Bassmasters Present Youth Fishing Tournament

Many of the fishing tournament participants gather for the awards ceremony.

Independence Day brought young fishing enthusiasts to Royal Palm Commons Park on Monday, July 4 to participate in the 30th annual Ed Singleton Memorial Fourth of July Family Fishing Tournament. More than 40 participants registered for the competition, and more than 100 fish were weighed in and tallied across five age groups — Small Fry (Under 6), Child (7 to 9), Junior (10 to 12), Teen (13 to 15) and Parent/Child — and two categories (bass and other fish). Kids took home trophies, new fishing poles, lures and tackle boxes. The “big fish” winners of the day were Abigail Dovey with a 3.83-pound tilapia and Tommy Baldridge with a 3.23-pound bass.