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/