Aspiring anglers can learn, practice skills and go fishing at the "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" Keys University, Oct. 20-22. Hosted by the nonprofit Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Foundation, the program offers classroom presentations, two networking events, hands-on skill practice and more. Optional charter fishing is offered on Friday and Sunday. Classes will be held at the waterfront BPOE Elks Lodge in Tavernier, Fla., with fishing departing from nearby Islamorada. No equipment or experience is required.
Activities launch Friday evening with a networking social and appetizer contest from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday morning indoor presentations begin at 10 a.m., covering offshore, inshore and bottom fishing, plus fishing basics and conservation. Speakers include Stu Apte, tournament champion Allison Stattner, Capt. Gary Ellis and Capt. Lee Lavery. Ladies, let’s Go Fishing said what sets this program apart from typical fishing classes are the hands-on fishing activities taught by several guides for releasing, knot tying, dehooking, bait rigging, spin casting, gaffing grapefruits, cast netting, trailer backing, boat handling and more until 4:30 p.m. A second networking party will be held afterwards at Seaside Glassworks.
On Friday and Sunday are optional inshore and offshore fishing charter trips out of Whale Harbor and Robbies, followed by a fillet demonstration. Ladies may register a male guest or teens to include the whole family.
The series is supported by major partners including ACR Electronics, Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation, Mercury, Ranger Boats, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Magic Tilt trailers, Penn, Fish Florida and Power-Pole. Annual sponsors are Freedom Boat Club, Coastal Conservation Association, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Savage Gear/Okuma, Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort, Sunrise Resort & Marina, AFTCO/Guy Harvey, Future Angler Foundation and Seaguar.
Online early registration rate is $125 per person. Regular entry is $145. VIP registration of $160 offers reserved seating, goody bag, a gift, future rebates and savings on souvenirs. Registration fee includes instruction, the use of equipment, a welcome reception, lunch, Saturday party, $20 in gifts and $300 worth of door prizes. Accommodations are listed on the website.