News Release By Betty Bauman | “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!”

Women and teens learned, practiced and had a chance to tackle offshore fishing

Ladies celebrate a 40 lb. black grouper caught on the first day of grouper season at Ladies, Let's Go Fishing. L. to R. Sienna Megna, Margate, FL; Betty Bauman, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Lisa Ciampa, Boca Raton, FL; Gail Ellis, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Carolyn House, Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Andrea Beuter, Ft. Myers, FL.

Ladies celebrate a 40 lb. black grouper caught on the first day of grouper season at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing. L. to R. Sienna Megna, Margate, FL; Betty Bauman, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Lisa Ciampa, Boca Raton, FL; Gail Ellis, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Carolyn House, Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Andrea Beuter, Ft. Myers, FL.

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL 5/3/2016 – Participants came from around the state to learn fishing skills at the “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” South Florida University April 29 – May 1 in Dania Beach, FL. Known as the “No-Yelling School of Fishing,” the event offered a networking party on Friday, classes and hands-on skills Saturday and optional charter fishing on Sunday.

Activities launched Friday evening with a networking party and appetizer contest, won by Gerry Hammond for Shrimp Dip.

On Saturday, presenters included Capt. Lee Lavery/Fishing Basics, Bouncer Smith/Offshore Fishing and Capt. Brian Leibowitz/Inshore Fishing.

In the afternoon were one-on-one stations to practice dehooking, spin casting, net casting, releasing, knot tying, reel maintenance, gaffing grapefruits, ballyhoo rigging and Magic Tilt trailer backing.

From charter boats on Sunday, participants caught a 40 lb. black grouper, released a 300 lb. hammerhead shark, caught two mahi mahi, 5 king mackerel and released other fish.

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, Sunrise Resort & Marina, AFTCO/Guy Harvey, Future Angler Foundation, Harbor Financial Services, Wear Video Badge and All Rite Grading. Local sponsors were IT Parker Community Center, City of Dania Beach, Cabot Cheese, Stephens Distributing, Sailfish Brewery and Star Brite.

Sienna Megna, Margate, FL and Betty Bauman, Ft. Lauderdale FL with Sienna's 40 lb. grouper at Ladies, Let's Go Fishing South Florida University.

Sienna Megna, Margate, FL and Betty Bauman, Ft. Lauderdale FL with Sienna’s 40 lb. grouper at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing South Florida University.

Other LLGF events include 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.

Contact: LLGF, phone 954-475-9068, fax 954-474-7299, email: fish@ladiesletsgofishing.com, website: www.ladiesletsgofishing.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/ladiesletsgofishing

South Florida LLGF University Fishing Report, Sunday, May 1, 2016 half day: 

With sunny skies, 3-5 ft. seas and 15 mph winds the participants had some notable catches, including a 40 lb. grouper, a 300 lb. hammerhead shark release, two mahi mahi and some nice king mackerel. Two boats witnessed loggerhead turtles mating.

Big Game/Capt. Rod Roydhouse: Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing kicked off the first day of grouper season with an impressive 40 lb. black grouper caught by Sienna Megna of Margate, FL. The grouper was caught one mile off Dania in 120 ft.of water with a live bullet-size bonito. Lisa Ciampa, Boca Raton, FL released a 300 lb. hammerhead shark which came up when they were kite fishing with goggle eyes. It was her first ever shark release. Andrea Beuter, Estero, FL caught an 8 lb. mahi mahi on her first-time offshore fishing trip for her first mahi mahi ever. Gail Lax caught a small bonito later used for bait.

Dawna Young, Ft. Myers, FL catches her first-ever mahi mahi at Ladies, Let's Go Fishing South Florida University.

Dawna Young, Ft. Myers, FL catches her first-ever mahi mahi at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing South Florida University.

Lady Pamela/Capt. Dave Ide: The ladies caught five kingfish from 10-16 lbs. Fishing in green/blue water trolling seven lines with planers and ballyhoo or mullet strips around the freighters, the ladies got into the king mackerel. The MyFWC app was on target for the bite time, which was on from 7 to 9:30 am with 5 fish hooked up and three brought aboard, plus a wahoo break-off and a small kingfish release. All caught kings. Diane McMahon caught her first kingfish ever weighing16 lbs. Vivian Villanueva caught a 14 lb. king. Mary Metcalf caught a small blackfin tuna. Tara Sprawka caught an 11 lb. kingfish. The ladies took their kingfish to a local smoke house afterwards.

Reel Work: Dawna Young, Ft. Myers, FL caught her first mahi mahi ever, weighing in at 5 lbs.

Catch My Drift party boat: Several ladies fished on the party boat, with Jennifer Day releasing an undersized red snapper. They enjoyed making new friends and had fun fishing.

About “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!”

The Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Foundation (LLGF) is a national charitable 501C3 organization dedicated to attracting women and families to fishing and encouraging conservation and responsible angling. LLGF promotes networking among women anglers and emphasizes mentorships. Founded in 1997 by Betty Bauman, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, LLGF has over 8,000 graduates and is the largest organization in the world whose objective is to introduce women and families to fishing. Both Bauman and the University series – dubbed “The No-Yelling School of Fishing” – 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.

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