April 16: The Sunburned Swordfish Tournament is 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., with weigh-in from 4-6 at the Lighthouse Point Yacht & Racquet Club. Entry fee is $750. Captains meeting is 6-8 p.m. April 15 at the club. Call 954-420-5001.
April 16: The West Palm Beach Fishing Club’s annual Marine Yard Sale is 7 a.m. to noon at the club’s headquarters at 201 Fifth Street, West Palm Beach. The event typically features everything from rods, reels, lures, gaffs and landing nets to anchors, dock lines, coolers and dive gear, all of it donated to the club over the past year. There are no commercial vendors. Proceeds benefit the youth education and conservation efforts of the Palm Beach County Fishing Foundation, which is the club’s charitable affiliate. To make a tax-deductible donation of marine items to the yard sale, call 561-832-6780 or visit westpalmbeachfishingclub.org.
April 23: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 54 has a free boating safety class from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Harvey Oyer Park in Boynton Beach. The cost of the class is being paid by a grant from the Perry J. Cohen Foundation (pjcf.org) in memory of one of the two boys who were lost at sea out of Jupiter Inlet last summer. Call Sandy Meridy at 551-704-7440 or 561-734-2244.
April 23: The John Michael Baker Fishing Tournament is 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. out of Lauderdale Yacht Club. Entry fee is $250 per boat for two anglers. Proceeds will be used for scholarships in Baker’s name for St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Anthony Catholic School. Contact L. Brandan Kelly at JMBFishingTournament@gmail.com or 954-304-0043.
April 23-24: The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo is at the Broward County Convention Center. Exhibitors include dive gear manufacturers and retailers, resorts and marine artists. Seminars topics include underwater photography, spearfishing and lobstering. Admission is $25 per day and discounted tickets are available online. Call Sheri Daye at 561-715-0247 or visit thebluewild.com.
April 24: The Everglades Bassmasters of South Florida have the 45th annual Open Team Tournament on Lake Okeechobee out of Roland and Mary Ann Martin’s Marina in Clewiston. Entry fee is $80 per boat and includes the big bass pot. Contact Tony Crowder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-254-9072.
April 27: Johannes Csonka and Tony Arruza present “Tips & Tactics for Catching Bahamas Yellowfin Tuna and Photographing Your Expedition” at the offshore meeting of the West Palm Beach Fishing Club. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse at 201 Fifth Street. Visit westpalmbeachfishingclub.org or call 561-832-6780.
April 29-May 1: “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” University for women, men and teenagers at the I.T. Parker Community Center in Dania Beach. The event has classroom presentations on inshore and offshore fishing and hands-on skill sessions covering knot-tying, bait rigging, casting, gaffing and backing up a boat trailer. An optional charter fishing trip is offered the final day. Call 954-475-9068 or visit ladiesletsgofishing.com.
April 30: The Fort Lauderdale Meat Mayhem tournament to benefit the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, and featuring a guaranteed $10,000 for first place. Eligible species are kingfish, tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Boats can leave from any inlet. Weigh-in is 4 p.m. at Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale. Entry fee is $350 and the captains party is 7 p.m. April 28 at Islamorada Fish Company in Dania Beach. Visit ftlauderdalemeatmayhem.com or call Capt. Jimmy Wickett at 954-605-8284.
April 30: South Florida Anglers For Everglades Restoration has the 15th annual SAFER Bass Tournament out of Everglades Holiday Park. Registration begins at 4 a.m. and weigh-in is at 2 p.m. Contact Al Ovies at email@example.com.
May 14: The Greater Lantana Chamber of Commerce now has early registration for its 22nd annual Lantana Fishing Derby, a family oriented tournament for kingfish, dolphin and wahoo on May 14 with the weigh-in at the Old Key Lime House restaurant on East Ocean Avenue. First prize is $2,500 for the heaviest overall fish. The heaviest of each species wins $1,250, and there are cash prizes for second and third in each category. The captain’s meeting and party are 6 p.m. May 12 at the Lantana Recreation Center, 418 S. Dixie Highway. The entry fee is $200 per team through April 15 and $250 thereafter. To enter online, visit lantanafishingderby.com or contact Lynn Smith at 561-585-8664 or Lynn@Lantanachamber.com.
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