Gulf Coast Kayak Tournaments 2014:

• March 29 — Boats on the Bayou, New Orleans. New this year, a special kayak division is added to the City Park Big Bass Rodeo. Kayaks will compete for trophies fishing Bayou St. John. Go to www.neworleanscitypark.com/big-bass-fishing-rodeo-and-fishtival for more.

• April 12 — BCKFC Paddle Palooza 11, Leeville; Cajun Slam Tournament (trout, reds and flounder), Live bait allowed. Cash, prizes, plaques and kayaks awarded in several categories. Log onto www.bckfc.org for more.

• May 3 —MBKFA Bagwell Tournament, Dauphin Island, Ala. Trout, flounder, redfish and super stringer categories. Cash and prizes. Details at www.mbkfa.com.

• May 10 — GCKFA Spring Tournament, Gulf Breeze, Fla. Inshore and offshore divisions. Plaques, kayak and fishing gear prizes. www.gulfcoastkayakfishing.com

• May 18 — IFA Kayak Tour, Empire. Catch-photo-release format. Trout and redfish. Cash prizes. www.ifakayakfishingtour.com

• May 24-Sept. 1 — CCA Star Tournament, statewide. This months-long tournament offers kayak prizes for largest speckled trout in several geographic regions. Kayak anglers compete in regular divisions also. www.ccastar.com

• May 26 — LCKC Speck-n-Redfish Cup, statewide. Fish statewide. Weigh-in up to two reds and two trout for combined total weight. Artificial lures only. Cash prizes. Weigh-in in Lafayette. www.lafayettekayakfishing.com

• June 4-6 — Swollfest, Grand Isle. Special kayak division for rodeo. Kayak anglers may also fish in regular boat division. Trout, redfish and flounder. Live bait allowed. Prizes and unique awards. www.swollfest.com

• June 21 — BCKFC Trout Challenge, statewide. Fish statewide. Weigh-in up to five trout stringer, Weigh-in Gonzales. www.bckfc.org

• June (specific date TBA) — LKFC LA 1 Slamboree, Leeville. Trout, redfish, flounder slam. Leopard red. Cash prizes, artificial lures only. www.lafayettekayakfishing.com

• July 19 — Casting for Kids, Leeville. Trout, redfish, flounder and leopard red. Fishing south of Cutoff. www.palliativecarebr.org

• Aug. 3 — IFA Kayak Tour, Lafitte. Catch-photo-release format. Trout and redfish. Cash prizes. www.ifakayakfishingtour.com

• Aug. 16 — Ride the Bull 5 Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament, Grand Isle. World’s largest kayak fishing tournament. Cash and kayak prizes. Unique live-weigh bull redfish tournament. Live and artificial bait. www.calmwatercharters.net

• Sept. 13 — BCKFC Golden Meadow Smack Down, Golden Meadow. Combined stringer of up to five redfish and three trout. Cash prizes. www.bckfc.org

October (specific date TBA) — LKFC Cajun Castaway, Lake Charles. Trout, Redfish and flounder slam. Cash prizes. www.lafayettekayakfishing.com

• Oct. 16-18 — IFA Kayak Tour Championship, Houma. Two-day event. Note: Must qualify by fishing two prior 2014 IFA events. Catch-photo-release format. Trout and redfish. Cash prizes. www.ifakayakfishingtour.com

• November (specific date TBA) — LKFC Turkey Trout Throwdown, Cypremort Point. Five trout stringer. Cash prizes www.lafayettekayakfishing.com

• Nov. 1 —MBKFA 5 Rivers, Mobile, Ala. Trout, redfish, flounder and slam. Unique paddle plaques and prizes. www.mbkfa.com

• Nov. 15 — BCKFC Fall ‘N Tide 9, Venice. Cajun Slam Tournament (trout, reds and flounder) Live bait allowed. Cash, prizes, plaques and kayaks awarded in several categories. www.bckfc.org

• Dec. 13 — Where Y’at Throwdown 7, Buras. Ten specks plus one flounder. Cash prizes. www.bckfc.org

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Chris Holmes has kayak fished in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and many places in between.