Fishing & Boating News

Women Learn Fishing Skills at Stuart "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"® Seminar

by: Betty Bauman,

(Apr. 27, 2004 - Stuart, FL) Lexus Scott, Port St. Lucie, FL came because she married an avid angler and boater and wanted to learn fishing skills. Leslie Corcoran, Stuart, FL attended the seminar to be able to teach her son to fish. These women joined more than 60 others to learn saltwater fishing and conservation skills at the "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!® seminar April 23-25 at Pirates Cove Resort and Marina, Stuart, FL. Held in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and presented by Mercury Outboards, this "No-Yelling School of Fishing" offered a full weekend of fishing classes on beginner and advanced levels, hands-on instruction and a fishing excursion. The program began with a welcome reception on Friday evening. On Saturday morning, speakers and their respective topics were Nick Smith/bluewater fishing, Capt. Joe Massaro/bottom fishing and Capt. George Mittler/inshore fishing, Rich Abrams/conservation and fishing basics and John Maskaukas/fly fishing. After lunch, the program offered several "hands-on" fishing exercises, such as spin casting, net casting, knot tying, gaffing, fish releasing, boat handling, trailer backing, reeling against pressure and more. After the fishing trip on Sunday, the event concluded with a fish fillet class. During the fishing trip, the women caught and/or released a wide variety of fish, including dolphin, king mackerel, bonita, ladyfish, jack cravelles, snappers and more. One highlight was a 22 lb. dolphin caught by Lisa Craddock, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, on the Big Katuna. Chris Davis, Nokomis, FL released a 3.5 lb. spotted seatrout trout on Capt. Marcia Foosaner's Gotcha. Many of the ladies caught the first fish of their lives. Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, through the Sport Fish Restoration fund, is the host for the program and corporate sponsors such as Mercury Outboards, Bass Pro Shops, Ranger, BoatUS Marine Insurance, MIASF, Lowrance Electronics, Shakespeare Fishing Tackle, Magic Tilt Trailers and Gulfstream Int'l Airlines have supported the series, as a way of developing the marketplace for women. Annual sponsors were: Minn Kota, Bob's Machine Shop, Maxima Line, Power Pole, Eagle Claw, Shimano, Hook & Tackle, Penn, Bacardi, Silverstar Jewelers, Pompanette, Reel Native Florida Fishing, Treasure Cay Resort & Marina, The Islands of the Bahamas, Mary Kay, Benchmark Business Systems, Bayz Polarized Sunwear, Elec-Tra- Mate, Image Graphics 2000, Knarley Harley Art Designs and Printing Corp. of the Americas. Regional supporters included Lewis Marine Supply of Stuart, Pirates Cove Resort & Marina, Fonda Fishing, 3M and Bev Smith Ford and Toyota. The remaining 2004 LLGF seminar schedule includes the Florida locations of Sarasota/Aug. 6-8 and Islamorada/Oct. 15-17, as well as Denver, CO/Sept. 10- 12 and special events at The Ocean Reef Club/July 17- 18, Alaska/July 31-Aug. 4. Male guests are invited to the special events. "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" also offers a national association, with annual memberships and local chapters. Seminar registration is $105 ($135 Islamorada) for the weekend, including meals, T-Shirts, goody bags, door prizes and more. The fishing adventure, with fishing tackle and bait provided, is additional. Contact: Betty Bauman at LLGF, P.O. Box 550429, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33355, phone 954-475- 9068, fax 954-474-7299, toll free information 1-888- 321-LLGF (5543), email: