Ladies flew in from as far away as Tennessee to learn skills and release fish at the popular “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” freshwater fishing seminar with guided fishing on March 4 at Bass Pro Shops Dania Beach, FL. Classes and fishing were conducted from 9:15 am to 3 pm. Hosted by the nonprofit Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Foundation, the educational event offered classroom instruction, conservation, hands-on fishing activities, networking, a guided fishing experience from land and gifts. The featured speaker was Capt. Brian Leibowitz, Florida Bay Fishing.
In two and a half hours of fishing, participants released a dozen fish including peacock and largemouth bass as well is cichlids.
The program offered rod and reel basics, lure usage, casting techniques, fish retrieval, release, strategy and conservation, hands-on fishing skill practice for rod rigging, spin casting, releasing, fish fighting techniques and an on-water fishing experience.
Amy Lombardo, Merritt Island, FL commented, “What a fun day! Excited to catch 3 different species. It has opened a door to a new kind of fishing!”
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. Local Supporters were Bass Pro Shops Dania Beach and Islamorada Fish Company.
Online information is on www.ladiesletsgofishing.com.
2023 LLGF remaining events, with optional or included fishing are:
March 18-19 Gulf Coast Inshore Saltwater Weekend Inshore Fort Myers, FL
April 14-16, 2023 Florida Saltwater Weekend Seminar Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 19-21, 2023 Keys Fishing, Screamin’ Reels Tournament / Learning on the Water Islamorada, FL
Sept. 22-23, 2023 Guy Harvey Outpost Bass Seminar & Tournament 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
About “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!”
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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