ST. AUGUSTINE, FL - Ladies, armed with new fishing knowledge, set out to tackle the fish at the "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!' seminar May 5-7 at the Northeast Florida Marlin Association Club House, St. Augustine, FL.
Why take a fishing seminar specifically designed for women? The motivations were varied. "I love to be on the water and fishing looked like fun. However, I was embarrassed because I made mistakes when I tried it, such as holding the pole incorrectly. I needed training!" said Madeline Cajal, Melrose, FL. "I wanted to meet other people who like fishing, refresh my skills and learn to fish in a new area!" added returning participant Helen White of Silver Springs, FL.
Women from as far away as Oklahoma dedicated their weekend to learning saltwater fishing and conservation skills at the seminar,which was held in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and presented by Mercury Outboards. The seminar also known as the "No-Yelling School of Fishing," offered a welcome reception on Friday, fishing classes and hands-on instruction on Saturday and a fishing adventure on Sunday.
"Not only are these women learning fishing skills, they are returning home with newly-found confidence," commented seminar Director, Betty Bauman, who has been honored with national awards for the program's success. The seminar also brought local speakers, who conducted sessions on beginner and advanced levels. Participants enjoyed insightful presentations from fishing TV personality Dean Travis Clarke, Executive Editor of Sport Fishing Magazine, Rick Ryals, the voice of Florida Sportsman Live!, fishing guide Capt. Chris Myers and Marine artist Capt. Pierre Pierce.
Both government and private sectors, including the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, through the Sport Fish Restoration fund, provide assistance and corporate sponsors such as Mercury Outboards, Bass Pro Shops, Ranger, Magic Tilt, Lowrance Electronics, Boat/US, Gulfstream Int'l Airlines, Shakespeare and the Florida Foundation for Responsible Angling that continue to come together to show their support of the seminar series as a way of developing the marketplace for women.
Those who missed this event will have the opportunity to attend seminars in other locations such as the Sarasota seminar on Aug. 18-20, the Islamorada seminar on Oct. 13-15, and a special event in Alaska on June 9-12.
Seminar registration was $120 for the seminar, including meals, T-Shirts, goody bags, educational lectures, hands-on skill practice, use of equipment, door prizes and more! The half-day fishing adventure, with fishing tackle and bait provided, was additional. Contact: LLGF, P.O. Box 550429, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33355, phone 954-475-9068, fax 954- 474-7299, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, web site: www.ladiesletsgofishing.com.