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.

This post contains

  • Registration
  • Tournament Start/End Times
  • Post-Event Check-In info
  • Lake info

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

Now for the event details. Because this is a multi-lake event, please read carefully. 

 A. Registration & Fees

Entry fee for the Classic is $55 and this will include food, your donation to HOW and your entry for big bass. We will pay through Paypal, so a fee will be deducted. All remaining entries are paid out to anglers. Registration is a two step process:

 First, register on TourneyX. There is a $5 fee for sign up: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-2019-event-8-gate-city-classic

Second, pay your $55 tournament registration fee at Shop Get Outdoors, here: https://shopgetoutdoors.com/products/cka-gate-city-classic-kayak-fishing-tournament?variant=12870399688787

If you have never fished a CKA event, you will need to create a Tourney X angler account for event registration.

B. Tournament ID card

The CKA ID card will be posted at mid-week on the week of the tournament. You will see it in your Tourneyx dashboard. Print spare copies  or reuse previous cards. The ID code will be posted to the CKA Facebook page on Friday night before the tournament (it will also appear on our Twitter and Instagram pages). Please write the ID posted on your ID card. The number and entire card must be visible in the photo and we must be able to read the ID number in order for the fish you submit to Tourneyx to be valid.

C. Boundaries and Rules

You are responsible for reading and following all CKA rules. All local lake rules also apply, so be careful to read the regulations for the lake you choose to fish. You can read CKA rules at this link: http://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=38

Remember that certain areas of lakes are clearly marked as being off limits. This is true of some areas of Randleman Lake, for example. Anglers who fish in off-limits areas risk substantial fines. Furthermore, they will have their fish removed from the standings.

D. Launches

The tournament is a multi-launch event, and the listed lakes and access areas (below) will be the only eligible locations to launch. Keep in mind that some launches have limited space and different hours. Be sure to know the lake rules, arrive early, respect fellow boaters and be careful and helpful at the launches. There may also be additional launch fees. If you plan to ask for early opening of the gate, coordinate with other anglers. Any and all anglers must be allowed to enter and launch once a gate opens.

Please keep in mind that CKA does not control access to the ramps and if a gate is closed or it opens late, there is nothing we can do to change that fact.  Late opening will not affect check-in time at the end of the day, and all anglers must be present at Get Outdoors for check in before the 4 pm deadline.

We encourage anglers to coordinate early launch openings for the event, but some lakes may not be willing to provide early access, or may only do so for a fee. Anglers should cooperate and contribute in such cases, but CKA is not involved in arranging early gate/launch opening. Contact marinas/launches with your inquiries.

E. Captains Meetings

There will not be a live Captains Meeting for the event. CKA tournament directors may be present at certain ramps on the morning of the event, and will check CKA messages throughout the day. It is best to ask questions in the days prior to the event.

F. Tournament Launch/Start/End Times

Launch: No angler may launch prior to 6:30 am.

Lines In: You may paddle to your spots but you cannot start fishing before 7:00 a.m.

Lines out: 3:00 p.m. Remember that you will not be able to post fish to TourneyX after 3:30 pm.

G. Tournament Check-In

We will meet at Get Outdoors. All anglers must be checked in by 4 pm. This means that you must present yourself at the check in desk by that time, without exception. The check in area will be near the front store register. 

Anglers must be present at the post-tournament check-in in order to collect prizes. If you leave the event early and will not attend the check-in, we ask that you send us a message so we know you are safe.

Anglers must sign the check in sheet for each event in which they compete. Anglers must be in line at Get Outdoors to sign in by 4 pm. No exceptions!

Check-in location will be

Get Outdoors
1515 West Gate City Blvd
Greensboro, NC 27403

Tel: 336-294-3918

You must be signed in at Get Outdoors by 4:00 p.m.

H. Tournament Lakes

You can fish your choice of the following launch locations as soon as the lake allows on the morning of the event. Hours vary at each launch.

  • Randleman Regional Reservoir
    Southwest Park, 3403 Wall Road, Greensboro, NC 27407 – $5
    336-641-3544 – No gasoline motors – No SUPs – 513 acres with no gas motors, 3,007 acres total
    7 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
  • Randleman Marina, 7123 Adams Farm Road, Randleman, NC 27317 – $5
    336-498-5281 – Maximum speed limit 25 mph – No SUPs – 3,007 total acres
    0 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
  • Lake Higgins
    Higgins Marina, 4235 Hamburg Mill Road, Summerfield, NC 27358 – $6
    336-373-3739 – No horsepower restrictions – SUPs allowed – 226 acres
    8 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
  • Oak Hollow Lake
    Oak Hollow Marina, 3431 North Centennial Street, High Point, NC 27265 – $5
    336-883-3494 – No horsepower restrictions – SUPs allowed – 800 acres
    0 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
  • Lake Townsend
    Townsend Marina, 6332 Townsend Road, Brown Summit, NC 27214 – $6
    336-373-3694 – No horsepower restrictions – SUPs allowed – 1,542 acres
    0 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
  • Lake Brandt
    Brandt Marina, 5945 Lake Brandt Road, Greensboro, NC 27455 – $6
    336-373-3741 – No horsepower restrictions – SUPs allowed – 816 acres
    0 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
  • High Point City lake: Marina
  • Lake Mackintosh
    Lake Mackintosh Marina, 2704 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington, NC 27215 – $5 launch fee. Tel: 336-538-0896 – No horsepower restrictions, but large area for non-gas – No SUPs – 1,100 acres
    0 miles from GET:OUTDOORS
  • Guilford-Mackintosh Marina (Lake Macintosh), 1345 NC 61 South, Whitsett, N.C. This is the western side of the lake, with an area that restricts use of gas-powered engines.

 

CKA Tournament 7 Kerr Scott Lake

August 3rd, 2019

Scott Kerr was a new lake to the CKA Trail in 2018 and we are returning to it by popular demand. We are also adding an optional twist – a random draw team event that will take place on the side!

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

Read more “CKA Tournament 7 Kerr Scott Lake”

KBF Prizes for the 2019 Battle at the Border

Kayak Bass Fishing has generously donated additional cash prizes and 2020 National Championship Qualifying spots for the CKA-VKBC Battle at the Border at Kerr Lake, this coming Saturday, July 13th. This additional tournament support is to promote the sport among KBF members and non-members alike. There are two award categories.

  1. $1,000 cash

At the end of the event, the tournament directors will merge the two event leaderboards, and the top 3 limits overall will each be awarded a cash prize. Anglers do not have to be KBF members to receive these prizes and the prizes are guaranteed. They are as follows:

          1st Place: $500

          2nd Place: $300

          3rd place: $200

An angler cannot win two of these KBF cash prizes. For example, if Larry Anderson has a 91” limit on the CKA leaderboard for 2nd place, and 91” also on the VKBC leaderboard for 3rd place, he would not win both 2nd and 3rd place. If the two largest bags on the VKBC board took 1st and 2nd overall on the merged leaderboards, Larry would win the 3rd place money, assuming of course that one of the top two VKBC bags was also 1st on the CKA board. If 1st and 2nd on VKBC had 95” and 94.5” each, and a separate angler had 93” on the CKA board for 1st place, then Larry would fall to 4th place. In sum, the top 3 bags overall win the money.

This money is awarded in addition to any other tournament prizes from either event.

  1. National Championship qualifying spots

We will award 15 spots to KBF members at this event. Anglers must be members prior to the start of the event. The spots will roll down through the top 35% of the field (normally, these spots do not roll down). Non-KBF members and previously qualified members will be skipped. And so, in a combined field of 100 anglers, spots 1-35 would be eligible, but spot 36 would not. In a field of 75 anglers, spot 27 would be the cutoff, and so forth (fractions would be rounded up).  To sign up for KBF membership, click here.

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.

This post contains

  • 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/

Lake Info Read more “CKA Tournament 6 Kerr Lake (Bugg’s Island), NC/VA”

AOY/ROY update

The race for Angler of the Year has tightened up, with Will Lambert and Sammy Wilson Jr. closing ground on Joey Sullivan. Could Sammy achieve a combined ROY & AOY title? Can Joey regain his momentum? Can someone else emerge from the pack, and dominate the final 3 events, to shock everyone? On the ROY side, there will be even more movement as the best 4 scores for each angler will change over the coming weeks. One bad day, or one great day, can change each race.

We will find out more after the next event, on July 13th!

AOY update: https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=3936

ROY update: https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=3951