The 2019 CKA Schedule

At long last, here is our schedule for next year! The decision making process changes every year, and this is how we arrived at the new schedule:

  • We listened to feedback. Anglers who told us about favorite lakes, driving time and spacing of events were heard. This year’s schedule has a tighter geographic radius, returns to some favorite lakes and expands the multi-lake option.
  • We increased cooperation with other regional trails and events.
  • We enhanced the number of multi-lake and multi-launch events.
  • We are working with more local sponsors (more about that in a later post!).
  • We included a “fun” event in the schedule!!!!

 

And now, because we know there are questions, we have some answers:

Question: What is the Burlington Battle?

Answer: It is a 4 lake event. Lakes are Cammack, Stony Creek, Graham-Mebane and Mackintosh. Like the Gate City Classic, we will meet at Get:Outdoors for check in.

Question: What is the Yadkin Slam?

Answer: The Yadkin Slam is a popular charity event hosted by Boonedox. Last year, it was combined with a KBF Trail event. The event was well run, it supported a great cause, the prizes were amazing and the food and company were excellent. Many of us fished the event, and as a result both parties decided to continue that experience. So we paired up again for simultaneous, parallel events. Yes, you can fish both, and yes the CKA event will be an AOY/ROY points event.

Question: What is the Battle at the Border?

Answer: We paired up with our friend Casey Reed’s VKBC Trail in Virginia to plan a tournament at Bugg’s Island on the NC/VA border. When KBF caught wind of the large regional event we planned, they stepped in to make it a KBF National Championship Qualifying event with cash prizes. And so, it will be 3 events: A CKA event, a VKBC event and a KBF National Championship Qualifying event.

Question: Will there be AOY points awarded at the team event?

Answer: Yes, but for the single angler event only. You have the option to fish a side-event in which teams will compete. AOY points will be for the single angler event only. However, you and a friend can show up and fish the team event by itself, too!

 

Please share the schedule with interested friends. The stand alone graphic can be found at this link: https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=3676

As always, we will continue our great partnership with Get: Outdoors and we will continue to raise money for Heroes on the Water to support their important work. We will post more updates in the coming weeks and months. Thank you again for supporting us, our sponsors and the charities we support!

 

The 2018 CKA Tournament of Champions

At the end of every season, the CKA hosts a bonus tournament for its top competitors. Last year, Melvin Yang won the 2017 crown at Lake Norman and the year before that it was Denny Romero on the Yadkin River. Who will be this year’s champion?

What follows is a timeline for the tournament, a list of anglers who qualified/accepted roll down spots and a map showing the check-in spot. We hope the trophies will be shipped in time, but we can assure you, the other prizes are ready!

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The 2018 CKA Tournament of Champions

2018 Tournament of Champions

Hello anglers!! We are happy to announce the location of the 2018 CKA Tournament of Champions. This 2 Day, No Entry Fee event will be held on beautiful Falls Lake in Wake County, NC. We will have our trophy presentations for AOY and ROY on Saturday at the post event check in, and the TOC trophy will be unveiled Sunday.

This will be an incredible time of year to be on this lake. The fall bite will be on and we picked Falls knowing that we can possibly see a record breaking 3 fish limit from this lake at this time of year. As some Lake of you may recall, Falls Lake was rated in 2016 as the 8th best bass fishery in the Southeast by B.A.S.S. We fished it in June of 2016 as a CKA event, and fished it again in early spring of 2017 as a combined CKA/KBF Trail event, but this is our first autumn visit to this fishery and only our 3rd visit ever to the lake.

The lake has plenty of room for our exclusive field: Falls Lake is a 12,410 acre reservoir located in Raleigh/Durham North Carolina.  Falls Lake extends 28 miles up the Neuse River to its source at the confluence of the Eno and Flat rivers. The defined river channels and creek beds will probably allow anglers to discover bass chasing shad, and the grass beds, ledges and structure will hold fish that are still in summer patterns.

Remember: 1st Place for this event is guaranteed $1,000!

Accommodations

Camping accommodations have been secured Saturday evening for the Top 10 fishing Sunday. These sites are located at Holly Point Campground. Anglers who make the Sunday cut are not required to stay at the campground but the option is there and will be a good time hanging out with other anglers and the TD’s. Also, we encourage anyone that is either not qualified for the TOC or does not qualify for Day 2 to secure a site and come hang out with us.

Format

  • The full field of invitees will fish Day 1. Following Day 1, the Top 10 Anglers will advance to fish Day 2. First invitees will be announced immediately after the Gate City Classic. Spots will roll down.
  • Big Bass will be Saturday only and will be optionally paid by anglers. Big bass will be $20 (if all anglers buy in, this will be a $500 plus pot). Day 2 anglers may create their own side pot if wanted.
  • We will not be using TourneyX for this event. TD’s will review photos after Day one onsite and announce the Day 2 competitors as soon as we wrap up Day 1 activities.
  • This will be a multi launch event for both days of competition. Eligible ramps and other info are at the bottom of the post.

Saturday October 13. Lines in at 7:00am. Lines out at 2:00pm. Check in at Harris Teeter satellite lot by 3:00pm. Check in after 3:00pm results in disqualification of days catch.

Sunday October 14. Lines in at 7:00am. Lines out at 1:00pm. Check in at Harris Teeter satellite lot by 2:00pm or disqualified (Harris Teeter: 1432 Brogden Woods Dr, Wake Forest, NC 27587).

Ramps and Rules

Please be sure to obtain a valid N.C. license, and follow parking regulations at the launches, as this popular lake is closely monitored by NC Wildlife officers. To learn lake rules and find other information, visit the Falls Lake State Recreation Area site at: http://www.ncparks.gov/falls-lake-state-recreation-area

Beaverdam Lake Area is OFF LIMITS. Although it is within the Falls Lake State Recreation area it is separated from Falls Lake by a dam and is not accessible by paddling from other areas of Falls Lake; this technically has it closed off as its own body of water. Any angler who submits fishes caught at Beaver Dam will be disqualified.

The listed access areas (below) will be the only eligible locations to launch for the events on Falls Lake. Many of the Falls Lake launches are very large with ample parking, boat lanes and docks to tie off vessels after they are launched. Keep in mind that some launches may also be busy with boat tournaments, so respect fellow boaters and be careful at the marinas.

Of the 7 available launches, four are 24 hour ramps and two other ramps open at 8 a.m.  (Rolling View Marina website, which has a launch fee, currently lists opening at 9 am). Please keep in mind that CKA cannot 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.

Eno River Boat Access  (24 Hour Access)

40 Rodolphe Rd.

Durham, NC 27712

 

Hickory Hill (24 Hour Access)

4600 redwood Rd.

Durham, NC 27704

 

Ledge Rock  (24 Hour Access)

24 hour access

2601 Olive Grove Church Rd.

Creedmor, NC 27522

 

Upper Barton (24 Hour Access)

12900 Six Forks Rd,

Wake Forest, NC 27587

 

Rolling View Area (Gates open 8 am)

 4201 Baptist Route

Durham, NC 27703

 

Rolling View Marina ($3.00 launch fee)

3940 Falls Lake Rd,

Durham, NC 27703

 

Highway 50 Access (8 am)

13900 Creedmoor Road

Wake Forest, NC 27587

CKA Event 8: The Gate City Classic and KBF Trail

The Gate City Classic

Multi-Lake Event

October 6th, 2018

Hi everyone, and get ready for the Gate City Classic! The Classic is when we conclude and celebrate our season with fishing and food. This year it will also be when we determine – for the first time – the CKA Rookie of the Year! A number of prizes, qualifications and details are also determined on this final day of the regular season. They include:

  • AOY winner. The CKA Angler of the Year wins a custom prize package
  • KBF National Championship slots for the top 5.
  • The final standings to determine anglers who will proceed to the Tournament of Champions on October 13th.
  • Location selection for the Tournament of Champions. The lake is announced after the Classic and Final standings are announced.

Additionally, this year’s event is notable because we will also host a KBF Trail event. Remember that the 2019 KBF National Championship will be a multi-lake event, so the Gate City Classic is an excellent practice event for qualified anglers. And because the KBF AOY race is tight, and many KBF anglers are jostling for position in “The Ten” at Bienville Plantation, we expect a large turnout for the combined events. 

  1. Event Details

As noted above, the Classic will be held in conjunction with a KBF Trail Event.  Anglers may fish either the CKA and KBF event separately, or fish both events simultaneously. The CKA event is a 3 fish limit event and the KBF Trail event is a 5-fish limit event, but an angler’s 3 CKA fish can be cross-posted to the KBF event on Tourney X. Additionally, non-KBF members can compete in the KBF event but we encourage anglers to sign up as KBF members.  This post contains

  1. Registration
  2. Tournament Identifiers
  3. Boundaries and rules
  4. Launches
  5. Captains Meeting time and location info
  6. Tournament Start/End Times
  7. Post-Event Check-In info & KBF Trail Payouts
  8. 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. Note that anglers pay to the Get Outdoors site below, and also register on Tourneyx!

  1. Registration

Entry fee for the classic is $50 and this will include your donation to HOW, your entry for big bass and placing.

To register for the CKA event, click here: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-event-8-2018-gate-city-kayak-classic

To pay the registration for the CKA event, click here: https://shopgetoutdoors.com/products/cka-gate-city-classic-kayak-fishing-tournament

To sign up for the KBF Trail, click here: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/2018-kbf-trail-38-gate-city-classic-nc

If you have not yet done so, please create a Tourney X angler account for event registration.

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Event 7: Lake Mackintosh

CKA Tournament 7

Lake Mackintosh

August 11, 2018

 Welcome Anglers to 2018 Tournament #7, and the second to last event of the regular season! Please note the important info below about launch times.

Both the AOY and ROY races are tight. Here is what is at stake in the final two events:

  • CKA Tournament of Champions Qualification
  • KBF National Championship Qualification
  • Angler of the Year & Rookie of the Year crowns

We last fished Mackintosh for a single event in August of 2016. Lake Mackintosh (1,100 acres) has no horsepower restrictions for gas boats, but a large area for non-gas watercraft and boats on the western, Guilford County end.  It is a city lake with special restrictions so please abide by all state and local rules.

This will be a multi-launch event using both the Guilford and Alamance ramps. CKA staff will be available at both launches to collect entry fees in the morning beginning at 6 am. We will hold the check in at the Guilford ramp at the end of the day.

Sign up here at Tourneyx:  https://tourneyx.com/app/category/nc—carolina-kayak-anglers/

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