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Ladies Hook 220 Fish at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Screamin’ Reels Tournament May 19-21, 2023 Islamorada, FL
Ladies came from as far away as Shalimar, FL to learn fishing and compete at the non intimidating LLGF Screamin’ Reels tournament May 19-21, 2023 in Islamorada, FL, presented by Plantation Boat Mart & Marina, Platinum Sponsor. Hosted by the nonprofit Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Foundation (LLGF), the tournament kicked off on Friday at the Tavernier Elks Club, followed by friendly fishing competition on Saturday and Sunday out of Islamorada, FL. Fishing from private or charter boats on flat calm seas, women caught 105 fish and released 115 for a total of 220.
First Place Offshore: Lyn Gremonprez, Tavernier, FL, 11.95 lb. Almaco Jack on Plantation Boat Mart.
Second Place Offshore: Cristiane Carvalho, Miami, FL 10.8 lb. mahi on First Choice.
Third Place Offshore: Teresa Pinner, Tavernier, FL, 10.3 lb. skipjack on Plantation Boat Mart.
First, Second and Place Inshore: Jessica Holbrook, Fort Myers, FL took all three awards with 35.5, 34 and 27 inch grouper releases on Blackwater Charters with Capt. Dylan Scoble.
Top Inshore Release: Ann DeStefanis, Palmetto Bay, FL, bonefish on Blackwater Charters with Capt. Dylan Scoble.
Top Private Boat: Plantation Boat Mart and Marina
Some ladies caught their first of their lives.
$1,000 in prizes included Penn combos, art prints, shirts and more were presented on Sunday upon the return of boats at Whale Harbor.
Commented Betty Bauman, LLGF Founder, “Screamin’ Reels is a different breed of tournament, where it’s game on for almost every legal offshore or inshore species in the sea. It’s perfect for novice or average anglers and those who never caught a fish and would not dream of entering a fishing tournament.”
Christiane Carvalho, second place offshore winner exclaimed, “This is the first time I have done something for myself, away from my husband and children. I never fished before and won!”
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, Lowrance, Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida and Fish Florida. Largest Annual Sponsors are Freedom Boat Club, ICOM America, CCA Florida STAR, Bob’s Machine Shop, AFTCO, Costa, Smith Optics, Frogg Toggs, Hubbards Marina, Star Brite, Future Angler Foundation and Preferred Marine Sales Group, Inc. Top donors are Yeti, Fishing Headquarters, Engel, AO Coolers, Lady Pamela, Big Rock Sports Conservation Foundation, Egret Baits/Vudu, Canoe Outpost, Flying Fisherman, Pelagic Gear, Flanigans, Guy Harvey, TTI Blakemore, Sandbar Tackle, Danco, FishBites, Hobie Eyewear, Reel ‘em Up Lures and Brella. Keys-only sponsors include Presenting Platinum Sponsor Plantation Boat Mart and Marina as well as Island Arms & Indoor Range, Sunset Inn, Jeanne Towne of Fidelity Real Estate and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.
LLGF offers a second keys event Oct. 13-15 with full day fishing seminar, two days of fishing and casual prizes.
2023 LLGF remaining events, with optional or included fishing are:
Sept. 22-23, 2023 Guy Harvey Outpost Bass Seminar & Tournament at Camp Mack, Lake Wales, FL
Oct. 13-15 Keys Saltwater Weekend Seminar and fishing Islamorada, FL
Nov. 17-19 St. Augustine Surf Fishing Academy
Virtual meetings with education TBA
Sept. or Nov. Tampa Area Bottom Fishing and Bimini Bahamas
Saturday Full Day Fishing:
Plantation Boat Mart: Presenting and Platinum Sponsor. Ladies caught one mahi, two blackfin tuna, one wahoo and a skipjack. Teresa Pinner, Tavernier, FL caught the 10.3 lb. skipjack, earning Third Place Offshore. Melissa Sinasac, Tavernier, FL caught a wahoo that was bit off by a shark but would have been the top fish, with the partial wahoo weighing 14.6 lbs.
First Choice: Fishing for the first time in her life, Cristiane Carvalho, Miami, FL caught a 10.8 lb. mahi, earning Second Place Offshore. The ladies hooked 19 mahi, keeping 7 and releasing 12. They also caught four blackfin tuna up to 3.5 lbs., two tilefish and one small almaco jack. Mate Peter showed ballyhoo, lure rigging, bait and fish fighting techniques.
Phoebe: Ladies kept two mahi and released eight. They kept 27 yellowtail snapper and released 13. They also caught four bonito and an almaco jack.
Playbaby: The ladies experienced multiple simultaneous hookups, keeping 12 mahi, releasing 12 more mahi, a jack and a tripletail.
Sunday 3/4 Day Fishing:
Plantation Boat Mart: Lyn Gremonprez, Tavernier, FL clinched First Place Offshore with her 11.95 lb. almaco jack. Teresa Pinner, Tavernier FL took Third Place Offshore with a 10.3 skipjack. The ladies also caught a blackfin tuna, another almaco jack and a mahi.
Scales2Tales Capt. Chris Hanson: The ladies released nine snook up to 26 inches, four sharks and kept ten mangrove snapper.
Blackwater Charters Capt. Eric Scoble: The ladies kept seven spotted sea trout up to 17 inches and released 14 more. They also released a sheepshead, three catfish and a mangrove snapper.
Blackwater Charters Capt. Dylan Scoble: Jessica Holbrook, Fort Myers, FL clinched first, second and third place inshore, releasing three grouper up to 35.5 inches. Ann DeStefanis, Palmetto Bay, FL, snagged top inshore release with a bonefish. The ladies also caught ten ladyfish, two Spanish mackerel and released twenty jack crevalle, one lane snapper, one catfish, three mangrove snapper, a blue runner and eight sharks up to 33 inches.
About “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!”
The Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Foundation (LLGF) is a national charitable 501C3 organization dedicated to attracting women and families to fishing and encouraging conservation and responsible angling. In addition to providing educational events with hands-on practice and an opportunity to go fishing, LLGF promotes networking among women anglers and emphasizes mentorships. Founded in 1997 by Betty Bauman, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, LLGF has over 9,000 graduates and is the largest organization in the world whose objective is to introduce women and families to fishing. Both Bauman and the University series – dubbed “The No-Yelling School of Fishing” – 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.