Florida Keys

Offshore Fishing on a Sportfishing Boat or choose inshore or party/drift boat!

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Casting instruction is part of the hands-on one-on-one instruction

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One of our past instructors, Stu Apte for Fly Fishing  – a legend around the world! 

 

 Keys University Tentative 2020 Date Oct. 23-25 and LLGF Fishing Fever!

Target mahi, tuna, snapper & more! Last year, lots of sailfish too! Inshore, the snook bite was on and the mullet run for great fishing! Network on Friday, learn on Saturday, go fishing on Sunday, and sign up for Friday fishing too to be entered into the Fishing Fever non intimidating competition for those fishing both days! B Keys 15 class shot_resize

A Fantastic Experience in the Fishing Capital of the World!

Click HERE to register, be sure you have decided about fishing first! Book ASAP if you want to go fishing so we can secure your boat! Register EARLY to secure your fishing spots! 

Email us if you want to share a room with someone. 

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If you’ve never been to LLGF this is the ONE not to miss! You will also meet several alumni who come to this one year after year as it’s so much fun! The fishing captains here are some of the best in the world.


Notes: We are booking boats now so register soon to secure a fishing spot. We have one lady who wants to share a room so contact us if interested.

  • More than 7 hours jam packed with classes and personalized instruction on Saturday!

  • Fun Friday Kickoff Social with Appetizer Contest!

  • Saturday evening party at Seaside Glass Works!

  • Sunday fishing plus Friday Bonus Fishing, Inshore, Offshore or Party Boat Bottom Fishing! Fishing Fever tournament with prizes, a non intimidating event designed for beginners! Learn, fish and get prizes – To get prizes you must fish both days Friday and Sunday, it’s ok if  you don’t fish on the same boat type each day (inshore, offshore etc.)

Learn to fish in the Keys, where inshore and offshore fishing is fantastic! A unique opportunity to learn from the best  in the world – these anglers are people you would rarely meet in person! Get one on one time with these professional captains that would cost hundreds of dollars if you booked privately – if you could even do it.

Seminars at Tavernier Elks, waterfront, bayside, Fishing out of Whale Harbor/Islamorada and Robbies.

FISHING REPORT Typical of this time of year: OFFSHORE: Decent tuna and kingfish, sailfish have shown up early, some mahi and wahoo around. INSHORE: Snook, tarpon, trout snapper and permit are biting.

DOOR PRIZES plus other perks (we’re working on 2019), Last year in 2018 everyone got a 10% OFF CERTIFICATE TO USE AT WORLDWIDE SPORTSMAN (pending for 2020)! Plus some great items from Star Brite, Flanigans Certificate and more

NEW! Ladies Choice! Register a male guest for the educational portion, plus he has the option to fish! Rates are per person.

NEW!  Discount for Women bringing teens! Discount applied for the adult woman and her teens – Only $75 each! 

Registration

(rates are per person, please register each person individually)

Early Registration is $125 (First 8), regular is $145, close to event is $155.  Sign up early and save!

  • Morning of classroom instruction
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon of  one-on-one hands-on skill practice
  • 2 Networking parties, one Friday night, one Saturday night

VIP Registration – $180 – Limited availability – Everything the regular registrants get plus:

  • Premium reserved seating – Front row/closest seating to speakers
  • FREE! Choice of one: Fun fish hook necklace or buff (buff based on availability) !
  • 10% discount on souvenirs (max. of $100)
  • $20 off any future eligible Full day LLGF seminars ($10 off minis)  and $10 off for one friend (taken within a year, max is 2 events)
  • Receive contact info for the other VIP’s upon request
  • 2 Raffle tickets Saturday
  • Goody Bag (Only VIP’s get a goody bag)

All registrants get 20% off Caribbean Sol sunscreen, reef safe and chemical free! Click HERE, use discount code Ladies.

Social Angler – $55 (no discounts available).  This option is ONLY for the Welcome Social on Friday, party on Saturday and signing up for fishing. No goodies. If you took LLGF before or a few times and cannot attend the Saturday events, this may be for you. Does not include the educational day and hands-on skill practice but does include TWO parties. To get one -on-one time with these captains during the skill practice would normally cost hundreds of $. For that you need to sign up with the early registration of $125 or regular registration once early registration expires.  The regular entry includes the parties so you don’t need to sign up for Social Angler if you already signed up for the regular entry. Same cancellation policy applies.

Make this weekend a mini vacation of learning, networking and fishing. Come down for some fishing on Friday before everybody else heads to the keys for the weekend, then stay till Monday to continue fishing!

Register for the Class of 2020!
Start the weekend early! Arrive Friday for some fishing and you can be the one telling the stories at Happy Hour!*

Agenda:

Friday 8 am – 3 pm: Bonus Full Day Fishing (new half day option for offshore only) for qualifying for Fishing Fever Prizes (must fish Friday and Sunday) When you fish a full day you have more time to get out to where the fish are!

Friday: 6:30-8:30 pm Kickoff Party and Appetizer Contest – Meet the other ladies and see who is on your boat! Cash bar and appetizers. Master Chef Home Cooked Appetizer Contest – Bring a dish to share and maybe win a prize. The first of our two raffles and beginning of Silent Auction- get your bid in early or buy it now to beat out the competition. Complimentary entry for registrants. Spouses & Guests may also attend. At the Elks, Tavernier, FL MM 82 Bayside.

Sat. 9 – 4 or 4:30:

8:30am check in, 9 – 1 pm Indoor speakers for Fishing Basics, Inshore and Offshore, lunch, stand up fish fighting, conservation, dehooking.

1:15-2:30 Indoor skills such as knot tying, ballyhoo rigging, lure usage, dehooking/releasing. Trailer backing available outside at this time as well. 

2:30-3:30 or 4 Outdoor skills such as spin casting, net casting, trailer backing, gaffing grapefruits. Fly casting may be added depending on instructor availability. Talk with and learn from your instructors one-on-one! Times are approximate due to movement of people. Stations may vary due to staff and weather.

For more description click HERE. Raffle and conclusion of silent auction.

Afterwards – early evening party at Seaside Glass Works MM 82 Bayside 5 or 5:30 – 7pm.

Sunday  3/4 Day Fishing 7 am to 1 or 1:30 Inshore/offshore. 9:30-1:30 Party Boat – optional/additional (no classes, continue your learning on the boat!) Followed by fish fillet. See charter rates below.

Optional Extra Bonus Fishing day available on Friday, choose from Inshore or Offshore, See Bonus Fishing Rates

Guest Speakers

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LLGF Founder Betty Bauman and a 58 lb. mahi caught off Islamorada, FL Keys – join us and catch your own!

Captains Lee Lavery/Fishing Basics, Capt. Melinda Buckley, Inshore, Jeanne Towne/Offshore, and other guides there for the hands-on skill practice.

Keys University Fishing Rates

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Offshore fishing

Optional/additional, Rates are per person. Coming alone? Don’t worry, no need to fill the boat, we do it for you! No equipment is necessary. Fishing times include boat time to the fishing grounds and back and perhaps a stop to catch fresh bait.

Sunday Fishing 3/4 day Rates, includes tournament entry for Fishing Fever Tournament, top prize for those fishing Friday and Sunday plus daily prizes and Catch Ticket prizes:

$55 Party Boat (9:30am-1:30 pm, bring gratuity of $5 not incl.) Bottom fish for grouper and snapper, perhaps mackerel! Includes use of rod/reel. Captain Michael out of Robbies, it goes drift/bottom fishing. There is public on the boat and we try our best to get our gals fishing close together. The boat takes about 40 people, we handle this Sunday reservation once selected. Don’t call them we handle it. Available Stern spots will be randomly drawn.

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Fishing from back country/flats boat, fish shallow water, catch redfish, snook, trout. On an inshore boat you are busy casting and have 3-4 people per captain – lots of individual attention! This is a good bet for people who get seasick as that usually doesn’t happen on an inshore boat.There are no bathrooms on this choice but they can usually take you to a bathroom.

$268 Backcountry/Flats Fishing (3/4 day approx. 7 am – 1:30), gratuity and not incl., BASED ON 3-4 persons/per boat) Fish for snook, tarpon, trout, redfish, bonefish and more. Limited slots available. Fish for snook, tarpon, trout, redfish, bonefish and more. This is a good choice if you tend to get seasick. These boats may leave from a different location and you drive in your winning fish. If all the boats that take 3-4 are booked and you are on a boat that only takes 2 you will be advised of upgrade fees.

$269 Offshore Sportfishing or Center Console Boat (3/4 day approx. 7 am – 1:00), gratuity not incl., 6 persons/per boat) Fish for sailfish, kingfish, wahoo, dolphin and more! You may troll offshore, catch bait, go bottom fishing and more! It is up to the captain and what is biting and where.

For all fishing we may have to combine women and couples to fill a boat.

Friday Bonus Fishing Day! Once you have secured your fishing for Sunday, you are eligible to add a BONUS FISHING DAY on Friday. You do not have to do the same type of fishing. You can go offshore fishing on Sunday and inshore for bonus fishing day to have an awesome fishing experience! A full day allows you to more time get the fish if they are further out. There’s a new half day offshore fishing option for Friday only. In a half day you will fish on reefs but may not get out to the mahi and tuna.

Note: Cancellation terms apply the same for bonus fishing days. Come early, stay late! Rates based on full boats.

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*Bonus Fishing Rates Friday FULL Day of Fishing.

$298 – Offshore Sport fishing or Center console Bonus Fishing (6/boat) 7 am – 3 pm.

$285 Inshore Bonus Fishing (3-4/per boat)

*Bonus Fishing Rates Friday HALF Day of Fishing (OFFSHORE ONLY).

$199 – Offshore Sport fishing or Center console Bonus Fishing (6/boat) 7-11 am. If you prefer an afternoon trip please put that on your registration notes section. If the group is split we will contact you with options so be flexible on this. Most likely you won’t go far to where the mahi tuna and wahoo are but you can target bottom fish, snapper, perhaps kingfish. 

Friday Party Boat fishing 1/2 day reserve  on your own $45 plus rod rental, tax and $10 extra for stern spots. 

If fishing on the Party Boat FRIDAY ONLY reserve on your own. If Sunday we take care of your reservation.

Note: Our form allows you to sign up for the regular fishing on Sunday and only one day of Bonus Fishing.  For Bonus fishing we may have to combine women and couples to fill a boat. Note: If you are not sure about fishing on Friday be advised we have the same boat on hold that caught the fish shown to the right plus the 58 lb. mahi caught by LLGF Founder Betty Bauman. While it’s quite a rare catch, your chances are good on this boat and this crew is quite capable. The photo is of a June catch, you can catch mahi and other species, perhaps sailfish release in the fall, too.

LLGF Fishing Fever Tournament Rules, Top Prizes for THOSE FISHING FRIDAY AND SUNDAY

Reservation and Cancellation Terms and Conditions

New! No Worries Cancellation Policy – Only $25! Not sure about your plans? Click HERE to view this new policy before registering! You will have a chance to accept or decline it when registering. Deadline to utilize No Worries is  2 weeks before event.

Already registered? Click HERE to see your confirmation page with directions and tips!

Overnight Accommodations

THIS WILL BE A VERY BUSY WEEKEND IN THE KEYS SO DON’T WAIT VERY LONG TO BOOK YOUR OVERNIGHT ROOM! 

The Tavernier Elks is Mile Marker 92 (MM 92). this is where the Friday party and the Saturday educational day will be held.

MM 80: Breezy Palms Resort – Book at this one first, please as they have helped Ladies, Let’s go Fishing so much over the years! THEY HAVE ROOMS. Our Host Hotel on the ocean with marina! Nice rooms most have kitchens!  Pool. Limited availability! We have stayed there for years and the ladies love it!  www.breezypalms.com 305-664-2361  12 miles from the Elks at MM 80 Oceanside. $69 – $179 Reference Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing.

MM 86.5: Closer: (not sure about rooms) Ragged Edge! On the Ocean side, quaint cottage-style rooms and efficiencies with kitchens too, plus a marina that can hold up to large center console boats.  Rooms sleep 2 – 6 people. Only 4.5  miles from the Event. They will start taking room reservations in September but you can go on their website and email them with how many people and what dates and they will notify you when reservations are available. Rates range approx.  from $119 for studio to $179 to 2 bedroom apartment that can sleep up to six.  243 Treasure Harbor Road Islamorada, FL 33036 (305) 852-5389, reservations only:  800-436-2023 At Mile Marker 86.5 Oceanside.  www.ragged-edge.com

May have rooms: Pelican Cove Resort:  305.664.4435,  La Siesta Resort:  305.664.2132, Amara Cay Resort: 305.664.0073

We know of other hotels who have rooms too. Coconut Cove Resort & Marina MM 84 approx. Islamorada bayside. La Jolla Bayside. The Sands next to Breezy Palms, Cheeca Lodge, Islander are a possibility. For more Keys hotels that have rooms please contact us.

Closed, don’t even try it – Post Card Inn

Or go online from link below to see other hotels

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Note: Sign up for University Registration and Fishing Choice at the same time. You will not be able to return to the form for Fishing Choice only. Make sure you type in your name as you want it on your name tag. If you need help please call 954-475-9068. If you get a confirmation and your payment did not go through you can try to re register, contact us or pay by check.