Ladies Net Fishing Skills in Florida Program

Publish date:

It’s affectionately dubbed the “No Yelling School of Fishing” and it’s marking its twenty-third year of teaching more than 9,000 graduates. It’s singular focus: introducing more women to fishing.

Officially named the “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing” program, LLGF founder Betty Bauman recently wrapped the latest Gulf Coast University session held at Bass Pro Shops in Ft. Myers. The event was rescheduled from March to the end of June due to the coronavirus, and the class was limited in size to accomplish required social distancing.

Enrollees from all around Florida signed on to take in the series of educational classroom presentations, participate in hands-on skill practice sessions and fishing trips with expert captains.

More specifically, this LLGF program included classroom presentations by Capt. Debbie Hanson (The Basics of Fishing); Capt. Jon Fetter (Inshore Fishing Skills & Techniques); Capt. Rob Fussnecker (Timing for Fishing Success); and Betty Bauman (Anglers Are the Original Conservationists).

The afternoon, hands-on skill sessions ranged from basics like knot tying and proper baiting to learning skills including fly and spin casting — even bait net casting was covered, conducted by the speakers as well as Steve Johnson from Bait Box Sanibel.

On Sunday, participants embarked on their chosen fishing adventures from boats where they caught and released snook, snapper, redfish and sea trout, among other species. During the half-day expedition, Capt. Rob Fussnecker’s Aqua Breeze Charters reported: “The ladies released 14 fish in total. Lisa Birns caught her first fish ever, a 26-inch redfish. In total they released five redfish from 24 to 26 inches, eight sea trout up to 20 inches and one 19-inch snook. They learned fishing for redfish near mangroves and fishing for trout on the flats.”

Another example from Capt. Keith Kersey, 5/0 Charters: “Mother Robin Krueger, teen daughter Amy Krueger and friend Erin Pyper all from Parkland, FL caught and released 20 fish, including two 23-inch redfish, four mangrove snapper, six sea trout, two 23-inch blacktip sharks and six catfish. They learned about tides, winds and casting,” he added.

The balance of this year’s LLGF schedule include:
August 8: Scalloping in Homosassa

August 14-16: Florida Keys Fishing at Screamin’ Reels in Islamorada

Aug. 21-23: South Florida Offshore Saltwater Weekend Seminar at IGFA Dania Beach

Sept. 12-13: Tampa Inshore Seminar at the Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show

Oct. 23-25: Keys Saltwater Weekend Seminar in Islamorada.

LLGF is supported by major partners that deserve recognition, including: Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation; Mercury Marine; Magic Tilt trailers; Penn Reels; Scout Boats; Seven Seas Yacht Sales; Power-Pole; and Fish Florida. Also, major sponsors include: Freedom Boat Club; Sunrise Resort & Marina; Future Angler Foundation; CCA Florida STAR; TACO Marine and Seaguar, among some others listed on their website.

Teaching more women how to successfully enjoy fishing is an important objective for our industry. Studies by RBFF, for example, have shown that if a woman fishes, she’ll lead her children and family to it, too.

While Betty Bauman’s LLGF program is only in Florida, the concept of having a special day at the dealership for only ladies to learn about fishing — taught by personable locals — could be a concept that promotionally minded marine dealers in other parts of the country that focus on fishing boat sales might successfully imitate. 


Distributor Expands ePropulsion Sales Territory

Mack Boring will now offer ePropulsion’s electric outboards in the entire North American and Central American markets.

Registration Still Open for NMMA Webinar

The March 4 State of the Industry webinar includes the presentation of the Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index Awards and the Alan J. Freedman Award.

Rollick Secures $8.5 million in Funding

The market strategists said Web traffic in the third quarter of 2020 was up 245 percent on a year-over-year basis.

Time to Cry Foul Over Erie Canal Changes

An act has been introduced in the waning days of New York’s annual budget process that allows no opportunity for public input.

Service to Send $1 Billion to State Wildlife Agencies

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute funds to states to bolster conservation projects and recreational opportunities.

Quick Hits: March 1, 2021

Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard adds SF Marina floating dock array.

Patrick Supports Care Camps

The outdoors camps for children with cancer receive a first-time gift and marketing support from Patrick Industries.

Brunswick Creates Autonomy Position

The company promoted Jason Arbuckle to marine autonomy technology lead, with a focus on incorporating autonomous and driver-assist features into its product line.