September 22nd, 2018

Pensacola Beach, Florida

Welcome to the Food Chain! Gulf of Mexico Offshore Kayak Fishing.

Offshore Kayak Fishing Tournament

King of the Island is an offshore kayak fishing tournament that will take place on September 22nd, 2018 on Pensacola Beach, Florida. Anglers will compete with hopes of hooking into some of the biggest game-fish known to the Gulf of Mexico! Sailfish, Mahi-mahi, and Mackeral are just a few of what our competitors may expect to encounter! The playing field has been SET; Do YOU have what it takes to be the King of the Island?!<–KOTI Rules PDF

King Of The Island

Sept. 22, 2018


  • King Of The Island (KOTI)– Offshore Kayak Fishing Tournament is a one day fishing tournament.
  • There is a mandatory Captain’s Meeting on Friday, September 29th at 6:00p.m. at Red Fish Blue Fish on Pensacola Beach.
  • Anyone who pays to enter will be eligible, as long as they have an active fishing license in the State of Florida, or are exempt upon determination from the State of Florida (E.g. Florida residents age 65+).
  • Anglers must obey all State and Federal laws while participating in KOTI.
  • Anglers competing in KOTI may only launch their paddle craft on Santa Rosa Island. The Eastern boundary of Santa Rosa Island is “East Pass”, in Destin, Fl. The Western boundary of Santa Rosa Island is “Pensacola Pass”, adjacent to Ft. Pickens.
  • Anglers found launching anywhere other than Santa Rosa Island will be disqualified.
  • Anglers may not enter the water before 6:00 a.m. for any reason, including to catch bait.
  • Anglers may ONLY fish in the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing anywhere inside of Pensacola Pass or Destin Pass is completely off limits.
  • The tournament consists of four main categories: Offshore slam, King Mackerel, Pelagic, Reef Fish.
  • The “Offshore Slam” division is an aggregate of the weight of 5 fish. Anglers may only submit two of any particular species (Meaning it will take 3 species to weigh a 5-fish slam). The 3 anglers with the most total weight, regardless of the number of fish or species weighed, will win the division. Eligible Species for Offshore slam are King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Mahi-mahi, Cobia, Blackfin tuna, and Wahoo
  • The King Mackerel division is a single fish division and will award the respective anglers who catch the 3 heaviest King Mackerel. King Mackerel is the only species eligible for this division.
  • The Pelagic division is a single fish division and will award the respective anglers who catch the 3 heaviest Pelagic species, not including King Mackerel. Eligible Species for the Pelagic division are Spanish Mackerel, Mahi-mahi, Cobia, Blackfin tuna, and Wahoo.
  • The Reef division is a single fish division and will award the respective anglers who catch the 3 heaviest legal-to-harvest reef species. Eligible species for the Reef division are Grouper, Gray Snapper (AKA Mangrove Snapper), Lane Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, and African Pompano.
  • If an angler submits an illegal or undersize species to be weighed, the angler will be disqualified from any/all divisions in which that species is eligible for. Additionally, a formal citation/fine may be issued from our FWC weigh-master, upon his/her discretion.
  • Fish must be caught using a hook and a line.
  • Anglers must catch their fish in a kayak that is on the water.
  • Kayaks must be self-propelled. Motorized vessels and sails are not allowed.
  • Anglers may not receive assistance from motorized vessels unless there is an emergency
  • An angler receiving assistance from anyone not competing in the tournament may be disqualified upon discretion of tournament officials.
  • All eligible fish must be weighed in by the official weigh master
  • The weigh-in will run from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Red Fish Blue Fish on Pensacola Beach
  • All anglers must be in line to weigh their fish by 4:00 p.m. Anyone arriving after 4:00 p.m. will not be allowed to weigh their catch.
  • A fish can only be submitted once and may only be submitted for the angler who caught it.
  • An angler may only place once in one of the following divisions: Offshore Slam, King Mackerel, and Pelagic.
  • Prizes for the Reef Fish division may be won in addition to any of the other 3 divisions. An angler may only win one place in the Reef Fish division.
  • Any winnings for participating in a cash calcutta may be in addition to other tournament winnings.
  • The entry fee for the tournament is $60. Early registration for the tournament costs $45 and ends at midnight August 31, 2017.  This fee enters the angler into all open categories
  • Tournament officials have final say in all issues regarding rules and submissions. Submissions and anglers can be disqualified at any time.
  • Disqualified anglers will forfeit their entry fee.
  • All formal complaints must be delivered to tournament officials in writing by 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

**Prize list from 2017 below. 2018 prizes are TBD**

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The captains meeting and weigh-in will both take place at Red Fish Blue Fish on Pensacola Beach, Fl.

Fishing boundaries: Anglers may launch from anywhere on Santa Rosa Island and must fish only in the Gulf of Mexico

Tournament Divisions w/ payout

  1. Offshore Slam- Aggregate weight of 5 fish. King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Blackfin Tuna, Mahi-mahi, Wahoo. 1st-3rd

2) King Mackeral- Heaviest single King Mackerel. 1st-3rd

3) Pelagic- Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Tuna, Mahi-mahi, Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo.

4) Reef Fish- Grouper, Gray Snapper (AKA Mangrove/black snapper), Lane Snapper, Vermillion Snapper. 1st-3rd

5) Sailfish (Release only)

Anglers may only launch from anywhere on Santa Rosa Island.

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