KBF National Championship Qualifying Update

As a long standing affiliate of Kayak Bass Fishing, CKA enjoys the highest level of coordination with Kayak Bass Fishing. We receive event support and sponsor support from them and KBF has entrusted CKA to manage multiple Trail events. In return, our best anglers compete at KBF events where they have repeatedly proven themselves against the best. We all take pride in the work we do in North Carolina, but when one of our anglers has success on the national stage, we are particularly proud.

We want each of you to have that chance. And so we want to remind everyone that anglers can qualify for the KBF National Championship through individual CKA events (and also through the final AOY standings). CKA can award spots to the top 10% of the field at each event and also distribute “at large” spots to the AOY field (for more on how that works, see this link). However, anglers must be KBF members prior to the event. If you hope to qualify, please sign up.

We will post occasional reminders and updates this season, as we always do, but if you are hoping to qualify for the 2020 National Championship at Guntersville, please renew your KBF membership. We want you guys to represent CKA, Get Outdoors and North Carolina at Nationals.

And yes, the CKA event at High Rock on May 4th will be a qualifying event!

The following anglers have qualified for the KBF National Championship through CKA.  Join us in congratulating them!

Event 1 (Burlington Bash) Attendance: 87 anglers = 8 spots

Rick Rowland  (4th place)

Ryan Freeman  (7th place)

Event 2 (Jordan Lake) Attendance: 60 anglers = 6 spots

Bob Dainton  (3rd place)


Jordan Lake Tournament

CKA Tournament 2

B Everett Jordan Lake, NC

April 13th, 2019


Welcome anglers to Event #2 of the 2019 CKA tournament season. The tournament will be held on Jordan Lake, a lake that has been fishing well in recent years, giving up several bass in the 10-12 class. The lake is very healthy of late and lightly pressured due to recent ramp closures, and, well we all saw what the MLF pros did when they fished it. In short, this event is setting up perfectly!

We will use a multi-launch format on Jordan Lake. See the list of allowed ramps at the bottom of the post. Keep in mind that launch or day-use fees apply at some areas and anglers are responsible for launch fees. We are also using an off-lake site for the Captains Meeting (more details below). This is to avoid ramp congestion.

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!

Sign up is free on Tourneyx – we pay the site fee after the event. If you sign up and can’t make the event, please remove your name from the tournament or contact the site to have them do it for you.

Sign up (free) on Tourneyx: https://tourneyx.com/app/category/nc—carolina-kayak-anglers/

Fee: Anglers will pay 50$ (cash only, bring exact change) for the event on Saturday morning at the Captains Meeting between 5:00 and 5:45 am.

Captains Meeting: 580 Craft Beer will host us for both the Captains Meeting and post-event check in: The address is: 354 East St, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Lines in: 6:45 am

Lines out & Photo Cut-Off: 2:30 pm

Check in: See above address. Anglers must be present and signed in by 3:45 pm.

Read more “Jordan Lake Tournament”

CKA at the 2019 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship

North Carolina anglers have represented CKA in all 4 KBF National Championship tournaments. Fields have expanded, lakes have changed and competition has intensified as our sport has grown. CKA anglers have represented us all while competing, earning us national recognition as one of the nation’s top kayak bass fishing trails. Why is that? Because CKA events are hard to win, and being battle tested at home translates to fishing well on the national stage.

This year, 6 CKA competitors made the cut for day 3 of the National Championship. They were Jamie Denison, Brandon Jessup, William Hayes, Eric Nelson, Shelly Efird and Cory Dreyer. Of that group, Cory finished in the top 20 (19th place). Congratulations to everyone who qualified, attended, competed and made the cut.

Next year’s Championship is closer to home – at Guntersville! If you are interested in competing to qualify, you should know that CKA is a platinum partner with Kayak Bass Fishing. That means that a percentage of our anglers can qualify for the National Championship; the percentage is based on our participation numbers over the course of the season and the number of KBF members fishing our Trail. The number of qualifying slots are determined at the end of the season, after the Gate City Classic. Last year, the top 10% of our field qualified – we do not however let qualifying spots roll down beyond the top 25. If you want a spot, you have to earn it.

We are always excited when both CKA veterans as new anglers qualify to represent us at the National Championship. Anglers can also qualify through the regional KBF Trail events and KBF on-line tournaments. Membership sign up is easy – just visit the KBF website: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/join/

CKA welcomes Zee Bait Co. as an Official Sponsor!

CKA is excited to announce our new partnership with Zee Bait Co. and its product line of American made terminal tackle and excellent soft plastic baits. Zee Bait Company has generously made available the following prize packages to our anglers:

  • Zee Baits will be our Length Lunker Sponsor. That means the angler who catches the largest bass at each event will receive a unique prize pack!
  • Zee Baits has also donated variety packs to the 1st place angler at each event, as well as a selection of anglers outside of the money spots.
  • The CKA Rookie of the Year will also receive a selection of Zee Bait tackle

Zee Baits lures and tackle are made by kayak anglers for kayak anglers. Featuring a unique combination of durability and life-like action, we are sure CKA anglers will love using them.  Please check out their website, and try their lures – you won’t be disappointed!



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KBF Southeast Region Trail at Santee Cooper

Every season, dozens of CKA anglers divide their efforts between our  series and the national KBF trail and major tournaments. The results have often been spectacular –Rick Rowland simultaneously won the KBF Open on Kentucky Lake and also placed 3rd at the 2017 KBF National Championship, Jamie Denison won the 2018 AOY and the 2019 events at Toledo Bend, Cory Dreyer won the “Ten” at Bienville and extended his legendary streak of placing in the money at consecutive Open and National Championship events. In these examples and others, CKA anglers have performed at a high level at KBF events from the start.  

KBF has reconfigured its 2019 Trail schedule, dividing states into regions and reducing the number of Trail events. Lakes are big and the stakes are bigger, with Regional Championships, National Championship qualifying and the new Pro Series category all in play.

And it all begins nearby for the Southeast region, on February 23rd at Santee-Cooper.

Renew or begin your KBF membership. Book your rooms, load your gear and step up your game to become the next CKA angler to gain national recognition this season.

Sign up and tournament details here: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/201902-kbf-trail-santee-cooper-sc