225 Fish Caught at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Screamin’ Reels Tournament June 11-13, Islamorada, FL

225 Fish Caught at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Screamin’ Reels Tournament June 11-13, Islamorada, FL

225 Fish Caught at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Screamin’ Reels Tournament June 11-13, Islamorada, FL

            Anglers came from all over Florida to compete in the non intimidating LLGF Fishing Screamin’ Reels tournament June 11-13 in Islamorada, FL. Hosted by the nonprofit Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Foundation, the tournament offered a kickoff event, easy rules for beginners and two days of inshore or offshore fishing. 225 fish were caught by 26 participants fishing from nine offshore and inshore boats. Men were welcome to participate.

            Prizes for the two-day tournament were awarded to individual anglers, including Penn rod/reel combos, art prints and other fishing items with a total value of $1800. Winners were:

Top Offshore: Debbie Decker, Rotunda West, FL, Red Grouper on Costa Morada with Capt. Claude Tristram

Second Place Offshore: Anabelle Goulart, Belle Isle, FL, Mutton Snapper on Costa Morada with Capt. Claude Tristram  

Top Inshore: Linda Harrell, Oakland Park, FL, Trout on Scales 2 Tales with Capt. Chris Hanson

Second Place Inshore: Paul Doehring, Naples, FL, Sea Trout on Scales 2 Tales with Capt. Chris Hanson

Junior Angler: Anabelle Goulart, Belle Isle, FL, Mutton Snapper on Costa Morada with Capt. Claude Tristram  

Daily Honors/Saturday:

Daily prizes went to Debbie Decker for her red grouper and Anabelle Goulart for her mutton snapper.

            Many ladies caught their first fish species ever, with several also entering their catches in the CCA Florida STAR tournament to vie for additional awards from the Coastal Conservation Association.

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, Shearwater Boats, Power-Pole, Penn, TACO Metals, Lowrance and Fish Florida. Largest Annual Sponsors are Freedom Boat Club, ICOM, CCA Florida STAR, Bob’s Machine Shop, AFTCO, Costa, Smith Optics, Frogg Toggs, Hubbards Marina, Star Brite and Future Angler Foundation. Local sponsors include Breezy Palms Resort and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. Class-specific contributors are listed on the website.

            Remaining 2021 LLGF events, with fishing, include:

Oct. 15-17 Keys Saltwater Weekend Seminar and fishing, Islamorada, FL

Oct. 15-16 Guy Harvey Outpost Bass Seminar & Tournament, Camp Mack, Lake Wales, Fl

Nov. 20-21 St. Augustine Surf Fishing Academy at Guy Harvey Ocean Resort

Bimini Bahamas TBA

Virtual meetings TBA

            Contact: LLGF, phone 954-475-9068, email: [email protected], website: www.ladiesletsgofishing.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/ladiesletsgofishing  

Fishing Reports (fish caught and/or released) below.

Saturday Full Day Offshore:

Costa Morada, Capt. Claude Tristram: Total of 36 fish including 12 keepers. There were nine legal small mahi caught in 500 ft. depth, with a nice school caught near a piece of floating plastic. A 9.93 lb. red grouper caught by Debra Decker, Rotunda West, FL earned the top place offshore award. Winning second place offshore and top junior angler was a 5.96 lb. mutton snapper landed by Anabelle Goulart, Belle Isle, FL.    

First Choice, Capt. Larry Wren: Total of 17 fish with eight keepers. Seven keeper mahi ranged up to 5.5 lbs. They also caught a 14 lb. tilefish with an electric reel which did not count.

Sea Horse, Capt. Rick Rodriguez: Total of six fish caught and two small mahi keepers. They went 31 miles offshore and fished up to 1800 ft. in depth to look for the big ones.  

Inshore:

Scales 2 Tales, Capt. Chris Hanson: Total of 38 fish including four keeper trout and some legal mangrove snapper.  Linda Harrell, Oakland Park, FL clinched first place inshore with a 17.5 inch sea trout. Paul Doehring, Naples FL won second place inshore with his 16 inch sea trout. Three snook up to 22 inches were released.

Marlin Darlin, Capt. Jeanne Towne: One small keeper mahi.

Sunday 3/4 Day Offshore:

Costa Morada, Capt. Claude Tristram: Total of 36 fish including 16 small keeper mahis. The ladies were entertained by dolphin leaping out of the water on the way back. They enjoyed having Capt. Skip Bradeen as their mate.

Sea Horse, Capt. Rick Rodriguez: Total of 71 fish including ten small keeper mahis and a small blackfin tuna.

Marlin Darlin, Capt. Jeanne Towne: Two small keeper mahis.

Inshore:

Capt. Chris Hanson, Scales 2 Tales: Total of 41 fish with eight keeper mangrove snappers up to 14 inches. A busy day for the anglers!

Fishing overall: Inshore was constant action, with releases for snook up to 25 inches, sea trout and some large mangrove snappers. As snook were not in season, first and second place were won by trout catches. For offshore, seas were flat making for a nice ride. Saturday fishing was challenging with scattered weeds and many boats fishing. Boats had to get lucky to find birds or debris. Mahi schoolies were sparse and mahi were selective on what they would bite on. On Sunday everything changed. There were huge weed patches and the fish fired up.

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Brief release or calendar information:

225 Fish Caught at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Screamin’ Reels Tournament June 11-13, Islamorada, FL

Anglers came from all over Florida to compete in the non intimidating LLGF Fishing Screamin’ Reels tournament with education June 11-13 in Islamorada, FL. Hosted by the nonprofit Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Foundation, the tournament offered a kickoff event and easy rules designed for beginners. 225 fish were caught from nine offshore and inshore boats.

Winners:

Top Offshore: Debbie Decker, Rotunda West, FL, Red Grouper on Costa Morada with Capt. Claude Tristram

Second Place Offshore: Anabelle Goulart, Belle Isle, FL, Mutton Snapper on Costa Morada with Capt. Claude Tristram  

Top Inshore: Linda Harrell Oakland Park, FL, Sea Trout on Scales 2 Tales with Capt. Chris Hanson

Second Place Inshore: Paul Doehring, Naples, FL, Trout on Scales 2 Tales with Capt. Chris Hanson

Junior Angler: Anabelle Goulart, Belle Isle, FL, Mutton Snapper on Costa Morada with Capt. Claude Tristram  

Contact: (954) 475-9068; email [email protected]; website www.ladiesletsgofishing.com; Facebook www.facebook.com/ladiesletsgofishing

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Photo ID Left to Right for groups, the rest have angler name, boat and city/state in file name: For high res photos: https://app.box.com/s/i72ucs3nvclrj5milum5n0kowul2xwoo

Sat Costa Morada 1: Melissa Ritchie, Stuart, FL; Robin Krueger, Parkland, FL; Annabelle Goulart, Belle Isle, FL; Betty Bauman, Davie, FL; Noelle Goulart, Belle Isle, FL and Debbie Decker, Rotunda West, FL.

Sat Costa Morada 2: Melissa Ritchie, Stuart, FL; Robin Krueger, Parkland, FL; Annabelle Goulart, Belle Isle, FL; Noelle Goulart, Belle Isle, FL and Debbie Decker, Rotunda West, FL.

Sat Costa Morada 3: Melissa Ritchie, Stuart, FL; Robin Krueger, Parkland, FL; Annabelle Goulart, Belle Isle, FL; Noelle Goulart, Belle Isle, FL and Debbie Decker, Rotunda West, FL.

Sat First Choice: Ronda Trajbar, Key Largo, FL; Sam Levine, St. Pete Beach, FL; Vicki Hogan, Marathon, FL; Imilsy Gatell, Miami Springs, FL and Jessidee Valdes, Miami Springs, FL.

Sun Costa Morada: Vicki Hogan, Marathon, FL; Andrea Mills, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Paul Doehring and Tamara Doehring, Naples, FL and Pamela Ford Weston, FL.

Sun Sea Horse: Jennifer Evans, Daytona Beach, FL; Robin Krueger, Parkland, FL; Annabelle and Noelle Goulart, Belle Isle, FL; Ronda Trajbar, Key Largo, FL and Jolene Chandler, Jacksonville, FL.

Debbie Decker, Rotunda West, FL First Place Offshore with her red grouper on Costa Morada.

Annabelle Goulart, Bell Isle, FL Second Place Offshore and Top Junior Angler with her mutton snapper on Costa Morada.

Maryanne Vondertann, Ft. Lauderdale, FL with mahi on Costa Morada.

Ronda Trajbar, Key Largo, FL with mahi on Sea Horse.

Debbie Decker, Rotunda West, FL Snook with Capt. Chris Hanson Scales2Tales.

Pam Ford, Weston, FL Snook with Capt. Chris Hanson Scales2Tales.

Tamara Doehring, Naples, FL Snook with Capt. Chris Hanson Scales2Tales.

About “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!”

The Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Foundation (LLGF) is a national charitable 501C3 organization dedicated to attracting women and families to fishing and encouraging conservation and responsible angling LLGF promotes networking among women anglers and emphasizes mentorships. Founded in 1997 by Betty Bauman, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, LLGF has over 9,000 graduates and is the largest organization in the world whose objective is to introduce women and families to fishing. Both Bauman and the University series – dubbed “The No-Yelling School of Fishing” – are known nationally in the fishing and marine industries. The organization has earned rave reviews from media including Inside Edition, The Early Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS, Good Morning America, Outdoor Life Network, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Southern Living and more. 

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