Mothers, daughters or any women interested in learning to fish are invited to get away for a weekend of fishing and fun. This year’s Treasure Coast award winning “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” University falls on Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-12, 2013 in Stuart, FL. The perfect Mother’s day gift for aspiring future anglers, this experience offers quality time where mothers and daughters can learn, share and have fun fishing together. Held in conjunction with support from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the weekend event offers educational fishing activities, networking and an optional charter fishing trip, with events held at Pirates Cove Resort & Marina.

The University events kick off with the Harbor Financial networking happy hour at Pirates Cove on Friday evening, May 10, from 6-8 pm. The classroom portion starts at 8:00 am on Saturday, where fishing techniques will be taught at beginner and intermediate/advanced levels in the morning. Fishing topics and speakers are: Rod and Reel Basics, Inshore and fly fishing and Offshore/Bottom fishing. Instructors include Captains Marcia Foosaner, Melinda Buckley, George Mittler and more.

After lunch and “Dress for Fishing Success” Fishing Fashion Show, the women will participate in several “hands-on” fishing stations, such as conservation techniques, spin casting, net casting, landing and releasing, trailer backing, fly casting, knot tying, gaffing grapefruits, boat handling and reeling against pressure, until 4:30 pm. On Sunday, participants have the option to practice their newly learned skills from either a bay/river, offshore or group boat, followed by a fillet demonstration. Tackle is included in the charter fishing trips.

“This is a unique opportunity where women can spend quality time together without having to cook or clean,” commented Founder, Betty Bauman. “Those planning a Mother’s Day celebration with their families will still be able to do so after the fishing experience on Sunday, and perhaps bring home fresh fish!”

Year after year, participants praise the program and share the experience with fellow female anglers. “Now I can fish off my own boat and know what I am doing!” exclaimed Stacey Lurie, Bay Harbor, FL. Georgia Allen, Bonita Springs, FL added, “I learned more about fishing in two days than from my dad in 20 years!”

Featured on national network television and more, the series is held in conjunction with the FWC through the Sport Fish Restoration Program, with major partners such as Ranger, Mercury, Minn Kota, Humminbird, and Magic Tilt Trailers. There will be opportunities for local businesses and area anglers to take an active role in the event.

Early registration starts at only $99 and includes instruction, use of equipment, hands-on training, networking reception, silent auction, lunch, goody bags and more. Women and girls age 16 and up accompanied by adult are invited. The Sunday Fishing Adventure, with tackle and bait provided, is additional. Gift certificates are available.

Pirates Cove Resort & Marina is located at 4307 SE Bayview St., Stuart, Florida 34997 Hotel: (772) 287-2500. Participants are encouraged to book their overnight rooms as early as possible. In addition to the Stuart event, the 2013 schedule includes South Florida/Ft. Lauderdale: April 12-14 and Keys/Islamorada: Nov. 15-17.

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