April 1-June 30: The 21st annual South Florida Dolphin Challenge. The anglers catching the 20 heaviest dolphin over the next three months qualify for a one-day fish-off. Entry fee is $100 per angler. Visit southfloridadolphinchallenge.com to download an entry form.
April 2: Kids of all ages can take part in Junior Ranger Day at the Shark Valley and Royal Palm areas of Everglades National Park. Participants receive badges and patches upon completion of the program. Activities include a free guided tram ride at Shark Valley for those who reserve a seat by calling 305-242-7753. Free transportation and entrance to the park and to Royal Palm is available on the Homestead National Parks Trolley. Visit cityofhomestead.com/index.aspx?nid=357.
April 2-3: License-free freshwater fishing days in Florida, which means residents and visitors can fish without a state-required freshwater fishing license.
April 3: The fourth qualifier tournament of the King of the Glades Open Team Series out of Everglades Holiday Park. Entry fee is $75 per team. Contact Mike Lendl at 954-393-5596 or email@example.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 April 6 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 6-7: Our Florida Reefs has a meeting from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. both days at Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek. Community Working Group Members will discuss the feedback received on the Recommended Management Actions, which include marine protected areas and no spearfishing while using scuba gear. Public comment will be allowed from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday and 1:15-2:15 p.m. Thursday, with each person given three minutes to speak. For the meeting agenda, visit ourfloridareefs.org/events.
April 8-9: West Marine has its inaugural Marine Electronics Expo from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days 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. 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 24: The Everglades Bassmasters of South Florida have the 45th annual Open Team Tournament on Lake Okeechobee out of Roland and Mary Ann Martin's Marina in Clewiston. Entry fee is $80 per boat and includes the big bass pot. Contact Tony Crowder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-254-9072.
April 30: South Florida Anglers For Everglades Restoration has the 15th annual SAFER Bass Tournament out of Everglades Holiday Park. Registration begins at 4 a.m. and weigh-in is at 2 p.m. Contact Al Ovies at email@example.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.