Gulf Coast Ft. Myers/Matlacha Fishing Seminar on March 12, 2016
Learn and practice inshore fishing skills in one afternoon! Saturday 12:30 – 5 pm. Please register in advance.
The Matlacha Community Center is location of the educational classes on Saturday only. There are no classes held there on Sunday.
If you’re tight on time this event is for you! In one afternoon you get to learn shallow water fishing from speakers, plus have precious one-on-one time at the skill tables with experienced captains! Knot tying, casting and more! You do not need to bring any fishing equipment, we cover that!
Are you ready to learn from the pros? Meet new friends and network with an extraordinary group of people like you – who love the outdoors! No experience needed! We even supply the tackle.
Matlacha – where inshore fishing is king!
Matlacha (pronounced Mat-La-SHA) means waist deep in American Indian, where the surrounding waters are shallow and hold redfish, snook, trout, snapper and more. It is quaint and resembles old Key West. It a tiny island in the Pine Island area, just off the coast of Ft. Myers where it gets really pretty! This is an awesome place to learn and go fishing inshore, where waters are calm and you are near land!
NEW! Ladies Choice! Register a male guest for the educational portion – Rates are per person.
NEW! $30 Discount for Women bringing teens! Discount applied for the adult woman and her teens ($15 off each)!
3 Registration Choices:
Please register online below or call 954-475-9068 for information.
Full Registration for the Saturday seminar -$69 Early Entry Scholarship (15 available), $99 Regular Registration, $129 Registration week of event. Register early to save! almost 5 hours of education including the hands-on skills! The $59 scholarship rate for the first five participants has been filled.
- Classroom sessions
- Hands on skills practice with experienced captains
- Super deals on fundraisers, fishing trip certificates, tackle and more
- Social Networking
- Sunday is “Free to Fish” Day to fish on you own or with independent charter boats from various locations. This is an elective and not an official part of the event.
VIP Registration for the seminar – $140. In addition to the basic registration you receive:
- Premium reserved seating – Front row/closest seating to speakers
- FREE! Choice of one: Fun fish earrings or LLGF dolphin buff!
- 10% discount on souvenirs (max. of $100)
- $20 off any future Full day LLGF seminars you attend ($10 off partial day events) and $10 off for your friends (taken within a year)
- Receive contact info for the other VIP’s
- 2 Raffle tickets
- Goody Bag (Only VIP’s get a goody bag)
Social Angler (ONLY for those who have been to LLGF before) – $35. Does not include the educational day and hands-on skill practice. To get one -on-one time with these captains during the skill practice would normally cost hundreds of $. For that you need to sign up with the full registration. This option is for those who just want to attend the social event and fish with charter captains on Sunday.
Sunday is fishing on your own or with guides, with no scheduled educational events. If you want to fish on Sunday there are guided fishing rates below, additional/optional.
If you’re used to the typical weekend fishing university, be ready for some jam packed hours of learning in only a few hours.
March 12: Event is approx four and a half hours packed with fishing information and hands-on practice, starting at 12:30 PM. No need to wake at the break of dawn.
Followed by networking.
It’s all about learning to fish and meeting others who love the outdoors.
Speakers on inshore – the acclaimed Jon Fetter – and brief intro to kayak fishing.
Learn about conservation, fish habits and how to dehook fish without touching them!
Learn equipment and tackle to use. Where and when to find fish, then what to do.
Hands-on Skills! This is why this program is so special! You will have a couple hours to work with guides one-on-one in small groups for knot tying, lure usage, spin casting (no hooks), fly casting, net casting, kayak fishing info and more! Due to facility restrictions, hands-on trailer backing may not be possible.
Sunday March 13 Optional – no classes or meetings at the facility. Optional Fishing on your own or with independent guides. This is an elective/optional.
On Sunday you are welcome to enjoy fishing on your own or with a independently operated charter boat and guide. Fishing in this area is typically near shore, mangroves and beaches!
Fish in this area include redfish, snook, trout, tarpon, snapper, grouper, flounder and who knows what else! Rod, reel, lures and bait if the captain opts for it, provided by the charter guide. Fishing license may be provided by some of the boats but some may require fishing license. Fishing license required for kayak fishing with independent outfitter.
Fishing Suggestions (note: all fishing is limited availability. Various suggested charter rates below are per person.
Suggested Independent Guide’s Rates for this area of Florida:
$185 Bay Flats boat with guide. These usually take 2-4 per boat but mostly 2. Suggested time is 8 to noon. Fishing equipment included. In most cases the fishing license is included.
$135 Pontoon/Deck boat category with guide. Boats take 4-6, Fishing equipment included. Suggested time is 8 to noon. Please note all boats are different. Fishing license will be required.
The two options above are small boats – most do not have bathrooms.
$125 Kayak fishing with guide provided by a kayak outfitter including kayak and fishing equipment. Suggested time is 8:30-12:30 Approx. 4-5 people per group with a guide. Your participation includes a guide who can help you. You will need to get a fishing license.
$49 Large Pontoon Boat you can reserve on your own AFTER you register for the event. This is about a half hour drive from the Matlacha. $49 plus tax includes, bait, mate and fishing tackle – recommended tip is 15-20% in addition. Limited availability. This is a pontoon boat that holds 20 people and is open to the public too so it is best to book directly with them asap. Their info and location will be provide upon your registration. It is possible they cover your fishing license so ask them. This is an unsupervised trip, you are responsible for finding the location and getting yourself there. Be advised they have a minimum number requirement to go so sign up as early as you can to let this boat go out!
15-20% gratuity is typically additional on ALL OPTIONAL FISHING TRIPS – bring cash for this!
NOTE Sign up fast as this is busy season and we need to book boats ASAP or they will take other charters.
Note: Suggested Fishing rates are based on full boats. If your choice is not available we will notify you. As of it gets close we recommend you put a second or third choice in the SPECIAL NOTES section if you are flexible as most fishing choices are wait listed until the vessel is full. Fishing is not guaranteed and if your fishing choice and second/third choice does not become available you will be refunded the fishing charter fee.
Come join us – Yaks are Back!
Where to stay:
Mark your calendars or book it now. For overnight lodging, get moving fast as there is VERY limited availability right in Matlacha but there are other hotels 10 – 15 minutes away.
For General Lodging call: Lee County Sports Housing Hotline 239-541-1800 Mon. thru Fri 9-5 EST or Click HERE to see a list of hotels in Cape Coral / North Ft. Myers and rates to reserve online!
For Lodging in Matlacha and ideas of places in the outlying areas of Bokeelia and Sr. James City click HERE
WE STRONGLY ADVISE YOU BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM ASAP IF STAYING OVERNIGHT, THIS IS IN SEASON AND A VERY BUSY TIME FOR HOTELS!
As of early Feb. there will be limited availability – if you want to stay a bit longer and enjoy the area, check out vacation rental sites too like www.vrbo.com or other hotel booking sites.
Camping: There is a KOA campground in Pine Island that has cottages. There is also an RV park in Matlacha. We do not know availability or minimum stay requirements so you will have to Google the info and contact them.
Haven’t heard about Matlacha? Click on this Florida Sportsman article http://www.floridasportsman.com/2011/05/16/regions_sw_060350/
Last year this sold out. Registration is available now. There is no guarantee we will repeat our Gulf Coast event here in 2017 so don’t miss it in case the Gulf Coast event moves to another city in the future. Sign up for our mailing list (upper right on the home page) so you can be notified of any updates!
New! No Worries Cancellation Policy – Only $25! Not sure about your plans? Click HERE to view this new policy before registering! You will have a chance to accept or decline it when registering.
Please register online in advance if possible, especially if you would like to go fishing. We will allow registrations at the door but for fishing we need as much advance notice as possible to obtain enough charter boats.
Want to join a “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing” Fishing seminar but this weekend doesn’t work for you? See our schedule for more universities planned for this year. Ft. Lauderdale (mostly offshore for the big ones)
St. Augustine August 12-14, Keys Oct. 21-23 (Inshore and offshore)
a weekend of fishing and fun in Bimini Bahamas Sept. 9-11 Plus a trip to Cuba May 18-22!