North Alabama Kayak Anglers was conceived the winter of 2011-12 by Nate and Dave Mayfield to learn more about Kayaking and Fishing. The first loosely organized group “get togethers” took place on the Elk River in Southern Tennessee with 4-6 anglers. The original group consisted mostly of family and close friends.
In April of 2012, the Facebook group page was launched and other likeminded anglers began to join and influence the club. 2013 saw the first organized “Fun” tournaments being held with the original taking place on the Flint River with 10 anglers attending. The activity on the group page continued to grow as well as the total group membership topped 200 in fall of that year. 2014 brought club membership well over the 300 mark. In 2014 the group built upon its early identity and hosted 2 additional fun Tournaments with the 2nd being attended by 30+ anglers. Planning boards were created to improve and enhance the competitive fishing opportunities that the club would offer. #NAKABIGBASS online tournaments first made their appearance in 2014 with cash and prizes being awarded to many members. Plans were made and approved for the group to offer its first Tournament Trail to be held in 2015 as well as a NAKA Angler of the Year competition and award.
North Alabama Kayak Anglers will continue to stay true to its roots as a “fun” fishing group, an overall casual place for Kayak Anglers to chat, meet new friends, and fish. We will also embrace the growing sport of competitive kayak fishing.