Ft. Myers, FL Saltwater

Gulf Coast Ft. Myers Inshore Fishing Seminar

Sat. March 23, 2024 seminar at Bass Pro Shops. Sun. March 24 is optional inshore fishing 

Sunday is optional fishing only – No classes, fishing is for those who signed up for that upon registration.

Bass Pro Shops in Ft. Myers.

 REGISTER EARLY Sign up ASAP if you want to fish, these charters get booked up early on!

Note as of 3.19.24 – 3 slots left for the class, one slot fishing. if you want to fish on Sunday notate that on notes so we can work on more charters and will invoice you for fishing if that is possible. 


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Learn and practice inshore fishing skills in one afternoon! Classes and hands-on practice are on Saturday 9:15 to 3:30 0r 4 pm. Sunday is optional Fishing Only. When submitting, our credit card processor is Paypal but you don’t need a Paypal account. You can click “Pay as Guest” to pay via credit card. They will ask for a phone or email before checkout to send you a verification code to use for checkout security. Just put in your phone, they send a code then put it in to continue paying by credit card. 

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 Registration for the full day course is $99 (early entry (first five) filled).  Guests gets about $20 in gifts

Registration rates and Sunday Fishing Charter fees are below.

 Most species such as snapper and sheepshead can be kept. Snook and redfish are release only.

Please register in advance and if fishing Sunday select your choice same time. Do one registration per person if registering multiple people. If you are not fishing on Sunday click the Not Fishing button.

Check out our photo gallery for pics of prior event!

Notes: Educational classes are held on Saturday at the Bass Pro Shops in Fort Myers. There are no classes held on Sunday but you can sign up for optional fishing at charter rates when you register.

In one day you get to learn shallow water fishing from speakers, plus have precious one-on-one time at the skill tables with experienced captains! Knot tying, casting and more! You do not need to bring any fishing equipment, we cover that! Sunday is optional fishing, rates are below.

Meet new friends and network with an extraordinary group of people like you – who love the outdoors! No experience needed! We even supply the tackle.

Fort Myers – where inshore fishing is king!

The surrounding waters are shallow and hold redfish, snook, trout, snapper and more. This is an awesome place to learn and go fishing inshore, where waters are calm and you are near land!

Capt. Barry “Cuda” Nichols, 68 year’s experience with helpful knowledge on inshore fishing.


NEW! Ladies Choice! Register a male guest for the educational portion and fishing – Rates are per person, do one registration per person.

NEW! $ Discount for Women bringing teens! Discount applied for the adult woman and her teens, $55 EACH make one reservation per person.

Registration Choices:

Please register online below or call 954-475-9068 for information.

Early registration Rate $89 First 5 people then it is $99. Sunday charter fishing additional, rates below. Register early to save! almost 6 hours of education including the hands-on skills!

  • Classroom sessions
  • Hands on skills practice with experienced captains
  • Super deals on fundraisers, fishing trip certificates, tackle and more
  • Social Networking
  • Sunday is optional INSHORE boat fishing – add it to your reservation to go on charter boats or fish on your own.

Special Scholarship for women bringing teens only $55 each, parent and teen! Fill out one registration per person please

VIP Registration for the seminar – $130.  In addition to the basic registration you receive:

  • Premium reserved seating – Front row/closest seating to speakers
  • FREE! One fish jewelry put in your bag !
  • 10% discount on souvenirs (max. of $100)
  • $10 off any future eligible Full day LLGF seminars 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
  • DELUXE Goody Bag

Sunday is fishing on your own or with guides, with no scheduled educational events. If you want to fish on Sunday there are guided fishing rates below, additional/optional.

 REGISTER HERE!   location is Bass Pro Shops Fort Myers

ladies cheering on the fishing clinics

Happy “Ladies Let’s Go Fishing” University participants

If you’re used to the typical weekend fishing university, be ready for some jam packed hours of learning

It’s all about learning to fish and meeting others who love the outdoors.

Learn about conservation, fish habits and how to dehook fish without touching them!

Learn equipment and tackle to use. Where and when to find fish, then what to do.

Hands-on Skills! This is why this program is so special! You will have a couple hours to work with guides one-on-one in small groups for knot tying, lure usage, spin casting (no hooks), fly casting, net casting and more! 

Sunday Optional Fishing – no classes or meetings at the facility. Optional Fishing on your own or with independent guides.  This is an elective/optional.

On Sunday you are welcome to enjoy fishing on your own or with a independently operated charter boat and guide. Fishing in this area is typically near shore, mangroves and beaches!

Fish  in this area include redfish, snook, trout, tarpon, snapper, grouper, flounder and who knows what else! Rod, reel, lures and bait if the captain opts for it,  provided by the charter guide.  Fishing license is usually provided by charter boats. 

LLGF Gulf Coast Agenda


  • 9:00-9:15 Registration/name tag pickup
  • 9:15-10:00 Welcome Announcements, Fish Adventure Details
  • 10-Noon Inshore Fishing How to’s – Capt. Barry “Cuda” Nichols 
  • Noon: Lunch, available for purchase. Betty Bauman Dehooking, fish fighting techniques, conservation
  • 1-3:30 Class Photo outside, then Skill stations, raffle. Win some cool fishing stuff!

Skills Outdoor (Do First) 1-2:15

  • Spin Casting
  • Net Casting
  • Fly Casting (based on instructor availability)

 Skills indoor (do second) until 3:30 or 4 depending when ladies are done

  • Knots Hook to Line
  • Knots Line to Leader
  • All about Shrimp (tentative, based on instructor)

3:30 or 4 pm Approx. Raffle, Auction, closing comments.


Sunday – no classes, just fishing! Reserve your fishing when you do your registration.

  • 8 am – noon (approx) Charter Boat Fishing, Fishing locations: Multiple areas in Cape Coral and Pine Island.  

Fishing rates PER PERSON – book it with your class reservation. All fishing is limited availability subject to minimums per boat.

 $210 Bay Flats boat with guide. These usually take 2-4 per boat but mostly 2-3. 8 to noon.  Fishing equipment included. In most cases the fishing license is included. Departs from Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, other locations, you will be advised. 


Most boats this size do not have bathrooms but will make provisions for  you, use the bucket or get dropped of on land. There are no instructors on the boats but the captain will help you.

15-20% gratuity is typically additional on ALL OPTIONAL FISHING TRIPS – bring cash for this!

NOTE Sign up fast as this is busy season and we need to book boats ASAP or they will take other charters.

Note: Suggested Fishing rates are based on full boats. If your choice is not available we will notify you.  

Come join us!

Where to stay: Google what is available.

Mark your calendars or book it now. For overnight lodging, get moving fast as there is VERY limited availability. There are some hotels near Alico Road near Bass Pro Shops and some less expensive off Daniels Pkwy an exit or two off I75 to the north. 


Camping: NOT SURE FOR 2024 google it.  KOA campground in Pine Island that has cottages. We do not know availability or minimum stay requirements so you will have to Google the info and contact them. It’s a bit of a drive to Bass Pro Shops and fishing but a nice place to stay.

Last year this sold out.  Sign up for our mailing list (upper right on the home page) so you can be notified of any updates!

Reservation and Cancellation Terms and Conditions

New! No Worries Cancellation Policy – Only $40! 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.

Please register online in advance if possible, especially if you would like to go fishing. We will allow registrations at the door but for fishing we need as much advance notice as possible to obtain enough charter boats.

Want to join a “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing” Fishing seminar but this weekend doesn’t work for you? See our schedule for more universities planned for this year.

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