For those seeking a Mother’s Day gift that will not be forgotten, consider a gift certificate to the popular “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” seminar, to be held in Stuart, FL on May 16-18, 2008. She will receive the gift of learning to fish, with skills she can share with her family and friends for a lifetime. This award-winning program, hosted by Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and presented by Mercury Outboards, will be held at Pirates Cove Resort and Marina. The weekend includes a welcome reception, lectures, hands-on training and a fishing trip, where she can return home with freshly caught fish.
The seminar kicks off with a welcome reception at Pirates Cove on Friday evening, May 16 from 6:30-8:30 pm. On Saturday, May 17, the classroom portion starts at 7:20 am with fishing techniques taught at beginner and intermediate/advanced sessions on topics including Fishing Basics, Conservation, Offshore, Bottom, Inshore and Fly Fishing. After lunch, the women participate in several “hands-on” fishing stations, such as spin casting, net casting, release and conservation techniques, knot tying, grapefruit gaffing, boat handling, trailer backing and reeling against pressure. On Sunday, May 18, a five hour fishing trip is offered, concluding with a fillet class.
Featured on national network television and more, the series is held in conjunction with the FWC through the Sport Fish Restoration Program, with major partners such as Mercury Outboards, Bass Pro Shops, Ranger, BoatU.S. ANGLER Insurance, Gulfstream Int’l Airlines, Shimano and Ocean LED. Seminar registration and gift certicates, made in advance, is available for $145 per person including instruction, use of equipment, hands-on training, Welcome Reception, meals, T-shirts, goody bags and more. The five-hour Fishing Adventure, with tackle and bait provided, costs an additional $45 to $165, depending upon the category of charter vessel selected.
A limited number of scholarships for seminar registration and party boat fishing are available for women in a low income bracket. Those interested can email a short paragraph about their situation, why they want to take the course and contact information, with “scholarship” in the subject line. Requests will only be accepted via email and must be submitted no later than two weeks in advance of the seminar. This is provided by the Florida Foundation for Responsible Angling.
In addition to the Stuart seminar, the 2008 schedule includes a seminar at the Hyatt Sarasota, FL Aug. 22-24, Holiday Isle in Islamorada, FL September 19-21 and a ladies-only trip to Alaska on August 27-30. “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” also offers memberships in local chapters in Florida. For more information, call (954) 475-9068, email [email protected] or visit www.ladiesletsgofishing.com