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 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.
Kayak fishing clubs, outfitters, and organizations from around the state of Alabama are coming together to put on a “end of the year” celebration and gathering in Wetumpka, Alabama on the banks of the Coosa River.
The event is open to the public. There will be a public fishing division and a “qualifier” division where anglers who have fished in Alabama kayak fishing club trails this year have qualified.
There were four kayak fishing events in Alabama this past weekend held by host clubs: the Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament, Shoals Kayak Anglers, the Kayak Bass Series, and the Mobile Bay Kayak Fishing Association. Also, the Kayak Bass Fishing series finally released their results from their Open and National Championship events held last weekend. The recaps and event links are below.
Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament Lake Logan Martin – The CCKFT held its second event of the year—this time on Lake Logan Martin and its tributaries. Torrential rains earlier in the week and weather conditions were a major factor on this tournament. Despite that, Lance Coley won this event with a respectable 52.75-inch three-fish stringer out of 31 anglers.
Results from the weekend via CKKFT:
Best Angler: Lance Coley | 52.75″
Best Bass: Lanny Watkins | 19″
Best Young Angler: Ethan Floyd | 50.25″
After two events, the Top 5 in the CCKFT Angler of the Year Race:
Lance Coley – 105.75 inches
Jared Atwell – 99
David Meeks – 90.75
Lanny Watkins – 88.25
Patrick Smith – 87
The last CCKFT regular season event of the year will be May 6th on the Neely Henry system. It will be your last shot to qualify for the Championship Division in the Alabama Kayak Fishing Classic through the CCKFT club.
Shoals Kayak Anglers – The SKA club held their second event of the year on Lake Wilson in the Tennessee River chain. North Alabama angler Tony Dean bested a dozen other anglers and took the top spot with a 74.25-inch stringer anchored by the 19.75-inch biggest bass of the tournament. Dean won $260. Richard Woodruff was second with 72.25-inches and won $100.
Kayak Bass Series Lake Eufaula – North Alabama angler Jon Lessmann won first place and $1400 out of a field of 17 anglers. To our knowledge, this was the first kayak fishing event held on Lake Eufaula. Alabama angler Stacey Martin was in 2nd place with 80-inches on his five fish stringer. Results can be found here. Congrats Jon.
Mobile Bay Kayak Fishing Association – MBKFA had an event at Heron Bay. The heaviest fish went to Will Holberg with a 25 3/4″, 5.86 lb. redfish.
Central Alabama’s Iron City Kayak Anglers held their first tournament event of 2017 this past weekend on the Warrior River system.
Allen Fowler won the event with a decisive three-fish stringer of 57.5 inches besting second place angler Robby Stanford by eight inches. Stanford’s second place finish was anchored by a new ICKA club longest bass record 22.5-inch largemouth.