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Women’s fishing program partnering with NMMA and RBFF

The “Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!” educational series has partnered with the National Marine Manufacturers Association, Discover Boating, the Miami International Boat Show, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and Take Me Fishing.

"We're excited to partner with these fantastic organizations who have interest in reaching out to attract women to the sport of fishing," LLGF founder Betty Bauman said in a statement. "Women are known for bringing others to the sports they enjoy, meaning one new female angler brings a multiplying factor."

"Women have been recognized as a viable market, likely to fish with the proper knowledge and encouragement," RBFF president Frank Peterson said.

"This new angler base will contribute to conservation through license purchases and help support the industry as they expand their fishing endeavors,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said.

Known for its emphasis on conservation, LLGF offers weekend fishing seminars focused on women and novice-to-mid-level experienced anglers.

The series includes one-on-one skill practice, including catch and release, de-hooking, spin, net and fly casting, boat handling, trailer backing, knot tying and conservation.

Most weekend events begin with a Friday networking reception. On Saturday there are morning classes, lunch, afternoon hands-on skill practice and optional charter fishing on Sunday with fillet demonstration. The program focuses on women, their male guests and teens to include the family.

Joining the LLGF major partners are sponsors that include the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Mercury, Ranger Boats, Magic Tilt trailers, Humminbird, Minn Kota and Fish Florida.

Annual sponsors are the Freedom Boat Club, Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort, Old Bahama Bay, Sunrise Resort & Marina, Valentine's Resort & Marina, Penn, AFTCO/Guy Harvey, Future Angler Foundation, Harbor Financial Services, Wear Video Badge and All Rite Grading.

LLGF is featured in four cities this year and in one international trip: March 14-15, Fort Myers/Matlacha; April 17-19, South Florida; May 29-31, Treasure Coast; Nov. 13-15, Keys/Islamorada; and Sept. 11-13, Bimini, Bahamas Adventure.

More than 8,000 graduates have attended from 44 states to learn and experience fishing for Florida's inshore and offshore saltwater species.

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