Registrations are still available for women to learn fishing skills from fly fishing guru Sandy Moret and other celebrity speakers at the 9th Annual “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” seminar, Dec. 5-7 at Holiday Isle Beach Resorts and Marina, Islamorada, FL. This award-winning fishing seminar series for women, held in conjunction with the Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and presented by Mercury Outboards, kicks off with a welcome reception at Holiday Isle on Friday, Dec. 5 from 6 – 8pm. The seminar is at Holiday Isle on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 7:20am – 4:30pm. Attendees will be treated to a reception on Saturday night at the Keys to Life Studio of Art, hosted by artist Pasta Pantaleo. An optional, full day of fishing out of Whale Harbor is on Sunday, Dec. 7 from 7:00am – 3:30pm, followed by fillet demonstration.
The class session starts at 7:20am on Saturday where fishing techniques are taught at beginner and intermediate/advanced levels. Topics and respective speakers are Offshore/Capt. George Mittler, Bottom/Capt. Skip Bradeen, Inshore/Capt. Mark Johnson and Capt. Hank Brown, Basics/Capt. Lee Lavery and Fly Fishing/Sandy Moret. Moret is the eight-time grand champion of the Keys’ most prestigious fly tournaments and is often featured on the Walker’s Cay Chronicles, The Reel Guys and Andy Mill’s Sportsman’s Adventures. Capt. Skip Bradeen is the Florida Keys fishing expert on several radio stations. Capt. Hank Brown is the founder of Hookup Lures.
After lunch, the women will participate in several “hands-on” fishing stations, such as conservation techniques, spin casting, net casting, knot tying, gaffing grapefruits, boat handling, trailer backing, ballyhoo rigging and reeling against pressure, until 4:30pm. On Sunday the ladies go fishing, followed by fillet demonstration.
Featured on Inside Edition, NBC’s Nightly News and more, the series is partially supported by the FWC through the Sport Fish Restoration Program and by partners such as Mercury Outboards, Bass Pro Shops, Ranger, BoatU.S. ANGLER Insurance, Gulfstream Int’l Airlines, and Shimano. Other partners include Magic Tilt Trailers, Eagle Claw Hooks, Minn Kota and more.
Registration is $160, including instruction, use of equipment, meals, T-shirt, goody bag and more. The full-day fishing adventure from charter boats, with fishing tackle and bait provided, will range from $55 to $330 in addition. It’s best to reserve at least one week in advance at the latest to allow for securing a fishing spot. Contact: phone: (954) 475-9068; email: [email protected]; website: www.ladiesletsgofishing.com; MySpace: www.myspace.com/ladiesletsgofishing; Blog: http://ladiesletsgofishing.blogspot.com/.