Women from all around Florida united to learn fishing skills at the “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” (LLGF) Gulf Coast University June 27-28 at Bass Pro Shops, Fort Myers, FL.
The University offered education, fishing skill practice and an optional fishing trip.
The “No Yelling School of Fishing” provided classroom presentations by Capt. Jon Fetter/Inshore Fishing, Capt. Debbie Hanson/Fishing Basics, Betty Bauman/Conservation and Capt. Rob Fussnecker/Best Times to Fish. Skill practice for knot tying, fly casting, spin casting, live shrimp usage and net casting was conducted by the speakers as well as Steve Johnson and Bait Box Sanibel.
With the event rescheduled from March due to the coronavirus, the class was limited to encourage social distancing.
On Sunday, participants embarked on their chosen fishing adventures from boats where they caught or released snook, snapper, redfish, sea trout and other species.
Featured on national network television and more, the series is supported by major partners including Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation, Take Me Fishing, Vamos a Pescar, Mercury, Magic Tilt trailers, Penn, Scout Boats, Seven Seas Yacht Sales, Power-Pole and Fish Florida. Largest Annual Sponsors are Freedom Boat Club, Sunrise Resort & Marina, Future Angler Foundation, CCA Florida STAR, TACO Marine and Seaguar. Other donors are listed on the website.
Remaining 2020 LLGF events, with optional fishing, include:
August 8 Scalloping in Homosassa
August 14-16 Keys Fishing Learning on the Water Screamin’ Reels Islamorada, FL
Aug. 21-23 South Florida Offshore Saltwater Weekend Seminar at IGFA Dania Beach
Sept. 12-13 Tampa Inshore Seminar at Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show
Oct. 23-25 Keys Saltwater Weekend Seminar Islamorada FL
Ft. Myers University Fishing Report – Half Day, Sunday
Every boat caught fish. “Caught” could signify either landing or releasing.
Capt. Rob Fussnecker Aqua Breeze Charters: The ladies slayed the fish, releasing 13 fish in total. Lisa Birns caught her first fish ever, a 26 inch redfish. In total they released five redfish from 24 to 26 inches, eight sea trout up to 20 inches and one 19 inch snook. They learned fishing for redfish near mangroves and fishing for trout on the flats.
Capt. Keith Kersey 5/0 Charters: Mother Robin Krueger, teen daughter Amy Krueger and friend Erin Pyper all from Parkland, FL caught/released 20 fish, including two 23 inch redfish, four mangrove snapper, six sea trout, two 23 inch blacktip sharks and six catfish. They learned about tides, winds and casting.