Women to Tackle Inshore Saltwater Fishing at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Gulf Coast University, March 18-19, 2023

<strong>Women to Tackle Inshore Saltwater Fishing at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Gulf Coast University, March 18-19, 2023</strong>

The popular “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” University returns to the Gulf Coast March 18-19, 2023 for their saltwater inshore fishing seminar weekend at Bass Pro Shops Fort Myers. Hosted by the nonprofit Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Foundation, the event offers classroom instruction, hands-on fishing activities, conservation, networking and optional guided boat fishing.

            Perfect for women, men and teens who want to learn local fishing, this “No-Yelling School of Fishing” offers an immersive fishing educational experience on Saturday from 9:30 am to 4 pm. The sessions begin with presentations by Captains Debbie Hanson and Rob Fussnecker on inshore/backcountry fishing, equipment usage and conservation. In the afternoon are hands-on fishing skill practice for releasing, dehooking/conservation, knot tying, lure usage, fly, spin and net casting, fish fighting techniques and more conducted by local guides.

            On Sunday, participants can opt to fish from flats charters.

Betty Bauman, Founder commented, “While the area recovers from Hurricane Ian, there are businesses and guides that have reopened and need commerce.” 

            Bass Pro Shops is located at Gulf Coast Town Center, 10040 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33913.

            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, Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida and Fish Florida. Largest Annual Sponsors are Freedom Boat Club, ICOM America, CCA Florida STAR, Bob’s Machine Shop, AFTCO, Costa, Smith Optics, Frogg Toggs, Hubbards Marina, Star Brite, Future Angler Foundation and Preferred Marine Sales Group, Inc. Top donors are Yeti, Fishing Headquarters, Engel, AO Coolers, Lady Pamela, Big Rock Sports Conservation Foundation, Egret Baits/Vudu, Canoe Outpost, Flying Fisherman, Pelagic Gear, Flanigans, Guy Harvey, TTI Blakemore, Sandbar Tackle, Danco, FishBites and Brella.  

            Registration of $89 Early Entry, $99 Regular and $55 each for mothers bringing teens includes instruction, use of equipment, hands-on training, fundraisers and gifts worth $20. No equipment or experience is necessary. Class size is limited. Sunday inshore fishing is additional. Registration and information is on www.ladiesletsgofishing.com

            2023 LLGF events, with optional or included fishing are:

Feb. 5 Miami Sailfishing/Tuna/Bottom Fishing 

March 4 Freshwater Bass Seminar South Florida Dania Beach, FL

March 18-19 Gulf Coast Inshore Saltwater Weekend Inshore Fort Myers, FL

April 14-16, 2023 Florida Saltwater Weekend Seminar Fort Lauderdale, FL

May 19-21, 2023 Keys Fishing, Screamin’ Reels Tournament / Learning on the Water Islamorada, FL

Sept. 22-23, 2023 Guy Harvey Outpost Bass Seminar & Tournament Camp Mack, Lake Wales, FL

Oct. 13-15 Keys Saltwater Weekend Seminar and fishing Islamorada, FL

Nov. 17-19 St. Augustine Surf Fishing Academy

Virtual meetings with education TBA

In Progress:

Sept. or Nov. Tampa Area Bottom Fishing

Bimini Bahamas

            Contact: Phone: (954) 475-9068; info@ladiesletsgofishing.com; www.ladiesletsgofishing.com, www.facebook.com/ladiesletsgofishing.          

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Brief release:  “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” Gulf Coast University, March 18-19, 2023

The nonprofit Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Foundation will host their Gulf Coast Saltwater Fishing University March 18-19, 2023 at Bass Pro Shops Fort Myers. Women, men and teens can learn and practice fishing at several hands-on skill stations on Saturday, then have an option to fish inshore from charter boats on Sunday. Registration of $89 Early Entry, $99 Regular includes classes, hands on practice, gifts and more. Guided inshore fishing on Sunday is additional. No equipment or experience is necessary.

Bass Pro Shops Fort Myers is in the Gulf Coast Town Center at 10040 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33913

Contact: phone (954) 475-9068; email info@ladiesletsgofishing.com; website www.ladiesletsgofishing.com; Facebook www.facebook.com/ladiesletsgofishing

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Summary:

Women and families can learn, practice and go offshore charter fishing at this non-intimidating weekend of fishing fun.

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Captions: City/States for ID left to right below. Captions below from 2022 event to use – Match the photo by first letter:

A. Grads of 2022 at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Gulf Coast seminar March 26-27.

B. Linda Gilbert, Sarasota, FL; Linda Becher, Bradenton, FL and Rachel Leavitt, Bokeelia, FL with trout on Capt. Rob Fussnecker, Aqua Breeze Fishing Charters at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Gulf Coast seminar March 26-27.

C. Rachel Leavitt Bokeelia FL trout on Rob Fussnecker, Aqua Breeze Fishing Charters at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Gulf Coast seminar March 26-27.

D. Capt. Debbie Hanson shows fly casting at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Gulf Coast seminar March 26-27.

E. Christina Gonzalez, Punta Gorda, FL with redfish on Capt. Brian Lynch, Sea Shift Charters at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Gulf Coast seminar March 26-27.

F. Barb Neddo, Ft. Myers Beach, FL; Sherry Warner, Ft, Myers, FL and Jackie Busa, Naples, FL with trout on Capt. Jon Fetter, Catching the Cure Charters at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Gulf Coast seminar March 26-27.

G. Steve Johnson shows casting with Penn tackle at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Gulf Coast seminar March 26-27.

H. Christina and Danny Gonzalez, Punta Gorda, FL, a mother fishing with her son who released a snook, his first fish ever, on Capt. Brian Lynch, Sea Shift Charters at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Gulf Coast seminar March 26-27.

I. Colleen Fatla, Chesterton, IN and Barb Neddo, Ft. Myers, FL with snook on Capt. Sean Middleton Feelin’ the Mojo Charters at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Gulf Coast seminar March 26-27.