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South Florida outdoors calendar: fishing tournaments, seminars

April 3: The fourth qualifier tournament of the King of the Glades Open Team Series is out of Everglades Holiday Park. Entry fee is $75 per team. Contact Mike Lendl at 954-393-5596 or kotg2030@gmail.com or visit kotgseries.com.

April 6: Capt. Dave Kostyo of Knot Nancy Fishing Charters in North Miami presents "Southeast Florida Tarpon Fishing: Tactics for Inlets & Bridges" at the inshore meeting of the West Palm Beach Fishing Club. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse at 201 Fifth Street. Visit westpalmbeachfishingclub.org or call 561-832-6780.

April 8-9: West Marine has its inaugural Marine Electronics Expo from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at its Fort Lauderdale store at 2401 S. Andrews Avenue and at its North Palm Beach store at 11241 U.S. Highway 1. The event features the newest products from a variety of manufacturers, including Garmin, Raymarine, Lowrance, Simrad, Shakespeare, ICOM, Fusion and Uniden, and representatives will have seminars on their companies' latest marine electronics technology. There also will be prizes and giveaways.

April 10: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 38 has a one-day, eight-hour "About Boating Safely" course at Bass Pro Shops in Dania Beach. The cost is $50 and includes lunch. To register, email Paul_Greenbaum@yahoo.com or call 954-610-8085 or visit flsafeboating.org/flotilla38_abs_info.htm.

April 13-17: The Bimini Big Game Club Billfish Tournament for blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish is April 13-17. Anglers who register online by April 1 receive a 50 percent discount on dockage fees and a $300 credit on rooms. Early entry fee is $2,500 per boat. In addition to money, the winning team receives an original painting created for the tournament by marine artist Carey Chen. Visit biggameclubbimini.com.

April 16: The West Palm Beach Fishing Club's annual Marine Yard Sale is 7 a.m. to noon at the club's headquarters at 201 Fifth Street, West Palm Beach. The event typically features everything from rods, reels, lures, gaffs and landing nets to anchors, dock lines, coolers and dive gear, all of it donated to the club over the past year. There are no commercial vendors. Proceeds benefit the youth education and conservation efforts of the Palm Beach County Fishing Foundation, which is the club's charitable affiliate. To make a tax-deductible donation of marine items to the yard sale, call 561-832-6780 or visit westpalmbeachfishingclub.org.

April 16: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 34 has an eight-hour safe boating class at Imperial Point Hospital, 6401 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. The course encompasses seamanship, equipment and legal requirements, emergencies and navigation rules. Cost is $50 and there are discounts for multiple family members. Call 954-941-5781 to register or email Flotilla34pompanobeach@gmail.com.

May 14: The Greater Lantana Chamber of Commerce now has early registration for its 22nd annual Lantana Fishing Derby, a family oriented tournament for kingfish, dolphin and wahoo on May 14 with the weigh-in at the Old Key Lime House restaurant on East Ocean Avenue. First prize is $2,500 for the heaviest overall fish. The heaviest of each species wins $1,250, and there are cash prizes for second and third in each category. A kickoff party is 5:30 p.m. April 1 at Heroes Sports Bar & Grill, 224 N. Third St., Lantana. The captain's meeting and party is 6 p.m. May 12 at the Lantana Recreation Center, 418 S. Dixie Highway. The entry fee is $200 per team through April 15 and $250 thereafter. To enter online, visit lantanafishingderby.com or contact Lynn Smith at 561-585-8664 or Lynn@Lantanachamber.com.

June 16-19: The Blazing Mako Tournament & Festival in Islamorada features inshore and offshore fishing. Proceeds will be used for marine sciences scholarships for Nova Southeastern University's Halmos College of National Sciences and Oceanography that will be donated through the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Entry fee for the tournament is $2,500 for inshore fishing and $5,000 per team for the offshore division. To register, go to blazingmako.com.

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