the 2017 Alabama Kayak Fishing Classic





Alabama Kayak Fishing club logos

October 21, 2017
Wetumpka, AL on the Coosa River

Open Division is open to all!

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Read the rules, read the rules, read the rules.

ELIGIBLE WATER: The Coosa River from below Jordan Dam to the start of the Alabama River.

CAPTAIN’S MEETING: 8PM Friday, October 20, at the Coosa Outdoor Center.

VIBE KAYAKS has donated a Sea Ghost 110 kayak for a lucky angler in the Open Division.

Saturday, Oct 21 @ 2PM – Championship Division
Saturday, Oct 21 @ 3PM – Open Division

Awards, trophies, and prizes:
Saturday Oct 21 @ 3:15PM

A HAWG TROUGH Measuring board is required.

Free camping at the Coosa Outdoor Center has been graciously provided by the Coosa Riverkeepers.  It is included with your entry fee.

Kayak bass fishing clubs across the state are working together to put together a end-of-the-year event.  Many will be camping out at on the banks of the Coosa River at the Coosa Outdoor Center in Wetumpka, Alabama.

This is going to be a year-end celebration of all the good things happening in Alabama kayak fishing.  Meet other anglers.  Meet other clubs. Learn about what each club is planning to do in 2018.

This event will be open to anyone. There will be an Open Division and a Championship Division.  Each division will be eligible to win cash and prizes.

The anglers that have risen to the top of their respective club’s “angler of the year” races will gain entry into the Championship Division and the top angler in that division will be crowned the

2017 Alabama State Champion!

So, if you want to make a run for that prestigious freshwater title, find yourself a kayak fishing club in Alabama and get to participating in their tournaments.  If you work hard enough or (let’s face it) get lucky enough, you can earn a spot into the Championship Bracket.

Josh Tidwell kayak fishing the Coosa River below the Jordan Dam

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Didn’t qualify to be state champ? No problem.  Just show up and fish the side event and have a good time on one of the most scenic rivers in the South.  There will be plenty of people fishing that river for the first time that day.  And there will be plenty of good company that will share the water with you.  Also, you’ll have a shot at catching a trophy spotted bass.

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But I don’t like fishing moving water!  Ok, we have you covered too.  You will be able to launch in multiple locations that offer lake-like flatwater conditions where there are no rapids.   Look at Google Maps at locations below the Coosa Outdoor Center, Goldstar Park, and below for fishing areas that offer slight to moderate flow.

Stay tuned to this page for more information as the clubs work together to coordinate the event.  What we know:

  • *Update:  the Mobile Bay Kayak Fishing Association is joining us and will also be sending anglers to the Championship Division.
  • Tournament day will be October 21, 2017
  • Open to all anglers in kayaks, canoes, SUPs, and other approved vessels
  • On the Coosa River in Wetumpka, Alabama
  • Camp out, eat, drink and have fun in the days before and after the event if you like
  • Prizes and sponsors are being added
  • Two Divisions:  Open Division and Championship Division
  • Top 10 anglers from each of the NAKA (10), ICKA (10), CRKA (10), MBKFA (10),  and SKA (10) clubs will enter into the Championship Division (50 anglers).
    • Coosa Riverkeeper will be sending 10 more anglers as follows:
      • Top 5 Anglers overall
      • Best Young Angler (U-18)
      • Best Female Angler
      • 3 Best Bass winners
      • *Any overlap amongst these and we’ll keep working down the Overall Best list until we have 10!
  • So, up to 60 anglers will be in the Championship Division
  • Open Bracket will be eligible to win prizes as well
  • Clubs participating:
    • Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament (Coosa River chain)
    • Coosa River Kayak Anglers (Gadsden Area)
    • Iron City Kayak Anglers (Birmingham Area)
    • North Alabama Kayak Anglers (Huntsville Area)
    • Shoals Area Kayak Anglers (Muscle Shoals Area)
    • Mobile Bay Kayak Fishing Association (Mobile Area)
  • Tournament Director will be Mr. Frank Chitwood from the Coosa Riverkeepers.
  • Donations will be made to the Coosa Riverkeepers.
  • Manbuns are optional and result in no penalty when scoring fish.

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Event sponsors:

Bending Branches –
Orion Coolers  –
Red Fox Wireless Rover –
YakAttack –
Big Wills Outfitters –
Vibe Kayaks –


Here’s a sweet video showing you a little bit about what it is like to fish on the Coosa River below Jordan Dam.


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