The 2021 Battle on the Border (III)

Kerr Lake (Bugg’s Island), NC/VA


In 2019, CKA paired up with a Virginia kayak fishing club (VKBC) for a friendly border war.  We called it the Battle on the Border, and nearly 100 kayak anglers fished the event. We continued the event in 2020 with comparable success.

In 2021, the Battle on the Border has expanded to invite more anglers and clubs. This year, 5 clubs will participate – three from Virginia and two from North Carolina. Additionally, Vance County has graciously offered to host the event, providing generous support for our event and our sport. Kayak Bass Fishing has also provided qualifying opportunities for the 2022 KBF National Championship to the top 10% of the field who are KBF members.

As always, the Battle on the Border will take place at Kerr Lake. It will be an open event so you do not need to be a member of a participating club to sign up and compete.

This post contains

  • Lake information
  • Boundaries, Rules, launches
  • Registration
  • Captains Meetings time and location info
  • Payouts and Qualifying
  • Tournament Start/End Times
  • Post-Event Check-In info

For additional updates, visit CKA on Facebook:

Lake Info

Kerr Lake (a.k.a. Buggs Island) is a massive reservoir located on the Roanoke River on the North Carolina/Virginia border. It is northeast of Falls Lake, just off I-85.  The lake was built shortly after WWII and it is one of the region’s premier Largemouth Bass, Catfish and Striped Bass fisheries. It covers more than 77 surface miles of water, making Kerr one of the largest impoundments on the Southeast. Want to test your skills against a massive lake? This is it.

The lake has dozens of public boat ramps and marinas as well as affordable camping. If you camp at the lake, be sure your campsite is open to the public and that it allows 24 hour access, so you can get out in the morning to fish. 

Boundaries, Launches and Rules

The event boundaries are as follows:

  • The Western boundary on the Dan River is the 360 bridge in South Boston.
  • The Northern boundary on the Staunton River is the 360 bridge, too.
  • The Eastern boundary is the Kerr Dam. No fishing below the dam.

The tournament is a multi-launch event and all public launches are available to anglers.

For a list of park managed launches and NC Wildlife launches, see this link:

Please be sure to obtain a valid N.C. fishing license. North Carolina has a license reciprocity agreement with Virginia for Kerr Lake, so you can fish the Virginia side with your N.C. license.

Please follow parking regulations practice good ramp etiquette at the lake’s public launches.

Competition rules follow those of the KBF Rules Standard. There is one exception: Hawg Troughs are a permitted measuring device for the 2021 event only.

Registration Links

Register here:

Please remember that launch fees at certain launches are not included in registration fees.

Anglers must use an identifier from a participating club or KBF identifiers from the 2021 season. The participating clubs are CKA, NVKBF, CCKF, VKY and BKBS.

 The CKA identifier can be found on the TourneyX dashboard.

The event ID code will be released in the Captains meeting at 8 pm on Facebook Friday evening, October 22nd.

Do not use the code that is automatically generated by TourneyX. write only the code released on Friday night on your ID.

Payouts and Qualifying Opportunities

Payouts will be 100% of the remaining entry fees after TourneyX and Paypal costs are deducted. The event will payout to 10% of the field.

Kayak Bass Fishing has confirmed it will award qualifying spots to the 2022 KBF National Championship to anglers who are KBF members in the top 10% of the final standings. To be eligible, you must be a KBF member prior to the start of competition. To obtain KBF membership, click here:

Captains Meeting

There will be no live Captains Meeting prior to the event. CKA will host a virtual Captains Meeting on Friday, October 22nd on Facebook.

Check-In and Awards will held at the Henderson Point Community Building provided by Vance County.

Address: 1395 Reverend Henderson Rd. Henderson, NC 27537

This event will use the check in/check out function on Tourneyx.

Tournament Start/End Times

Launch: 6:30 am

Lines In: 7:00 a.m.

Lines out: 3:00 p.m. (photo cut-off: 4:00 pm)

If you have a weak signal or no signal, be sure to leave the water early to find a signal so as to avoid delaying the judging of photos. We will not make exceptions for anglers who try to upload photos  after 4 pm.

Event Info

Sign up

Tourneyx ($5)

Fee $50.00 Entry (Big bass Optional)
Event Date Oct 22, 2021
Format 5 fish (12” minimum).
Captains Meeting/Sign up TourneyX/Facebook
Earliest Launch 6:30 am
Lines in 7:00 am
Lines out/Photo Cut-off 3:00 pm/4:00 pm
Check in/Awards 1395 Reverend Henderson Rd. Henderson, NC 27537



KBF Prizes for the 2019 Battle at the Border

Kayak Bass Fishing has generously donated additional cash prizes and 2020 National Championship Qualifying spots for the CKA-VKBC Battle at the Border at Kerr Lake, this coming Saturday, July 13th. This additional tournament support is to promote the sport among KBF members and non-members alike. There are two award categories.

  1. $1,000 cash

At the end of the event, the tournament directors will merge the two event leaderboards, and the top 3 limits overall will each be awarded a cash prize. Anglers do not have to be KBF members to receive these prizes and the prizes are guaranteed. They are as follows:

          1st Place: $500

          2nd Place: $300

          3rd place: $200

An angler cannot win two of these KBF cash prizes. For example, if Larry Anderson has a 91” limit on the CKA leaderboard for 2nd place, and 91” also on the VKBC leaderboard for 3rd place, he would not win both 2nd and 3rd place. If the two largest bags on the VKBC board took 1st and 2nd overall on the merged leaderboards, Larry would win the 3rd place money, assuming of course that one of the top two VKBC bags was also 1st on the CKA board. If 1st and 2nd on VKBC had 95” and 94.5” each, and a separate angler had 93” on the CKA board for 1st place, then Larry would fall to 4th place. In sum, the top 3 bags overall win the money.

This money is awarded in addition to any other tournament prizes from either event.

  1. National Championship qualifying spots

We will award 15 spots to KBF members at this event. Anglers must be members prior to the start of the event. The spots will roll down through the top 35% of the field (normally, these spots do not roll down). Non-KBF members and previously qualified members will be skipped. And so, in a combined field of 100 anglers, spots 1-35 would be eligible, but spot 36 would not. In a field of 75 anglers, spot 27 would be the cutoff, and so forth (fractions would be rounded up).  To sign up for KBF membership, click here.