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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.
This T-shirt design is for the GCKFA membership ($30). These t-shirts are available now with a new membership purchase via PayPal. Current members can purchase the T-shirt for $10. Non-members can purchase a T-Shirt for $20. T-Shirts for current member and non-members will only be available at GCKFA events.
The New Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association Forum is now on-line. The vbuletin software has templates form moblie phone access. The Facebook app lets users interact with the forum directly from Facebook. The Publishing Suite has built-in blog capability. Check it out! Previous forum members (before December of 2012) will need to re-register with this forum software.
The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association invites you to join us on facebook to keep up with the most current information.
Tournament Captains Meeting
The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association holds the annual Spring Tournament Captains Meeting at Hooters on Pensacola Beach, Friday night 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
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.
We decided to make this event occur on the time change weekends (simi-annual). NOTE: Due to scheduling issues the fall event will not take place on the time change weekend, please note the new date.
- October 25th - 27th, 2013
Hope to see you there!
19 Jan 2013
Each January 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.
Venting tool requirement removed in Gulf waters
Soon Florida anglers will no longer be required to have and use a venting tool when fishing for reef fish in Gulf of Mexico state waters.
During its Nov. 21 meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) removed the requirement in Gulf state waters, making state regulations consistent with rules in federal waters. By removing this rule, anglers will now have the freedom to determine how to best maximize survival of released reef fish using devices they feel are appropriate, depending on the circumstances.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council removed the requirement to have and use a venting tool in Gulf federal waters earlier this year.
These changes will take effect as soon as possible. Another notice will be issued to let the public know when these changes take effect.
When fish are brought quickly to the surface from deep water, the change in pressure can cause gases within the fish’s swim bladder to expand. This condition is called barotrauma and can cause damage to internal organs and reduce the likelihood a fish will survive when returned to the water. Typically, fish suffering from barotrauma must be treated if they are to survive and swim back down to deep water. Venting tools are used to treat barotrauma by allowing gases to escape from a fish’s body cavity. Descending devices, which bring fish back down to deeper waters, are another, more recently developed option that can now also be used to increase survival rates among fish with barotrauma. Maximizing post-release survival of fish is important in marine fisheries management because it means more fish survive to potentially reproduce and be harvested in the future.
While venting tools can still be a useful way to increase chances of survival after being released, fish do not always need to be vented.
Venting tools were required in Gulf state and federal waters since 2008. This requirement was intended to increase survival rates of released red snapper, but applied to all species of Gulf reef fish. These tools are not required in Atlantic state or federal waters.
The use of non-stainless steel, non-offset circle hooks and dehooking devices will still be required in state and federal Gulf waters when fishing for reef fish. These tools minimize handling times for reef fish, which aids in survival of the fish upon release.
To learn more about recognizing barotrauma, and what to do, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Catch and Release.” Information about reef fish gear rules is available under “Recreational Regulations.”
November 21, 2013
ALL GCKFA Members:
Hope this letter finds you all well and enjoying your time on the water! The cooler temperatures
mean fall is here, but the fishing is still red hot! The GCKFA is busy - our monthly social get-togethers are well-attended, the Columbus Day Boondoggle at Big Lagoon State Park is wrapping up as I type this, our semi-annual camp out to Grassy Point on Blackwater Bay is only two weeks away and we are about to start planning for our 9th annual kayak fishing tournament next May. The reason we are writing is to let you know that we have been discussing the need to expand our decision-making group and get more people involved in the leadership of the club. For this, we need to change our Constitution / By-laws and we are seeking your approval to do that.
Attached to this press release is a draft of our Constitution and By-Laws that have been rewritten to
acknowledge and accommodate some changes since the club was first founded in 2005. If
approved, they will go into effect November 15, 2013. Significant changes:
- Separation of the single Media Director / Webmaster position on the Executive
Committee into 2 separate positions. Brandon Barton is currently serving as Media Director
and co-founder Mike Clubbs is working as the Webmaster. The Media Director is an
elected position, the Webmaster is appointed by the Board of Directors.
- Board of Directors. Previously, the club’s officers served as the Executive Committee and
made almost all of the decisions for the club. We would like to expand our membership in
the decision-making process and get more people actively involved by establishing a Board
of Directors. The Board of Directors will include the members of the Executive Committee
plus others as elected by club members. The Board will be charged with approval of all
major decisions for the GCKFA while the Executive Committee will provide the strategic
direction for the GCKFA.
Board Candidates. The Executive Committee has selected and interviewed two candidates for
election to the Board of Directors - Louis Anderson and Matthew Vann. A short bio for Louis and Matthew is included.
Your vote is needed - we need 50% plus 1 of all active GCKFA members to vote:
- Item 1. Approve / disapprove changes to the GCKFA Constitution and By-Laws
- Item 2. Approve / disapprove election of Louis Anderson to the Board of Directors
- Item 3. Approve / disapprove election of Matthew Vann to the Board of Directors
We encourage you to read the attached documents. A ballot will be emailed to our members we request that you please forward/ reply with your email vote on the 3 items to
GCKFA@hotmail.com by Friday, November 1st.
The club and its leadership team can only succeed if the entire membership remains active and
assists the leadership in moving the club in the right direction. We will look forward to hearing
from all of you.
Jay Kania, President, GCKFA
The Hook, Line & Sinker Seminar Series started eight years ago as a way to share our love and knowledge of fishing with the Pensacola community. We never imagined it would turn into the largest regular saltwater fishing seminar in the Southeast – possibly the United States. While we have seen it grow and expand, we still maintain the same one-on-one attitude we started with as our hosts and guest speakers impart a wealth of local know how and answer any and all questions before, during and after each event.
The seminars are to be located at Flounders Chowder House 800 Quietwater Beach Road, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561, (850) 932-9081. The seminars starts at 7:00 pm. No reservations needed, Be sure to check out Hook Line & Sinkers sister seminar series; "Emerald Coast Saltwater Seminar Series” held each month at Northlight Marina in Niceville
- November 4- Flounder
- December 2- Striped Bass
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- GCKFA Social - Wednesday, December 18th, 6pm, Oar House, Pensacola.
- GCKFA Social - Wednesday, January 15th, 2014, 6pm, Hooters on the Beach.
- GCKFA Social - Wednesday, February 19th, 2014, 6pm, Hopjacks on Nine Mile Road.
- GCKFA Social - Wednesday, March 19th, 2014, 6pm, Ollie's in Milton.
- GCKFA Social - Wednesday, April 16th, 2014, 6pm, Oar House, Pensacola.
- GCKFA Social - Wednesday, May 21st, 2014, 6pm, Hooters on the Beach.