New Anglers Become Winners at “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” Keys University Oct. 18-20, 2019

New Anglers Become Winners at "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" Keys University Oct. 18-20, 2019

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New Anglers Become Winners at “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” Keys University Oct. 18-20, 2019

More than 50 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 18-20 at the Elks Lodge, Tavernier, FL.

On Sunday, awards were presented for the LLGF Fishing Fever tournament. Tournament winners were:

Top Offshore: Stacey Hammes, Berlin, NJ 13 lb. Skipjack Tuna on Capt, Kenny Spaulding Caribsea

Second Place Offshore: Andrea Munchmeyer, Tavernier, FL 12.8 lb. wahoo on Capt Rick Rodriguez Sea Horse

Top Inshore: Alecia Wengert, Greensburg, PA Redfish on Capt. Chris Hanson’s Scales 2 Tales

Second Place Inshore: Nadine Thompson, Islamorada, FL for Snook on Capt. Chris Hanson’s Scales 2 Tales

Top Party Boat: Janet Richards, Jupiter, FL 16” Red Grouper Release on Captain Michael

The University kicked off on Friday with a meet-and-greet social featuring networking, fundraisers and an incredible Master Chef Appetizer Contest. First Place went to Janelle Sujat, Tavernier, FL for Anti Pasta Squares.  

Saturday’s events began with classroom presentations on offshore, bottom and inshore fishing, followed by lunch and hands-on fishing skills until 4 pm. Skills such as releasing, conservation, knot tying, bait rigging, spin, net casting, gaffing grapefruits, trailer backing and more were available for hands-on practice.

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

On Sunday, participants embarked on a fishing adventure out of Whale Harbor Marina, Islamorada, FL followed by a fish fillet demonstration. Fish caught or released included sailfish, mahi, wahoo, blackfin tuna, yellowtail snapper, king mackerel, mutton snapper, snook, redfish, mangrove snapper, sharks and more. On Friday was a Bonus Fishing Day.

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, Penn, Scout Boats, Seven Seas Yacht Sales, Power-Pole and Fish Florida. Largest Annual Sponsors are Freedom Boat Club, Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort, Sunrise Resort & Marina and Future Angler Foundation. Local sponsors were Breezy Palms, Seaside Glass Works, Dog House Sport Fishing Charters, Sea Horse Charters, Calusa Cast Nets and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.

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

Friday Oct. 18 Full Day Fishing, Offshore:

Dog House/Capt. Jesse Cromer: The ladies caught yellowtail snapper, an 8 lb. mutton snapper, five king or cero mackerel and released six barracudas from 6.6 to 8.7 lbs.

Caribsea/Capt. Kenny Spaulding: It was blackfin tuna on the menu for Caribsea. The gals caught 13 blackfin tuna ranging from 10 to almost 13 lbs. each. Winning First Place was a 13 lb. Skipjack tuna caught by Stacey Hammes, Berlin, NJ. They also caught a bonito.

Inshore:

Capt. Chris Hanson/Scales to Tales: Fishing out of Flamingo with live bait and artificial shrimp, the ladies released 20 snook from 16 to 25.5 inches with Pat Kucera, Clearwater, FL releasing the two largest. They also caught two 20” redfish, 12 jack crevalle, 27 mangrove snapper, some kept, some released. A busy day!

Sunday Oct. 20, ¾ day fishing.

Offshore:

Sea Horse/Capt. Rick Rodriguez: The group caught five mahi from 8 to 11.8 lbs. Andrea Munchmeyer, Tavernier, FL caught the second place offshore fish, a 12.8 lb. wahoo.

Caribsea/Capt. Kenny Spaulding: The ladies caught 16 large yellowtail snapper 3 to 5 lbs., kingfish, mutton snapper release and bonito. Sheryl Simmons, Leroy, MI had a lively fight with a sailfish, her first sailfish ever. They learned how to cup a reel to slow the fish and noted the distinct color change at the edge of the gulfstream. 

Captain Michael: On the party boat on Sunday 15 ladies caught or released 3 yellowtail snapper, 2 porgy at 12”, 56 grunts from 5”-6, 3 blue runners and a 16” red grouper release landing Top Party Boat award for Janet Richards, Jupiter, FL.

Inshore:

Capt. Chris Hanson/Scales to Tales: The ladies caught 6 redfish 13”-26”, 5 snapper 10”-14”, 10 jacks up to 20.5” and 3 snook up to 28”. A bonnet head and lemon shark were released.

Capt. Jeremy Mathis/Ankle Deep Charters: Fishing out of Flamingo area, the group caught or released 13 snook up to 22.5 ”, 8 mangrove snapper 13”- 17”,  7 jacks 12”-20”, 4 trout 16”-18”, 2 baracuda, two 12”-14” redfish up to 17” and two ladyfish up to 23”.

Sportsman’s Adventures/Discovery Channel TV Show boat: Fishing in the Flamingo area, Robin Krueger, Parkland, FL released a 26” snook. The show will air next February.

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Alecia Wengert redfish Chris Hanson Sunday 1st PL Inshore:  Alecia Wengert, Greensburg, PA won First Place Inshore with a redfish caught on Chris Hanson’s Scales 2 Tales at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing seminar and Fishing Fever tournament.

Andrea Munchmeyer 2nd pl offshore wahoo Sea Horse: Andrea Munchmeyer 2nd place offshore for her wahoo on Sea Horse with Capt. Rick Rodriguez at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing seminar and Fishing Fever tournament.

Caribsea Fri group: Kellie Magyari, Delray Beach, FL; Deb Schlei, Englewood, FL; Alecia Wengert, Greensburg, PA; Karlene Zuk, Deerfield Beach, FL; Stacey Hammes, Berlin, NJ; Donia Lombardo, Butler, NJ at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing seminar and Fishing Fever tournament.

Caribsea Fri tuna Stacy Hammes 1st PL Offshore: Top Offshore Fish, 13 lb. skipjack Tuna by Stacey Hammes, Berlin, NJ with Donia Lombardo, Butler, NJ in background at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing seminar and Fishing Fever tournament.

Caribsea Sunday

Cindy Campbell, Elkton, FL; Janet Steiner, St. Augustine, FL; Patricia Kucera, Clearwater, FL; Sheryl Simons, Le Roy, MI; Mary Metcalf, Englewood, FL; Jeanne Johns, St. Augustine, FL at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing seminar and Fishing Fever tournament.

Chris Hanson 4 ladies w fish Sun

Terry Long, Cutler Bay, FL; Vivian Morrison (Miller), Islamorada, FL; Alecia Wengert, Greensburg, PA; Nadine Thompson, Islamorada, FL at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing seminar and Fishing Fever tournament.

Chris Hanson Friday gals w snook

Robin Krueger, Parkland, FL; Patricia Kucera, Clearwater, FL; Meghan Brunelli, Palmetto, FL; Jeanne Johns, St. Augustine, FL at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing seminar and Fishing Fever tournament.

Chris Hanson Snook Nadine Thompson 2nd pl: Nadine Thompson, Islamorada, FL snags second place Inshore with a snook caught with Capt. Chris Hanson Scales 2 Tales at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing seminar and Fishing Fever tournament.

Deb Calhoun Net Casting: Deb Calhoun, Ft. Lauderdale, FL learns Cast Netting at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing October Keys seminar.

Ladies learn casting with Penn Reels: Ladies learn casting with Penn Reels at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing October Keys seminar.

LLGF Isla 19 grads: LLGF Keys Class of 2019.

Sea Horse Sunday 1:

Jeanne Johns, St. Augustine, FL; Andrea Munchmeyer, Tavernier FL; Jane Hardman, Parkersburg, WV; Peggy Albert, Deerfield Beach, FL; Karlene Zuk, Deerfield Beach, FL; Robena Richardson, Pembroke Pines, FL at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing seminar and Fishing Fever tournament.

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 8,000 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. 18-20, 2019

More than 50 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 18-20 at the Elks Lodge, Tavernier, FL.

On Sunday, awards were presented for the LLGF Fishing Fever tournament. Tournament winners were:

Top Offshore: Stacey Hammes, Berlin, NJ 13 lb. Skipjack Tuna on Capt, Kenny Spaulding Caribsea

Second Place Offshore: Andrea Munchmeyer, Tavernier, FL 12.8 lb. wahoo on Capt Rick Rodriguez Sea Horse

Top Inshore: Alecia Wengert, Greensburg, PA Redfish on Capt. Chris Hanson’s Scales 2 Tales

Second Place Inshore: Nadine Thompson, Islamorada, FL for Snook on Capt. Chris Hanson’s Scales 2 Tales

Top Party Boat: Janet Richards, Jupiter, FL 16” Red Grouper Release on Captain Michael

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

Saturday’s events began with classroom presentations on offshore, bottom and inshore fishing, followed by lunch and hands-on fishing skills until 4 pm. Skills such as releasing, conservation, knot tying, bait rigging, spin, net casting, gaffing grapefruits, trailer backing and more were available for hands-on practice. The event continued with networking party with food and fun hosted by Seaside Glassworks, Islamorada, FL.

On Sunday, participants embarked on a fishing adventure out of Whale Harbor Marina, Islamorada, FL followed by a fish fillet demonstration. Fish caught or released included sailfish, mahi, wahoo, blackfin tuna, yellowtail snapper, king mackerel, mutton snapper, snook, redfish, mangrove snapper, sharks and more. On Friday was a Bonus Fishing Day.

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

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