Ft. Myers, FL – Matlacha

Popular Mini-University! March 14-15, 2015 – much of what you get at the full universities but do it in one afternoon!

This is an awesome place to learn and go fishing inshore where waters are calm and you are near land!

NEW! Social angler membership with fishing! If you are already fishing and can’t attend the full day on Saturday, come to the social event after Saturday events at Blue Dog and fish with us on Sunday! Bring more, male or female! Only $35. plus fishing, see charter rates below. Does not include anything on Saturday, come to the party on Sat.  and fish on Sunday.

NEW! Ladies Choice! Bring a male guest for the educational portion plus he has the option to fish! Rates are per person.

NEW! $5 Discount for Women bringing teens! Discount applied or the adult woman and her teens!

NEW! VIP Registration – $140

  • Premium reserved seating – Front row/closest seating to speakers
  • FREE! Choice of one: Fun fish earrings, tank top or LLGF dolphin buff!
  • 10% discount on souvenir purchases (max. of $100)
  • Receive contact info for the other VIP’s (unless you want to opt out of that part)
  • 2 Raffle tickets for Saturday Raffle
  • Goody Bag


March 14-15 in Matlacha/Pine Island area, just off the coast of Ft. Myers where it gets really pretty!

An afternoon of learning about inshore fishing and practicing skills one on one!

This mini event has a different schedule than the full weekend universities and thus the lower registration rate!

March 14: Event is approx. 12:30-5 pm Saturday followed by an exciting silent auction, raffle and happy hour at Blue Dog (walking distance)

You don’t have to get up early on Saturday, just come after lunch or bring it with you, it starts at 12:30 pm. It’s all about learning to fish.

Speakers on Inshore 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.

No experience necessary and we bring all the tackle to show you.

At Matlacha Community Center on the water

If you have anything you would like to place in the auction/raffle or goody bags please email us asap. The Silent Auction is amazing, get ready for trips to the Bahamas, fishing trips, tackle, art prints and more!

Sunday March 15 Optional Half Day Fishing:

The second day of the University is optional fishing. There are no scheduled classes so you can learn on the water. You need to reserve your fishing the same time you register.

From boats or  guided Kayak fishing! Approx. 8 am to noon. All fishing will be near shore, near mangroves and beaches!

Fish for 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 for some of the boats but some may require fishing license. Fishing license required for kayak fishing.

Fishing Choices (note: all fishing is limited availability. Rates below are per person. Within 2 weeks of the event we recommend you put a second and third choice in the notes section of your registration. You will be contacted if your first option is not available and the charter fee will be adjusted accordingly to the option that is available.):

 $165 Bay Flats boat, 2-4 per boat but mostly 2. 8 to noon.  Fishing equipment included. In most cases the fishing license is included.

$115 Guided Kayak fishing including kayak and fishing equipment. 8:30-12:30 4-5 ladies per group with a guide. You will need to get a fishing license.

$120 Pontoon/Deck boat category. Boats take 4-6, Fishing equipment included. 8 to noon. Please note all boats are different.. You will be randomly assigned but we do try to get those requesting to fish together on the same boat. Fishing license will be required.

$49 Group Boat Reserve on your own. About a half hour drive from the Matlacha Community Center in your own car, just before you cross the bridge to Sanibel Island. 9 am to noon. Call to book from 9-5 or book online at www.adventuresinparadise.com . YOU WILL NEED A FISHING LICENSE.  $49 plus tax includes, bait, mate and fishing tackle. Limited availability. This is a pontoon boat that holds 20 people and is open to the public too so book directly with them asap. Adventures in Paradise, Inc. Departs from “G” dock at Port Sanibel Marina, 14341 Port Comfort Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33908. Phone: 239-472-8443. Their email is  Audrey@adventuresinparadise.com . 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! If they do not meet the minimum the boat does not go out.

15-20% gratuity additional on ALL FISHING TRIPS.

Note: Fishing rates are based on full boats. If there is not enough to fill your choice we will notify youAs of Feb. 26 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 there are enough ladies to fill a particular fishing vessel. Fishing is never guaranteed and if your fishing choice and second/third choice does not become available you will be refunded the fishing charter fee.

For a last year’s preliminary agenda click HERE.


Registration is only – Early Entry Discount – $69.00 – a great deal!

Come join us – Yaks are Back!

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 239-541-1800 Click HERE to see a list of hotels in Cape Coral / North Ft. Myers and rates!

For some hotel rates please call Lee County Sports Housing @ 239-541-1800.

For Lodging in Matlacha and ideas of places in the outlying areas of Bokeelia and Sr. James City click HERE


As of early Feb., 2015 there is 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.

Haven’t heard about Matlacha yet? Pronounced MatlaSHAY. 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.  Sign up for our mailing list (upper right on the home page) so you can be notified of any updates!

Reservation and Cancellation Terms and Conditions

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.


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