Bassmasters Fish Out Of Okeetantie

The Royal Palm Bassmasters held a fishing tournament Feb. 17 out of Okeetantie/Scott Driver boat ramp on Lake Okeechobee. Everyone braved temperatures in the 30s and very lethargic bass until the 3 p.m. weigh-in.

First place was awarded to the team of Larry Payne (boater), with three fish weighing 6 lbs., 2 oz. and partner Mike Addie (co-angler), with two fish weighing 4 lbs., 1 oz. for a team weight of 10 lbs., 3 oz.

Second place was awarded to the team of Rick Rickenbach (boater) and Roxanne Rickenbach (co-angler), with three fish for a team weight of 8 lbs., 13 oz.

Third place was awarded to the team of Shannon Ghetti (boater), with one fish weighing 1 lb., 2 oz. and partner Herman Parker (co-angler), with three fish weighing 5 lbs., 10 oz. for a team weight of 6 lbs., 12 oz.

The Big Fish of the tournament was caught by Rick Rickenbach, a bass weighing 5 lbs., 1 oz.

The Royal Palm Bassmasters meet the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center, located at 100 Sweet Bay Lane.

The club is now accepting applications for new boater and non-boater members.

Come and check out the fun you’ve been missing.

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ABOVE: Herman Parker