2017 Event Schedule
The Georgia Kayak Fishing Event Schedule for 2017 is set!
The Georgia Kayak Fishing 2017 Schedule of Events is up! This year we wanted to balance our event schedule out between Camp N Paddles and Tournaments. The Mission of Georgia Kayak Fishing, Inc. is to foster and promote recreational kayaking and kayak fishing within the state of Georgia and throughout the Southeast.
With that said, we’ve chosen some of Georgia’s best and most treasured fisheries as locations for our events. We’ve got a little something for everyone in 2017 and we’re very excited about this schedule of events. Below is the flyer (please share) and below are brief details and links. Also, a big thanks to Team Tybee for all they do down on the Georgia Coast! GKF has partnered with Team Tybee for 2017 and will be participating in their fishing tournaments this year. A big thanks to GKF Sponsors Vibe Kayaks, Southern Moon Outfitters and Polar Bear Coolers.
On February 11th (next Saturday from the time this post was written) The GKF Meet And Greet is at the Tavern at Medlock in Norcross GA. Join us for lunch as we meet & greet, plan and discuss 2017 and raffle off some swag. We have new swag items in the works now that includes shirts, hats, patches and stickers.
March 25th GKF is going to Little Tybee Island for our first Camp N Paddle of the year. Experience Georgia’s wilderness islands by kayaking and camping. From Tybee Island we paddle south to Little Tybee Island.
The GKF Group will establish a wilderness camp on the beach on the remote little tybee (we could have a boat to shuttle coolers or other supplies if needed). From there, the plan is typically to go fishing! Sea Trout, Flounder and Redfish are the target species at Tybee Island. There are oyster bars and deep channels all over Little Tybee Island that we target for fishing. In addition to fishing, the opportunity to harvest clams is also available.
After a long day of fishing and exploring the island, we cook and relax by a campfire on the beach…
On the Weekend of April 7th, GKF’s second Camp N’ Paddle is at the Okefenokee Swamp Campgrounds. A paddling trip in Georgia’s Great Swamp will be remembered for a lifetime. It’s like stepping into another world.
The Okefenokee Swamp is loaded with many species of fish; bass, bream, catfish, bowfin, pickerel, gar, crappie, warmouth and much more! In addition to the fish species, the Okefenokee Swamp is home to an abundance of wildlife. In addition to fishing and kayaking, wildlife photography is a popular activity while exploring Georgia’s Great Swamp! This event will be held at a managed campground.
On May 13th, 2017, GKF host the Clarks Hill Shootout Kayak Fishing Tournament! For this kayak fishing tournament we will be targeting Bass, Catfish and possibly other species of fish. Many of us will be camping for the weekend. We’ll release more tournament details soon so check back on the event page at a later date.
On June 10th, GKF heads to Florida’s Gulf Coast for offshore and inshore fishing, and camping at Fort Pickens State Park. GKF has already reserved 3 campsites for this event so register asap to claim your spot! Campsites and lodging options fill up fast on the Gulf of Mexico. Fort Pickens Campground has a general store, and several bathhouses that are cleaned daily. Typically we spend our mornings and evenings kayak fishing, and mid day is spent in the shade on the beach.
Offshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico this time of year is great! The Mackerel are ferocious, as are the tuna, jacks, tarpon, sharks, redfish, sheepshead and much more. If you are a vet at offshore kayak fishing or are completely new to this style of fishing, this is the trip to take if you’re looking for a “sleigh ride.” Many of our GKF Members take several of these trips per year and will be there to show you the ropes. More details on this awesome trip to come!
Next up for GKF is the Chattahoochee River Shootout Trout Tournament on July 17th! Back by popular demand, GKF will be hosting another trout fishing tournament and cookout on the Hooch in 2017. It’s no surprise that the coldest water GKF will fish all year will be during one of Georgia’s hottest months. The Chattahoochee River below the Buford Dam is icy cold in the hottest of days. The low temps on this stretch of the Chattahoochee River make it ideal for trout to thrive year round! And for this reason some trout get BIG… REALLY BIG. This tournament is a Saturday day float. More details to come!
August 28th is the GKF Lake Lanier Shootout. For this kayak fishing tournament we will target the Striped Bass and Black Bass Species. Lake Lanier is a deep lake and August is the idea time of year to fish deep for both species. This is sonar fishing! Bass will stack up in and around underwater structure below the thermocline; standing timber, rock outcroppings, humps, points and dropoffs are all fair game. This tournament is a Saturday Day Touney.
October 20th is the Jekyll Island Redfish Romp 2017! The Jekyll Island Redfish Romp is one of GKF’s most popular Camp N Paddle Events. Around October every year, BIG Bull Redfish migrate through the Jekyll Island area. This migration creates a great opportunity for kayak anglers to hook massive red and black drum from a kayak. For those new to the sport or new to kayak fishing in saltwater, this is a great opportunity for all ages.
Posted by Nick Adams on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 @ 5:58PM
Tags: Camp N Paddle, Chattahoochee River, Clarks Hill Lake, Freshwater, Gulf of Mexico, Jekyll Island, Lake Lanier, Okefenokee Swamp, Saltwater, Tournament, Tybee Island