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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.

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.


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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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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

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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!

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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


***** Mark your Calendar ***** GCKFA Elections in August*******

The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association is in need of volunteers who would like to have the opportunity to help promote the sport of kayak fishing along the gulf coast. In August we will be holding elections for officer and board positions. If you are interested in seeking a position, you must be a paid member of the GCKFA. For those of you who would like to participate in the elections, you must be a paid member of the GCKFA.

GCKFA Goals. As a recreational organization, the Club's goals shall be to:
a.) Organize area kayak fishermen in NW Florida and South Alabama
b.)  Support and promote the safe and responsible pursuit of the sport of kayak fishing
c.)  Promote fellowship and provide a fun meeting place for kayak fishermen
d.)  Provide social media for exchange of ideas, fishing information and rigging tips
e.)  Sponsor events group outings and kayak fishing tournaments
f. ) Provide public presence to protect interests of kayak fisherman

The elected officers are charged with making the decisions required for operation of the Club, subject to review and consensual approval of the Board of Directors and the club general membership as required. The Officers of the Club will be the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Media Director and Webmaster. One person may serve in one or more club officer positions, but this is not preferred and shall be considered a temporary situation until such time as all club officer positions are elected / appointed properly in accordance with the guidelines contained herein. If one person is occupying more than one club position, He/she shall have only one vote.

President. It shall be the duty of the President:

  • To preside at meetings and conduct them in accordance with accepted rules of order (Robert's Rules of Order).
  • To schedule and preside
  • To appoint temporary vacancies subject to approval by the membership.
  • To appoint various committees as necessary.

Vice President. It shall be the duty of the Vice President:

  • To be responsible for a program at Regular Meetings.
  • To assist the President in the discharge of his/her duties.
  • To preside in the absence of the President.
  • To ensure the documents of incorporation of the Club are kept current.

Secretary. It shall be the duty of the Secretary:

  • To keep a written record of proceedings of the Club Meetings.
  • To maintain custody of all reports and documents connected with the Club.
  • To keep a current and correct Membership roster.
  • To conduct the Club Correspondence.

Treasurer. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer:

  • To collect all monies due, to have charge of the funds of the Club, and to keep correct record and account of all monies received and paid out.
  • To deposit the funds of the Club, in the name of the Club, in a depository or depositories approved by the Executive Committee
  • To present at each Meeting a report stating the financial condition of the Club.
  • To present a written annual financial statement for the prior calendar year at the first “Regular Meeting” of the year

Media Director. The Media Director shall be elected by the membership. It shall be the duty of the Media Director:

  • To coordinate the promotion and positive image of the club
  • To coordinate all marketing efforts in the print and electronic media
  • Coordinate and assist the Webmaster as required.

Webmaster. The Webmaster shall be appointed by majority vote of the Board of
Directors. Termination of the Webmaster shall require no less than two-third’s (2/3) vote
of the voting members of the Board of Directors.

It shall be the duty of the webmaster:

  • To be responsible for the club’s website, forum and internet presence
  • To make recommendations to the Board for website hosting services
  • To post relevant club material in a timely fashion
  • To perform other functions related to the club’s internet presence as required.

If you are interested in any of the positions please contact us at; gckfa@hotmail.com



The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Associations mission is to promote the sport of kayak fishing along the Gulf Coast. When Michael Miller ask us for our help to get the word out and contact the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA) to help influence them to open this tournament to kayakers how could we refuse.

The MBARA is talking about adding a KAYAKING division to their TOURNAMENT in Mexico Beach, FL. The tournament is scheduled for Aug 23 of this year. The board is holding a meeting and Michael was asked to attend and be a POC for the kayaking community. This tournament is a great one to be associated with because of what they do for our fishery. Like them on face book and see for yourselves the great things they are doing. Its also great to associated with because of the size of their organization and the size of the tournament.

We Need YOUR HELP to make this happen for all of us, please contact the board via email to Fundraising@mbara.org or Bob Cox at rcox@mchsi.com and tell them your interest level in fishing their tournament, even if you thank it would be good idea and can't fish, but may in the future, please take the time and send them a yes to adding a kayak division . For the first time ever in the Mexico Beach area we have a chance to have a another great offshore tournament. This is a chance to be a part of something great at the ground level. Please join us and help make this event come to light and watch or sport and clubs grow. Thanks!



The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association Presents

the 10th Annual GCKFA Spring Tournament

on May 2nd 2015

at Shoreline Park South, Gulf Breeze Florida.


These are a preview of some of the images taken at the GCKFA weigh-in.


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.


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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.

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