Frequently Ask Questions

While we can not address every question an Angler may have about kayak fishing we have attempted to compile some of the most frequently asked.

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

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.

Describe the photo or the page it links to

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!

Click Here for more information.

Describe the photo or the page it links to

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

Type in your Search Term

  1. What do I need to know about dressing for cold weather kayaking?
  2. What kind / size paddle should I purchase?
  3. How to video - Kayak Paddling Skills, Basic Strokes
  4. What safety equipment is required by Florida law for kayaks?
  5. What do I need to know about surf launching?
  6. How to video - How do you re-enter a sit on top kayak?
  7. How to video - How do you install a Lowrance Fish Finder on a Hobie Pro Angler?
  8. How to video - How do you install an anchor trolly kit?
  9. How to video - How do you make a 321 CPR measuring board?
  10. How to widget - How do you tie the fishing knot of the day?
  11. How to video - How do you get dents out of your kayak?

How to video - Kayak Paddling Skills, Basic Strokes




Back to Top

What safety equipment is required by Florida law for kayaks?

  • Equipment and Lighting Requirements

    • The owner and/or operator of a vessel is responsible to carry, store, maintain and use the safety equipment required by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).
    • All vessels are required to have onboard a wearable USCG-approved personal flotation device (PFD) for each person. The PFDs must be of the appropriate size for the intended wearer, be in serviceable condition, and within easy access.  The State of Florida urges all people onboard a boat to wear a life jacket.
    • Vessels 16 feet in length or longer must also have at least one USCG-approved throwable Type IV PFD that is immediately available in case of a fall overboard.
    • A child under the age of 6 must wear a USCG-approved Type I, II or III personal flotation device while onboard a vessel under 26 feet in length while the vessel is under way.  "Under way" is defined as anytime except when the vessel is anchored, moored, made fast to the shore or aground..
    • All vessels are required to carry an efficient sound-producing device, such as a referee's whistle.
    • Vessels less than 16 feet in length are required to carry at least 3 visual distress signals approved for nighttime use when on coastal waters from sunset to sunrise.  Vessels 16 feet or longer must carry at least 3 daytime and three nighttime visual distress signals (or 3 combination daytime/nighttime signals) at all times when on coastal waters.
    • The use of sirens or flashing, occulting or revolving lights is prohibited except where expressly allowed by law.
    • Recreational vessels are required to display navigation lights between sunset and sunrise and during periods of reduced visibility (fog, rain, haze, etc.).  Watercraft under oars (such as a canoe or kayak) may display the lights prescribed for sailboats (less than 7 meters), but if not, must have ready at hand an electric torch or lighting lantern (flashlight) showing a white light to be displayed in sufficient time to prevent collision. The U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Rules specify lighting requirements for every description of watercraft.  The information provided in the following link is for vessels less than 65.5 feet/20 meters in length:



Back to Top

What do I need to know about surf launching?






Back to Top

How to video - install a Lowrance Fish Finder on a Hobie Pro Angler14?

  • Lowrance Product Manager Jeremiah Clark walks through the steps to install a Lowrance HOOK fishfinder on a Hobie Pro Angler 14 with just basic hand tools. This tutorial takes you from opening the box through a finished installation




Back to Top

How to video - install an anchor trolley?



Back to Top



How to video - How to make a CPR measuring board

  • We found this video of how to make a Catch, Photo, and Release measuring board using the measuring decal


  • 321Fish.Com Store

  • The official fish measuring sticker is specifically designed for catch-photo-release fishing tournaments and can measure fish up to 57 inches in length. Cost is $6.00 each plus $1.71 shipping and handling anywhere in the continental U.S. ($.25 shipping per additional unit for orders up to 5).
  • Recommend using #6 x 3/4 Stainless Steel Screws instead of the #8 x 3/4 listed in video


    • 1.) 1 ea. Veranda 8 ft. x 5-55/64 in. x 21/64 in. White Vinyl S4S Flat Utility Trim Molding- from HOME DEPOT part# MDTM246520
    • 2.) 15 ea . # 6 x ¾” SS screws
    • 3.) Goop to hold it together for assy. and caulk for sealing the joints.
    • 4.) 1 ea. Ruler Decal from


Back to Top



How to widget - How do you tie the fishing knot of the day ?

  • - Teaching the world to tie knots since 1993! The website offers easy to follow knot tying illustrations and animated knots for tying the appropriate knot for your needs.
  • The web widget below will show a different knot each time the page is refreshed
  • The website offers apps for your smart phone as well as waterproof cards for your convenience










themed object

Latest News

  • GCKFA Early (Discounted) Tournament Registration Ends.
  • GCKFA Online Tournament Registration Ends.
  • GCKFA Tournament Captains Meeting.
  • GCKFA Annual Spring Tournament.
  • GCKFA Bulloween Tournament
  • GCKFA Spring / Fall Campout
  • GCKFA Santa Seigh Ride Tournament
  • GCKFA Rigging Clinic
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.