ANNUAL FISHING TOURNAMENT FOR WOMEN OF ALL SKILL LEVELS IS SET FOR OCTOBER

Holly Smith of Key Largo, Donna Langston of Satellite Beach, Diane Odell of Cocoa Beach, Meghan Brunelli of Islamorada, Lizette Leiter of Miami, and Dawn Miller of Punta Gorda fish on Sea Horse Sun with Capt. Rick Rodriguez during the 2021 tournament. CONTRIBUTED

Aspiring anglers can learn, practice skills and go fishing at the award-winning “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” Keys University and Fishing Fever Tournament, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 7-9 in the “Sport Fishing Capital of the World.” 

Hosted by the nonprofit Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Foundation, the “No-Yelling School of Fishing” offers classroom presentations, two networking events, hands-on skill practice and optional charter boat fishing. Classes will be held at the waterfront Elks Lodge in Tavernier. No equipment or experience is necessary. 

Optional offshore or inshore charter fishing out of Islamorada is offered on Oct. 7 and Oct. 9 with prizes awarded for the LLGF Fishing Fever tournament. Participants can also choose to fish from their own boats. 

Robin Christian of Sanibel, Robin Hinote of Avon Park, Sherry Strickland of Punta Gorda, Lizette Leiter of Miami, and Shelley Hughes of North Fort Myers fish on the Doghouse.

Activities launch on the evening of Oct. 7 with a networking social from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday morning, indoor presentations begin at 9 a.m., covering offshore, inshore and bottom fishing, plus fishing basics and conservation. Speakers include Captains Lee Lavery, Jeanne Towne and more. Setting this program apart from typical fishing classes are the hands-on fishing activities taught by several guides for releasing, knot tying, dehooking, bait rigging, spin casting, cast netting and more until 4:30 p.m. A second networking party will be held afterward at Seaside Glassworks. 

Online early registration rate is $125 per person. Regular entry is $145. VIP registration of $180 offers special gifts and discounts. The registration fee includes instruction, the use of equipment, a welcome reception, lunch, Saturday party and $20 in gifts. The host hotel is Breezy Palms Resort, Islamorada. The Tavernier Elks Club is located at 92600 Overseas Hwy, Tavernier. Ladies may register a male guest or teens to include the family.

Reservations are available at 954-475-9068, via email to [email protected] or at www.ladiesletsgofishing.com

Julie Duncan of Pinecrest, Dawn Miller of Punta Gorda, Lori Limberg of Odell, Illinois, and Donna Langston of Satellite Beach, (in back) on Capt Chris Hanson’s Scales2Tails.

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