Women can learn to become anglers or polish existing angling skills at the Florida Keys “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” girls’ getaway, an award-winning weekend university set for Friday through Sunday, Nov. 15-17.
During the program’s nearly 20-year history, more than 7,000 women seeking empowering experiential vacations have gained more confidence on the water as they apply learned fishing skills in offshore, bottom, inshore and fly fishing.
Islamorada, widely renowned as the sportfishing capital of the world, serves as the immersion seminar’s setting. Participants gain proficiency in marine and habitat conservation, releasing, knot tying, bait rigging, spin and net casting, boat and trailer handling, stand-up fish fighting techniques, gaffing, removing hooks and filleting the catch.
Ladies learn techniques from some of the world’s most prominent fishing captains including the legendary Stu Apte, Bob Jones, Rick Rodriguez, Lee Lavery and other guest guides.
The seminar kicks off Friday, Nov. 15, with a 6:30-9 p.m. meet-and-greet networking social for participants and guests. The event includes a fundraising raffle, silent auction and “master chef” potluck appetizer contest.
Saturday’s action begins at 8:30 a.m. with classroom sessions followed by lunch and hands-on activities until 4:30 p.m. At day’s end, participants can enjoy food, fun and local art at the Redbone Gallery, 200 Morada Way oceanside.
The following morning, ladies can opt for an additional inshore or offshore fishing adventure out of Whale Harbor Marina, mile marker (MM) 83.5 Overseas Highway. Anglers can fish from a party (drift) boat, try offshore sportfishing or an inshore flats boat or experience a guided kayak fishing trip.
Supported by Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, weekend events are to be held at the BPOE Elks Lodge, MM 92 oceanside in Tavernier.
“Our Keys University offers a unique vacation getaway where women can learn, network and enjoy the fabulous Florida Keys and its remarkable fishing,” said Betty Bauman, LLGF founder.
Regular registration is $145. Fees include classroom book and instruction, use of equipment, welcome reception, lunch, goody bags and more. Friday and Monday bonus fishing days are offered for an additional fee. Classes fill quickly and all Keys University rates can be found at www.ladiesletsgofishing.com.
Specially priced weekend accommodations are available. The fundraisers help support the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation.
Event information: www.ladiesletsgofishing.com, or Betty Bauman at 954-475-9068
Islamorada visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/islamorada or 800-FAB-KEYS
Keys fishing information: www.fla-keys.com/fishing