GCKFA home page
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.
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.
The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association invites you to join us on facebook to keep up with the most current information.
2016 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.
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.
Due to the bad weather for the "time change weekend", the event has been rescheduled
- November 4th-6th, 2016
Hope to see you there!
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.
Amberjack, triggerfish and gag grouper season changes in Gulf waters start Jan. 1
Starting Jan 1, several recreational fishing season changes in Gulf waters will go into effect including:
See below for details on each season.
This temporary closure was put into place because NOAA Fisheries estimated that the 2016 annual federal recreational quota was exceeded and the recreational harvest season in adjacent federal waters closed. The quota is the poundage of fish that can be caught each year while maintaining a sustainable fishery. Federal rules require that any harvest in excess of the quota for this overfished species must be deducted from the next year’s quota and could result in a shortened federal season. State waters closed early in 2016 to help minimize negative impacts of a quota overage on Florida anglers and the 2017 season.
The gray triggerfish recreational season will remain closed Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017, in Gulf state waters in response to an announcement that the 2016 federal gray triggerfish quota was exceeded by more than 200 percent and that federal waters will be closed through Dec. 31, 2017. As with greater amberjack, gray triggerfish is overfished, and when the federal quota is exceeded, federal rules require the excess harvest to be deducted from the quota used to set the following year’s season. The state waters closure will help avoid a quota overage in 2017.
The FWC approved this 2017 state waters closure at the Nov. 17 meeting in St. Petersburg. However, the FWC will consider a potential limited gray triggerfish season for fall 2017 at an upcoming meeting in an effort to provide fishing opportunities to Gulf anglers.
Gag grouper will close for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters and all Gulf federal waters Jan. 1, 2017.
This is an annual closure and the season will reopen June 1, 2017.
State waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties are open from April 1 through June 30 only and are not open during the June 1 through Dec. 31 season. Monroe County is also excluded from the June through December season because it follows Atlantic rules for gag grouper.
the 11th Annual GCKFA Spring Tournament
Tentatively Scheduled for June 4th, 2016
Alternate Date of June 5th, 2016
at Shoreline Park South, Gulf Breeze Florida.
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 email@example.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
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
- GCKFA Camp-out - November 4th-6th, 2016
- GCKFA Tournament Captains Meeting - June 3rd, 2016
- GCKFA 11th Annual Spring Tournament - June 4th, 2016