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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.

G.C.K.F.A. and the Florida
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Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association, worked with the FFWCC to ensure the fishing, and boating regulations were followed, along with water safety for our events.


Volunteer Needed:

Webmaster wanted
The GCKFA is seeking an experienced webmaster that has and utilizes 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 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 (no pay) email me at GCKFA@hotmail.com

Closing of G.C.K.F.A. Forum

The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association had its own forum (it is now off-line). The effort to maintain the forum, trying to keep hackers and other unwanted post restricted took on a life of its own. So we decide to use the Pensacola Fishing Fourm kayak section as needed. Now we have a presence on FaceBook. Please use our Facebook Group for keeping in touch with our membership base. The GCKFA Facebook Page is where you will find GCKFA current news and events.

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The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association invites you to join us on facebook to keep up with the most current information.

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Tournament Captains Meeting

The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association holds the annual Spring Tournament Captains Meeting, The Friday 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.

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, Before the Saturday Tournament at 6:00 PM
Captains Meeting Location: At one of our Sponsors Resturants.

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Grassy Point Camp-out

The club planned overnight fishing trips 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 events were scheduled around the changing of Daylight Savings time.

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 -11th 2018
  • Weekend of November 10 - 11th, 2018 (TBD)
  • Weekend of March 9th - 10th 2019 (TBD)
  • Weekend of November 2nd - 3rd (TBD)

Hope to see you there!

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Rigging Clinic

The first rigging clinic was at Ted's house in Gulf Breeze, FL. We were surprised at the turnout and rigged several kayaks that day. You see when the sport of kayak fishing started its popularity, kayak vendors did not make fishing models. We had to figure out how to install fishing rod holders, fish finders, and battery boxes.

With the start of the next new year we started holding 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.

We welcomed new comers to bring their yaks and any rigging projects they may have had. Take advantage of the experience of others. If your yak is fully rigged, you could 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 could set up a barter station.

What we learned was these projects help sell mechandise,and so we teamed up with Academy Sports and Outdoors to hold the events at their facility, in exchange for their sponsorship to help support our Annual Tournament.

Location: ACADEMY on Davis Hwy, Pensacola, FL.



This website has served it members well over the years. I have been personally funding the website effort and spending countless hours over the years (2005-present) trying to keep it current. But it is now time to turn it into a historical document, I am unable to keep up with keeping it current. The GCKFA will continue the task of promoting kayak fishing along the Gulf of Mexico but It is time to pass it on to a new kayak fishing generation.

The current GCKFA leadership and activities can be found on FACEBOOK. at the following link; https://www.facebook.com/GCKFA

Sorry, but this website will only have minimal updates from now on, the new focus of the website will be to share our past activities, as we turn the site into a historical document.


How it all started:

In the fall of 2005 a small group of kayakers gathered at a restaurant in Gulf Breeze, Florida to discuss the possibility of joining together to form a kayaking group. What started months before the official launch of the organization, a disparate group of area kayak fishermen looking for colleagues on the water that quickly grew into an organized club with the potential to expand rapidly. It was apparent that there were already a lot of people in the area fishing from kayaks and undoubtedly many more that would be interested once they see how much fun it is. We quickly gathered members from Mobile to Destin. Kayak fishing was growing in popularity all over the U.S., wherever there are fish to be caught on rod and reel.

In a press release from Pensacola, FL on January 1, 2006 The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Association began its journey to promote the sport of kayak fishing along the gulf coast.  As one of the fastest growing sports in the country, kayak fishing offers anglers a new way to access inshore and near-shore fishing spots. There is no other experience quite like it. Kayakers hear the nearby bait fish activity, they see things right at the surface of the water. They can go into shallow water where the fish are and where most boats cannot follow. The kayak fisherman is only inches above the surface of the water as he silently stalks his prey, presents his lure and with the zing of the drag he is off on a "Gulf Coast Sleigh Ride." Kayak fishing is an exciting water sport that is relatively cheap, easy to get started, requires no fuel or motor and is a remarkably effective way to catch fish!

Fellowship, promotion of the sport of kayak fishing, sharing ideas, frequent fishing trips and
safety were the focus of this new club. If you are looking for the hot new water sport, check it


Best Wishes and Tight Lines, from the webmaster.



In and effort display some of the fun we had through the years, the old saying "a photo is worth a thousand words" comes to mind, so lets keep it short and just show you some images of club events below, Hope you enjoy a trip down memory lane.








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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.


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.

Tournament Awards

GCKFA WebMaster with the 2016 Tournament Prizes & Awards

Webmaster says goodbye

I am unable to keep up with keeping it current. The GCKFA will continue the task of promoting kayak fishing along the Gulf of Mexico but It is time to pass it on to a new kayak fishing generation. The current GCKFA leadership and activities can be found on FACEBOOK. at the following link; https://www.facebook.com/GCKFA Sorry, but this website will only have minimal updates from now on.
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  • GCKFA Early (Discounted) Tournament Registration Ends.
  • GCKFA Online Tournament Registration Ends.
  • GCKFA Tournament Captains Meeting.
  • GCKFA Annual Spring Tournament.
  • GCKFA Bulloween Tournament
  • GCKFA Spring / Fall Campout
  • GCKFA Santa Seigh Ride Tournament
  • GCKFA Rigging Clinic
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