The Tennessee Valley Kayak Anglers, a kayak fishing club from the Chattanooga area, held an event on Lake Guntersville this past weekend. We show it as the first kayak bass fishing event of 2018 in Alabama. So, 2018 is underway.
And the TVKA anglers caught some fish. 13 of the 33 anglers caught more than 50-inches on their three fish stringer. Garrett Campbell won the event with a 59-inch three-fish stringer which included a 23.25-inch long largemouth bass.
Bubba Jones was the top angler from Alabama placing in third place with 57.25-inches anchored by a 22.75-inch seven-pounder, a personal best. At least five 20-inch fish were caught in the event. Maybe Guntersville is on the upswing?
The West Alabama Kayak Anglers have announced their 2018 kayak fishing tournament schedule via their Facebook Group page. WAKA will hold six events in western north Alabama as well as a Classic. See below.
March 3rd- Pickwick Lake
April 14th- Wilson Lake
May 12th- Cedar Lake
June 9th- Pickwick Lake
July 7th- Wilson Lake
August 4th- Wheeler Lake
September 15th- Classic TBD
The Shoals Kayak Fishing Podcast has launched and host Silas McGee has already published five episodes. Each episode is about 20 to 25 minutes long. So far each episode covers general kayak fishing topics.
Episode 5 was published this morning and features an interview with Greg Massa, a prolific kayak angler in North Alabama and board member of the North Alabama Kayak Anglers.
This week’s episode also covers the Hooper Rule – the name for a rule that bans the mentioning of delicate waters in an attempt to prevent people from harvesting fish from sensitive fishing spots. To learn more about this legendary and arguably controversial rule, give Episode 5 a listen.
The North Alabama Kayak Anglers are holding their annual winter Tackle Swap at noon this Saturday, February 10th, 2018, at the Priceville High School gymnasium.
The event will have dozens of anglers selling new and used gear. There will also be representation from local clubs and organizations such as the Tennessee Valley Fly Fishers and Floating Features Kayak Fishing School.
This is great time to pick up new accessories for your kayak, trailer, and garage.
Event details and a preview of some items for sale can be found here:
The upstart Cullman Kayak Anglers have announced their Cullman Kayak Anglers Tournament trail for 2018. Their expansive trail covers most of the major large bodies of water in north Alabama from Cullman to Florence and Guntersville.
The new club plans to hold tournaments about every two weeks from late February through July. Smith, Guntersville, Wheeler, Pickwick, and Catoma are some of the lakes that will see multiple stops on their trail. Even Lay Lake gets a nod.
ICKA will host five tournament events between April and September. There are several new changes that should make participating in ICKA events even more accessible to any angler. Captains Meetings will be conducted via Facebook Live the night prior to the event and they are no longer requiring you to fish with a partner.
Like last year, ICKA will be holding an Angler of the Year race. Tournament winners and the top AOTY anglers will qualify for the 2018 Alabama Kayak Fishing Classic to be held at the end of the year. The Classic is a year-end boondoggle co-hosted by the kayak fishing clubs of Alabama.
See this post on the ICKA Facebook page to look at their updated rules and to find other details about their 2018 season. Please consider supporting ICKA’s sponsors as they help clubs do what they do.
The Coosa River Kayak Anglers have released their 2018 schedule of kayak fishing events. Like last year, most events are weekday evening events offering a great change up to folks that want something to do during the week. Anglers will be targeting black bass in these events.
CRKA is also going to have three Open tournaments. The Opens are day-long weekend fishing events more closely resembling your typical one-day kayak fishing tournament. All anglers are free to fish each event.