Gulf Coast Ft. Myers/Matlacha Fishing Seminar – March 11-12, 2017
SOLD OUT! CLASS IS FULL! Missed it? Check out our events in other cities and next year’s dates!
Learn and practice inshore fishing skills in one afternoon! Classes are on Saturday 10:30 – 5 pm. Sunday is optional Fishing Only.
Registration rates and Sunday Fishing Charter fees are below.
Those who register before March 2 are eligible for door prizes and get a nice bag from ACR Electronics with some goodies!
Please register in advance and if fishing Sunday select your choice same time. Do one registration per person if registering multiple people. If you are not fishing on Sunday click the Not Fishing button.
Educational classes are held on Saturday at the Greater Pine Island Elks Lodge about 15 minutes East of Matlacha. There are no classes held on Sunday but you can sign up for optional fishing at charter rates.
In one day 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! Sunday is optional fishing, rates are below.
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 (Pine Island Area) – 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 and fishing – Rates are per person, do one registration per person.
NEW! $ Discount for Women bringing teens! Discount applied for the adult woman and her teens, second teen free!
3 Registration Choices:
Please register online below or call 954-475-9068 for information.
$79 Scholarship Rate for the Saturday seminar – FILLED.
Regular Rate $99 week of event. Register early to save! almost 6 hours of education including the hands-on skills!
- Classroom sessions
- Hands on skills practice with experienced captains
- Super deals on fundraisers, fishing trip certificates, tackle and more
- Social Networking
- Sunday is optional boat or kayak fishing – add it to your reservation to go on charter boats or fish on your own.
Special Scholarship for women bringing teens only $44 each, parent and teen! Fill out one registration per person please.
Returning Veterans – we have one scholarship for registration, please contact us!
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 buff (buff based on availability) !
- 10% discount on souvenirs (max. of $100)
- $20 off any future Full day LLGF seminars you attend ($10 off minis) 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.
March 11: Event packed with fishing information and hands-on practice, starts at 10:30 AM. 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. Craig Timbes the Snook Cowboy on best times to fish.
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! hands-on trailer backing to be announced.
Sunday March 12 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.
LLGF Gulf Coast Agenda 2017
Friday March 10 – NEW – Elks is serving dinner 5-8:30 pm for purchase and having a band so come join us!
Saturday March 11
- 10:30-11 Registration/name tag pickup
- 11-12: Intro, Conservation and some Fishing Basics
- 12-1 Lunch break, lunch available for purchase. Sunday Fishing info
- 1-1:15 When to fish – Craig Timbes
- 1:15-2:30 Inshore Fishing How to’s – Capt. Jon Fetter
- 2:30-2:45 Break, Class photo
- 2:45-4:30 or 5:00 Skill stations (might go to 5 if needed) then close of auction and raffle. Win some cool fishing stuff!
Note: depending on speaker availability we may do the indoor skills first then speakers then outdoor skills
Skills indoor (do first)
- Knots Hook to Line
- Knots Line to Leader
- Conservation and dehooking
- Saving for your boat – Harbor Financial Services
Skills Outdoor (Do Second) until 4:30 or 5 depending on when ladies are done
- Kayak Fishing, organize your equipment – Gulf Coast Kayaks
- Spin Casting
- Trailer Backing – Magic Tilt Tony D’ippolito
- Ranger Boat on Land
- Net Casting
- Fly Casting
- 5 pm Last call for silent auction bids, raffle and closing comments
- Go to restaurant TBA for drinks, dinner and mingling
Sunday, March 12
8 am – noon (approx) Charter Boat Fishing out of Micelli’s Restaurant
8:30 – 12:30 Kayak fishing
Fishing rates PER PERSON – book it with your class reservation. All fishing is limited availability subject to minimums per boat.
$185 Bay Flats boat with guide. These usually take 2-4 per boat but mostly 2. 8 to noon. Fishing equipment included. In most cases the fishing license is included.
$135 Deck boat category with guide. Boats take 4-6, expect 6, Fishing equipment included. 8 to noon. Please note all boats are different. Fishing license included on the first boat, after that is filled you will need to get a fishing license.
The two options above are small boats – most boats this size do not have bathrooms.
$125 Kayak fishing with guide provided by a kayak outfitter including kayak and fishing equipment. 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 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!
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
Candlewood Suites in Ft. Myers has rooms with 10% discount if you book through their sales Dept. It is a 45 minute drive to the event in Bokeelia. Call and ask for Sales Dept or book through
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. 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.