Fishing & Boating News

Ladies, Let's Go Fishing Univ. Returns to Ft. Myers/Matlacha March 12-13

Back by popular demand, the nonprofit Ladies, Let's Go Fishing! Foundation will offer its Gulf Coast educational event to the Ft. Myers area

by: Betty Bauman,

Dawn Otani proudly holds her fish at Ft. Myers/Matlacha LLGF University.
Photo by Betty Bauman
(Jan 7, 2016 - Fort Myers, FL) March 12-13, 2016 at the Matlacha Community Center. Last year, sixty women and families traveled from several states for education, hands-on fishing activities, habitat conservation and to meet other anglers.

Perfect for women, men and teens who want to learn local fishing, educational events on Saturday from 12:30 - 4:30 pm feature speakers on conservation, inshore/backcountry and kayak fishing, equipment usage and more, followed by a hands-on fishing skill practice for releasing, dehooking/conservation, knot tying, kayak fishing, lure usage, fly, spin and net casting, trailer backing, fish fighting techniques and more.

Saturday's events conclude with a networking reception at the Blue Dog Restaurant. On Sunday, participants can opt to fish from flats charters, pontoon/deck boats or from kayaks with guides, followed by fish filleting.

On a tiny strip island between Ft. Myers and Pine Island, the Matlacha Community Center is on the water, with a field, fishing pier and launch ramp at 4577 Pine Island Road N.W., Matlacha, FL33993.

Featured on national network television and more, the series is supported by major partners including the National Marine Manufacturers Association, Discover Boating, Miami International Boat Show, Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation, Mercury, Ranger Boats, Magic Tilt trailers, Penn, Humminbird, Minn Kota and Fish Florida. Annual sponsors are Freedom Boat Club, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort, Old Bahama Bay, Sunrise Resort & Marina, Valentine's Resort & Marina, AFTCO/Guy Harvey, Future Angler Foundation, Harbor Financial Services, Wear Video Badge and All Rite Grading.  

Registration includes instruction, use of equipment, hands-on training, networking, fundraisers and more. No equipment or experience is necessary.

Other LLGF events include South Florida April 29-May 1, Cuba May 18-22, St. Augustine Aug.12-14, Bimini Bahamas Sept. 9-11, FL Keys/Tavernier/Islamorada Oct. 21-23 and Chokoloskee/Everglades National Park Nov. 19-20.

Contact: Phone: (954) 475-9068; info@ladiesletsgofishing.com.

About "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"
The Ladies, Let's Go Fishing Foundation (LLGF) is a national charitable 501C3 organization dedicated to attracting women and families to fishing and encouraging conservation and responsible angling. LLGF promotes networking among women anglers and emphasizes mentorships.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 and families to fishing. Both Bauman and the University series - dubbed "The No-Yelling School of Fishing" - are known nationally in the fishing and marine industries. The organization has earned rave reviews from media including WINK News, Inside Edition, The Early Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Outdoor Life Network, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Southern Living and more.