Nearly 60 people came to learn fishing skills at the "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" Gulf Coast University last Saturday and Sunday at the Greater Pine Island Elks Lodge in Fort Myers, Fla.
The program offered education, hands-on fishing activities, networking and an optional fishing trip. The participants were predominately female, but some brought husbands and teenagers so the whole family could learn fishing.
The event began Saturday with classroom presentations, followed by hands-on skill practice such as hook removal/release techniques, knot tying, spin casting, fly casting, net casting and backing with Magic Tilt Trailers/Ranger Boat.
On Sunday, participants embarked on their chosen fishing adventure from boats. They had a chance to catch or release fish that included snook, flounder, snapper and sea trout.
Featured on national network TV, the series is supported by major partners that include the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Mercury, Ranger Boats, Magic Tilt trailers, Penn, ACR Electronics and Fish Florida.
The annual sponsors are, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Freedom Boat Club, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort, Sunrise Resort & Marina, AFTCO/Guy Harvey, Future Angler Foundation, Savage Gear/Okuma, Seaguar, Power-Pole and Harbor Financial Services.
The next event will be Juno Beach Surf Fishing on March 25.