Tournament Recap: Shearon Harris Event 1

We never thought we would have to write these words: yesterday, we ran an event following CDC and North Carolina Health Department Pandemic Prevention Regulations. We’ve fished and held many historic events, but that’s a twist.

First, we want to thank TourneyX for its check in/out system. Dwayne and TourneyX built in that feature, and without it we would not have been able to run the tournament. Second, we want to thank Duke Energy, Harris Lake County Park, and NCWRC for their assistance with the event permits and changes/cancellations. Communication between our Trail and those entities was excellent. Finally, we want to thank each of you who competed, communicated and traveled safely to and from the event. It was a relief to have it all go smoothly, and the credit goes to each of you.

In sum, this was CKA’s second highest attendance of all time. 90 anglers caught, photographed and released 190 fish on Shearon Harris, new anglers who submitted fish did a great job of doing it correctly, and communication between judge and anglers went smoothly.

There was a written dispute that necessitated a review of the standings. The review was initiated by a non-competitor who noticed an error. The matter was easily resolved. The final, revised standings are posted below and on TourneyX. This is why we returned to the Paypal system with a 24 hour window: it prevented a complicated return of cash funds. And yes, a non-competitor filed it: people are watching these events at all times, and that is all the more reason to take our time with results.

The final standings are now back open to see. Here are the money places:

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KBF 2020 National Championship Qualifiers

KBF allowed partner clubs to qualify 10% of the field at our 2019 trail events. These are known as “at large” qualifying events, and they constitute a more grassroots approach to providing anglers a chance to fish the KBF National Championship, the world’s largest and most lucrative kayak fishing tournament.

KBF streamlined the process this year by shifting more of the paperwork to a KBF statistician and to the partner clubs. Over the course of the season CKA tournament directors worked with KBF and anglers to make sure qualifying spots were submitted correctly. This week we submitted the most recent batch of angler names who qualified at the CKA Kerr-Scott event. Those names will appear on the next roster update.

In total, 20 CKA anglers qualified through our Trail for the KBF National Championship at Guntersville in April of 2020. Yes, THE Guntersville. The purse for 1st place at that event will be $75,000 and a total of $250,000 in total prizes, an unprecedented sum in our sport.* We couldn’t be happier to see the names of CKA anglers added, and we hope one of you will go there and bring the trophy home to North Carolina.

There are 2 remaining ways to qualify for the 2020 National Championship this season. First, the top 10% of the field at the Gate City Classic will be eligible. Remember you must be a KBF member prior to the event in order to be eligible. Second, CKA will receive a number of spots to award to anglers in its end of year AOY rankings. We reserve one of those spots for the Rookie of the Year, but other spots roll down to the 25th place in the standings. You must be a KBF member, however, prior to the final tournament.

In sum, you still have a chance to qualify for a ticket to attend the biggest event in our growing sport. We wish you all the best of luck, and we hope to see you in Alabama next year!

For more info about the 2020 National Championship, click here: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/2020-kbfnc/

To become a KBF member, click here: https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/join/

To register for the Gate City Classic, click here and then follow the second link to Get Outdoors. https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-2019-event-8-gate-city-classic

 

*An earlier version of this post mistakenly stated the 1st place payout would be $75,000. The sum was corrected.

3rd Annual Socks & Cookies Kayak Charity Bass Tournament

In June of this year, several CKA anglers signed up and competed in an online charity event run by Socks and Cookies, a 501-C non profit that raises money to send care packages to American military members stationed abroad. CKA anglers who fished that June event spoke highly of how it was run and also of the quality of competition and non-cash prizes that they received in competition. The best prize was knowing that their entry fees went to support a good cause.

This Saturday, September 7th, Socks & Cookies will run a 1 day-long, nationwide online charity event. We hope that North Carolina anglers will show up in numbers and have fun in competition. To sign up, please register and pay at the following link.

https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/3rd-annual-socks-and-cookies-kayak-bass-fishing-tournament

To learn more about this organization, click here: https://www.socksandcookies.org/

 

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.

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