Women Net Fishing Skills at “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” South Florida Women’s Fishing University, April 20-22, 2012

South Florida women will tackle fishing skills at the South Florida “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” Women’s Fishing University offered specifically for women. The weekend conservation-minded seminar, held in conjunction with support from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), emphasizes hands-on skills with techniques such as releasing, knot tying, dehooking, bait rigging, spin casting, gaffing grapefruits, cast netting, trailer backing, boat handling and more.

The Women’s Fishing University is scheduled for April 20-22, 2011 at the I.T. Parker Community Center in Dania Beach, FL. Women will have the chance to learn, practice and participate in this wholesome sport, while enjoying the waters surrounding South Florida.

Activities launch Friday night with a networking meet & greet starting at 6 pm. On Saturday, classroom presentations begin at 8 a.m., with beginner and advanced sessions on topics including fishing basics and conservation including a presentation by the FWC and lunch provided by Pollo Tropical. Other fishing classes include Offshore/Captains Tony Digiulian, Inshore/Capt. Lou Volpe, Basics/Lee Lavery and Fly/Jim Anson. A “Dress for Fishing Success” fashion show is held at lunch, followed by hands-on skill practice where ladies learn the art of fishing directly from the Pros.

Sunday, the ladies board charter boats at approximately 7 a.m. for an optional half day fishing trip followed by a filet demonstration. In prior years some ladies experienced releasing sailfish on their first fishing endeavor – the equivalent of a getting a hole in one on the first swing.

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 including Mercury Outboards, Ranger, Silver Airways, Minn Kota, Humminbird, FishHound.com and Magic Tilt Trailers. There will be opportunities for local businesses and area anglers to take an active role in the seminar. I.T. Parker is at 901 NE 3rd St., Dania Beach, FL 33004.

Registration starts at $99 for the first 20 to sign up, then $135 after. Registration includes instruction, use of equipment, hands-on training, networking reception and fundraisers, meals, goody bags and more. The Sunday Fishing Adventure, with tackle and bait provided, is additional. No equipment or experience is necessary. Membership is not required however there is a South Florida chapter available to continue the fishing fun.

The 2012 schedule also includes Southwest Florida/Naples: March 16-18, Treasure Coast/Stuart: May 18-20 and Keys/Islamorada: Nov. 9-11.

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