The 2020 Gate City Classic

CKA Tournament 8

The Gate City Classic

Multi-Lake Event

September 19th, 2019

The Gate City Classic celebrates the end of every CKA tournament season. Anglers compete on the final day a number of prizes, including qualifying spots in the Tournament of Champions, 2021 KBF National Championship qualification, and giveaways. Additionally, we have several announcements to make regarding the TOC, next year’s CKA plan, and other news.

Additionally, anglers who fished at least 6 events will be eligible for the On the Water Innovations custom trailer. Please register early if you fished 5 events previous to the Gate City Classic, so your name will be on the list of eligible anglers.

Finally, we are currently planning to meet for a post-event meet up in the parking lot at Get Outdoors. However, anglers will still use the check in/check out function on TourneyX for event purposes and to limit contact. We will add further details to this post as they become available.

This post contains

  1. Registration
  2. Tournament ID
  3. Format/Rules
  4. Boundaries & Launches
  5. Event info
  6. Check in/Check out
  7. 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. 

  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: $55, includes TourneyX fee, Paypal fees and Food.

Optional Fees: Big bass ($5) and H.O.W. ($5)    

Note that Lake use fees are not included. Bring cash to the ramp to pay launch fees.

Register for CKA event 8 here: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-2020-event-8-gate-city-classic

  1. Tournament Identifier

The blank CKA identifier card will be posted 4-5 days prior to the tournament. It can be found in your TourneyX dashboard as a printable pdf file. Be sure to print spares. It can also be found on the “Tournaments” page of the CKA website.

The CKA event code will be released on CKA social media and the Captains Meeting prior to the tournament at 8:30 pm on Friday, Sept 18th, 2020.

Do NOT use the TourneyX generated code or a KBF ID card.

  1. 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.

The CKA event will largely follow KBF rules. Therefore, anglers must be familiar with and follow KBF rules as well as all North Carolina fishing laws and local regulations as they apply. Additionally, the lakes have specific rules that must be followed. CKA/KBF Rules can be found at the link below. Links to lakes are in the last section of this post.

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 2021 KBF National Championship Qualifying Events, but you must be a KBF member prior to the CKA event. To become a KBF member, click here: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/join/

The tournament standings will be unavailable for public view beginning at around 2 pm but you can still post fish until the cutoff. We strongly encourage anglers to post fish throughout the day, especially their first fish.

Note: Be sure to update your phone so that browsers and apps run well. CKA Directors and Judges cannot be expected to solve technical problems with phones. If you are using the TourneyX app, be sure to 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 the web browser to upload to TourneyX, make sure the browser settings in your phone’s privacy features allow the site to access your location. Any and all photos submitted without GPS catch data will be denied.

Upload photos early from the water so that CKA directors can contact you if there is a question or problem with your submissions.

CKA will use the Check In/ Check Out function on TourneyX for this event. All anglers MUST Check in and Check out virtually.

  1. Boundaries and Launches

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.

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.  Competition times (Lines in-Lines out) remain the same regardless of when ramps open.

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.

  1. Event Info

Launch: No angler may leave a launch area 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 4:00 pm.

Event Date: Sept 19, 2020

Format: 5 fish (8” minimum).

Leave Ramp Area: 6:30 am

Lines in: 7:00 am

Lines out/Photo Cut-off: 3:00 pm/4:00 pm

Check in/out: use TourneyX

 

  1. Tournament Check-In

Use the virtual check in/ check out by 4 pm.

Post Event Meet up location will be

Get Outdoors
1515 West Gate City Blvd
Greensboro, NC 27403

Tel: 336-294-3918

  1. 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, and launch fees apply.

  • 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 –
    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.

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The 2019 CKA Season

The 2019 Season and Gate City Classic

The CKA 2019 Tournament season came full circle on September 28th when we held our final check in at Get Outdoors Paddlesports in Greensboro, North Carolina. We ended our season where it began with the Burlington Bash, when the seasonal grind began on a cold March day. Over the course of the year Will Seely and the store staff fixed our boats, offered us member discounts and hosted two tournament check-ins. Yesterday he provided the generous gift cards for the Angler of the Year and Rookie of the Year prize packages.

Over the course of the year, more than 450 anglers competed in a total of 8 CKA tournaments. There were combined events (the Yadkin Slam, the Battle on the Border), a team event as well as stand-alone events, we raised over $2,000 for Heroes on the Water and a nearly one dozen sponsor companies supported our anglers. It was a year of surprises (Tuckertown – who knew!) and a year in which 8 different anglers won 1st place at a CKA event, a sure testament to the high quality of competition on our trail.

It all culminated at the Gate City Classic with the resolution of the 2019 Angler of the Year race. In 2018, the Rookie of the Year race went to the wire, with Keith McGee the eventual victor over Graham Reay in a very close finish. The 2019 Angler of the Year race was similar in that not two but three anglers fought to the very last cast. It was ultimately decided by the thinnest of margins as the top 3 were divided from one another by 6 points each. A difference of 3-4 places at any of their top 6 events would have made this a different outcome. In the end, Will Lambert won the AOY prize, and long-time CKA veteran Joey Sullivan finished second.

Additionally, Sammy Wilson won the 2019 Rookie of the Year title and also finished 3rd in the AOY race. All three anglers had a remarkable run, and we congratulate them all. Trophy presentations will be held at our 1st event of 2020, when the previous year’s champions present the trophies to the winners, and a new title race begins!

The Gate City Classic concluded with a special prize this season. Denny Romero built a custom On the Water Innovations kayak trailer as a prize for CKA anglers who fish hard to raise money every season for Heroes on the Water. Qualifying anglers had to fish a minimum of 6 events and Denny’s daughter drew the winning number for the highly anticipated prize. Teng Yang won the trailer even though he nearly missed the drawing because he was asleep on the store couch when the tickets were distributed!

CKA wishes to thank all of the anglers who fished with us this season. We also wish to thank Kayak Bass Fishing for its support of our club.

Most of all, we owe a great debt of gratitude to our sponsors. Please click on the links and buy their great products!

Get Outdoors  Boonedox On the Water Innovations  Zee Bait Co. Bending Branches YakAttack CalCoast Torqeedo

Shearon Harris Fish Habitat Restoration

We invite CKA anglers to participate in this great project to improve fishing at Shearon Harris Reservoir. As some of you know from previous posts, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is recruiting volunteers to participate in this effort, which is part of the Sportfish Restoration program.

By participating in this project, anglers will work with other volunteers (including other fishing clubs) to improve fish habitat at one of the nation’s most famous Largemouth bass fisheries. This is a great opportunity for CKA members to show that kayak anglers support the excellent wildlife officers and biologists who keep our waters safe and sustain our world class fisheries. Please try to participate, and spread the word to family and friends who might attend!

The scheduled work dates are June 18-22 and July 9-13. You can attend for one day or multiple days, and choose from various tasks to complete. They include:

  • Assembling Fish Attractors
  • Planting Vegetation
  • Marking GPS points for Fish Attractors
  • Building fences to protect emergent plants

To sign up, volunteers must register at least a week in advance of each event with Mark Fowlkes, the Commission’s Aquatic Habitat Coordinator. Mark Fowlkes can be reached by email at mark.fowlkes@ncwildlife.org or by phone at 336-466-0541.

The press release below includes additional information.

https://www.ncwildlife.org/News/wildlife-commission-seeks-volunteers-for-aquatic-enhancement-project-on-harris-lake

CKA Welcomes Boonedox as an Official Sponsor

One of CKA’s core principals is to support independent and local businesses. In 2015, Thomasville, North Carolina based Boonedox donated a T-Bone prize package to our Tournament of Champions event on the Yadkin River. In the years since, CKA and Boonedox crossed paths and continued to work together on occasion. 2019 marks the beginning of a new era: Boonedox has become an official sponsor of CKA and has generously donated giveaway prizes to each event and to the AOY prize package. And there is more….

CKA’s 3rd event of the year will run parallel with Boonedox Yadkin Slam, the annual multi-species charity kayak fishing tournament. Scheduled for May 4th at High Rock Lake, CKA will award a spot in the Tournament of Champions to the Yadkin Slam angler who lands the largest bass of the Slam’s bass category. With food, prizes and a great charity component, this is going to be a great event. And finally – at that event, Boonedox will announce the prize it will award to the 2019 CKA Angler of the Year.

CKA works with its sponsors to grow the sport of kayak fishing and to support local businesses and anglers. We are proud to work with Boonedox and we ask all our anglers to support this partnership!

For more information and to shop Boonedox, visit their website: https://boonedoxusa.com/

Sign up for the Yadkin Slam is open. Register here: https://boonedoxusa.com/collections/boonedox-yadkin-slam/products/boonedox-yadkin-slam