Aspiring anglers can learn, practice skills and go fishing at the award-winning “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!®” Keys University, Oct. 23-25 in the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. Hosted by the nonprofit Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Foundation, the “No-Yelling School of Fishing” offers classroom presentations, two networking events, hands-on skill practice and optional charter boat fishing. Classes will be held at the waterfront Elks Lodge in Tavernier FL. No equipment or experience is necessary.
Optional charter fishing out of Islamorada, FL is offered on Friday and Sunday with prizes awarded for the LLGF Fishing Fever tournament to people fishing both days.
Activities launch Friday evening with a networking social and appetizer contest from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Saturday morning indoor presentations begin at 9 am, covering Offshore, Inshore and Bottom Fishing, plus Fishing Basics and Conservation. Speakers include Captains Lee Lavery, Jeanne Towne and more. Setting this program apart from typical fishing classes are the hands-on fishing activities taught by several guides for releasing, knot tying, dehooking, bait rigging, spin casting, gaffing, cast netting and more until 4:30 pm. A second networking party will be held afterwards at Seaside Glassworks. Any virtual meeting substitutions based on CDC policies will be announced on the website.
On Friday and Sunday are optional inshore and offshore fishing charter trips out of Whale Harbor, followed by a fillet demonstration.
The Tavernier Elks Club is located at 92600 Overseas Hwy, Tavernier, FL 33070, MM 92 Bayside. Ladies may register a male guest or teens to include the whole family.
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, Magic Tilt trailers, Scout Boats, Seven Seas Yacht Sales, Power-Pole and Fish Florida. Largest Annual Sponsors are CCA Florida STAR, TACO Marine, Freedom Boat Club, Sunrise Resort & Marina, Seaguar and Future Angler Foundation. Local sponsors are Breezy Palms, Seaside Glass Works, Jeanne Towne of Fidelity Real Estate and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.
Online early registration rate is $125 per person. Regular entry is $145. VIP registration of $180 offers reserved seating, goody bag, a gift, future rebates and savings on souvenirs. Registration fee includes instruction, the use of equipment, a welcome reception, lunch, Saturday party and $20 in gifts and door prizes. Advance reservations are recommended. Accommodations are available at Breezy Palms Resort.
Future 2020 plans include a surf fishing academy at Guy Harvey Outposts, St. Augustine, FL on Nov. 21-22 with a Night of Lights golf cart tour.