The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association presents an annual Spring Tournament that is the premier kayak fishing tournament of North West Florida.

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Tournament Captains Meeting

The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association holds the annual Spring Tournament Captains Meeting, The Friday before the Saturday tournament.

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.

Captain’s Meeting: Friday, Before the Saturday Tournament at 6:00 PM
Captains Meeting Location: At one of our Sponsors Resturants.

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Grassy Point Camp-out

The club planned overnight fishing trips 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 events were scheduled around the changing of Daylight Savings time.

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.

  • Weekend of March 10th -11th 2018
  • Weekend of November 10 - 11th, 2018 (TBD)
  • Weekend of March 9th - 10th 2019 (TBD)
  • Weekend of November 2nd - 3rd (TBD)

Hope to see you there!

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Rigging Clinic

The first rigging clinic was at Ted's house in Gulf Breeze, FL. We were surprised at the turnout and rigged several kayaks that day. You see when the sport of kayak fishing started its popularity, kayak vendors did not make fishing models. We had to figure out how to install fishing rod holders, fish finders, and battery boxes.

With the start of the next new year we started holding 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.

We welcomed new comers to bring their yaks and any rigging projects they may have had. Take advantage of the experience of others. If your yak is fully rigged, you could 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 could set up a barter station.

What we learned was these projects help sell mechandise,and so we teamed up with Academy Sports and Outdoors to hold the events at their facility, in exchange for their sponsorship to help support our Annual Tournament.

Location: ACADEMY on Davis Hwy, Pensacola, FL.


NOTE: This website has served it members well over the years. I have been personally funding the website effort and spending countless hours over the years (2005-present) trying to keep it current. But it is now time to turn it into a historical document, I am unable to keep up with keeping it current. The GCKFA will continue the task of promoting kayak fishing along the Gulf of Mexico but It is time to pass it on to a new kayak fishing generation.

The current GCKFA leadership and activities can be found on FACEBOOK. at the following link;

Sorry, but this website will only have minimal updates from now on, the new focus of the website will be to share our past activities, as we turn the site into a historical document.


***** Mark your Calendar June 14-15, 2019*****

GCKFA Annual Spring Kayak Fishing Tournament,

The following Tournament Information was copied from;


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Tournament Schedule of Event and Locations:
When: Tournament date is; Saturday, June 15th 2019
Where, Weigh-in : Broxons Outdoors , Navarre , Florida

Early Bird Pricing before 6/5/2019
$40 for members/$50 for non-members

Pricing after 6/5/201
$50 for members/$60 for non-members



Captain’s Meeting: Friday, June 14, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Captains Meeting Location: TBD

Kayaks on the Water:4:30AM
Fishing Start: 5AM 

Weigh-in:2:00-4:00 PM on June 15th 2019
Fishing Area: Mid Bay Bridge Destin (East) to Fort Morgan, AL (West). No North or South boundaries.




Inshore anglers will be targeting redfish, speckled trout and flounder.

offshore anglers will be searching for king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, red snapper.

The event is open to kayaks, canoes and paddle craft only, no motors or sails allowed. Exceptions made on a case by case basis by the Executive Committee upon individual request.

Information copied from FACEBOOK EVENTS.

One of the most frequent issues at the weigh-in station was anglers not being able to tell the difference between Spanish Mackerel and juvenile King Mackerel. Click_here for more info.

Here is an Example of the Rules we used for our 2016 tournament, over the years the document was adjusted to be re-used with minimal changes


GCKFA Master Angler Program

Are you the type of kayak angler who constantly strives to improve and aim for trophy fish from several species? If so, the GCKFA Master Angler Program is for you! The Master Angler program is intended to recognize special kayak angling achievements! This event is limited to members of the Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association. It's pretty simple, if you catch a qualifying fish you just submit a photograph via email. GCKFA will do the rest. The master angler program is limited to kayak fishing trips and will only include catches made from a kayak or while wading with kayak tethered to the angler.

We are pleased to recognize the following GCKFA Master Anglers, take the challenge and have your name added to the elite!

  • Michael Finley
  • Kreig Corpstein
  • Barrett Fine
  • Eric Kaiser
  • Robert Boston

Official Rules:

There is no entry fee or form, however, this event is limited to members of GCKFA. .

Each catch must meet the big fish limits below.

Weighing is encouraged - but not required.

There is no time limit for catching your fish - your catches do not expire after they have been submitted.

Fish can be caught anywhere in the lower continental 48 states.

Deliberate falsification of any submissions will result in disqualification. All existing records will be removed and future applications from the angler will not be considered.

Measuring your catch, all species with forked tails will be measured to the fork; other species will use the pinched tail method of measuring.

GCKFA reserves the right to review, investigate, reject, disqualify, or accept any application submitted or any award granted. In case of disputes, the decision of the Program Committee will be final.

Recognition Tiers: At each level, the accomplished kayak angler will be recognized on the GCKFA website and will be given the opportunity to purchase an embroidered fishing shirt noting their accomplishments.

  • The lowest tier is "GCKFA Advanced Kayak Angler". This is for the person who submits a minimum of 3 qualified species.

  • The lower middle tier is "GCKFA Expert Kayak Angler". This is for the person who submits a minimum of 5 qualified species.

  • The upper middle tier is "GCKFA Elite Kayak Angler". This is for the person who submits a minimum of 7 qualified species.

  • The top tier is "GCKFA Master Kayak Angler". This is for the person who submits a minimum of 10 qualified species.

How to submit your catch:

If you catch a qualifying big fish, you must follow the photograph guidelines.
1) Photograph your fish along with an appropriate measuring device (e.g. FL Law Stick) and your kayak
2) The fish must have it's mouth closed and it's nose must be at the "0" mark.
3) Send an eMail to Ted Gorder at with photo's of your qualifying catch and a brief story including the date of the catch.
4) Each angler will be allowed to request one species substitution per year. For example, if a member were to land and photograph a substitution, he or she may request that that photograph be allowed as one of their qualified catches. The ruling committee will determine whether or not the size and rarity of the catch should qualify. All rulings are final and may not be challenged.

Species and Minimum Lengths to Qualify

Red Drum (Bull) 32” (See Revision)
Spotted Sea Trout 25”
Flounder 16”
Ladyfish 27”
Jack Crevalle 36”
Sheepshead 16”
Spanish Mackerel 20”
King Mackerel 40”
Pompano 16”
Tuna (any type) 20”
Bluefish 20”
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) 24”
Cobia 36”
Shark (Any species) 48”
Freshwater Bass 20”
Striped Sea Bass/Hybrid 28”
Grouper 30”
Trigger fish 20”
Red Snapper 27”
Greater Amberjack 32”
Tarpon any length (catch - photo - release) (See Revision)
Sailfish any length (catch - photo - release) (See Revision)
Black Drum 32”


Rule Revision: For the Master Angler program category for Redfish. This stems from an article I read about a record being denied by the IGFA. Apparently "transporting" an oversized redfish is illegal in FL. This means that paddling to shore with a bull red in order to snap a picture could get the anglers into trouble. For this reason, I am going to ask that we either snap the picture while on the water or have another angler serve as a witness to the size of the catch or help take the photo.

Tarpon: Requires $50 tarpon tag to possess or harvest. Snatching or spearing prohibited. Contact DMFM for current information.
Tarpon Tag (available only at tax collerctors offices).........$51.50 *Transporting without a permit is illegal*
GCKFA will accept photographic proof of tarpon catch on a kayak of any length if following the catch-photo-release recommendations.

Sailfish 63" minimum length, Angler can harvest one per day. *It is illegal to transport or have in your possession under size or over size fish.*
Sailfish: Measured tip of lower jaw to fork, All landed fish must be reported to NOAA within 24 hours 800-894-5528. HMS permit required in Federal Waters.
GCKFA will accept photographic proof of sailfish catch on a kayak of any length if following the catch-photo-release recommendations.

If you are alone, catch a monster and cannot realistically get it on the yak for a photo, I suggest floating a law stick in the water next to the redfish in a way that clearly shows the length, I will consider other measurement options but they must clearly pass all doubt.

A witness that helps measure and/or photo the catch will be best.

This rule change only applies to redfish, tarpon, and sailfish since all others can be harvested or brought to shore for photo and safe release.

Good Luck!!!!!!

Updated on June 14, 2013









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