Forestville, WI. “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” (LLGF) hosted a full class of nearly 60 people who came to learn fishing skills at the Gulf Coast University March 11-12 at the Greater Pine Island Elks Lodge. The University offered education, hands-on fishing activities, networking and an optional fishing trip. While the participants were predominately female, some brought husbands and teens for the whole family to learn fishing.
The “No Yelling School of Fishing” began on Saturday, with classroom presentations by Betty Bauman/Fishing Basis/Conservation, Craig Timbes “Snook Cowboy”/Best Times to Fish and Capt. Jon Fetter/Inshore Fishing. The curriculum included hands-on skill practice such as hook removal/release techniques, knot tying, fly casting, spin casting, net casting and backing with Magic Tilt Trailers. On Sunday, participants embarked on their chosen fishing adventures from boats where they caught or released snook, snapper, flounder, sea trout and other species.
Featured on national network television and more, the series is supported by major partners including Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation, Mercury, Ranger Boats, Magic Tilt trailers, Penn, ACR Electronics and Fish Florida. Annual sponsors are, Future Angler Foundation, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Freedom Boat Club, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort, Sunrise Resort & Marina, AFTCO/Guy Harvey, Savage Gear/Okuma, Seaguar, Power-Pole and Harbor Financial Services. There are many more contributors.
“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!”, or LLGF for short, is a national organization dedicated to attracting more women to sportfishing and to promoting conservation and responsible angling. LLGF especially promotes networking among women anglers and emphasizes mentorship between novice and experienced members. Founded in 1997 by Betty Bauman, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, LLGF has over 8,000 graduates and is the largest organization in the world whose objective is to introduce women to fishing. The Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Foundation, a nonprofit 501c3, serves to empower women and families to learn and pursue the sport of fishing through educational programs.