Women, men and teens are invited to tackle offshore fishing skills at the South Florida “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” University, April 24-26 at the International Game Fish Association, Dania Beach., FL. Hosted by the nonprofit organization, the “No Yelling School of Fishing” offers classroom presentations, networking, hands-on skill practice and an optional charter fishing trip.
Activities launch Friday evening with an informal meet-and-greet at the IGFA from 6-7:30pm. On Saturday beginning at 9am are presentations on Fishing Basics by Capt. Lee Lavery, Offshore Fishing by Jeanne Towne and Conservation by Betty Bauman. Hands-on skill practice follows, for releasing, knot tying, dehooking, bait rigging, spin casting, fly casting, gaffing grapefruits, cast netting, trailer backing and more until 4:30 pm. On Sunday is an optional charter fishing trip for sailfish, mahi mahi, mackerel, tuna, wahoo, snapper and more, followed by a filet demonstration.
Ladies have the option to register a male guest and/or teens to include the whole family. Nine thousand women have graduated.
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. Local sponsors include IGFA, HMY Yacht Sales and more on the website.
Early Registration of $79 (Regular $99) includes $50 worth of goodies, instruction, use of equipment, hands-on training, networking reception and fundraisers. Offshore fishing is additional. No equipment or experience is necessary. Membership is not required; however graduates can join the South Florida chapter to continue the fishing fun.
IGFA is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, FL 33004
2020 LLGF events, with optional fishing except for the cooking class, include:
Feb. 27 Fish Cooking Class South Florida
March 21-22 Gulf Coast Saltwater 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