Bass Fishing Kids, the nonprofit organization that bills itself as the Little League of bass fishing, kicks off this year’s Palm Beach County series of fish-from-the-bank tournaments Saturday at Okeeheelee Park.
The tournaments for youths age 17 and younger begin promptly at 7:30 a.m.
All fish must be weighed in by 10:30 a.m. Parents can carry tackle and coolers holding live bass and otherwise help their kids, but they cannot cast, reel or assist with the fishing. All bass must be caught on artificial lures and kept alive.
Kids win prizes at the end of each tournament. They fish in two divisions — one for youths up to age 10, another for ages 11-17.
Saturday’s tournament will be based at the Osceola Pavilion in Okeeheelee Park. It’s a good idea to show up before the 7:30 a.m. start time.
The registration fee for the Palm Beach County tournament trail — seven tournaments and an end-of-season “classic” tournament — is $30 per angler.
Parents can register their kids online and find more information at www.bassfishingkids.com.
The other Palm Beach County tournaments this year will be at John Prince Park (Smythe Pavilion) or Okeeheelee Park.
Future tournament dates are April 27 at John Prince Park; May 18 at Okeeheelee Park; June 8 at John Prince Park; July 27 at Okeeheelee Park; Aug. 17 at John Prince Park; and Sept. 28 at John Prince Park.
The season-ending “classic” is set for Oct. 21 at John Prince Park.
A county-versus-county tournament pitting young anglers from Palm Beach County against kids from Broward County is scheduled for Nov. 2 at Okeeheelee Park.
Commission tables decision: The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission tabled a decision on whether to create salt-water “game fish” and “sport fish” designations.
Commissioners decided to gather more public input and bring the proposed designations up for discussion again during the April meeting in Tallahassee.
As proposed, the game fish designation would mean no commercial harvest or sale. The sport fish designation would mean catch-and-release only — no harvest by recreational or commercial anglers.
“Saltwater Sportsman” seminar: The Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series fishing seminar is set for Saturday in the performing arts theater at Jupiter High School.
Fishing guides and other experts from Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast will join hosts George Poveromo of Saltwater Sportsman magazine and Tom Twyford, president of the West Palm Beach Fishing Club, in presenting the seminar.
Topics include fishing beaches, inlets and rivers for tarpon and snook; finding redfish, big trout and flounder; fishing on near-shore ledges for Spanish mackerel and kingfish; daytime swordfishing; and tips for catching dolphin, blackfin tuna, kingfish and wahoo.
The seminar is scheduled for 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. A kids’ seminar begins at noon.
One child 15 or younger will be admitted free with each adult.
Tickets are $55. To register, go to www.nationalseminarseries.com or call (800) 448-7360.