What You’ll Learn

What you can expect to learn through the “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” seminars:


Fileting on Sunday


Advanced Classes


Stand-Up Fish Fighting

Boat Handling


Net Casting

Trailer Techniques

Knot Tying

Ballyhoo Rigging

Fashion Show

Saturday morning sit-down classes:Orientation: - Set the stage for the day, plus fantastic information on where fish live, how they grow and what anglers can do to maintain our fisheries. Fishing tips…and some things you probably did not know about fish habits that will help you target fish – Hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Beginner Classes on Saturday morning:

Basics of the Rod and Reel - Getting Started! What kind of equipment do you need? Difference between spinning and conventional reels, which to use for what, how to match a rod to a reel. How to slow down a fish and bring it back to the boat using the rod and drag/brake system. Basic fishing terms. For line, what does pound test mean?

Inshore Fishing - Fishing in shallow water, sometimes better for those prone to seasickness. Fish by beaches, rivers, in mangroves or around islands. Fish: Depending on area: Snook, trout, redfish, tarpon, bonefish, mangrove snapper, flounder, sharks.
What you learn: What to bring, how to find fish, how to catch them, which to release.

Offshore Fishing - Where to find and how to catch local fish such as sailfish, tuna, wahoo, dolphin, mackerel and more!

Bottom Fishing - How to target and catch fish that feed on the bottom such as snapper and grouper.

Fly Fishing - Learn how fly fishing is more productive than spin casting. You can place your fly in front of the fish much more quickly than using a spinning combo – just pull it back, deliver and voila! You do NOT need to be an experienced angler to be good and fly fishing!

Intermediate/Advanced classes on Saturday morning:

Inshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Fly Fishing!
Already fishing but want to develop more skills? You never know it all when it comes to fishing.
Based on numbers of signups for advanced, we offer a separate room for the Saturday morning classes. The difference is – speakers go right into technique, as intermediate/advanced should already know, for instance, what lures are, how to retrieve and be able to identify fish species.
Dress for Success Fishing Fashions – Learn what fabrics and fashions are best for fishing and clean most easily!

Afternoon – Hands on Skill practice! Pick the ones you like the best and take at your own pace!

Exact times and subjects may vary per seminar
1:30 – 1:45: STAND-UP FISH FIGHTING TECHNIQUES - What to do when you get a really big fish on the line. See how to leverage your balance against a human fish in the pool or pulling on the line! Learn to use your lower body to bring the fish to the boat without tiring your arms!
See the secret weapon to effortless fish fighting – the fishing vest!
Plus the “Fish” gets to talk back to the angler!

1:45 – 2:00: FLY FISHING PRESENTATION! Featuring some of the most well-known fly anglers in town! How fly casting can catch fish more quickly than spin casting…You don’t need to be an expert to go fly fishing.

Skill station sessions – typical skill stations offered (varies based on location):
Outdoor Skill Stations:
“REEL” CASTING Station How to get the lure or bait where you want it to go. When to let go of the line. With spinning rods. Bait casting in certain locations.
BOAT HANDLING on the RANGER! Boats have no brakes. This will help your learning curve! Learn basic maneuvers and try your hand at the wheel! Learn about Mercury Outboards, Minn Kota Trolling Motor, Humminbird Electronics, Power-Pole, Bob’s Jack Plate and more! Based on weather conditions but usually offered. Learn about Mercury Engines and how to keep your engine performance.
OPERATING A MINN KOTA TROLLING MOTOR on the RANGER! In certain locations, practice lowering and controlling a Minn Kota Trolling Motor!
LANDING AND RELEASING with POMPANETTE (Gaffing Grapefruits) – If you can gaff a grapefruit, you will learn the techniques to use on real fish later. It’s better than learning when you have a fish on, as if you miss at the first shot, you could lose the fish!
NET CASTING! - Sometimes having live bait makes the difference between catching and not. If you are out fishing and need to net some live bait, you will be GLAD you learned the technique!
TRAILERING TECHNIQUES - Practice backing your tow vehicle and trailer,
with Tony D’Ippolito, MAGIC TILT TRAILERS. Tony is the most patient instructor and will share his secrets so you won’t sweat it next time you are backing a trailer!

Indoor Skill Stations 2:45 – 4pm (some open earlier):
 - Learn all about fish and their habitat, and how YOU can make a difference. Learn how to use a dehooker to get fish off hook without touching! Also learn about fish venting tools and where to properly place them, as well as when to use!
GETTING TIED UP IN KNOTS - Learn how to tie on your hook as well as line to leader! Some classes have extra stations for more advanced knots as well.
BALLYHOO RIGGING - In areas where offshore fishing is prevalent, learn how to rig ballyhoo to use for catching pelagic fish such as sailfish, tuna, dolphin, wahoo and more!
HOW TO HOOK UP A LURE - Ever wonder how to set up your lures? What line? Leader? How to tie on? In some areas there will be a station to show you how!
MATCH THE HOOK WITH THE FISH – EAGLE CLAW will hook you up! The hook can make the difference between catching and being bored. Learn about circle hooks and how to match the hook with the bait or lure. In some areas you will be able to practice putting the hook into live shrimp!
RIGGING OFFSHORE LURES - What goes between the lure and your rod? How to hook it up? Learn this valuable technique at some of the seminars!
Other stations may be there, such as how to save for your boat, tie dock lines, specific to particular seminars.
Some seminars offer other skill stations, such as how to put line on a reel, crimping and more!
There are also occasional sponsor tables to show you other techniques, such as tying up to the dock and more.

Don’t worry, you don’t need any fishing experience or equipment to attend “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” University for women!