South Florida

Learn fishing skills from the Pros or improve your skills!

June 21-23, 2024 Rescheduled. Class At the Florida Nonprofit Statewide Headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale plus optional offshore fishing on Sunday! 

South Florida Offshore and Bottom Fishing – you can opt to go fishing offshore on Sunday! Register early for this. There is still space and fishing slots but please sign up early so we can have everything ready for you and your fishing set up.   Email us if needed. 

Co hosted by the Florida Association of Nonprofits. 

Check out the photo gallery section for pix!

Friday Meet & Greet, Saturday seminar, Sunday is fishing only (no classes, learn more on the boats from captains!

how to fish

Ladies learn how to fish

Don’t miss this fun, educational event!

Are you ready to learn from the pros? Classes & Hands on one-on-one seminars teaching you deep sea fishing, equipment of the sport and much more! Even if you have fished before, instructors offer helpful tips you may not have heard. Meet new friends and network with an extraordinary group of people- people like you who love the outdoors! No experience needed! 

INTERACTIVE and hands-on fishing instruction With speakers and great guides, plus an informal Friday meet and greet! Please register at least a month in advance or as early as you can, especially if you want to fish on Sunday for us to reserve the boats! See the photos and catches from BEFORE HERE!

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Early Registration is $99 (first 5). Regular registration is $109 then $129 closer to event. Optional Fishing on Sunday is $210 per person (late entries within 2 weeks of seminar may be $20 more for fishing, notice will be made here on the website) when registering our credit card processor is Paypal but you don’t need a Paypal account. It may ask for your phone number or email before processing to put in a security code for a secure checkout. 

Offshore Sport Fishing Yacht that takes six people is $210 pp or party/drift boat approx $65 RESERVE ON YOUR OWN at Fishing Headquarters for the Sunday morning trip, includes rod and reel  – pls note this may change due to fuel price increases so use drift fishing price they say). If you just learned to fish, you should go fishing on Sunday! The Offshore choice is the best choice, to go after sailfish, dolphin fish/mahi, wahoo, tuna and more! 

LUNCH Only $15 including tip for the Saturday seminar including tip for home cooked meal, Choose from Entree/meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, green beens or salad with tuna. We recommend you choose this option as there is no time to leave for lunch and some helpful fishing tips will be shared at lunchtime. You must check this on the form when registering. 

Please note if your registration takes you to a confirmation page and your payment did not go through we will contact you – we can invoice you for the amount or you can re register and pay online. You are not confirmed until payment is received. Call 954-475-9068 if this is the case!

If you took the seminar before or already know how to fish, sign up for social angler to just do the offshore fishing and Friday mingling!

Enjoy the super Ft. Lauderdale offshore fishing! Fishing reports from here include tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi, cobia and more!

NEW LOCATION: Florida Nonprofit Statewide Headquarters, 512 NE 3RD Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  

Fishing is out of Fort Lauderdale from Fishing Headquarters (Seabreeze just south of Las Olas Blvd) and perhaps a few other locations.

Each attendee gets goodies Worth $29 and possible free 1 year subscription to Southern Boating (TBD NOT GUARANTEED) Magazine!

To see what happened in the past Check out the photos here and on Facebook here. And the wrapup report!

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

$99 Early Registration first 5 then it goes to $109 and $129 as it gets closer to the event. 

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

$60 Each –  Scholarship for Women bringing teens! The woman and the teen can register,  Each get the discounted price. Register each separately.

Guest Speakers

Chosen professionals in their respective fields, these speakers are passionate about their craft and are happy to share their knowledge and secrets with the class! Imagine one-on-one with a captain, yet not paying for private lessons, that’s what the University is all about!


Capt. Jeanne Towne – Accomplished female angler and tournament champion!

Capt. Lee Lavery – Self made accomplished female angler and leader of the local LLGF Chapter 


“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” South Florida Agenda

Friday, 6:00-7:30 pm: Informal mingler at VFW, food/drinks available for purchase at great prices!

Saturday:  Instruction and skill practice!

9-10 Welcome Announcements, conservation/dehooking, fishing protocol – Betty Bauman

10-11: Fishing Basics – Capt. Lee Lavery  

How to: choose and use various rods and reels, slow the fish using drag system, choose tackle. Even if you are already fishing, learn things no one ever told you!

 11 – 11:10 Break

11:10-12:15: Deepwater and Bottom Fishing –Jeanne Towne accomplished angler and tournament champion How to catch or release mahi mahi, tuna, wahoo, sailfish, snapper and other offshore species!

12:15-12:30 Lunch time to grab something at home to eat

12:30-1 pm Lunch presentations

Reeling against a human fish, demonstrated by Betty Bauman.

1 – 1:30 knots, hook to line, line to leader, how to connect offshore lures to line with swivel

1:30 – 1:45: Casting how to’s followed by questions, last minute comments

Sunday Optional Fishing: “Yahoo Let’s Go!” Fishing Adventure (no class instruction on Sunday)

8 am – NOON – Fishing Headquarters Offshore sportfishing boats

8:30 am – 12:30 – Party Boat “Catch My Drift” just south of A1A and Las Olas Blvd., Intracoastal side

Fish filleting demonstration upon boat arrivals.

Fishing Adventure, optional and additional. Followed by fish fillet demonstration.

Fishing Rates (Optional/additional, Rates are per person. Coming alone? Don’t worry, no need to fill the boat, we do it for you! If you register within a month of the event these rates may increase due to availability:

$65 RESERVE ON YOUR OWN Fishing from Party Boat (8:30am-12:30 pm, $5 gratuity not incl.) Bottom fish for grouper and snapper, perhaps mackerel! Rod/reel may be additional. Place reservation for party boat only by calling (754) 214-7863

$210 (Late entries within 2 weeks of seminar may be $220, website will be updated when that happens) Offshore Sportfishing Boat (1/2 day approx. 8 am – noon), 20% gratuity not incl., 6 persons/per boat) Note rate increased due to fuel prices. Fish for sailfish, kingfish, wahoo, dolphin and more! In a half day you can get right out into the Gulf Stream and return with fish! Sportfishing boats have a head/bathroom, some have a tower and salon, some are large center consoles with a top for shade and a head. Most boats leave from Fishing Headquarters Ft. Lauderdale. There may be others such as Dennis Forgione from Haulover Marina or Lady Pamela from Hollywood. 

Overnight Accommodations – Book your rooms early as there are times when hotels in this area can be sold out. At this point we do not have a specific hotel, stay where you want or let us know we’ll tell the other ladies. 

New! No Worries Cancellation Policy – Only $45! Not sure about your plans? Click HERE to view this new policy before registering with cancellation within 30 days of the event! You will have a chance to accept or decline it when registering.

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Note: Please 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. If you need help please call 954-475-9068.

Registration Form Note: if you register it takes you to your confirmation page. If it does not, we do not have your information and you are not registered. If your payment does not go through you still receive the confirmation and we will contact you for payment or re-try, click Pay as Guest to use your credit card when you get to the payment page. Call 954-475-9068 if this is the case!

Can’t Come but still want to learn? Get the replay from 2020 info shown at the South Florida offshore Seminar for $30 click here to get!