The 17th annual Palm Beach County KDW Classic, one of Florida’s largest fishing tournaments, returns to the Riviera Beach Marina Village. The popular contest hosted by the West Palm Beach Fishing Club (WPBFC) routinely attracts over 200 boats and nearly 1,000 anglers.  The KDW Classic is a family & friends oriented event, offering a wide range of prizes for adults and kids.  A total of $34,000 in cash awards will be presented to anglers catching the heaviest kingfish, dolphin and wahoo and to the top ten Junior anglers. A total of 40 cash awards will be presented.  Additionally, $30,000 in raffle items and other tournament prizes will be up for grabs.  The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County has been the KDW Classic’s presenting sponsor since the beginning.

A great value to anglers, fun entertainment and an ongoing commitment to give something back to the community are why the Palm Beach KDW Classic has developed such a loyal following.  Tournament proceeds support a variety of local initiatives including educational scholarships, artificial reef construction, mangrove plantings and youth fishing programs produced by the Fishing Club’s charitable affiliate, the Palm Beach County Fishing Foundation.

The tournament entry fee is $225 per boat by May 17th and $300 after May 18th (WPBFC members and sponsor marina tenants qualify for an early entry discount).  Tournament entry includes two awards dinner tickets, two short-sleeve tournament t-shirts and entry into multiple prize drawings.  The first 200 boats to register receive an awesome Palm Beach KDW Classic bucket filled with sponsor swag.  The general public is invited to attend the event and take part in the fun by watching the tournament weigh-in on the Riviera Beach Marina waterfront.  The weigh station opens at 12 noon and closes at 4pm on Saturday, June 1st.  For additional information call the WPBFC at (561) 832-6780 or visit

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