The popular “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” University returns to the Gulf Coast March 21-22, 2020 for their inshore saltwater fishing seminar weekend at Bass Pro Shops Fort Myers. Hosted by the nonprofit Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Foundation, the event offers classroom instruction, hands-on fishing activities, conservation, networking and optional guided boat fishing.
Perfect for women, men and teens who want to learn local fishing, this “No-Yelling School of Fishing” offers an immersive fishing educational experience on Saturday from 9:30 am to 4 pm. The sessions begin with presentations by Captains Jon Fetter, Debbie Hanson and Rob Fussnecker on inshore/backcountry fishing, equipment usage and conservation. In the afternoon are hands-on fishing skill practice for releasing, dehooking/conservation, knot tying, lure usage, fly, spin and net casting, fish fighting techniques and more conducted by local guides.
On Sunday, participants can opt to fish from flats charters or a group boat.
Bass Pro Shops is located at Gulf Coast Town Center, 10040 Gulf Center Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33913.
Featured on national network television and more, the series is supported by major partners including Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation, Take Me Fishing, Vamos a Pescar, Mercury, Magic Tilt trailers, Penn, Scout Boats, Seven Seas Yacht Sales, Power-Pole and Fish Florida. Largest Annual Sponsors are Freedom Boat Club, Sunrise Resort & Marina, Future Angler Foundation, CCA Florida STAR, TACO Marine, Seaguar and Big Rock Sports Foundation.
Registration of $79 Early Entry, $89 Regular and $44 each mothers bringing teens includes instruction, use of equipment, hands-on training, fundraisers, gifts worth $20 and door prizes. No equipment or experience is necessary. Sunday fishing is additional. Registration and information is on www.ladiesletsgofishing.com.
The full 2020 LLGF events, with optional fishing except for the cooking class, includes:
Feb. 8 Freshwater seminar South Florida
Feb. 27 Fish Cooking Class South Florida
March 21-22 Gulf Coast Inshore Saltwater Fishing Weekend Seminar
April 24-26 South Florida Saltwater Weekend Seminar
June 5-7 Keys Fishing Learning on the Water
Sept. 12-13 Tampa Inshore Seminar
Oct. 23-25 Keys Saltwater Weekend Seminar
Nov. 21 St. Augustine Surf Fishing Academy
Contact: Phone: (954) 475-9068;
“The Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing” Foundation (LLGF) is a nonprofit 501C3 organization dedicated to attracting women and families to fishing while encouraging conservation and responsible angling. Known as the “No-Yelling School of Fishing,” LLGF conducts weekend, immersion-based educational programs in multiple regions of Florida with classroom presentations, hands-on practice, networking and an option to fish from boats or land, depending on the venue. No equipment or experience is necessary. The organization also offers fishing experiences and international trips.
Founded in 1997 by Betty Bauman of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, LLGF has over 9,000 graduates from around the country, representing the largest organization of its kind. The effort is supported by sponsors and donors. Both Bauman and the University series are known nationally in the fishing and marine industries. The organization has earned rave reviews from media including Inside Edition, The Early Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS, Good Morning America, Outdoor Life Network, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Southern Living and more. More details are on https://ladiesletsgofishing.com.
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