More than 100 women will come from South Florida and other areas to learn fishing at the 9th Annual “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” seminar, Sept. 19-21 at Holiday Isle Beach Resorts and Marina, Islamorada, FL. This award-winning fishing seminar series for women, hosted by Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and presented by Mercury Outboards, kicks off with a networking reception at Holiday Isle on Friday, Sept. 19 from 6 – 8pm. The seminar is at Holiday Isle on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 7:20am – 4:30pm. An optional, full day of fishing out of Whale Harbor is on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 7:00am – 3:30pm. The event concludes with a fillet class.
The classroom portion starts at 7:20am on Saturday where fishing techniques are taught at beginner and intermediate/advanced levels. Topics are Offshore, Bottom, Inshore and Fly Fishing. 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 and reeling against pressure, until 4:30pm. The full day Fishing Adventure followed by a fillet class is on Sunday.
Featured on Inside Edition, NBC’s Nightly News and more, the series is partiallysupported 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, Ocean LED and Shimano. Other partners include Magic Tilt Trailers, Eagle Claw Hooks, Maxima fishing line and more.
The 2008 seminar schedule also includes Sarasota, FL at the Hyatt, Aug. 22-24. “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” also offers memberships in local chapters in Florida.
A limited number of scholarships for seminar registration and party boat fishing are available for teachers as well as 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.
Registration, which must be made one week in advance at the latest, 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.