A mini-event is being offered to women for the first time in Matlacha March 9-10 by the award winning "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" University Series.
"We have chosen to host our Gulf Coast event at Matlacha - a beautiful part of the state with bountiful fishing," said founder Betty Bauman. "It's a refreshing location perfect for beginners, those who have fished before or any lady with fishing on her bucket list!"
Held on a Saturday afternoon, the mini-event at Matlacha Community Park includes much of what is offered at the full LLGF Universities plus kayak fishing has been added to the curriculum. For this event, held in conjunction with support from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) through the Sport Fish Restoration Program, women travel from several states for education, hands-on fishing activities, habitat conservation and to meet other female anglers.
On Saturday, the "no yelling school of fishing" program (12:30-4:30 p.m.) begins with a session by the FWC on the importance of marine conservation, a demonstration of hook removal, catch and release techniques and more. Speakers include Heather Snead, FWC, and Capt. Craig Timbs, known as the "Snook Cowboy." Topics covered are inshore and kayak fishing, including proper equipment usage, followed by a supervised hands-on fishing skill practice and concluding with a networking party.
On Sunday, participants have the option to use their newly-acquired skills by fishing inshore, from flats or pontoon boats, or from kayaks with guides, followed by fish filleting. The age for participants range from 16 and up when accompanied by an adult female.
Known for its excellent inshore fishing, Matlacha means "Water to the waist" in Indian. Most of the surrounding water, besides the boating channels, does not go above the waist. This tiny strip island, between Cape Coral and Pine Island, resembles the old-fashioned, rustic Key West style of Florida.
The historic Matlacha fishing village and kayaking destination features hotels where one can go fishing in front of your bedroom. Matlacha Community Park is on the water, with large fields, a fishing pier and launch ramp, located at 4577 Pine Island Road N.W.
University registration starts at only $49. No equipment or experience is necessary. Optional fishing charter rates are on www.ladiesletsgofishing.com.
For more information call (954) 475-9068