Former CKA director Larry Anderson left us a real gift last year when he came up with the idea for this event: 4 lakes, 5 launches, all within a few miles of each other and 3 of them new to the series. If you look at a map, all four lakes release water into the Haw River within only a few miles of one another. Geographically, it was the ideal watershed for a CKA event.
The 1st CKA event of the season surpassed last year’s numbers at Hyco, and while fewer fish were caught, the bag numbers and biggest fish were impressive to say the least. Once again, CKA anglers showed up despite the weather, competed hard and delivered impressive results.
The Top 10 were as follows:
- Melvin Yang 59.25”
- Jason Leach 58.50”
- Teng Vue 56.75”
- Rick Rowland 55”
- Bobby Bowers 54.75”
- Justin Freeman 54.25”
- Ryan Freeman 53.75”
- Brooks Lanier 53.25”
- Mike Wimmer 51.75”
- Derrick Hood 51.75”
Zee Bait Co. Lunker Length Big Bass: Joey Sullivan 24”
Congratulations to Melvin on the victory and all those who placed. With his win, Melvin qualified for the Tournament of Champions at the end of the season, too.
We want to thank everyone who turned out. Thank you also to our great sponsors CalCoast, Boonedox, Bending Branches, Zee Bait Co, Yak Attack and On the Water Innovations. And special thanks to Get: Outdoors for hosting us our check in – nearly 50 anglers registered as members to keep their AOY/ROY points. Use your membership for your discount at the shop!
Looking ahead, we are working on a special meeting place for the Captains Meeting and check in for Jordan Lake. We’ll see you there!
January 2018 CKA Newsletter
This post address a number of different additions and changes we will implement with CKA for the 2018 season. Topics include payouts, registration fees, the new Rookie of the Year prize, operational costs and the revised Tournament of Champions format. While each change is unique, they are also interdependent.
First, CKA has adjusted its payout format on several occasions over the years. It has done so in order to account for several factors, including the growing popularity of the series as well as to balance sponsor giveaways with cash prizes. Additionally, CKA always considers feedback from the anglers who participate in the series. We listened last season and came up with a solution that was as close as possible to what anglers requested. In these ways and others, the payout update below is no different from past changes. Here are the major points:
- CKA will pay out more places at each 2018 event. Last season we paid out 10% of the field, or 1 in 10 spots. This season we will pay out deeper into the field, or roughly 1 in 8 spots. For example, we average 58 anglers per event 2017. At an average 2017 event, we paid 5 spots. This season, that will be 8 spots at a 58 angler event (58 being our average attendance). Big Bass payouts will continue for each tournament.
- In 2018, the 2-day Tournament of Champions will have a new priority as the culminating event of our season. The new payout structure makes this possible. Please stay tuned for a follow up post with all of the details pertaining to this exciting event, but as it stands, we are budgeting to make it a “free” event so that qualifying anglers will only pay a nominal Tourneyx fee.
- CKA will continue to donate to H.O.W. but we have restructured contributions to increase tournament payouts.
- CKA will deduct a small amount from each registration fee to cover operating costs. As CKA has grown, tournament directors have paid out of pocket for many costs including user Paypal fees, payments to Tourney X, merchandise advances, compensation of judges and equipment purchases. Rather than ask anglers to pay a membership fee, we will deduct
- For the first time in our existence, one new CKA angler will be crowned Rookie of the Year. Details to follow but we are excited about seeing new anglers compete for this title.
During this off season, all four tournament directors debated the best way to sustain the series, expand payouts, maintain charity commitments and reward anglers. We consulted anglers and discussed with series sponsors. It was a long process with one goal in mind: to improve the rewards to anglers. This was our solution, and we hope you will find it reasonable. Thank you for your support.