New Anglers Become Winners at “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” Keys University Oct. 15-17, 2021

<strong>New Anglers Become Winners at "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" Keys University Oct. 15-17, 2021</strong>

269 fish!

New Anglers Become Winners at “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” Keys University Oct. 15-17, 2021

269 fish!

More than 40 aspiring anglers came from Florida as well as other states to learn from the pros at the award winning “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!®” Keys University, October 15-17 at the Elks Lodge, Tavernier, FL. Participants came to learn about fishing and practice their skills on the water, catching 160 fish and releasing 109 for a total of 269 fish in the Fishing Fever Tournament.

Winners of the LLGF Fishing Fever tournament were:

Top Offshore: Diane Odell, Cocoa Beach, FL 25 lb. Wahoo on Sea Horse with Capt. Rick Rodriguez

Second Place Offshore: Robin Hinote, Avon Park, FL 14.5 lb. Mahi on Doghouse with Capt. Jesse Cromer

Top Offshore Release: Joni Craig, Gainsville, FL sailfish on Phoebe with Capt. Frank Drudi

Top Inshore: Dawn Miller, Punta Gorda, FL 32 inch snook on Capt. Chris Hanson’s Scales 2 Tales

Second Place Inshore: Julie Mayer, Taneytown, MD 30 inch redfish and Dawn Miller, Punta Gorda, FL 30 inch snook, both on Capt. Chris Hanson’s Scales 2 Tales (tie)

Top Junior Angler: Anabelle Goulart, Belle Isle, FL – blackfun tuna

The University kicked off on Friday with a meet-and-greet social featuring networking, fundraisers and a Potluck Appetizer Contest.

Saturday’s events began with classroom presentations on fishing basics by Capt. Lee Lavery, offshore fishing by Capt. Jeanne Towne, and inshore fishing, followed by lunch and hands-on fishing skills until 4 pm. Skills such as releasing, conservation, knot tying, bait rigging, spin casting, net casting and more were available for hands-on practice.

Saturday events concluded with a silent auction, followed by a networking party hosted by Seaside Glassworks, Islamorada, FL.

On Friday and Sunday, offshore or inshore, participants embarked on a fishing adventure out of Whale Harbor Marina, Islamorada, FL and other locations, followed by a fish fillet demonstration. Fish included sailfish, mahi, wahoo, blackfin tuna, yellowtail snapper, snook, redfish, mangrove snapper, sharks and more.

Betty Bauman, Founder of Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing commented, “This event was designed for beginners who can win a prize in our Fishing Fever tournament, even if it was their first fish ever caught or released.”

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 were Breezy Palms, Seaside Glass Works and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.

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

Fishing Report: “Caught” can either be landed or released. Seas on Friday were a moderate chop, on Sunday they were flat. 160 fish were caught, 109 were released for a total of 269 fish.

Friday Oct. 15 Full Day Fishing – Offshore:

Sea Horse/Capt. Rick Rodriguez: 1 mahi, 7 blackfin tuna. Released: 1 wahoo, 2 skipjack tuna, a shark, 4 jack crevalle.

Dog House/Capt. Jesse Cromer: 13 mahi, 3 blackfin tuna. Released: 25. Robin Hinote, Avon Park, FL took 2nd place offshore with her 14.5 lb. Mahi.

Phoebe/Capt. Frank Drudi: 15 mahi, 1 blackfin tuna. Released: Sailfish estimated at 65 lbs. by Joni Craig, Gainesville, FL winning first place release, her first sailfish ever.

Kay Kay IV/Capt. Don Chittick: 18 yellowtail snapper, 31 vermillion snapper, 1 amberjack, 1 almaco jack.

Friday Oct. 15 Full Day Fishing – Inshore:

Capt. Chris Hanson/Scales to Tales: 5 snook, 1 redfish, 2 mangrove snapper, 2 trout. Released: 15 snook as well as other species. Lori Limberg, Odell, IL caught her first inshore grand slam with redfish, snook and trout! Dawn Miller, Punta Gorda, FL caught a 32 inch snook, winning first place inshore. She also caught a 30 inch snook, tying for second place inshore.

Fintastic/Capt. Mike Patterson: Released: 5 snook, 2 mangrove snapper, 10 total including other species.

Sunday Oct. 17, ¾ day fishing – Offshore:

Sea Horse/Capt. Rick Rodriguez: Diane Odell, Cocoa Beach, FL got first place offshore with her 25 lb. wahoo. The catch included 9 mahi, 1 blackfin tuna, 4 skipjack tuna and an almaco jack.

Dog House/Capt. Jesse Cromer: 1 eight lb. blackfin tuna caught by Cheryl Craig, Marathon, FL and 2 yellowtail snapper.

Costa Morada: 1 blackfin tuna, 1 shark release

Marlin Darlin/Capt. Jeannie Towne: Barracuda

Reelaxin/Kelley McMann: One 15 inch mutton snapper and 36 inch barracuda (released).

Sunday Oct. 17, ¾ day fishing – Inshore:

Capt. Chris Hanson/Scales to Tales: 19 releases including 6 snook, 2 redfish and a 35 inch goliath grouper by Lori Limberg, Odell, IL. Julie Mayer, Taneytown, MD caught a 30 inch redfish, tying for second place inshore. 

Capt. Jeremy Mathis/Ankle Deep Charters: 5 releases including a 27 inch snook and 5 lb. jack.

Fintastic/Capt. Phil Leonard: 4 redfish and 8 mangrove snapper kept. Released: 12 snook, 3 redfish, 2 sharks and other species.

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  1. Sea Horse sun/Capt. Rick Rodriguez: Holly Smith, Key Largo, FL; Donna Langston, Satellite Beach, FL; Diane Odell, Cocoa Beach, FL; Meghan Brunelli, Islamorada, FL; Lizette Leiter, Miami, FL; Dawn Miller, Punta Gorda, FL.
  2. Sea Horse Friday/Capt. Rick Rodriguez:  Noelle and Anabelle Goulart, Belle Isle, FL; Julie Mayer, Taneytown, MD; Robin Krueger, Parkland, FL; Julie Bonacore, Jupiter, FL and Maureen Herbst, Jupiter, FL.
  3. Julie Duncan, Pinecrest, FL; Dawn Miller, Punta Gorda, FL; Lori Limberg, Odell, IL; Donna Langston, Satellite Beach, FL (in back) on Capt Chris Hanson Scales2Tails.
  4. Julie Mayer, Taneytown, MD; Lori Limberg, Odell, IL; Robin Krueger, Parkland, FL; Julie Duncan, Pinecrest, FL with Capt. Chris Hanson Scales2Tails.
  5. Sea Horse/Capt. Rick Rodriguez: Diane Odell, Cocoa Beach, FL First Place Offshore 25 lb. wahoo.
  6. Doghouse Jesse Cromer Friday – Robin Christian, Sanibel, FL; Robin Hinote, Avon Park, FL; Sherry Strickland, Punta Gorda, FL. Lizette Leiter, Miami, FL and Shelley Hughes, North Fort Myers, FL.  
  7. Dawn Miller, Punta Gorda, FL 1st place inshore on Capt. Chris Hanson Scales2Tails
  8. Robin Hinote, Avon Park, FL 2nd place offshore on Doghouse, Capt. Jesse Cromer 14.5 lb. mahi.
  9. Graduates of Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Florida Keys 2021 from several states.
  10. Joni Craig, Gainesville, FL releases her first sailfish ever estimated at 65 lbs. on Phoebe to win top offshore release.

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 while 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 to fishing. Both Bauman and the University series – often dubbed “The No-Yelling School of Fishing” – are known nationally in the sport fishing and marine industries. The organization has earned rave reviews from national media including “Inside Edition,” CBS’ “The Early Show,” NBC’s “Nightly News,” “Good Morning America,” “Outdoor Life Network,” USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Southern Living and more. 

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Brief Release:

New Anglers Become Winners at “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” Keys University Oct. 15-17, 2021

269 fish!

More than 40 anglers came from Florida as well as other states to learn from the pros and go fishing at the award winning “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!®” Keys University and Fishing Fever tournament, October 15-17 at the Elks Lodge, Tavernier, FL.

Participants caught 160 fish and released 109 for a total of 269 fish.

Winners of the LLGF Fishing Fever tournament were:

Top Offshore: Diane Odell, Cocoa Beach, FL 25 lb. Wahoo on Sea Horse with Capt. Rick Rodriguez

Second Place Offshore: Robin Hinote, Avon Park, FL 14.5 lb. Mahi on Doghouse with Capt. Jesse Cromer

Top Offshore Release: Joni Craig, Gainsville, FL sailfish on Phoebe with Capt. Frank Drudi

Top Inshore: Dawn Miller, Punta Gorda, FL 32 inch snook on Capt. Chris Hanson’s Scales 2 Tales

Second Place Inshore: Julie Mayer, Taneytown, MD 30 inch redfish and Dawn Miller, Punta Gorda, FL 30 inch snook, both on Capt. Chris Hanson’s Scales 2 Tales (tie)

Top Junior Angler: Anabelle Goulart, Belle Isle, FL – blackfin tuna

The event included a full day seminar to learn fishing techniques on Saturday and optional inshore and offshore fishing on Friday and Sunday.

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

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