Women and a few lucky men from all over Florida came together to learn fishing skills during “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” » Gulf Coast University March 26-27 at Bass Pro Shops, Fort Myers. The university offered education, fishing drills, and an optional fishing trip.
The No Yelling School of Fishing offered classroom presentations by Capt Jon Fetter/Inshore Fishing, Capt Debbie Hanson/Fisheries Basics/Conservation and Capt Rob Fussnecker/Best Times to Fish. Skills practice for tying knots, fly casting, spinning casting, using live shrimp and net casting were offered.
On Sunday, participants embarked on fishing adventures of their choice from five boats, catching or releasing 103 pike, rockfish, sea trout and other species.
Featured on the national television network and more, the series is supported by major partners including the Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation, Take Me Fishing, Vamos a Pescar, Mercury, Magic Tilt trailers, Shearwater Boats, Power-Pole, Penn , TACO Metals, Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida and Fish Florida. The biggest annual sponsors are Freedom Boat Club, Lowrance, ICOM, CCA Florida STAR, Bob’s Machine Shop, AFTCO, Costa, Smith Optics, Frogg Toggs, Hubbards Marina, Star Brite and Future Angler Foundation. The largest donors and class-specific contributors are listed on the website.
Future LLGF 2022 events, with optional or included fishing are:
• May 6-8 South Florida Offshore Seminar Fort Lauderdale, FL
• June 24-26 Keys Fishing Learning on the Water and Screamin’ Reels Tournament Islamorada, FL
• September 23-24 Guy Harvey Outpost Bass Seminar & Tournament Camp Mack, Lake Wales, FL
• October 7-9 Keys Saltwater Seminar, Fishing and Fishing Fever Tournament Islamorada, FL
• Nov. 19-20 St. Augustine Surf Fishing Academy
• Additional: Several virtual meetings. Contact: 954-475-9068; email@example.com; www.ladiesletsgofishing.com, www.facebook.com/ladiesletsgofishing.
ft. Myers University Fishing Report – Half Day, Sunday
Each boat caught or released fish. On five boats, the participants caught 103 fish. “Catched” could mean landing or releasing.
Captain Brian Lynch Sea Shift Charters: Fishing for live sardines, the fishermen released 15 pike from 14 to 24 inches and a nice redfish. Christina Gonzalez brought her son, Danny, to learn how to fish together. Danny caught a snook, his very first fish, and went on to release 4 more. Christina released her first snook at 20 inches, then released four more, plus a nice 27-inch redfish. It was her first sea fishing experience. Diane Greco cast 6 snook. They improved their casting skills and learned how to retrieve their line in the trees.
Captain Rob Fussnecker Aqua Breeze Charters: Fishing with plugs and artificial bait, anglers had action all day, catching 45 sea trout up to 22 inches. Nine were over 19 inches tall. Most of the fish were released and six were kept. Three anglers had never fished for trout before.
Captain Bill Walker: With live pilchards, all anglers cast multiple 14-30 inch snooks for a total of 12 snooks. Two crevalle rams ranging from 12 to 16 inches extended.
Captain Jon Fetter, Catching the Cure Charters: While fishing in Estero Bay with popping plugs and live shrimp, participants released 3 trout, 3 ladybugs and 10 catfish. They improved their casting and learned to release fish. They also learned to use a fish clamp when holding the fish to keep it from slipping out of their hands.
Captain Sean Middleton, Feelin’ The Mojo: Fishing with live sardines, fishermen learned to adjust their rods for fishing and perfected casting. They lost a snook and released a catfish. One lady had so much fun she booked it the next day and brought out eight snook and a mangrove snapper.
About “Ladies, let’s go fishing!” »
“Ladies, let’s go fishing!” is a national non-profit organization dedicated to attracting more women to sport fishing and promoting conservation and responsible fishing. LLGF promotes networking and encourages mentorship. Founded in 1997 by Betty Bauman, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, LLGF has over 9,000 graduates and is the largest organization in the world dedicated to introducing women primarily to fishing. Bauman and the University Series – dubbed “The No-Yelling School of Fishing” – are nationally renowned in the sport fishing and marine industries. ¦