Ladies, Learn to Fish and Kayak in Ft.Myers/Matlacha March 8-9, 2014

Women can learn to fish and go charter fishing all in one weekend.

Ft. Myers, FL, January 05, 2014 --( Back by popular demand, the award winning "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!®" University Series will return to the Ft. Myers/Matlacha area March 8-9, 2014 at Matlacha Community Park.

"We have chosen to host our Gulf Coast event at Matlacha - a beautiful part of the state with bountiful fishing," commented Founder, Betty Bauman, adding that last year there were more than 80 participants. "It's a refreshing location perfect for beginners, those who have fished before or any lady with fishing on her bucket list!"

Held on a Saturday afternoon, the mini-event includes much of what is offered at the full LLGF Universities plus Kayak fishing on the curriculum. For this event, held in conjunction with support from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) through the Sport Fish Restoration Program, women will travel from several states for education, hands-on fishing activities, habitat conservation and to meet other female anglers. On Saturday, the program begins with a session by the FWC on the importance of marine conservation, a demonstration of hook removal, catch and release techniques and more. Topics include inshore and kayak fishing, proper equipment usage and more, followed by a supervised hands-on fishing skill practice and concluding with a networking party. On Sunday, participants have an option to use their newly-acquired skills when fishing inshore from flats, pontoon/deck boats or from kayaks with guides. The age for participants includes teen females age 16 and up when accompanied by an adult female.

The Award-winning "No-Yelling School of Fishing" Curriculum
Saturday March 8, 12:30 - 4:30: Classroom presentations are conservation, equipment, back country/inshore and kayak fishing, followed by hands-on fishing skills until 4:30 pm. Skills such as releasing, conservation, knot tying, kayak fishing, lure usage, spin and net casting, fly fishing, fish fighting techniques and more will be available for hands-on practice. Events conclude with a silent auction, followed by a networking party.

Sunday, March 9: Ladies embark on their chosen half day fishing adventure from flats and pontoon/deck boats or guided kayaks (optional/additional) out of Matlacha Community Park, followed by fish filleting.

On a tiny strip island between Ft. Myers and Pine Island, the quaint Matlacha fishing village and kayaking destination features hotels where fish can be caught from the balcony. Matlacha Community Park is on the water, with large fields, a fishing pier and launch ramp, at 4577 Pine Island Road N.W., Matlacha, FL 33993.

Featured on national network television and more, the University series is also supported by major partners Mercury Outboards, Ranger Boats, Minn Kota, Humminbird and Magic Tilt Trailers. Local partners include Rigid Boats. Those and other supporters are recognized on

The mission of LLGF is to increase the numbers of responsible anglers. According to a recent report by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, women now represent the largest share of new anglers.

University registration starts at only $59 and includes instruction, use of equipment, hands-on training, networking, fundraisers and more. No equipment or experience is necessary. Optional fishing charter rates are on

Contact: Phone: (954) 475-9068;;,

About "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"

Held in conjunction and with support from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!®" (LLGF) is a national organization dedicated to attracting more women to sport fishing and to promoting conservation and responsible angling. LLGF promotes networking among women anglers and emphasizes mentorship between novice and experienced members. Founded in 1997 by Betty Bauman, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, LLGF has over 8,000 graduates and is the largest organization in the world whose objective is to introduce women to fishing. Both Bauman and the University series - often dubbed "The No-Yelling School of Fishing" - are renowned nationally in the sport fishing and marine industries. The organization has earned rave reviews from national media including "Inside Edition," CBS' "The Early Show," NBC's "Nightly News," "Good Morning America," "Outdoor Life Network," USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Southern Living and more.
Ladies, Let's Go Fishing
Betty Bauman