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October 18, 2005

Ladies, Let's Go Fishing! Keys Seminar Wrap Up

Women traveled from many different states for many reasons to learn fishing skills at the 6th Annual Keys "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"®

ISLAMORADA, FL-10/05  -  Women traveled from many different states for many reasons to learn fishing skills at the 6th Annual Keys "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"® seminar and tournament, Oct. 14-16 at Holiday Isle Resorts  Marina, Islamorada, FL.  Julie Abreu, Miami, FL, whose husband is a charter captain, came to be able to 'keep up with the men!'   Once she had completed the course, Abreu demonstrated her new skills when she won the Top Tarpon award in the fishing tournament that followed the seminar.   A lady who had recently purchased a home in the Keys, Donna Sogegian, Davie, FL, brought her daughter to the seminar so the two could learn enough to fish on their own without requiring the help of her husband.

 Known as the "No-Yelling School of Fishing," this award-winning series for women, hosted by Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and presented by Mercury Outboards, kicked off with a Friday Welcome Reception at Holiday Isle.  Learning commenced on Saturday, where fishing techniques were taught at beginner and intermediate/advanced levels.  Instructors and topics were: Capt. Anthony DiGuilian, bluewater fishing; Capt. Kenny Spaulding, bottom fishing; Capt. Brian Cutchins, flats fishing and Capt. Jim Anson, Fly Fishing.  After lunch, the women participated in several "hands-on" fishing stations, such as conservation techniques, spin casting, net casting, landing and releasing, knot tying, gaffing grapefruits, boat handling, trailer backing and reeling against pressure.  To complete the experience, a fishing trip and tournament on Sunday gave the women a chance to practice their skills on the water and learn to fillet fish.

Despite sloppy seas and occasional rain, the fish cooperated for the Fishing Adventure on Sunday.  Departing from Whale Harbor, participants caught and/or released sailfish, tuna, dolphin, tarpon, snook, snapper, grouper, king mackerel and more. 

For the tournament, Andi Fleri, Homestead, FL caught a 15.5 lb. king mackerel that clinched Top Offshore Boat for Capt. Skip Bradeen's Blue Chip Too with 155 points.  Jackie Lorne, Delray Beach, FL, took first place Party Boat division with two snapper on the Miss Tradewinds.  Top Inshore Division award went to Lisa Sever, Denver, CO and Julie Abreau aboard Brian Cutchins' Laid Back.  Abreau also won Top Tarpon with one release and 10 points.  Also of note was a first- ever sailfish released Christina Stylianos, Dania Beach, FL fishing aboard Beaver.

The series is supported by the FWC through the Sport Fish Restoration Program and by partners such as Mercury Outboards, Bass Pro Shops, Ranger/Islamorada Boat Center, Boat/U.S. Marine Insurance, Gulfstream Int'l Airlines, Lowrance, Shakespeare, Viper Bob's Fighting Gimbals and Marine Industries Association of South Florida.  Annual partners include Magic Tilt Trailers, Eagle Claw, Maxima, Florida Keys and Key West and more.  LLGF seminars are also offered in Ft. Lauderdale, Stuart, Sarasota as well as a freshwater fly fishing course in Denver, CO.  Special events are offered in Alaska and Costa Rica.

"Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" will return to Islamorada next October.  2006 Special Event dates have been set for Costa Rica on Jan. 19-24 and Alaska on June 9-12.  Contact LLGF at: Phone: 954-475-9068, email:, web site:


Islamorada Fishing Report, Oct. 16, 2005

Although the seas were fairly sloppy and the ladies were doused with rain showers, every boat caught fish and there was a lot of bragging at the dock!

Blue Chip Too:  Everyone had fun catching fish with Capt. Skip Bradeen.  The catch totaled 6 mackerel, 2 mutton snappers and 3 bonita.  Andi Fleri, Homestead, FL, caught a 15.5 lb king mackerel that clinched the First Place Offshore award for the boat.

Miller Time:  This boat had five medical professionals from Missouri who were fishing for the first time, as well as one experienced lady from Ft. Lauderdale.  They caught 10 mutton and yellowtail snapper, 5 sharks, 12 jacks, ballyhoo and blue runners and reported a lot of screaming for joy from the first-time saltwater anglers.

Old Hatt:  Fishing with Capt. Ed Kimmon, the ladies caught 16 blackfin tuna, 4 yellowtail snapper, 2 dolphin, a jack crevalle, 2 cero mackerel and a wahoo.  One of the ladies reportedly stayed in the bunk the whole time.  The ladies had a chance to tie knots, rig baits and work the outriggers.

Caribsea:  There was quite a mix of fish caught, including tuna, yellowtail snapper, houndfish and jack crevalle.  The highlight was a 30 lb. amberjack brought in by Mary Hall, Boynton Beach, FL.

Miss Tradewinds:  Grunts were the dish of the day.  Jackie Lorne, Delray Beach, FL,  took the Top Party Boat Division Award with her snapper.

Beaver:  The day was highlighted by a 25 lb. black grouper caught by Kelly Chrisler, Weston, FL, and a first-ever sailfish release by Christina Stylianos, Dania Beach,  FL.

Catch Allota Fish:  All the ladies aboard caught Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, jack crevalle and snapper, some of which they caught without bait.  They learned how to prepare rigs for mackerel and how to detangle line.

Capt. Eric Bass:  Both ladies caught two snapper each.

Laid Back: Fishing with Capt. Brian Cutchins, Lisa Sever, Denver, CO, caught two snapper and Julie Abreu, Miami, FL, released her first tarpon, clinching First Place Inshore Division and Top Tarpon Release.

* Bar Fly:  Capt. Brey Abreau received rave reviews from his anglers, who caught 4 sharks and a jack crevalle. They also spotted 2 bonefish.

Capt. Bob Jones:  The ladies released 8 bonnethead sharks, a nurse shark and a mangrove snapper. For the purposes of this report, "Caught" could either mean fish kept or released.

Tournament Winners:
Top Offshore Boat: Blue Chip Too, Anglers Elana Dyer, Vero Beach, FL; Andi Fleri, Homestead, FL; Sandy Hoesktra, Pembroke Pines, FL; Shelly Matzick, Cape Coral, FL; Bonnie O'hara, Tulsa, OK and Ginnie Thomas, Rockaway, NJ

Top Inshore Boat: Laid Back, Anglers Julie Abreu, Miami, FL and Lisa Sever, Denver, CO

Top Tarpon Release, Julie Abreu, Miami, FL

Top Party Boat Angler: Jackie Lorne, Delray Beach, FL    Click Here for Photos! Contact us if you need a higher resolution.    

Comments from participants:        

"A great course with lots of laughs as well as serious learning!" - Mary D'ascanio, Marathon, FL

"I feared I would not grasp the fishing concepts, but this course made it possible!" - Elena Dyer, Vero Beach, FL

"Women have such a different learning approach to fishing.  Thanks for everything!" - Gwen Robinson, Kissimmee, FL

"I'm so happy I came to this seminar - I'll be back!" - Anna Stafford, Marathon, FL

"I wish this had been available 30 years ago!" - Nancy Smith, Kissimmee, FL

"VERY worth it!" - Joanne Ryan, Delray Beach, FL

"The information is easily comprehended, not over our heads!" - Angela Young, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 

"Very informative - provides you with basic knowledge to get started!" - Mary Frandsen, Hollywood, FL

"A great chance to ask questions where no one is trying to sell you something!" - Anne Merwin, Coral      Gables, FL   

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