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Ladies – Let’s Go Fishing

vI’m not one to go out of the way to go fishing however, every gal/lady should learn what it’s all about. Biggest reason is guys LOVE fishing. Second reason is men complain we, gals, don’t like it. Third and most important reason – women get jealous if their man goes fishing and other women are on the boat paying attention to their man. Work around? Take a class with/through Ladies Let’s Go Fishing (LLGF)! It’s the best of both worlds. Most classes are ladies only; except one or two male instructors. There’s no yelling and no name calling. No one tells you you’re stupid. There is no stupid question. Just ask my friend Rebecca who took this class with me…

Captain George Mittler taught us about bait and trolling speeds. He commented that you want the bait to be constantly swimming with a natural presentation. Trolling speed is important when it comes to sea weather conditions. On a flat day you’ll troll about eight knots to keep that bait swimming or just skimming along on the surface. In a 2 – 3 foot sea you’ll possibly drop down to six knots. If you go any faster than that your bait is going to be flying. If it’s 4 – 6 foot seas, you’re going to be low and may be going only 3-4 knots. With that, Rebecca asked if that live bait is dead. Everybody erupted into laughter and she not only made our day but she helped soften the learning.

The week before class begins, Betty Baum (owner of LLGF) sends you a wealth of information for review. This includes: agenda, fishing terminology, knots, information regarding the Friday Party Master Chef Potluck Appetizer Contest, directions for the event and recommended lodging, silent auction, optional fishing for Sunday, and cancellation policy. Basically everything you’ll need to know before class starts.

The event kicked off on Thursday night with an appetizer contest and silent auction. Appetizers included: mini meatza pies, mock oyster dip, chicken, salsas, stuffed cucumber, and a watermelon boat with little gummy fishes; at the Stuart FL event. Buckets filled with fishing gear, fishing trips, clothing, rods, and jewelry were just a few items in the silent auction. It’s a great way to network with classmates.

Friday morning at 8:00am class begins with an introduction to fishing. Captain George clarifies a fishing pole is really called a fishing rod. Companies make fishing lures for fisherman. If they catch fish with them, that’s a bonus. The best place to buy your rod and bait is from a local tackle store. You get knowledge of what’s biting and the right type of bait to use. A great way to learn what works best with fish for bait is to open the guts of fish you catch and look into their stomach. For example, if you see squid or shrimp, then you know they’re going deep at night. Cobia loves crab and shrimp.

“You have to learn what to fish with as well as the how-to,” says Jodi Girourd. “There’s three different kinds of reels: bait caster, conventional and spinner. The waters are tantamount to the way you catch a fish because you need to know the waters and how to read them.”

A bait caster reel is a conventional type of reel for casting lures or bait in both salt and fresh water. On the conventional reel, the biggest mistake we make is to tighten the drag. To control the drag on a conventional reel use your thumb. For a spinner, use your hand. For example, if the fish wants to take off, release your thumb off the conventional reel or your hand off the bale on the spinner. According to Captain Melinda Buckley, the moment you drop your tip you’re dropping the tension on the line. That’s why you lose fish. Without tension the hook keeps rocking in the fish’s mouth and falls out. So keep your tip up and wind down.

Additionally you’ll learn how to: back up a trailer, gaff, and fish in-shore, conserve habitation, and de-hook fish. Plus, how-to put a line on a reel, put the reel on your rod, and how-to dress for fishing success.

On day two, you get to take what you learned and use your new skills on a boat. So if you’re still undecided if this class is right for you, Jodie would tell you to start small at the beginning and give it a chance. One bite at a time. LLGF takes the stress out offishing and puts the fun back into it. Plus, the girls are supportive of each other. They’re all trying to do the same thing.

At the Stuart class, everyone who went out on the party boat all caught a fish. They caught red snapper, king fish, mutton snappers and Toro (orange) snappers. Here’s what some of the ladies had to say. “Don’t get a bird’s nest,” says Denise. “All these years I’ve been fishing I thought you didn’t want the fish to see the hook so I’d been covering it over all these years. This trip I didn’t cover it and caught two snappers.” Dorothy learned how to throw a net, catch bait and met a lot of nice people. Gail said she loved the casting of the nets and fly fishing skills she learned in the class. Mary commented that though LLGF didn’t catch the kingfish or 18lb mutton snapper, everybody in the ladies group on the party boat did catch a fish. They used the top dorsal fin of a humbled 8 – 9 ft. squid sliced real thin and cut into strips as bait that was a new experience. Then they used the grunts they caught as live bait and started to really catch fish. All in all, everyone had a blast.


5 Important Fishing Safety Tips That You Should Remember While Out With Your Boat

ergFishing is a profession that several people take up especially those who live close to the coast or near water bodies. Fish forms the main part of the diet and oils extracted out of it is used for medicinal purposes.

Apart from having a professional aspect to fishing, people fish for leisure. It is an adventure in itself where you can tread along all by yourself along with your friends and family or can get along with professional fishing organizations that can help you have great time fishing along with professional help.

Fishing has several benefits where you can get away from the daily hustle and bustle and relax. It helps to relieve stress along with anxiety and thus making you feel refreshed. While you plan to go out fishing either alone or with friends, you need to keep several precautionary points in mind. These may help you whenever you plan to have a fun outing.

• Wear safety gear – Whenever you are out in the water on a boat, make sure to wear life jackets. Every member on the boat should be wearing one that would come to your rescue in case your boat topples over. You may or may not know how to swim, and it is then that the life jacket lets you stay afloat and not drown.

• Carry essentials – Essentials like drinking water, torch, first aid, radio, life buoy, etc. should be taken along and can be used whenever there is an emergency.

• Wearing the right clothing and accessories – While you plan for a fishing outing, try not to wear bright clothes. The bright colours may distract the fishes and stray away from your boat. Make sure that the exposed parts of the body are coated with sunscreen that can prevent damage from the sun. Wearing a hat and sunglasses too can keep your body calm and safe from the sun.

• Keep the boat light – If you plan for a fishing expedition with your family; make sure you have a boat that can carry several people. Try your best to not overload it and do not carry anything that isn’t essential. Try staying seated and make sure that the children aren’t overly excited.

• Keeping an eye on the weather – Do not tread too deep into the waters when you see there is a change in the weather. If the weather is getting windy or the sky is cloudy, make sure to come back ashore soon. Harsh weather conditions may affect your fishing trip and leave you stranded.

The author Cathy Smith finds fishing to be an amazing activity for leisure and adventure. She intends to let people know more about professionals who allow leisure fishing in Gold Coast and the ways it can be entertaining for those who enrol themselves.


Ideas for Family Fun With Fishing

ergWhen family fun is on the itinerary, you have many options. Fishing can be an inexpensive activity that appeals to people of all ages. To ensure that everyone has an enjoyable and safe time with the rods and bait, follow standard guidelines and practices.

Set the Right Tone

While serious anglers are all about quiet and concentration to land a big fish, kids just want to have fun. Therefore, when you set out for family fun with rods, bait, and a tackle box, set a tone of adventure and exploration. Youngsters will not be likely to want to sit on a pier for hours on end in silence while waiting for a nibble. Instead, they will probably want to splash in the water, hunt for rocks, skim stones, throw sticks in the water, watch butterflies, catch frogs, pick flowers, and play hide and seek. Save the serious fishing for an adults-only trip and focus this excursion on enjoyable adventure.

Prepare in Advance

Elaborate gear and tackle are not necessary, but make sure you have the items you need before you hit the water. Pack enough hooks, bait, line, and lures in the event that you lose some items. Have a cooler and ice on hand if you will take your catch home with you. Bring gloves, an extra change of clothes for everyone, hats, sunscreen, and a first-aid kit. Don’t forget snacks and drinks for everyone in your party, too!

Choosing Equipment

Tangled lines and complicated rods can be frustrating for young anglers.

– You can avoid many of these issues by choosing rods carefully. A spincast mechanism is the most basic design, which makes it ideal for beginners. To cast, simply press the button on the reel while propelling the line forward into the water.

– Barbless hooks will be the safest choice for youngsters. If you do choose to use barbed hooks, squeeze the barbs with pliers to eliminate them on the hooks. The absence of barbs will make it easier to disengage the hooks if they accidentally snag something or someone.

– Worms, bread, and insects make the best bait for kids. Use a basic bobber and sinker to finish setting up the rod. Although artificial lures may be tempting, it’s more difficult to fish with them because anglers must repeatedly cast to ensure that they capture the attention of the fish.

Safety Guidelines

Take steps to ensure that everyone stays safe on a family fun outing.

Regardless of swimming skills, everyone in the party should wear a personal flotation device when around deep water. This includes time spent on a boat and near fast-moving or deep water. United States Coast Guard regulations require every passenger in a boat to have a personal flotation device. Even if your excursion just involves wading, take safety precautions. Know the depth of the water and the strength of any current.

Follow safety guidelines when angling, too. Teach children proper casting techniques to prevent accidents. Everyone should always take a good look behind them before casting to avoid lodging the hook into someone or something.
Never leave tackle lying open and scattered on the ground.

Follow suggestions and safety guidelines to ensure that family fun on the water is a positive experience.