Ladies, Let's Go Fishing! Coming to South Florida


South Florida women get your reels ready for "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!", a fishing seminar offered specifically for women. The two day conservation-minded seminar, hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), emphasizes hands-on skills with techniques such as releasing, knot tying, dehooking, bait rigging, spin casting, gaffing grapefruits, cast netting, trailer backing, boat handling and more.

The seminar is scheduled for April 15-17, 2011 at the I.T. Parker Community Center in Dania Beach, FL. Ladies will have the chance to learn, practice and participate in this wholesome sport, while enjoying the waters surrounding South Florida.

Activities launch Friday night with a networking meet & greet starting at 6:00pm. On Saturday, classroom presentations begin at 8 a.m., with beginner and advanced sessions on topics including fishing basics and conservation including a presentation by the FWC and lunch provided by Pollo Tropical. Other fishing classes include Offshore/Captains Tony Digiulian, Inshore/Capt. Lou Volpe, Basics/Lee Lavery and Fly/Jim Anson. A "Dress for Fishing Success" fashion show is held at lunch, followed by hands-on skill practice where ladies break off into skill stations and learn the art of fishing directly from the Pros.

Sunday, the ladies board boats at approximately 7 a.m. at the Radisson Bahia Mar docks for an optional half day fishing trip followed by a filet demonstration for all participants. In prior years some ladies experienced releasing sailfish on their first fishing endeavor - the equivalent of a getting a hole in one on the first swing.

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 including Mercury Outboards, Ranger, BoatU.S. ANGLER Insurance, Gulfstream Int'l Airlines, Minn Kota, Humminbird and Magic Tilt Trailers. There will be opportunities for local businesses and area anglers to take an active role in the seminar. I.T. Parker is at 901 NE 3rd St., Dania Beach, FL 33004.

Registration is $99 until April 1 and $135 after. Registration includes instruction, use of equipment, hands-on training, networking reception and fundraisers, meals, goody bags and more. The Sunday Fishing Adventure, with tackle and bait provided, is additional. No equipment or experience is necessary. Membership is not required however there is a Ft. Lauderdale chapter available to continue the fishing fun.

The LLGF 2011 schedule also includes additional seminars in Naples March 11-13, Stuart May 20-22, and Islamorada Nov. 11-13. Contact: phone (954) 475-9068; email; website

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