Tournament Recap: Battle at the Border
Kerr Lake/Buggs Island
CKA and VKBC collaborated with support from Kayak Bass Fishing to organize the 2019 Battle at the Border, the first of what both clubs hope will be an annual event. We held the tournament on beautiful Kerr Lake, a massive body of water that straddles the VA-NC border. Approximately 70 anglers from three states signed up for the concurrent tournaments.
Three states – while the majority of anglers were from VA or NC, a handful from South Carolina attended to compete, and one of them – Tim Sabella – won the day. Kayak Fishing is a sport of surprises and this was one of those. Tim is an accomplished angler who has placed high at the KBF National Championship, so there is no surprise regarding his skill or that he could win. The surprise was that the trophy VKBC or CKA hoped to bring to their home state went to a third state. This can only mean one thing – we will have to do it again and settle it next year.
Kerr Lake fished well, and while there weren’t any giant limits posted, the top CKA anglers in the standings all posted solid limits. Here are the top 10:
- Tim Sabella
- Brooks Lanier
- Will Lambert
- Drew Blair
- Ricky Rowland
- Shelly Efird
- Henry Veggian
- Nathan Green
- Dustin Good
- Chris Linville
Zee Bait Co. Lunker Length Program winner: Jacob Novak
For complete standings, click here: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/cka-2019-event-6-kerr-buggs
Thank you to everyone at CKA, VKBC and KBF who put in the hard work to make this event possible. Thank you to our sponsors, and particularly to Denny Romero and On the Water Innovations for bringing extra giveaways. The hospitality of NC Wildlife Commission and NC State Parks were also essential to the event’s success. Most of all, thank you to the anglers who traveled, competed and had a good time.
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.
- $1,000 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.
- 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.