New anglers travelled from as far away as New Mexico to tackle offshore fishing skills at the South Florida “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” University, April 14-16, 2023 with learning and an offshore fishing experience. Hosted by the nonprofit organization, the “No Yelling School of Fishing” offered classroom presentations, networking, skill practice and an optional charter fishing trip. Some mothers brought their daughters to learn and experience fishing as a family.

On Saturday, Captains Jeanne Towne and Lee Lavery presented Fishing Basics and Offshore Fishing Techniques. Betty Bauman presented information on conservation and fish release. Skill practice included knots, ballyhoo rigging, gaffing grapefruits, spin and net casting. On Sunday was an optional offshore charter fishing trip, followed by a filet demonstration. Anglers caught kingfish up to 35.5 inches aboard two boats for a half day fishing trip.

Commented Betty Bauman, Founder, “With challenges from the unprecedented April storm, we were able to continue with the Saturday seminar at a Davie, FL location and provide an offshore fishing trip with calm seas on Sunday. We were fortunate to have our speakers attend while they were dealing with flooding issues at their own homes.”

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, Shearwater Boats, Power-Pole, Penn, TACO Metals, Lowrance, Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida and Fish Florida. Largest Annual Sponsors are Freedom Boat Club, ICOM America, CCA Florida STAR, Bob’s Machine Shop, AFTCO, Costa, Smith Optics, Frogg Toggs, Hubbards Marina, Star Brite, Future Angler Foundation, Reel ’Em Up Lures and Preferred Marine Sales Group, Inc. Top donors are Yeti, Fishing Headquarters, Engel, AO Coolers, Big Rock Sports Conservation Foundation, Egret Baits/Vudu, Canoe Outpost, Flying Fisherman, Pelagic Gear, Flanigans, Guy Harvey, TTI Blakemore, Sandbar Tackle, Danco, FishBites and Brella.

Remaining 2023 LLGF events, with optional or included fishing are:

May 19-21, 2023 Keys Fishing, Screamin’ Reels Tournament / Learning on the Water Islamorada, FL

Sept. 22-23, 2023 Guy Harvey Outpost Bass Seminar & Tournament Camp Mack, Lake Wales, FL

Oct. 13-15 Keys Saltwater Weekend Seminar and fishing Islamorada, FL

Nov. 18-19 St. Augustine Surf Fishing Academy

Virtual meetings with education TBA

In Progress:

Sept. or Nov. Tampa Area Bottom Fishing

Bimini Bahamas

Contact: Phone: (954) 475-9068;;,


Fishing Reports, Sunday April 16, all boats fished out of Fishing Headquarters, 2-3 miles offshore. With calm seas, all women caught fish. Most fishing was done with planers and dead bait. Some undersized king mackerel were released.

Reel Work: Ladies caught four king mackerel from 27.5 to 35.5 inches and a blue runner.

COB Too: Ladies caught four king mackerel up to 10 lbs., a bonito and a lizard fish.

Contact: LLGF, phone 954-475-9068, email:, website:, Facebook:

About “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!”

The Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Foundation (LLGF) is a nonprofit 501C3 organization dedicated to attracting women and families to fishing while encouraging conservation and responsible angling. Known as the “No-Yelling School of Fishing,” LLGF conducts weekend, immersion-based educational programs in multiple regions of Florida with classroom presentations, hands-on practice, networking and an option to fish from boats or land, depending on the venue. No equipment or experience is necessary. The organization also offers fishing experiences and international trips.

Founded in 1997 by Betty Bauman of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, LLGF has over 9,000 graduates from around the country, representing the largest organization of its kind. The effort is supported by sponsors and donors. Both Bauman and the University series are known nationally in the fishing and marine industries. The organization has earned rave reviews from media including Inside Edition, The Early Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS, Good Morning America, Outdoor Life Network, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Southern Living and more. More details are on