Bassmasters Hosts Family Fishing Tournament

Children up to 15 years old competed at Commons Park in Royal Palm Beach.

The annual Ed Singleton Memorial Family Fishing Tournament, hosted by the Royal Palm Bassmasters and the Village of Royal Palm Beach, was held Thursday, July 4 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park.

“This is the Fourth of July tournament that we have been holding for 29 years,” Royal Palm Bassmasters President Phil Northrop said. “It is for kids who have never fished before and for those who come back every year.”

Five-year-old Kailen Dougherty is a second-generation winner. His father, Raymond, fished the tournament when he was five years old, too. Kailen won the Big Fish Bass award this year.

About 30 children participated in the event through a range of age categories. First-place winners included: Six and Under Other Fish – Gabi Shetka; Six and Under Bass – Kailen Dougherty; Seven to Nine Other Fish – Blake Kincaid; Seven and Under Bass – George Shetka; 10 to 12 Other Fish – Stephen Barnes; 10 to 12 Bass – Greyson Morrow; 13 to 15 Other Fish – Rebecca Dovey; Adult/Child Other Fish – Ava Genehi; and Adult/Child Bass – Jax Schartner. The Big Fish Other was caught by Ava Genehi, while the Big Fish Bass was caught by Kailen Dougherty.