CKA & KBF Recap 2020

Beginning with Marcus Smith’s win at Santee-Cooper and ending with Cory Dreyer’s top 10 finish at Guntersville Lake in the KBF National Championship, the 2020 season produced many highlights for CKA anglers in KBF competition, including an RAOY title and yet another State Challenge Series points champion.

For a complete overview of the CKA/KBF 2020 year in review, click here

For an updated photo gallery, click here:

CKA Tournament #4 High Rock/Randleman


High Rock / Randleman

May 30, 2020

Welcome everyone to Event #4 of the CKA season! This year, CKA hosts a KBF Trail for the first time since 2018, this one in the new Mid-Atlantic Region (see more info below). And we fish on two of our favorite lakes, at the same time: High Rock, the big Yadkin Chain Impoundment, and Randleman Reservoir, a young lake that is at peak fertility. Both lakes have produced legendary events in years past. Which will be the better lake this year? Let’s fish them and find out!

This post contains

  1. Registration Links
  2. Tournament Identifier 
  3.  Format and Rules (and links to complete rules)
  4. Tournament Start/End Times
  5. Post-Event Check-In info
  6. Lake and Launch Information

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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: $50, includes TourneyX fee and Paypal fees.

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

Register for CKA here:

CKA will host a KBF Trail event that will run simultaneously with the CKA event (a separate Trail event will also take place on Sunday, May 31st). Competitors must be KBF members to register for KBF events.

To become a KBF member, click here:

To register for the KBF Trail, click here:

2. 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.

You may use the KBF identifier when submitting fish to the CKA board for this event. However, be sure to write the correct CKA code on it and in a blank box. Do not write it in the box used by KBF for this event.

The CKA event code will be released on CKA social media prior to the tournament at 8:30 pm on Friday, May 29th, 2020.

Do NOT use the TourneyX generated code.

3. 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. Rules can be found at the link below:

CKA RULES PAGE:                

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 2020 KBF National Championship Qualifying Events, but you must be a KBF member prior to the CKA event.

4. Event Schedule

Anglers must remain within 30 yards of the ramps prior to 5:00 am. Please be sure to stay away from boat lanes and remember to have 360 degree visible lights on your kayak.

5:30 a.m.: anglers may leave launch areas.

6:00 am: Lines in, fishing begins.

2:00 pm: Lines out, fishing ends.

3:00 pm: photo upload ends

Event Info

Sign up on TourneyX

Fee: $50.00 Entry (optional H.O.W,  Big Fish fees)

Event Date: May 30, 2020

Format: 5 fish (8” minimum).

Leave Ramp Area: 5:30 am

Lines in: 6:00 am

Lines out/Photo Cut-off: 2:00 pm/3:00 pm

Check in/out: TourneyX

The tournament standings will be unavailable beginning at around 12 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 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 a 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.

5. Check in/Check Out

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

6. Ramps and Launches

Anglers may use any publicly accessible launches on High Rock. At Randleman, however, only 2 launches are available. They are listed below:

  1. Southwest Park, 6309 Southwest Park Drive, Randleman, NC 27407
  2. Randleman Marina 7123 Adams Farm Road, Randleman NC 27317

Kayak Bass Fishing Trail and KBF Membership

CKA anglers won roughly $30,000 fishing in KBF events in 2019. And the winners were not only the usual suspects. About one dozen anglers won cash and prizes in on-line events and larger regional tournaments. An example – Adam Petrone qualified for both the 2020 National Championship and the Challenge Series Cup by winning the June State Challenge. He drove to Wisconsin in October and won his first big check. He’ll be fishing for another check  at Guntersville in April. His KBF membership and state challenge sign-up fees have paid for themselves, paid his entry for two major events, and left him with plenty of gas money to spare.

It all started when Adam signed up as a KBF Member.

KBF has reconfigured its 2020 Trail schedule, creating a new Mid-Atlantic region. North Carolina is in the heart of the region and no single event is more than a 4 hour drive from most CKA anglers. Santee-Cooper, High Rock/Randleman, the lower Potomac, Smith Mountain – your performances on those waters will determine the size of your checks and your qualification for the 2021 National Championship, the Trail Series Championship and the new Partner Club Championship. In short, KBF membership costs little but the returns can be amazing.

One more thing – you can qualify for the KBF National Championship at CKA events. You simply have to be a KBF member prior to the tournament.

It all begins for the Mid-Atlantic region on February 29th 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 hold a big check and win national recognition this season.

Santee Cooper Sign up and tournament details here:

Become a KBF Member here:

Note: If you plan to fish the KBF Trail, join as a Competitor ($50). If you hope to qualify through on-line and CKA events only, join as an Ambassador ($25)


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:

Big Bass Brawl at KBF Trail (Gate City Classic)

Hi everyone,

As we gear up to compete in the Gate City Classic  this coming Saturday, we want to remind anglers who signed up for the KBF Trail of the option to compete for additional prize money. KBF runs a Big Bass Brawl at every major Trail and Open event. Here is how it works:

  • Sign up at the KBF store for the Gate City Trail Big Bass Brawl (see link below)
  • The biggest bass posted every hour wins $50 for the event (your bass can rollover from one hour to the next – it has to be knocked down by a longer fish).
  • $500 goes to the angler with the biggest bass in the tournament.
  • Up to $950 in Big bass money may be paid out over the course of the event

The cost to sign up is only $25. If you do not sign up, you are not eligible. Register at this link:

Remember that you can also sign up for the CKA event (3 fish format) that runs parallel to the Trail!

To register for the CKA event, click here:

To pay the registration for the CKA event, click here: