Anglers must be present and signed in by 3:30 pm.

We will release the identifier code on Friday night at 8 pm. For that and additional updates, visit:

CKA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolinakayakanglers/

Event Info

Sign up Tourneyx ($5)
Fee $50.00 Entry (includes H.O.W,  Big Fish fees)
Event Date June 1st 2019
Format 3 fish (8” minimum).
Check in/Payment 4:45:-5:30 am
Lines in 6:15 am
Lines out/Photo Cut-off 2:15 pm/2:45pm
Check in 3:30 pm

If you have not yet done so, please create a Tourney X angler account for event registration and CPR submissions!

Please review all event rules at https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=38

Remember you must pay the $20 CKA member fee to keep your AOY/ROY points. You can pay for the previous event before this event begins. This is the last chance to pay membership for the season!

The following sites are the only approved launch areas.

  1. Bringle Ferry

3301 N. Bringle Ferry Rd.

Denton N.C.

 

  1. Highway 49 Boat Ramp

New London, N.C.

 

  1. Flat Creek Boat Launch (Captains Meeting and Check in here)

Off of SR 2152 (River Road).

Link to Map

  1. Stokes Ferry Road

(Limited Parking/Primitive Launch)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setting up your TourneyX Account and Photo Submissions

Summary

CKA will continue to use Tourney X to judge tournament photographs for the 2019 season.  This is a great website and very easy to use because the designers consult with kayak anglers year round.

If you are a new angler, practice using the site, and even if you are a veteran angler, please familiarize yourself with the new features. Please review the information below. If there are still questions, ask CKA staff (or join the TourneyX group on Facebook), and remember to select CKA as the club you represent (you can find the list under “Clubs” in the main menu)

What is it?

TourneyX is a website and app (the app is free) for live check in of fish caught in Catch-Photo-Release (CPR) tournaments. You can download the app or save the home page to your phone for easy access. Anglers catch a fish, take a photo of it on their board (with ID) and upload it to the site for live scoring.

What does it cost and what are the benefits?

The basic account is free but there is also a verified account option with more features if anglers choose to buy it (we do not require it). Additionally, Tourneyx charges every series a fee per angler. That fee is included in your tournament registration and we pay it after the event. We minimize cost by using a trained judge as opposed to paying Tourneyx to judge your fish. The site allows for the following:

  • All anglers can see submitted photographs
  • The site automatically culls smaller fish without making anglers sort through photos later in the day
  • Upload fish to multiple tournaments
  • A tournament record for each CKA event
  • Faster payouts when accounts are linked to your Paypal
  • The basic Tourneyx account is free; verified account allows you to use other features
  • Friends or family can follow events on-line in real-time
  • Expedited results at the end of the day

In addition, a TourneyX account allows anglers

  • Access to other kayak fishing events from around the country.
  • The site allows anglers to “map” their catches, creating a useful record of where fish were caught, that only the angler can see.

 

How do I set up an account?

Register for an angler account at this link: https://tourneyx.com/register/

The TourneyX tutorial video is also useful. You can view it here: http://tourneyx.com/video_tutorial/

Can I fish in events if I do not use a smart phone?

Yes. But an angler who uses a digital camera must still have a TourneyX account as the judges will manually upload photographs (see more on this point in the summary below) from your SD card. If you do not have an SD card, we will be unable to upload your fish and they will not be scored. Texted photos will not be scored either because the text message may change the geo-location data and time stamp on the image. Note however that it is possible to synch some digital cameras with smart phones via Bluetooth, so you can photograph the fish with your camera and upload it from your phone without exposing your phone to water or other accidents. We strongly recommend that Anglers create an account and use their phone but there are other options as listed above. Anglers who use a digital camera/SD card camera must be present at check in at least 30 minutes prior to the end of the vent so a judge can review and manually transfer/upload photos.

Can I still fish in an event if I do not have a TourneyX account?

No. If you do not have an account, your fish will not be scored. There are no exceptions: every angler must create an account.

Final Points

We encourage all anglers to practice and learn the proper landing techniques so as to minimize injury to the fish (or angler). Equally as important, anglers must submit a clear photograph with the fish correctly displayed to the tournament judges in order to receive points for the catch.

TourneyX is an excellent photo upload site, and as you will see it makes the tournament experience more transparent and exciting. Please let us know if you have any questions.

CKA Tournament 4: Kerr Scott Lake

CKA Tournament 4

Scott Kerr Lake, NC

May 12, 2018

Advance notice: please read the info below the paragraphs carefully!

Kerr Scott is another new lake to the CKA Trail. There is a story as to how it was chosen. While debating lakes for the 2018 season, the CKA directors reached a deadlock over a May date and lake. Rather than concede, one of us chose a random lake from a map, a lake he had never heard of, fished or seen in his life. One of his opponents then said, “you know, that’s a great lake. That could work out.” Therefore, all the usual factors for lake selection went out the window. We did not choose this lake based on popularity or season, angler feedback or another trail’s schedule or for any reason at all. It was random.

In sum, 3 of the first 4 lakes of the 2018 CKA season (Hyco, High Rock, and Scott Kerr) were new to our series and the 4th (Hickory) is a recent addition. We set out to shake everyone out of their comfort zone. The result we hoped for has come to pass: attendance is far outpacing 2017 and this year’s AOY standings are more competitive, making for wide open AOY and ROY races.

Scott Kerr is located in the northwest Piedmont, near Wilkesboro. It is one of 4 Piedmont lakes run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. There will be (7) launches eligible listed below. There is also camping and rental cabins, which can be found at this link.

  • Anglers will sign up through TourneyX at https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-tournament-event-4-w.kerr-scott-reservoir . You will not pay through Tourneyx. The Entry Fee for this event will be paid at the Dam Site Park morning sign in between 5:00am -5:45am. Anglers will leave after a brief Captains Meeting to reach their ramps.
  • Anglers are to remain within 30 yards of a launch area prior to the 6:15am start time. Anglers may have kayaks in the water but will not be permitted to leave early to get to fishing areas.
  • Blank identifiers will be available on TourneyX approximately one week prior to the event (we recommend printing a few extras).
  • Unique identifier CODES will be released Friday 5/11 at 8:00pm EST on the CKA social media (Facebook and Twitter). We will provide instructions at that time for how to populate the identifier.
  • TourneyX sign up will be cutoff on Friday 5/11 at 11:00pm EST.
  • Budget time for travel from your launch to check in.
  • Remember you must be present at check in no later than 2:45 pm. If you need help with or have issues uploading your fish, please make an attempt to be at the Check-In Area early.
  • ALL ANGLERS ARE REQUIRED TO SIGN IN AT THE CHECK IN SITE (DAM SITE PARK) BY 2:45PM. IF YOUR NAME IS NOT ON THE SHEET, YOU WILL LOSE YOUR FISH AND SCORE ONLY 20 POINTS TOWARDS AOY.

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Rules Update: Tournament Measuring Boards

This post is an update/reminder concerning approved measuring devices, but it also contains an explanation of how those devices may affect scoring when a photo is unclear.

We have received several messages about which measuring devices are permissible in CKA events. The following rule applies to CKA events, per section 7c. of the KBF Rules standard:

“Acceptable measuring boards include the “Hawg Trough” manufactured by Hagen’s…., a FishStik Version 2 (with Bump Board Arrows and Lock Slide) and the Ketch Co Measuring Board.”

Anglers Denny Romero & Chris Ferguson (Chris is TD of the Plastic Pirates Trail) recently convened the directors of the 3 North Carolina Bass Kayak Fishing Trails to review how Denny and Chris compared the Hawg trough with a Ketch Board. After a careful discussion, CKA has renewed its commitment to allowing the Ketch board. The other Trails will follow different rules, so if you fish their events, contact them and ask about permitted boards (for example, Chris will only allow Hawg Troughs this season).

Pursuant to that discussion, the CKA directors want to remind anglers of a relevant rule regarding the scoring of fish, and what role a board plays in it. That rule is 10.f in the KBF Standard, and it is as follows:

“Blurry Photo/Length Unclear: Scored at the highest mark at which there is no doubt.”

In reviewing the Ketch board with a black design, we noticed low contrast between the fish tail and board.  As you can see in Figure 1 below (courtesy of Denny Romero), the tail appears to be touching the 11” line, but a judge may have doubt (is that a piece of dirt?) and the rule clearly states there can be no doubt. Because the tail loses contrast between lines where there is shadow on the board, a judge could not be  able to clearly determine where the tail ends. Therefore the “highest mark” applies, and the fish would be scored an 10.75″. By contrast, the fish in Figure 2 below is absolutely clear, there is no shadow and there cannot be any doubt about the length.

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