Back by popular demand, the nonprofit Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Foundation (LLGF) will offer its Gulf Coast educational event to the Ft. Myers area 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 the chance 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. Speakers will include the acclaimed Capt. Jon Fetter and Craig Timbes.
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, Florida.
Featured on national network television and more, the series is supported by major partners including 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. Registration and optional fishing charter rates can be found on the website (www.ladiesletsgofishing.com).
Other LLGF events include South Florida on April 29-May 1, Cuba on May 18-22, St. Augustine on August 12-14, Bimini, Bahamas on September 9-11, the Florida Keys/Tavernier/Islamorada on October 21-23 and Chokoloskee/Everglades National Park on November 19-20.