Royal Palm Bassmasters Host Fishing Tourney On Lake Okeechobee

The Royal Palm Bassmasters held its monthly fishing tournament on Nov. 16 out of the Scott Driver/Okeetantee boat ramp on Lake Okeechobee.

First place was won by the team of Punk Duff (boater) with five fish weighing 8 lbs., 14 oz., and partner Dede Duff (co-angler) with five fish weighing 9 lbs., 3 oz., for a team weight of 18 lbs, 1 oz.

Second place was awarded to Phil Northrop (boater) with four fish weighing 7 lbs., and partner Mike O’Connor (co-angler) with five fish weighing 6 lbs., 14 oz., for a team total of 13 lbs., 14 oz.

Third place was awarded to the team of Jim Ryba (boater) with five fish weighing 7 lbs., 3 oz. and a dummy weight of 3 lbs., 14 oz. for a team weight of 11 lbs., 1 oz.

The big fish of the November tournament was caught by Bill Latham. It was a bass weighing 3 lbs.

The Royal Palm Bassmasters meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center at 100 Sweet Bay Lane. The club is now accepting applications for new boater and non-boater members. For more info., e-mail or visit

ABOVE: Bill Latham