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
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.
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.
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!
Read more “The 2018 CKA Tournament of Champions”
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.
Read more “CKA Tournament of Champions Prizes and Format”
The 2018 Tournament of Champions has been re-designed to reward CKA anglers with an exclusive tournament experience against a field of the CKA’s top anglers. On a weekend in mid-October, the qualifiers will meet on a lake for a 2 day event. CKA will provide first day prizes, accommodations for the 10 anglers who make the day 2 cut, and a host of other prizes. One angler will be crowned the champion on day 2 and will receive a custom trophy for the event as well as cash and other prizes.
- The 2017 Angler of the Year (P.C. Hawj)
- 2018 Angler of the Year (Determined at the Gate City Classic)
- 2018 Rookie of the Year (Highest rookie AOY score)
- (8) 2018 Tournament Winners (t.b.d.)
- Places 2-15 in Angler of the Year Standings (t.b.d.)
In sum, we anticipate the field to include 25-30 anglers.
***Double qualifier spots will roll down in the AOY Standings list***
When: October 13-14, 2018
Cost: Free Entry (Optional Big Bass $10.00)
Where: Lake will be announced in summer of 2018.
Format: 5 fish daily limit, full field competes Day One.
Top Ten advance to Day Two.
Day 2 Anglers are guaranteed prizes.
Saturday Night accommodations provided by CKA for Day 2 Anglers.