Cold getting to you? Consider popping down to Florida to hone your fishing skills.
South Florida "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" University is inviting women, men and teens to tackle fishing skills April 21-23 at the I.T. Parker Community Center in Dania Beach, FL. The nonprofit organization offers classroom presentations, networking, hands-on skill practice and an optional charter fishing trip.
Activities launch Friday evening with a networking social and appetizer contest from 6-8pm. On Saturday, beginning at 10:00 am are presentations on Offshore and Inshore plus Fishing Basics. Hands-on skill practice follows, for releasing, knot tying, dehooking, bait rigging, spin casting, fly casting, gaffing grapefruits, cast netting, trailer backing, boat handling, reel maintenance and more until 4:30 pm. On Sunday is an optional charter fishing trip for sailfish, mahi mahi, mackerel, tuna, wahoo, snapper and more, followed by a filet demonstration.
Ladies have the option to register a male guest and/or teens to include the whole family. Registration includes instruction, use of equipment, hands-on training, networking reception and fundraisers. Fishing is additional. No equipment or experience is necessary. Membership is not required, however there is a South Florida chapter available for graduates to continue the fishing fun. I.T. Parker is at 901 NE 3rd St., Dania Beach, FL 33004.
Featured on national network television and more, the series, which has seen eight thousand women graduate, is supported by major partners including ACR Electronics, Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation, Mercury, Ranger Boats, Magic Tilt trailers, Penn, and Fish Florida. Annual sponsors include Humminbird, Minn Kota, Freedom Boat Club, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Savage Gear/Okuma, Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort, Sunrise Resort & Marina, AFTCO/Guy Harvey, Future Angler Foundation, Seaguar, Power-Pole and Harbor Financial Services.
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