Women's fishing event held in Florida

Snappers were the hit at the Key Largo, Fla., “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” event on Jan. 8-9.
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Six Florida women who participated in a “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” event are shown with their catch out of Islamorada on Jan. 9: Ana Rodriguez Cepero, (left) Miami; Collette Dennehy, Fort Lauderdale; Margie Plaxton, Punta Gorda; Amy Carrasquillo, Pompano Beach; “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” founder Betty Bauman, Davie; and Mary Metcalf, Punta Gorda.

Six Florida women who participated in a “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” event are shown with their catch out of Islamorada on Jan. 9: Ana Rodriguez Cepero, (left) Miami; Collette Dennehy, Fort Lauderdale; Margie Plaxton, Punta Gorda; Amy Carrasquillo, Pompano Beach; “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” founder Betty Bauman, Davie; and Mary Metcalf, Punta Gorda.

Snappers were the hit at the Key Largo, Fla., “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” event on Jan. 8-9.

The weekend began on Jan. 8 with Bill Kelly’s radio show at Whale Harbor, Islamorada, co-hosted by LLGF founder Betty Bauman. On the following day the women went fishing, departing early to catch live pilchards at Lower Matecumbe Key.

Everyone caught yellowtail snapper, and a few of the anglers caught 5-pound mangrove snapper.

The group then exhibited at a non-profit expo in Key Largo, and some went fishing on Sunday. They trolled for a while and caught some bottom fish, but the winds made it tough to go far offshore for sailfish and wahoo.

The “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” non-profit foundation conducts educational events for women and families to learn fishing.

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