Bass anglers are still producing nice strings during club tournaments on Lake Okeechobee.
Even after a spring cold front chilled the big lake on the morning of April 6, Durand Locke and Dillon McMillan caught a respectable five-bass string weighing 19.9 pounds in a 17-boat tournament run by members of Florida Gulf Coast University’s fishing club.
Locke said he and McMillan caught their bass pulling soft plastic baits through shoreline grasses on the south end of the lake. Locke caught the big bass of the tournament, 7.84 pounds, on a Gambler Big EZ swim bait.
Tommy Edwards, vice president of the university’s fishing club, said the April 6 tournament based at Slim’s Fish Camp raised $1,300 for the club’s activities. The funds will help cover expenses for the school’s intercollegiate bass-fishing team, whose members will compete May 11-12 in an FLW regional tournament on Alabama’s Wheeler Lake.
Of note: It took a five-bass weight of more than 26 pounds — more than 5 pounds per bass — to win the Jimmy McMillan Memorial tournament held March 30 on the big lake, organizer John Burke said.
Kids can learn how to fish Saturday during a free clinic at the Everglades Youth Camp in northern Palm Beach County.
The second annual Howard Elkins Memorial Fishing Clinic is named for the longtime owner of Outdoor Sports World in West Palm Beach who died in 2011 at the age of 93.
Saturday’s fishing clinic is set for 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Everglades Youth Camp in the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area — off Seminole Pratt Whitney Road north of Northlake Boulevard. Lunch will be served after the fishing.
The first 50 kids to arrive will receive a free rod and reel combination.
Organized by the Palm Beach County Airboat and Halftrack Conservation Club, the fishing clinic is open to any young person who wants to learn how to fish or improve his or her fishing skills.
For details, call T.J. Danison at (561) 723-2356.
Anglers for Conservation will host a free fishing clinic for kids from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge on U.S. 1 in southern Martin County.
Kids will learn about casting, safety, knot-tying and catch-and-release methods. Youths who participate in the Hook Kids on Fishing program will receive a free rod and reel combination.
Preregistration is required. Call (772) 546-2067.
The Town of Lake Clarke Shores will hold its sixth annual bass tournament Saturday.. Cash and prizes will be awarded. The event begins with a captain’s meeting set for 7 p.m. Friday at the park next to town hall on Barbados Road.
Fishing will be from 6:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The weigh-in begins at 2 p.m. at the town boat ramp.
The entry fee is $125 and includes lunch for two anglers. Entry forms can be found at town hall or on the town’s website, www.townoflakeclarkeshores.com. Call (561) 964-1515.
The 33rd annual Offshore Challenge fishing tournament for kingfish, dolphin and wahoo is set for Saturday based at Riviera Beach Marina.
The tournament benefits the Kiwanis Club of West Palm Beach’s scholarship fund and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.
Entry fee: $300 per boat. The tournament begins with a captain’s meeting set for 6 p.m. Friday in Newcomb Hall at Riviera Beach Marina. For details, call (561) 683-3287 or go to www.PBOffshorechallenge.com.