Stanley wins the 2021 Tournament of Champions

The CKA Tournament of Champions was established in 2016 to provide the club’s top anglers with a chance to fish one final club event each season. Denny Romero won that first event, which was held on the Yadkin River, and since then the tournament has become a prestigious end-of-season battle for prizes and trophies.

The 2021 edition was held on lakes Marion and Moultrie in South Carolina, and was CKA’s first ever out of state event. 14 anglers battled over the course of two days (Sept 25-26) for guaranteed payouts.

Event Recap

On Day 1, the bite started slow for the entire field, but Rick Morris figured it out and surged to a day 1 lead with a big limit of 5 bass that measured a total of 92″. The defending champion Keith McGee also climbed the leaderboard, posting one of only 3 limits that were caught. 2021 AOY Rick Rowland and posted a 4 fish limit, as did Christopher Decker. But as the day wore on, 2021 Rookie of the Year Jared Stanley made his presence known, and he ended day 1 with a limit of 89.25″.

Day 2 produced a battle at the top of the board. Stanley surged to an early lead, while Rick Morris figured out the bite. Morris climbed the leader board to retake the lead, and the two anglers exchanged fish. It would be close as each searched for upgrades. In the meantime, Christopher Decker put together 4 fish, and made his way into 3rd place.

Stanley would fish with 160.50″ for his two day total, 2.75″ better than Morris, who finished second overall. Decker finished in 3rd.

For his victory, Stanley took home $2,000. Morris earned $1,000 for second place, and Decker won $500. The Optional Big Bass Pool winners Jared Stanley Day 1 and Ryan Freeman Day 2 – each won $120 and a $25 YakAttack gift certificate! Both weighed in 22.75” toads.

For complete standings, click here.

For a complete history of the Tournament of Champions, click here.

 

CKA 2020 Tournament of Champions update

The Gate City Classic is the last points-awarding event of the season, so it is the last chance to win a spot in the Tournament of Champions. You can do that by winning the Classic or by finishing in the top 25 to earn a spot in this exclusive, entry-free event.

After 7 events, the following anglers have qualified for the Tournament of Champions:

  • Larry Moua (1st place, Shearon Harris)
  • Sammy Wilson (1st Place, Wild Waters)
  • Charles Crews (1st Place, Tuckertown, AOY & ROY)
  • James Wevers (1st Place, High Rock/Randleman)
  • Teng Vue (1st Place, Hickory)
  • Rick Rowland (1st Place, Cape Fear, Reese/Lucas)
  • 2019 AOY Will Lambert

Additionally, the 1st place winner at the Gate City Classic will also become eligible. Also, double qualifier spots will roll down in the AOY Standings list (that makes 3 roll downs so far, because Charles is triple qualified and Rick is double qualified).

Current AOY standings can be viewed at https://www.carolinakayakanglers.com/?page_id=4445

Register here for the Gate City Classic, this coming Saturday, September 19th: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-2020-event-8-gate-city-classic

 

Additional details

Date: Oct 17th

Cost: Free Entry (Optional Big Bass $10.00)

Where: Announced at Gate City Classic

Format: 5 fish, single day event

No Tourneyx Sign up required: Old school check in style (photos checked on location by TD, posted to FB later.

 

 

CKA Tournament of Champions update

After 6 events, the following anglers have qualified for the Tournament of Champions:

  • Melvin Yang (1st place, Burlington Bash)
  • Joey Sullivan (1st Place, High Rock)
  • Sammy Wilson (1st Place, Tuckertown)
  • Will Lambert (1st Place, Randleman)

As it stands, the cash prize pot is over $1,000.

Additional spots will be awarded to the Rookie of the Year and the AOY top 25. The 1st place winners at Kerr-Scott and the Gate City Classic will also become eligible. 1st Place winners at Kerr Lake and Jordan Lake would have qualified but did not pay member dues.

The tournament is scheduled for October 12th, and the lake for the tournament will be announced at the Gate City Classic.

 

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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CKA Tournament of Champions Prizes and Format

CKA established the Tournament of Champions in 2016 to provide an end-of-season event for the top anglers on our trail. Fun and prizes are the event’s focus. Denny Romero won that inaugural 1-day event on the Yadkin River and Melvin Yang won last year’s expanded 2-day event at Lake Norman (for a short history, click here).

This year’s event (October 13 & 14) will again expand and improve the tournament. First, it will be a best 10 fish event (5/5 over two days). Second, it will be held on a lake the CKA has not fished this season (we will announce the lake at the Gate City Classic). Third, the field will expand slightly: in addition to the top 25, winners of individual events, the AOY and ROY will qualify (we also awarded a spot to the winner of the Bass event at the Boonedox Yadkin Slam).

 Finally, a new expanded range of prizes have been organized. It includes:

$1,000 guaranteed for 1st place

An additional $1,000 in cash prizes spread out over the field (days 1 & 2)*

Free overnight camping accommodations for the top 10

Sponsor product giveaways

A Custom engraved trophy, designed by artist Ross Myer (FL) at Bass Trophies.

& more!

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