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Safe at Sea: 'Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!' planning local seminar

February 13, 2019
By BOB EIDSVOLD , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

We ran across an interesting story recently about a woman who, over 20 years ago, decided she would not let her husband - a champion tournament angler - be the exclusive fishing expert in their family. At that point, Florida resident Betty Bauman turned her attention to learning the skills involved in a successful day on the water catching fish.

She found a joy in the process of learning to fish, which led to an enthusiasm for sharing her knowledge with other women. In short order, Bauman found a thirst by other women to learn themselves and then to help their family members enjoy the sport. This provided, those 20 years ago, the beginning of her enterprise, "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"

It first dawned on Bauman that maybe fishing from a boat with an expert husband is not the best way to learn equipment and techniques. Apparently, he yelled a lot, and even the most simple things - like tying a knot or selecting the correct hook or keeping a tight line with a fish on - might be best learned before going on the water.

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The 2018 “Ladies Let’s Go Fishing” seminar held in Fort Myers.

With that concept in mind, she arranged for support from a few fishing tackle manufacturers and even the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to headline her first event, "The No Yelling School of Fishing!" That first event, held in Fort Lauderdale in 1997, drew 120 women, ages 21 to 78. Since then, Bauman has refined her program of fishing seminars and instruction. She has now provided training events for more than 8,000 women over the years.

The format of her seminars, usually held on a weekend, may vary depending on locations and on the techniques to be emphasized. They usually include speakers and personal instruction, as well as practice, along with a day on the water with a local guide.

In checking the website, we were delighted to note a seminar scheduled in Fort Myers for March 23-24. For the seminar description, it states, "The surrounding waters (of Sanibel-Captiva area) are shallow and hold redfish, snook, trout, snapper, and more. This is an awesome place to learn and go fishing inshore, where waters are calm, and you are near land."

Reportedly, the popular local seminar will typically sell out. It sounds like fun, ladies!

Bob Eidsvold is a member of America's Boating Club of Sanibel-Captiva. For more information, contact 239-985-9472 or or visit online at



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