Fishing News

Palm Beach County KDW Classic

The 15th annual Palm Beach County KDW Classic, one of Florida’s largest fishing tournaments, returns to the Riviera Beach Marina on June 2nd & 3rd.  The popular contest, co-hosted by the venerable West Palm Beach Fishing Club (WPBFC) and the City of Riviera Beach, 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.  There will be a total of $34,000 in guaranteed cash awards presented to anglers catching the heaviest kingfish, dolphin and wahoo, and to the top ten Junior anglers. 

The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County has been the KDW Classic’s presenting sponsor since the beginning.  Numerous other sponsors participate in the event by underwriting cash awards and providing over $30,000 in raffle items and tournament giveaways.  A variety of food trucks will be a new addition to the tournament Captain’s party on Friday night this year. 

Broad based support from sponsors, a great value to anglers, fun entertainment for the public and an ongoing commitment to give something back to the local community are why the KDW Classic has developed such a loyal following.  Tournament proceeds have been used to create new artificial reefs, install reef saving mooring buoys, support the City of Riviera Beach scholarship fund and aid 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 before May 19th and $300 after May 19th (WPBFC members and sponsor marina tenants qualify for an early entry discount).  The general public is invited to take part in the fun by watching the tournament weigh-in on the Riviera Beach Marina waterfront.  Free prize giveaways will be distributed to those guessing the weight of fish coming to the scale.  The weigh station, located on the north end of the marina bulkhead, opens at 12 noon and closes at 4pm on Saturday, June 3rd.  

For additional information call the WPBFC at 561-832-6780 or visit