Ladies came from as far away as Georgia to learn fishing and compete at the non intimidating LLGF Screamin’ Reels tournament June 24-26, 2022 in Islamorada, FL. Hosted by the nonprofit Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Foundation, the tournament kicked off on Friday at the Tavernier Elks Club. On Saturday and Sunday the ladies learned fishing skills off Islamorada, FL on the boats, catching a total of 100 fish on flat calm seas.
Susan Anthony, Fort Myers, FL clinched First Place Offshore with a 25 lb. blackfin tuna caught on Caribsea. Second place offshore went to Lynda Traverso, St. Augustine, FL for a 19.8 lb. blackfin tuna. Top Private Boat went to Deb Salvi, New Smyrna Beach, FL for an 8 lb. mahi. Some ladies caught their first mahi ever.
$1,000 prizes included Penn combos, art prints, shirts and more, presented on Sunday upon the return of boats at Whale Harbor.
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, Shearwater Boats, Power-Pole, Penn, TACO Metals, Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida and Fish Florida. Largest Annual Sponsors are Freedom Boat Club, ICOM, CCA Florida STAR, Lowrance, Bob’s Machine Shop, AFTCO, Costa, Smith Optics, Frogg Toggs, Hubbards Marina, Star Brite and Future Angler Foundation. Annual and class-specific contributors are listed on the website. Local sponsors were Breezy Palms, Jeanne Towne of Fidelity Real Estate and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. Class-specific contributors are listed on the website.
LLGF offers a second keys event Oct. 7-9 with full day fishing seminar, two days of fishing and casual prizes.
Remaining 2022 LLGF events, with optional or included fishing are:
Sept. 23-24 Guy Harvey Outpost Bass Seminar & Tournament Camp Mack, Lake Wales, FL
Oct. 7-9 Keys Saltwater Weekend Seminar, fishing and Fishing Fever tourney Islamorada, FL
Nov. 19-20 St. Augustine Surf Fishing Academy
Additional: Several Virtual Meetings and more events in the works.
The Tavernier Elks Club is located at 92600 Overseas Hwy, Tavernier, FL 33070, MM 92 Bayside.