Welcome to our club & here is some information to start you out

What does OKFC stand for?

Orlando Kayak Fishing Club

What does this club do?

We are Kayakers who enjoy sight fishing for Tailing Reds, Snook, Black Drum, Trout on the flats, chasing King Macks, Tarpon and Sharks offshore as well as Crappie, Bass and Shad in various freshwater spots around Central Florida.

Our stomping grounds are the Mosquito lagoon (ML), Indian river (IRL) and the Banana river (we especially like the No Motor Zone N.M.Z.)

Most of us live in the Central Florida area however, we have had guests from out of state and as far away as New Zealand, South Africa  and Turkey  who have joined us for outings.

If you visit our main page you will find on the left side column some very useful links on our "Quick links" section. On the same page you will also find a Google Earth map that is loaded with our launch spots.

How do I join?

We are a no dues club.  We are drawn together for our love of fishing and to gather people with a common passion either on the water, at one of the various events we organize, on our forum, in person at the monthly meetings or follow us on FaceBook.

We actively encourage anyone to join as safety in numbers is always recommended on the water. On our forum there is a board specifically designed to find a fishing partner.

Why do I have to fill out a registration page for the forum?

It actually requires really little information. We do not sell or release any info on members EVER. We do this as a hobby and it has no commercial application. We ask for the info so that members get to know each other.

The more you add on your profile the more you can share. An example would be your signature line(s). These are used by members to feature their kayak, or a favorite piece of gear. I know of one person's listing who states that his method of propulsion are flip flops! If you list your birthday then it will automatically show up on the calendar and other club members can wish you a good one. You can also create an avatar to add more personality.

Any technical questions you can contact me directly at philip@orlandokayakfishingclub.com

What are those icons under my profile, and how can I add my own?

You'll find that as a minimum you have your email which shows as a closed envelope, however you can add as much or as little to your profile

The more you add on your profile the more you can share. You can include a link to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, You Tube,LinkedIn accounts as well as your personal webpage.

You can view mine as an example.

To add yours, just access [profile] on the forum menu bar and pick [forum Profile]. add your user name (or the numbers that relate to your user name) on Facebook,Twitter, etc.

Pull up your Facebook profile and cut and paste the part you need to the forum profile
Example:mine is http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001606210581
I would use: 100001606210581

Easy!

Any technical questions you can contact me directly at philip@orlandokayakfishingclub.com

Can I post a link to my business site?

Using the signature or embedding a link into an image is seriously frown upon. We are periodically assaulted by spam and we have taken steps to prevent this behavior and do not tolerate it.

We run a family oriented no-spam, no flame forum boards with a emphasis of respect for fellow posters. This kind of activity will ban you from our forum. On the flip side, we do appreciate it when a member finds an item, a good idea or a good deal somewhere else and shares it in a post as long as they do not benefit financially from sharing the information.

If you do wish to introduce a product that may be well received by the club, we would recommend that you email me directly to discuss the matter before posting.

When & where do you meet?

Club meetings with a speaker occur every month and are listed on our Meetings & Events page as well as our upcoming events forum . We gather either at Mosquito Creek Outfitters (MCO), Travel Country (TCO), Gander Mountain or Kayaks by Bo

Looking for a fishing partner for the day? Post when & where you would like to go on our Forum in the find a fishing partner section.

How can I get in touch?

Philip Richen - President philip@orlandokayakfishingclub.com


FireDart - Web Designer firedartonline@gmail.com

How can I search the forum?

The fact that there are 1,341 Total Members, with 40,988 Total Posts, in 6,369 Total Topics in our Forum (as of the date of this update) make the search tool invaluable. I am including some info here to best use this tool. Please aware that in order to use the search tool as well as posting and creating polls you must be registered and signed in.

You can use the many features that are available to look for info

One feature is listed at the top of every board

Show unread posts since last visit. Show new replies to your posts. View the most recent posts on the forum.

Then you have the search tab. If you un-check the box for search all boards, you can check mark just the general discussion (omitting classifieds, off-topic and looking for a fishing partner) and search for offshore only in those boards.

Advanced search

Although the advanced search screen might initially seem a little intimidating especially if a forum has many boards and child boards, it's surprisingly straightforward when reduced to its basic components.

Some forums show the navigation tree at the top in a space-saving horizontal mode.

Despite initial appearances, there are really three options for how to search, with Match all words and Match any words being available from the drop-down, and "Match as phrase" still being available.

The default * in the by user field is essentially a wildcard matching any poster. Please note that, while you can replace this with any single username for a more specific search, it's not currently possible to search for posts by multiple users except as that single wildcard.

Show results as messages returns the full message containing the search string (with a reply option) instead of the usual linked excerpt, but will naturally result in much larger results pages which might be significant if you are searching for a popular word or phrase.

Message age sets the minimum and maximum ages of posts to search.

Choose a board to search in provides you with another tool to narrow the scope of the search, with the default being 'all' (the whole forum or, more properly, all the boards to which you have read access).

The Search button not surprisingly sets the whole thing in motion, but hitting 'Enter' direct from any of the search fields is sometimes more convenient.

Modifiers

Using the simple or advanced search methods, you can still use search modifiers. That is, powerful special characters which modify the way SMF handles your search string.

Phrase search - use double quotes (") around your term ("search term") to search for the search term as a phrase instead of individual words.

Excluding terms - use a minus sign in front of terms you'd like to exclude from the search result. For instance, "search -term" will search for "search" but not "term". The minus sign must have a space prior to it.

Add a dash (-) before a word to exclude all results that include that word. This is especially useful for synonyms like Ocean the Kayak brand and Ocean the body of water. [ocean trolling -kayak]

I can see the forum posts on FaceBook but can't post a reply directly to the forum. Why?

They are in the process of developing a software MOD from SMF forums (The forum we use) to Facebook. There was a mod called FaceBook Connect that we tried for a while but we had to change because we upgraded to the newer SMF forum 2.0 and they were not compatible. Regardless,we automatically have all forum posts "pushed" through by using Twitterfeed to Facebook.

Unfortunately it is a one way relationship but anyone who is a fan of us on FaceBook can receive all the forum posts on their smartphone to view them. Clicking on the particular post will bring you directly to the forum.

The advantage of our forum is the ability to search this large database which is not feasible within the Facebook structure.

If you post on Facebook in response however, it will only be seen on Facebook. If you want to respond to a forum Post you must sign-in on the forum to do so.

How can I learn how to paddle correctly?

That's a great question. Unfortunately, many of us just jump in to paddling and we never take the time to learn and gain the correct skill set for our sport and even more importantly how to remain safe. Kayaking is still a sport with inherent risks including drowning. Our club advocates safety on the water as well as preparedness for emergencies and we recommend to always go out with others.

We always advocate safety on the water so we are also very happy to announce that we have two ACA / BCU certified safety instructors who have team up with us to offer safety classes

You can contact Rich Miller by email or Curt Gashlin by email

This is a great opportunity for anyone to learn some important basics and be better prepared during our outings

Classes are available up to four hours in duration and are blended with a fun journey but at economical rates for groups or individuals.

Learn forward strokes, maneuvering strokes, braces, edging and rescues, as well as safety on the water. Course are adjusted to what you would like to achieve. Have fun with learning and be safe on the water.

You can download this pamphlet on avoiding hazards while kayak fishing, Introduction to kayaking as well as a quick start guide to your kayak

Where can I learn more about fishing in General?

Learning from each other is an invaluable part of the make up of this club. Everyone is always willing to share. We ask you to first try a query using the search feature on the OKFC Forum before posting. If you do not find your answer with a query, then simply ask any question as a post in the appropriate board.

Do you rent Kayaks?

peace of Mind

We don't but we have partnered with Lauren Postal who runs Peace of Mind Kayak tours. She's a great lady who offers up rentals for a reasonable rate. She has the Wilderness series "sit on top" style which are great for fishing.

You can contact her directly at peaceofmindkayaking@yahoo.com. Please let her know that you are a member of the OKFC.

You can view her site Peace of mind kayak tours as well as rental options. She does offer overnight rentals making it easy to pack the night before for early morning fishing escapades

What equipment should I take on a trip?

To be fully prepared for and having the right tools along for the trip makes any excusion a great day on the water.  We find having a cheklist and being prepared the night before is key. 

You can download the Checklist we use in a PDF version or a Excel Spreadsheet

How do I learn about kayaks and what would be the best for me?

Once a year we have in the spring we put on the kayak swap. This is a pot-luck picnic and get-together where everyone brings their fully rigged yaks to a local park where we rent a pavilion and have access to a launch area with a body of water. After lunch and re-connecting with friends to share fishing "talk" we head down to the lake. We swap kayaks for a 15 min time period with each other. If you ever wondered what it's like to paddle a Hobie, Tarpon or a Malibu, this is where you can find out.

You can also read "10 things to consider before buying a Yak" by downloading this PDF

Do I need a fishing license? Where can I find bag limits?

You definitely need to be aware of all the regulations regarding the fish you are after. You can download the PDF files and view several FWC pages from the quick links section our main news page.

Isn't there the need for a permit in some areas?

Yes, so be sure to visit the Merrit Island Refuge website for the latest information, area closures and regulation. The permit is free, downloadable here and a requirement. Not having it and getting stopped will cost you $250.

How do I tie knots? Are there any good sites to learn this skill?

Learning a few select knots to start is all you need. Look to our "Quick links" section in the left hand column on our main news page. The "How to tie knots videos" is an independent site that is quite good.  We are not affiliated in any way but you will find the information especially in a video format it's a great way to learn but it's a great place to go back to later and learn something new to expand your abilities. If you enjoy it please donate to them to keep it going.

Where can I learn about weather conditions?

Quick links is a great "go to" resource to visit again and again with all the readily needed info for an outing.  Just below the quick links section you'll find a Google Earth Map that you can download. This map has launch sites not only through Mosquito lagoon, Indian river, Banana river estuaries on the east coast but also many launches on the west coast. If you are looking for more detailed information go to our Weather & Map pages which have more details.

Always check conditions just prior to leaving is a very advisable practice as weather conditions can change overnight.

I'm thinking on going fishing outside of this area. Any recommendations?

We maintain good relationships with other clubs in the state of Florida. Usually by posting on their forums & letting them know you are coming into the area,  they will offer  up info or will hook up with our members . We do the same for their group members.

We have associated ourselves with a great West coast club the Hard core Kayak Anglers (HCKA).  We are currently planning a cross club outing for 2010,dates to be announced.

These are other clubs may want to check out in  Jacksonville , Tallahassee and Naples

What's the story behind the swans?

We participated in the first roundup of the Regal swans on Lake Eola. They were brought here 100 years ago and had never been looked at by Veterinarians. They will now be check yearly every November to maintain the health of the colony. You can read the whole story here.

You can volunteer for the annual round-up however it is very popular and many club members who have participated before are already signed up for next year. We'll open up new registration in late 2013.

Are there any other events that club member participate in?

Although we are primarily a fishing club, we are also very involved in projects that encourage conservation of the estuaries we enjoy.  Here is a listing:

  • We have adopted the NW quadrant of the Haulover Canal & we participate in cleanups 3 times a year.
  • The rebuilding of oyster mats with the CCA.
  • Hook kids on fishing events.
  • Wekiva riverfest.

Do you supply any gear?

No, we do not, however we can recommend several outfitters and guides that have given our members some good advice or assistance. In addition since we are hands on with this equipment we can share some unbiased opinions on gear that we personally use.

Where can I buy equipment to outfit myself?

Check out our Gear page as we have provided several links to products we use.

We do not endorse any manufacturer and OKFC is not a sponsored site. We are kayak fishermen and these are some of the items we personally use. Feel free to share your personal insights or opinions on our forum

How can I ID a fish that I catch?

Can you recommend any books?

  • Kayak Fishing - The Complete Guide by Cory Routh
  • Fishing Florida's Space Coast by Captain Kuminski
  • Simple Kayak Navigation by Ray Killen
  • Kayak fishing the Ultimate guide by Capt. Scott Null and Joel McBride
  • Fisherman's Coast by Aaron J. Adams PH.D.