Bassmasters Host End-Of-The-Year Event

The Royal Palm Bassmasters held its end-of-the-year classic two-day fishing tournament on Dec. 6 and 7 out of Scott Driver/Okeetantee boat ramp on Lake Okeechobee.

Phil Northrop was crowned the individual classic champion with a weight of 22 lbs., 4 oz. The runner-up, Bill Latham, had a weight of 21 lbs., 15 oz.

In the team portion of the tournament, first place was won by Northrop (boater) and partner Latham (co-angler) with 10 fish each weighing 44 lbs., 3 oz.

Second place was awarded to Punk Duff (boater) with six fish weighing 10 lbs., 1 oz., and partner Dede Duff (co-angler) with six fish weighing 9 lbs., 10 oz., for a team total of 19 lbs., 11 oz.

Third place was awarded to the team of Rick Rickenbach (boater) and RoxannRickenbach (co-angler) with six total fish and a combined weight of 12 lbs., 6 oz.

The big fish of the tournament was a bass weighing 7 lbs., 2 oz. caught by Chris Little.

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

For more info., e-mail, visit or call Phil Northrop at (561) 723-5603.

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