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Ladies Snag Fishing Techniques at 'Ladies, Let's Go Fishing! ' Treasure Coast University

Saturday morning classroom presentations.

A variety of women and a few lucky men spent the weekend sharing fishing knowledge at the Treasure Coast "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" (LLGF) University May 29-31 at the Stuart Corinthian Yacht Club, Stuart, FL. The program offered a chance to learn, practice and go fishing. Participants ranged from women seeking skills to teach their children, widowers yearning to reconnect with the sport they once shared, couples learning together and those taking refuge from being yelled at while fishing.

The LLGF University kicked off with the Harbor Financial Services Welcome Reception Friday evening, where sponsors and donors were recognized.

On Saturday, presenters included Captains Lee Lavery/Fishing Basics, George Mittler/Offshore Fishing and Melinda Buckley/Inshore Fishing.

In the afternoon were one-on-one stations to practice dehooking, spin casting, net casting, releasing, knot tying, reel maintenance, gaffing grapefruits, ballyhoo rigging, Magic Tilt trailer backing, cleating and boating on the Ranger boat.

On Sunday, participants practiced their newly learned skills from inshore charters and the group party boat, offering plenty of action. Dorothy Conant, Stuart, FL a young-minded 87-year-old and the highest in age ever to take LLGF, received a prize for catching the first fish. Attending with her neighbor, Denise Jenkins, Stuart, FL, this high spirited woman enjoyed her new adventure. “Now we have something different and fun to do!” commented Jenkins. Inshore anglers hooked into snook, trout, drum, snapper and other species.

Featured on national network television and more, the series is supported by major partners including the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Discover Boating, Miami International Boat Show, Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation, Mercury, Ranger Boats, Magic Tilt trailers, Humminbird, Minn Kota and Fish Florida. Annual sponsors are Freedom Boat Club, Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort, Old Bahama Bay, Sunrise Resort & Marina, Valentine's Resort & Marina, Penn, AFTCO/Guy Harvey, Future Angler Foundation, Harbor Financial Services, Wear Video Badge and All Rite Grading. Stuart-only sponsor was Romora Bay.

Upcoming LLGF events are Sept. 11-13/Bimini, Bahamas and Nov. 13-15/Florida Keys/Islamorada/Tavernier. No equipment or experience is necessary. Charter fishing is additional. Contact: phone (954) 475-9068; email; website

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