Gadsden area club (CRKA) releases 2018 schedule

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.

We are now tracking over 20 kayak fishing events in Alabama in 2018: http://alabamakayakanglers.com/events/2018-alabama-kayak-fishing-tournament-and-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.

CRKA is expected to hold an Angler of the Year race and to send their Top 10 anglers to the end of the Alabama Kayak Fishing Classic.

 

CRKA Schedule

Be sure to follow the CRKA Facebook group for the latest information and any program changes.

Track all the kayak fishing events in Alabama on this page: http://alabamakayakanglers.com/events/2018-alabama-kayak-fishing-tournament-and-events/

2018 Alabama Kayak Fishing Tournament and Events

Under development: 2018 kayak fishing dates.

As of today, clubs are still planning their 2018 dates.  Each week we will check to add new events.  We expect a comprehensive list of about 40 events by January 2018.  Stay tuned!

Check each club’s Facebook pages and websites for rules, event updates, and results.  Here we try to offer a comprehensive look at kayak fishing events in Alabama during 2018.  Note that some events may be hosted by clubs from outside our state.

Feel free to contact us to add your events and details.

Small and new clubs are welcome to submit events.

If you are interested in participating in the 2018 Alabama Kayak Fishing Classic as a sponsor, host club, or other, please contact us.

Always check the host organization’s websites for last minute event details and weather updates!


2018 Alabama Kayak Fishing Events

  1. February 17, TVKA, Lake Guntersville
  2. March 17, NAKA, The Open, Lake Guntersville
  3. March 17, MBKFA, Kayak Fishing Seminar and Casting Contest, Five Rivers Delta Center
  4. April 12, CRKA, Gadsden Mall, 5PM
  5. April 14, TVKA, Lake Guntersville
  6. April 21, Weiss Open, Weiss Lake
  7. April 28, NAKA, Weiss Lake
  8. May 3, CRKA, Godfrey’s Marina, 5PM
  9. May 19, MBKFA, 12th Annual Bagwell Kayak Tournament, Delta Port Marina on West Fowl River
  10. May 24, CRKA, Big Head Bait Shop, 5PM
  11. June 14, CRKA, Rainbow Landing, 5PM
  12. June 16, CRKA/ICKA, Logan Open
  13. June 23, NAKA, Wilson Lake
  14. July 5, CRKA, Tillison Bend, 5:30PM
  15. July 26, CRKA, I-759, 5:30PM
  16. August 16, CRKA, Canoe Creek, 5:30PM
  17. August 18, NAKA, North Alabama Rivers
  18. Sept 6, CRKA, Rainbow Landing, 5PM
  19. Sept 22, NAKA Classic, Random Draw Location
  20. Sept 27, CRKA, I-759, 5PM
  21. Sept 29, CRKA, Neely Open, Lake Neely Henry
  22. October 27, MBKFA 12th Annual 5 Rivers

MORE DATES WILL BE ADDED AS WE LEARN THEM.  Contract us on Facebook to submit more dates: https://www.facebook.com/alabamakayakanglers/


 

Archive 2017 events.


 

Key:
CBY – Chattanooga Bass Yakkers
CCKFT – Coosa Canoe and Kayak Fishing Tournament
CKA – Chattahoochee Kayak Anglers
CRKA – Coosa River Kayak Anglers
HOW SA – Heroes on the Water South Alabama Chapter
HOW NA – Heroes on the Water North Alabama Chapter
ICKA – Iron City Kayak Anglers
KBF – Kayak Bass Fishing Trail
KBS – Kayak Bass Series
MBKFA – Mobile Bay Kayak Fishing Association
PSKA – Peach State Kayak Anglers
RRKT – Reel Krazy Kayak Tournament Trail
SKA –  Shoals Kayak Anglers
NAKA – North Alabama Kayak Anglers
TVKA – Tennessee Valley Kayak Anglers

“Pretty awesome to look at one page an see all tournaments in one spot!” – Adam Overton

NAKA season finale. Watson wins national trails on Guntersville.

Several major kayak fishing tournaments took place over the weekend and a familiar name walked away with a nice payday.

North Alabama Kayak Anglers Classic and Anglers of the  Year

Nate Mayfield with his NAKA Classic check

Alabama’s largest club, the North Alabama Kayak Anglers, held their season finale NAKA Classic on Pickwick and Wilson lakes in the Shoals area of North Alabama.  Near 100 anglers competed on the NAKA Trail all season long for a chance to earn entry into this 5-fish black bass event.  23 anglers ended up qualifying for this event.

NAKA Angler of the Year, Jason Lack

Nate Mayfield walked away as the Classic champion while Jason Lack was crowned NAKA Angler of the Year (AOTY details).   Mayfield scored a 86.25″ inch 5-fish stringer edging out John Tayler by three inches.  Mayfield also had the biggest fish of the event, a 19″ largemouth bass.  Over $1100 in cash was handed out to the field along with over $1000 in prizes.  A recap of the event and details about sponsors of the NAKA Trail can be found here.

NAKA Youth Angler of the Year Riley Johnston with NAKA HKAIC Nate Mayfield

The NAKA Youth Angler of the Year was Riley Johnston.  His consistent top youth performances earned him the Youth AOTY prize, a 2017 Skipper fishing kayak from Jackson Kayak.  Details.

Watson wins two national trail stops

Randy Howell, pro B.A.S.S. angler, handing the check to Watson

The story of the weekend was how Brandon Watson won both the Kayak Bass Series and Kayak Bass Fishing events held on Lake Guntersville.  Since both events were hosted on the same eligible bodies of water, Watson was able to fish both events and coordinate weigh-in times for both.

Watson with his Kayak Bass Series check

Watson caught large stringers on fish on both days.  With a 97-inch 5-fish stringer he won the KBF Trail event by over 10″ and earned a $2,250 check.  His 81-inch Day 1 and 98.75-inch Day 2 during the KBS Classic gave him a 29″ win over the second place angler.  Incredible fishing against the sport’s top kayak anglers.

There are only a few fishing events on the calendar for the rest of the year.  Click here to get a look at what is to come.  And everyone is invited to come get introduced to kayak fishing at the first annual Alabama Kayak Fishing Classic in late October.  That event is hosted by the major kayak fishing clubs of Alabama and is billed to be a fun time for kayak anglers of all skill levels.

Heroes on the Water Event 2, NAKA River Stop, ayou La Batre Kayak Classic, more

The North Alabama Kayak Anglers are hosting their “River Stop” fishing tournament this weekend.  Anglers can fish any small flowing body of water in North Alabama.  Creek and small rivers are the targeted eligible body of water for this event.  For a boundary map and rules for this event, check out the NAKA Facebook Event page for this event.  Oh, it is also a qualifier event for the River Bassin’ Tournament Trail.


North Alabama’s new Heroes on the Water chapter is already positively impacting the lives of service veterans and others.  The upstart club is hosting another event on August 5th at the Town Creek Fishing Center near the Guntersville State Park.  The last event saw near 40 people and dozens of kayaks from 8 or 9 different manufacturers.  This is a great time to relax and try out other people’s boats while supporting a good cause.  Details about the event can be found on the HOW NA Facebook page.

Courtesy: Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic

The annual Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic is on August 5.  This is a big laid back family-friendly event and all around good time.  Check out their website for pictures of past events and details about what is going on this year.

Here’s an outlook of other events happening with Alabama kayak fishing clubs in the coming weeks.

  1. July 22 – NAKA River Stop
  2. July 27 – CRKA I-759 (5pm)
  3. August – NAKABIGBASS, Demo Day, and NAKAFUNFISH
  4. August 5 – MBKFA Black Ops
  5. August 5 – Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic Fishing Tournament
  6. August 5 – Heroes on the Water North Alabama, Town Creek, Guntersville, AL
  7. August 12 – SKA Wheeler Lake
  8. August 12 – CKA Tallapoosa River, Wadley, AL
  9. August 17 – CRKA Canoe Creek County Ramp (5pm)

For a list of all kayak fishing events in Alabama, check out our kayak fishing events listings page.

Also, folks are starting to get excited for the October 21st  Alabama Kayak Fishing Classic.  Anyone and everyone is invited.

Weekend Results: CRK, CRK AOTY, TVKA, YakTribe, KBF

There were four kayak fishing events in Alabama on May 6th, 2017. Let’s break them down:

  1.  44 anglers attended the Coosa Riverkeeper’s Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament (CCKFT) on Lake Neely Henry making it the largest kayak fishing event in Alabama this past weekend.  A new “Angler of the Year” was crowned and the second longest bass in CCKFT tournament history was caught.
    Robbey Stanford, CCKFT Neely Henry 2017 winner. Photo: Coosa Riverkeepers

    Robbey Stanford won the Neely Henry stage with a big 57.5-inch three-fish stringer.  His large stringer was anchored by a 20.5-inch spotted bass and takes home $500 for his effort.  Brian Wilkes finished second with a very respectable 56-inch stringer.

    Calloway’s giant fish. Photo: Coosa Riverkeepers/Calloway

    A 23-inch long largemouth bass was caught by Brandon Calloway making it the second longest fish in CCKFT history.  Unfortunately, Calloway could not cull the 13.5” fish on his stringer and he finished in 5th place 4-inches behind the winner Stanford.

    Top 5 – CCKFT Neely Henry 2017:
    1) Robbey Stanford – 57.5
    2) Brian Wilkes – 56
    3) Coley McGowan – 55.75
    4) Lance Coley – 54
    5) Brandon Calloway – 53.5

    Nine anglers had stringers longer than 50-inches.  For complete results, see this Facebook post.

    Lance Coley, 2017 CCKFT Angler of the Year. Photo: Coosa Riverkeepers

    On the year, Lance Coley’s consistent presence atop the season’s leaderboard landed him the 2017 Big Will’s Angler of the Year award for the CCKFT series.  Coley scored a 159.75” cumulative stringer on the year and won a 2017 Jackson Kayak Coosa for his outstanding fishing this season.  Last year’s CCKFT Angler of the Year, Jared Atwell finished 2nd in this year’s AOTY race and was 11.5” inches out of first place.

    Jack Freeman, CCKFT Best Youth. Photo: Coosa Riverkeepers

    The Best Youth Angler in the CCKFT series this year was Jack Freeman, a very respectable angler no matter what his age is.  The Best Female Angler this season was Kristen Woods.

    Kristen Woods, CCKFT Best Female AOTY. Photo: Coosa Riverkeeper

    For more information about this year’s best anglers and the AOTY race, see this post.

    Due to their terrific performance on the year, ten CCKFT anglers have qualified for the “Championship Division” of the Alabama Classic, an end-of-the-year kayak fishing celebration hosted by the bass fishing clubs of Alabama.  CCKFT will be sending the following anglers to the “Championship Division” of the Alabama Classic:

    CCKFT Qualifiers for the Championship Division of the Alabama Classic. Photo: Coosa Riverkeepers

    Lance Coley – AOTY
    Jared Atwell – 2nd Overall
    David Meeks – 3rd Overall
    Patrick Smith – 4th Overall
    Josh Tidwell – 5th Overall
    Jack Freeman – Best Youth
    Kristen Woods – Best Lady
    Barry Walker – Lay Lake Best Bass
    Lanny Watkins – Logan Martin Best Bass
    Brandon Calloway – Neely Henry Best Bass

    These anglers have earned a shot of the title of “State Champ”.  Others not qualifying for the “Championship Division” are welcome to enter into the “Open Division” and to try to win prizes there as well.  See the CCKFT website for more information.

  2. 41 anglers attended the Kayak Bass Fishing stop on Lake Jordan this past weekend. Georgia’s Mitchell White scored an 87-inch 5-fish stringer and won $2,000.  Alabama’s top finisher was Jake Garner with an 82” 4th place finish.  Twenty total Alabama anglers participated in the event.
    Results from the KBF event can be found here.

    The KBF Lake Jordan Top 5 were:
    1) Mitchell White – 87
    2) Ron Champion – 85.25
    3) Joshua Stewart – 84.5
    4) Jake Garner – 82
    5) Stewart Venable – 78.5

    Check our Alabama Kayak Fishing Events page for a look at KBF and other tournament events in Alabama this year.

  3. The Tennessee Valley Kayak Anglers held their fifth event of the year, this time in Alabama on Upper Lake Guntersville from the BB Comber Bridge to Stevenson. 26 anglers battled tough fishing conditions and struggled to put together a three fish stringer.  However, Robert Barnett managed to trick a 21” largemouth into biting earning him the longest fish of the event.
    Tennessee Valley Kayak Anglers Lake Guntersville. Photo: TVKA

    Seth Lassitter won the tournament with a 49.75” 3-fish stringer.  The top 5 finishers were:

    1. Seth Lassitter – 49.75
    2. Couth – 47.00
    3. Ryan Lambert – 43.00
    4. Jake Davenport – 42.50
    5. Steve Owens – 40.50

    Those aren’t typical Guntersville numbers.

    Full results from the TVKA event can be found here.

  4. Ambassador Club, the YakTribe, held an impromptu gathering in Gulf Shores over the weekend.  A dozen like-minded kayakers showed up to fish together and socialize along the bays of Gulf Shores.
    YakTribe members in Gulf Shores, AL. Photo credit: YakTribe
    Gulf Shores yakkin. Photo: Xavier Raymond

    If you are looking for a lifestyle club, check them out at yaktribe.com.

Results: Coosa River Kayak Anglers Throwdown May 3rd

22 anglers showed up to fish the Wednesday night tournament held by the Coosa River Kayak Anglers.  Fred Minyard took first place with a 32-inch two fish stringer.

Wednesday evening anglers. Photo: Robby Cook

The Coosa River Kayak Anglers seem to have great turnouts during their evening quick events with their attendance rivaling many weekend tournaments.   In fact, most of the CRKA events will be evening tournaments held during the weekday.

Full results from last night’s event can be found here.  This event factors into the CRKA Angler of the Year race.  Here are the latest standings according to CRKA.


Here’s a lot of the CRKA schedule for the rest of the year:

It isn’t too late to get involved with CRKA or the other clubs in Alabama.  We’re tracking dozens of other kayak fishing events to take place in Alabama.

 

Heroes on the Water – North Alabama headed to Guntersville June 3rd

Alabama now has three Heroes on the Water (HOW) chapters to help military veterans get out on the water.  The North Alabama chapter of HOW is holding their first event of 2017 on June 3rd at Lake Guntersville.   The Facebook event page is here.

You can help out by guiding a vet, loaning gear, or giving your time or money.

Details about this event will be announced on their Facebook page at a later date.