The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association presents an annual Spring Tournament that is the premier kayak fishing tournament of North West Florida.
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2014 Tournament Captains Meeting
The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association holds the annual Spring Tournament Captains Meeting, Friday May 9th the night before the Saturday tournament on May 10th 2014.
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.
- October 31st - November 2nd 2014
Hope to see you there!
Feb 1st 2014
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: Pensacola Kayak & Sail
3009 Olde Barrancas Ave Pensacola, FL 32507
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm)
June 28th 2014, Offshore Tournament
Offshore Division Tourney is only 5 Days away!! Many of you have requested/suggested the addition of an Offshore Calcutta. Well...you ask, we deliver. We have hammered out the details (below) and are excited to add this in to an already awesome event. See you guys FRIDAY NIGHT at RFBF for Captains Meeting!
Calcutta Team Format/Rules
For the upcoming offshore tourney we have decided to a...dd a Calcutta to the prize mix. This will be in the format of a "team Calcutta". A team is comprised of a maximum of 2 anglers. An individual may choose to enter solo. Any and all participants must be paid participants in the tourney as well.
Entry in the Calcutta Team Competition is $40/team. This fee remains constant whether you are a 1 person or 2 person team. (As a one person team is eligible for the same prize money as a 2 person team).
Each team may enter a TOTAL of 4 fish. Max 2 Red Snapper and max 2 King Mackerel. A teams score will be based on the total aggregate weight of up to 4 fish (2 RS and 2 KM). A 2 or 3 fish entry will not be penalized in any way over a 4 fish entry. However, for an entry to qualify it MUST include at least 1 each of Red Snapper and King Mackerel.
Prize money generated from this Calcutta will be divided as follows:
1st Place: 50%
2nd Place: 30%
3rd Place: 10%
Example: 25 teams enter Calcutta completion for a total purse of $1000.00
1st Place: $500.00
2nd Place: $300.00
3rd Place: $100.00
Hope this is clear as our waters. Good luck ladies & gents
The 9th Annual GCKFA Spring Tournament
Part 2 Offshore - June 28th
Captains Meeting: June 27th, 2014, Speaker starts at 6:00 pm
Red Fish Blue Fish Resturant
5B Via de Luna Drive
Pensacola Beach, FL 32561
The Tournament Date: June 28th, 2014, Weigh-In Times: 3-5 pm
Weigh-in & Ceremony Location:Weigh-in will be at the 3rd parking lot east of Portofino on Hwy 399 (Via de Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach) from 3-5pm.
Registration: All anglers that entered the tournament on May 9th 2014 are pre-registered, but we will need you to verify attendance by completing a very short verificaiton form.
Anglers that did not sign up for the May 10th GCKFA Spring Tournament, but would like to participate in the Offshore event can register for $60 at the registration link.
RodnReel Predictions Sever data: June 28th
Nautical Twilight - 04:48 am
Civil Twilight - 05:22 am
Sunrise - 05:52 am
Sunset - 07:51 pm
Civil Twilight - 08:22 pm
Nautical Twilight - 08:56 pm
High and Low Tide data:
High - 11:42 am - - (+)1.55 ft.
Low - 10:39 pm - - (-)0.15 ft.
Range - 1.70 ft.
Moon Rise - 07:04 am
Moon Set - 08:49 pm
Inshore fishing forcast = 9
ON-LINE REGISTRATION:Is now Open
On April 25th the registration fee will increase to the full price of $60, sign up now to save $10.00!
Red snapper - Gulf
Action: State waters open May 24
Information: Recreational red snapper harvest will open May 24 in Gulf of Mexico state waters (from shore to 9 nautical miles). The season will remain open through July 14, closing July 15.
The federal season is slated to open June 1 and remain open through June 11, closing June 12. This season is subject to change. Visit the Southeast Regional NOAA Fisheries website to learn more. Federal waters extend from where state waters end, out to about 200 nautical miles in most areas. The minimum size limit is 16 inches and the bag limit remains 2 fish per person.
Links for more information:
Red Snapper Information [MyFWC.com]
GCKFA Master Angler Program
Are you the type of kayak angler who constantly strives to improve and aim for trophy fish from several species? If so, the GCKFA Master Angler Program is for you! The Master Angler program is intended to recognize special kayak angling achievements! This event is limited to members of the Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association. It's pretty simple, if you catch a qualifying fish you just submit a photograph via e-mail. GCKFA will do the rest. The master angler program is limited to kayak fishing trips and will only include catches made from a kayak or while wading with kayak tethered to the angler.
We are pleased to recognize the following GCKFA Master Anglers, take the challenge and have your name added to the list!
- Michael Finley
- Kreig Corpstein
- Barrett Fine
- Eric Kaiser
- Bob Boston
- There is no entry fee or form, however, this event is limited to members of GCKFA. .
- Each catch must meet the big fish limits below.
- Weighing is encouraged - but not required.
- There is no time limit for catching your fish - your catches do not expire after they have been submitted.
- Fish can be caught anywhere in the lower continental 48 states.
- Deliberate falsification of any submissions will result in disqualification. All existing records will be removed and future applications from the angler will not be considered.
- Measuring your catch, all species with forked tails will be measured to the fork; other species will use the pinched tail method of measuring.
GCKFA reserves the right to review, investigate, reject, disqualify, or accept any application submitted or any award granted. In case of disputes, the decision of the Program Committee will be final.
Recognition Tiers: At each level, the accomplished kayak angler will be recognized on the GCKFA website and will be given the opportunity to purchase an embroidered fishing shirt noting their accomplishments.
- The lowest tier is "GCKFA Advanced Kayak Angler". This is for the person who submits a minimum of 3 qualified species.
- The lower middle tier is "GCKFA Expert Kayak Angler". This is for the person who submits a minimum of 5 qualified species.
- The upper middle tier is "GCKFA Elite Kayak Angler". This is for the person who submits a minimum of 7 qualified species.
- The top tier is "GCKFA Master Kayak Angler". This is for the person who submits a minimum of 10 qualified species.
How to submit your catch:
If you catch a qualifying big fish, you must follow the photograph guidelines.
1) Photograph your fish along with an appropriate measuring device (e.g. FL Law Stick) and your kayak
2) The fish must have it's mouth closed and it's nose must be at the "0" mark.
3) Send an e-mail to Ted Gorder at email@example.com with photo's of your qualifying catch and a brief story including the date of the catch.
4) Each angler will be allowed to request one species substitution per year. For example, if a member were to land and photograph a substitution, he or she may request that that photograph be allowed as one of their qualified catches. The ruling committee will determine whether or not the size and rarity of the catch should qualify. All rulings are final and may not be challenged.
Species and Minimum Lengths to Qualify
Red Drum (Bull) 32” (See Revision)
Rule Revision: For the Master Angler program category for Redfish. This stems from an article I read about a record being denied by the IGFA. Apparently "transporting" an oversized redfish is illegal in FL. This means that paddling to shore with a bull red in order to snap a picture could get the anglers into trouble. For this reason, I am going to ask that we either snap the picture while on the water or have another angler serve as a witness to the size of the catch or help take the photo.
Tarpon: Requires $50 tarpon tag to possess or harvest. Snatching or spearing prohibited. Contact DMFM for current information.
Tarpon Tag (available only at tax collectors offices).........$51.50 *Transporting without a permit is illegal*
GCKFA will accept photographic proof of tarpon catch on a kayak of any length if following the catch-photo-release recommendations.
Sailfish 63" minimum length, Angler can harvest one per day. *It is illegal to transport or have in your possession under size or over size fish.*
Sailfish: Measured tip of lower jaw to fork, All landed fish must be reported to NOAA within 24 hours 800-894-5528. HMS permit required in Federal Waters.
GCKFA will accept photographic proof of sailfish catch on a kayak of any length if following the catch-photo-release recommendations.
If you are alone, catch a monster and cannot realistically get it on the yak for a photo, I suggest floating a law stick in the water next to the redfish in a way that clearly shows the length, I will consider other measurement options but they must clearly pass all doubt.
A witness that helps measure and/or photo the catch will be best.
This rule change only applies to redfish, tarpon, and sailfish since all others can be harvested or brought to shore for photo and safe release.
Updated on June 14, 2013
- GCKFA Campout: October 31 thru November 2nd