GCKFA home page

The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association (GCKFA) is a not-for-profit organization focused on promoting the exciting sport of kayak fishing throughout the NW Florida and South Alabama area. Activities include hosting a kayak fishing tournament, rigging workshops, social gatherings centered on the sport and of course, fishing.

2015 G.C.K.F.A. Membership

T-shirts are available at GCKFA events only! Current members can purchase the T-shirt for $10. Non-members can purchase a T-Shirt for $20. You can become a member for a $20.00 donation to help promote the sport of kayak fishing along the Gulf Coast. T-Shirts for current member and non-members will only be available at GCKFA events.


Volunteer Needed:


Webmaster wanted
The GCKFA is seeking experienced webmasters that have and utilize Dreamweaver web development software. I am looking to turn the website over to a webmaster that can create forms and manage paypal processes. The current template can be replaced / updated to meet the needs of future development. After ten years of promoting the GCKFA through the website and social media, it's time we look for new ideas and skills. If you are interested in being a volunteer for this position please email me at GCKFA@hotmail.com


Closing of G.C.K.F.A. Forum

The New Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association Forum is now off-line. Please use our Facebook Group for keeping in touch with our membership base. The Pensacola Fishing Forum has a section for kayakers and we will also be utilizing thier forum.

GCKFA logo


The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association invites you to join us on facebook to keep up with the most current information.

FaceBook Page

FaceBook Group


GCKFA logo

2015 Tournament Captains Meeting

The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association holds the annual Spring Tournament Captains Meeting, Friday May 1st at 6:00PM the night before the Saturday tournament on May 2 2015.

The Captains meeting is a great way to meet your fellow anglers, learn about last minute rule changes and recieve door prizes.

In 2010 we started giving away the "Best Dang Tackle Box". This is a raffle to those who participate by donating a new packaged lure, you will recive a chance to win and a ticket. A ticket will be drawn and the overflowing five gallon bucket of lures could be yours! In 2012 the "Best Dang Tackle Box" had grown into two five gallon buckets full of tackle.

Kayak Raffle; Once again we will offer our Kayak raffle for those of you who would like to upgrade your fleet of kayaks.

Location: 5 Via De Luna Dr, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561

Describe the photo or the page it links to

Grassy Point Campout

The club is planning an overnight fishing trip to the Grassy Point Wildlife Management Area near the Yellow River delta. Grassy Point is located west of Choctaw NOLF off of Hwy 87 in Santa Rosa County.

The primitive campsites provides ready access to the fishing area of Little Catfish and Catfish basins. Redfish,Trout, and Flounder can be found in the marshes, bayous and shallow waters.

  • March 8th 2015 & November 1st 2015
  • March 13th 2016 & November 6th 2016

Hope to see you there!

Click Here for more information.

Describe the photo or the page it links to

Rigging Clinic

Feb 28, 2015

With the start of the new year we hold our annual rigging clinic to help new kayak anglers add, modify, or remove items to/from their kayaks to aid them in the pursuit of the perfect fishing kayak.

Bring your yaks and any rigging projects you have. Take advantage of the experience of others.

If your yak is fully rigged, bring it to show off. Seeing how others have rigged their yaks is half the fun.

Also, if you have yak gear to sell or swap, bring it and we can set up a barter station.

Location: Rodizio Grille  605 East Gregory Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Rodizio is also offering specials on drinks and appetizers for participants


(Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.)

Nov. 19, 2015

Suggested Tweet: Greater amberjack to close in state waters Nov. 21: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/1261d22 #Florida #fishing

FWC approves Gulf greater amberjack conservation measures

 At its Nov. 18 meeting in Panama City Beach, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved closing Gulf state waters to recreational harvest of greater amberjack for the remainder of 2015. Greater amberjack closed to harvest in Gulf federal waters Sept. 28.

Greater amberjack will close to harvest in state waters on Saturday, Nov. 21 and will remain closed through Dec. 31. Both state and federal waters will reopen Jan. 1, 2016.

This closure should help prevent exceeding the annual federal recreational quota, which is the poundage of fish that can be caught each year while maintaining a sustainable fishery.

The Commission approved keeping the recreational red grouper season open in state waters. Though the federal season has closed, the Commission voted to keep the season open based upon a reduced bag limit from four to two fish implemented earlier this year, the low risk to significantly impacting the federal recreational quota and the importance of the recreational fishery in the fall and winter seasons, especially in southwest Florida.

To learn more about greater amberjack and red grouper regulations, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater” and “Recreational Regulations.”



GCKFA looking for Presidential candidates!

Fellow kayak fishermen, we have an opportunity for the right person to lead and represent the interests of all kayak fishermen in the Northwest Florida area.  As you know, the Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association was founded in 2005 to support kayak fishermen and promote the sport of kayak fishing in northwest Florida.  Since that time, the GCKFA has grown along with the sport to where the GCKFA is deservedly recognized throughout the southeast US as the preeminent kayak fishing organization in our area. 

We have hosted numerous events in those years - our popular Rigging Clinics, In-pool Safety seminars, sponsored kayak divisions in local tournaments, conducted countless kayak fishing demonstrations and static displays at local retailers and kayak dealers.   

The annual GCKFA spring kayak fishing tournament is known throughout the Gulf Coast as one of the best organized and well run kayak fishing tournaments anywhere in the country.  The event has grown to almost 200 entrants, drawing kayak fishermen from all over the southeast.  

What we are looking for is the right person to lead the GCKFA - motivated, enthusiastic and involved in the sport of kayak fishing.  You will have plenty of support, we have a great team of club officers that are willing and able to support the new president - Doug Jolly will stay on as Vice President, Amanda Silvia will remain as Club Secretary, Benny Gaines will continue serving as Treasurer and co-founder Mike Clubbs will continue to support our web presence.  In addition, our other Executive Committee members will also assist - Brandon Barton, Matthew Vann and Louis Anderson.  

If you have an interest, please reply to this e-mail or contact us on the GCKFA group page on Facebook or e-mail us at admin@gckfa.com or GCKFA@hotmail.com


Catch and Release

Brandon Barton showing how to deal with one of the many things we encounter while kayak fishing here on the Gulf Coast. Brandon shows us an awesome job on a clean release!

Published on Apr 10, 2015

Brandon had a osprey dive bomb his Tactical anglers stalker lure while he was kayak fishing. The osprey hooked himself in the foot. Brandon reeled the osprey in and pulled the hook out then released the bird unharmed.



Rigging Video


Brandon created this video a few years ago and shared it with everyone via youtube. A lot of you still ask how he gets some of those video, the answer is 1. ) Being on the water and capturing the event on video, 2.) Editing the raw footage to come up with an entertaining video.The following Video is a rigging example.



Here is the link how to make the original targus monopod gopro pole- http://palmettokayakfishing.com/PKF-M...

Here is a link for the targus monopod- http://www.amazon.com/Targus-Digital-...

At the bottom of the pole unscrew the screw and then put this scotty gear head into the pole then drill and bolt it on with stainless steel bolts and you can also cover with foam.

Here is the scotty gear head from HOOK1- http://kayakfishinggear.com/scottyrod...

bolt for scotty gear head- http://kayakfishinggear.com/scottyrou...

Then attach the scotty locking base to kayak with stainless steel bolts

Scotty locking base from HOOK1- http://kayakfishinggear.com/scottyloc...

Then take a hack saw and cut the top of the pole to get rid of the bolt and the take the part from the link below and insert it into the pole and the drill a small hole threw the pole and the bottom of the ram part, i drilled right threw the threads. then take a stainless steel bolt and bolt on then cover with foam.

Then attach double ended ram 1 inch ball joint- http://www.rammount.com/CatalogResult...

Then attach the threaded 1 inch ram ball- http://www.rammount.com/CatalogResult...

or even better the new ram gopro mount ball. http://www.rammount.com/CatalogResult...

and attach you camera and your done!!!

music by Bill Laminack, check him out here http://soundcloud.com/bill-laminack


image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6


Image of the Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Associations color logo.

Sunset on Pensacola Bay

This is an example of some of the spectacular sunsets, with the colors reflecting in the catch and release bull red.

Bayou Landing

An image of the primative boat ramp area of the bayou campsite at Grassy Point. This image captured the refective light of the SOLAS tape on the kayaks. - Fall 2011

Surf Launch

An early morning surf launch in Destin Florida, heading out to do some offshore fishing.


Barrett Fine is a GCKFA master angler, he caught this sailfish off the coast of Destin Florida during a GCKFA spring tournament.


Garett Fifer caught this once in a life time wahoo, off of his kayak near Navarre, FL.

themed object

Latest News

  • GCKFA Officer & Board Member Elections August 2015
  • GCKFA Fall Back Campout & Social - Nov 1st 2015
  • GCKFA Tournament Captains Meeting - Apr 29th, 2016
  • GCKFA 11th Annual Spring Tournament - Apr 30th 2016
Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association
Bookmark and Share
get in touch
back to top

The waterways, river, and ocean can be a dangerous place so please make sure that you take the proper precautions to ensure you have a safe adventure and obey the navigational rules of the water. As the reader you recognize this, assume all risks, to include but not limited to; property damage, personal injury, and death. By accessing this web site you agree to hold the publishers of this site and our staff harmless from any liability as a result of your use of the information provided in these pages.