Forestville, WI: Participants came from around the state to learn fishing skills at the “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” South Florida University April 27-29 in Pompano Beach, FL. Known as the “No-Yelling School of Fishing,” the event offered a networking party on Friday, classes and hands-on skills Saturday and optional charter fishing on Sunday. The event was held at Chaos Fishing.
Activities launched Friday evening with a networking party and appetizer contest, won by Gigi Ferrer, Miami, FL for Mini Cubanitos and Cuban appetizers. Second place went to Samantha Griffin, Boca Raton, FL for Meatballs in Mushroom Spinach Cream Sauce over Penne Pasta. Kathleen Risko, Lighthouse Point, FL took third place for Watermelon Shrimp Feta Salad.
On Saturday, presenters included Capt. Lee Lavery/Fishing Basics, Capt. Dennis Forgione/Offshore Fishing, Capt. Brian Leibowitz/Inshore Fishing and Betty Bauman/Conservation. In the afternoon were one-on-one stations to practice, spin casting, net casting, knot tying, lure setups and ballyhoo rigging.
From charter boats on Sunday, participants caught or released king mackerel, tuna, grouper, amberjack and more.
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, Ranger Boats, Magic Tilt trailers and Fish Florida. Annual sponsors are Freedom Boat Club, Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort, Sunrise Resort & Marina, AFTCO/Guy Harvey, Future Angler Foundation and Power-Pole. Local partners include Chaos Fishing, Lighthouse Wealth Planning of Raymond James, Raymond James, Free Spool Sport Fishing, Capt. Bouncer Smith, Fishing Headquarters, New Lattitude, Capt. Brian Leibowitz, HMY Yachts, Lady Pamela and more.