New Women came, learned and mastered fishing skills at the Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing! (LLGF) Gulf Coast Fishing University for Women, held March 16-18 at the Naples Harbour Yacht Club in Naples, FL. More than 30 women came from the local area as well as from Canada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Michigan and Massachusetts to learn fishing secrets from talented local charter captains.
Their reasons for attending were diverse. One widowed woman had a boat and yearned to participate in the sport she had enjoyed with her husband. Pamela Poland from Oklahoma and Michelle Nietz from Minnesota had just moved to Florida and wanted to learn specific techniques for saltwater fishing in Florida.
Known as the “No-Yelling School of Fishing,” the award-winning Fishing University series for women, held in conjunction and with support from Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), kicked off with the Harbor Financial Services networking reception at the Naples Harbour Yacht Club on Friday evening. On Saturday morning, local captains took a day off the water to help the women achieve their objectives. Presentations were made by Capt. Peter Root (fly fishing), Capt. Will Geraghty (offshore bottom fishing), Capt. Jon Fetter (inshore and backcountry fishing) and Capt. Kevin Merritt (fishing basics).Capt. Pete Root helps Barbara Perch of Estero, FL, master fly casting for saltwater gamefish. LLGF photo