The award-winning "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" University Series will return to Matlacha March 8-9 at Matlacha Community Park.
"We have chosen to host our Gulf Coast event at Matlacha - a beautiful part of the state with bountiful fishing," said founder Betty Bauman, adding that last year there were more than 80 participants. "It's a refreshing location perfect for beginners, those who have fished before or any lady with fishing on her bucket list!"
Held on a Saturday afternoon, the mini-event includes much of what is offered at the full LLGF Universities plus kayak fishing on the curriculum. For this event, held in conjunction with support from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission through the Sport Fish Restoration Program, women will travel from several states for education, hands-on fishing activities, habitat conservation and to meet other female anglers.
On Saturday, the program begins with a session by the FWC on the importance of marine conservation, a demonstration of hook removal, catch and release techniques and more. Topics include inshore and kayak fishing, proper equipment usage and more, followed by a supervised hands-on fishing skill practice and concluding with a networking party.
On Sunday, participants have an option to use their newly-acquired skills when fishing inshore from flats, pontoon/deck boats or from kayaks with guides. The age for participants includes teen females age 16 and up when accompanied by an adult female.
The Award-winning "No-Yelling School of Fishing" Curriculum
Saturday March 8, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Classroom presentations are conservation, equipment, back country/inshore and kayak fishing, followed by hands-on fishing skills until 4:30 p.m. Skills such as releasing, conservation, knot tying, kayak fishing, lure usage, spin and net casting, fly fishing, fish fighting techniques and more will be available for hands-on practice. Events conclude with a silent auction, followed by a networking party.
Sunday, March 9: Ladies embark on their chosen half day fishing adventure from flats and pontoon/deck boats or guided kayaks (optional/additional) out of Matlacha Community Park, followed by fish filleting.
The mission of LLGF is to increase the numbers of responsible anglers. According to a recent report by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, women now represent the largest share of new anglers.
University registration is $69 and includes instruction, use of equipment, hands-on training, networking, fundraisers and more. No equipment or experience is necessary. Optional fishing charter rates are on www.ladiesletsgofishing.com.