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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.

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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.

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2017 Tournament Captains Meeting

The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association holds the annual Spring Tournament Captains Meeting, Friday June3rd at 6:00PM the night before the Saturday tournament on June 4th.

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, June 16th, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Captains Meeting Location: Red Fish, Blue Fish Restaurant, 5 Via De Luna Dr, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561

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Grassy Point Camp-out

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.

  • Weekend of March 10th -12th, 2017
  • Weekend of November 3rd - 5th, 2017 (TBD)

Hope to see you there!

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Rigging Clinic

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: ACADEMY on Davis Hwy, Pensacola, FL.
Time: April 15th, 2017 from Noon-4pm



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The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association Presents

the 12th Annual GCKFA Spring Tournament Winner Boards

at Shoreline Park South, Gulf Breeze Florida.



Please Register: 12th annual GCKFA Tournament on Saturday, June 17th, 2017!

Tournament Schedule of Event and Locations:
When: Tournament date is Saturday, June 17th 2017
Where: Shoreline Park South, Gulf Breeze, Florida
Early Registration Ends: Sunday, May 28th, 2017 at midnight
Captain’s Meeting: Friday, June 16th, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Captains Meeting Location: Red Fish, Blue Fish Restaurant, 5 Via De Luna Dr, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 Kayaks on the Water: To be announced at Captains Meeting
Fishing Start: To be announced at Captains Meeting   
Weigh-in: 3:00-5:00 PM on June 17th 2017
Fishing Area: Mid Bay Bridge Destin (East) to Fort Morgan, AL (West). No North or South boundaries.
Early Bird Pricing: $ 50
Pricing After May 28th, 2017: $60

Inshore anglers will be targeting Redfish, Speckled Trout and Flounder, while offshore anglers will be searching for King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Red Snapper and Pelagic species.
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.

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We hope you can make it!

Executive Members of the GCKFA





Membership and Tournament Registration

When the Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association was being formed our leadership looked at “Roberts rules of Order” as guidelines for our “non-profit” / “not for profit” organization. It provided some of the basic rules for organizations to follow. These rules are often revised to incorporate new technology like electronic meetings.  We now hold electronic meetings through the use of emails, Facebook, GCKFA web site and telephone calls. We must adapt to the ever changing environment or become extinct as so many organization do.

We are changing our membership requirements effective immediately; Membership dues will be included in our Spring Tournament registration and any other GCKFA sponsored event requiring payment. Our membership dues will remain at twenty dollars per year to expire annually on or about our spring tournament. You can still become a paid member without participating in a GCKFA sponsored event requiring payment.

Those members who have already paid for this year’s membership we know who you are and we can discount your tournament fee for the membership amount or refund your payment via PayPal. Send me an email gckfa@hotmail.com.

As long as we are addressing proposed changes  we discussed in the last Executive board meeting (January 2016), the board voted to utilized the web service “EventBrite” .  This website will perform the task of tournament and membership registration as well as any other event that requires payment. As the web master I was initially opposed to the idea of paying someone else to perform a task that I was providing for free.  But times change and I do not have the time to dedicate to the demanding needs of this task. Some of you may remember the spring tournament registration process for 2012, this was when we first tried  the “EventBrite” services and it worked as advertised. We would like to make this process exclusive so we can have a central point of data collection; they even offer a better method for utilizing your smart phones than what I can provide at this time.

When the EventBrite web pages are complete (to be created by another volunteer), I will make links to them  (membership and tournament registration pages) on our website and they will also be posted on the Facebook Page and Group.


Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association Webmaster



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





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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.


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


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


Richie form Werner Paddles with a jumping dorado.


Richie form Werner Paddles with a nice cobia.

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GCKFA WebMaster with the 2016 Tournament Prizes & Awards

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