By Betty Bauman
The Saturday, March 12 educational portion of the “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” University will now be held at the Greater Pine Island Elks Lodge. Hosted by the nonprofit Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Foundation, the event offers hands-on fishing activities, habitat conservation and networking with other anglers on Saturday, followed by fishing opportunities on Sunday, March 13 out of Matlacha.
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, fish fighting techniques and more. Speakers 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. There are no classes at the hall on Sunday.
The Greater Pine Island Elks Lodge is located at 5630 Pine Island Rd, Bokeelia, FL 33922. No events are held at the MatlachaCommunity Center.
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 information is on www.ladiesletsgofishing.com.
Other LLGF events include Treasure Coast March 19, 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.