Ladies Lowdown September/October 2018

September 9-10
Ladies, Let's Go Fishing! Ladies Day Seminar at the Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show!
Fishing, fun, and networking! Learn fishing strategy & techniques, practice skills, and meet other women who like to fish at this "No Yelling School of Fishing". Everything you need will be supplied.
Hosted by Betty Bauman, founder of Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!
Speakers and instructors include Captain Leiza Fitzgerald, Misty Wells, Captain Rachel Nobbe, & others.
Check out for all the info.

September 14-15
33rd Annual Saltwater Sisters Tournament
Enjoy Pre-Tournament Party fun on August 25th at Manatee Island Bar & Grill in Port Salerno, FL.
Sept 14 - Team Costume Party, Decorated Bra Contest, Captains Meeting, Cocktails, Light Food, Music, & Dancing!
Sept 15 - Shot Gun start at 7am, weigh-in, auctions, awards ceremony, drawing for street legal golf cart, cocktails, buffet, music & dancing!
Funds from this tournament benefit Friends in Pink; an organization that has assisted nearly 300 people survive the financial, emotional, and psychological burdens of breast cancer. Also benefited is the organization Windsor Community Angels; they host fundraisers throughout the year to provide free mammograms to women in the community.
Go to for more information.

September 14-16
9th Annual Florida Marine Flea Market & Seafood Festival in West Palm Beach, FL
From used fishing rods to new boats, this thing has it all! Over 300 booths of nautical & marine related merchandise & sevices!
This event also includes The Florida Boat Show & The Marine & Wildlife Art Festival & Craft Show

September 15
Women's Saltwater Fishing Clinic in Ocala
This free, 9-5 clinic is for women 18 & older with no prior saltwater fishing experience needed. This session includes learning the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills, safety & the vulnerability of Florida's marine ecosystems in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Lessons include knot-tying, rod & reel rigging, cast netting, marine fish & habitat identification, catch & release techniques, and more.
Contact Tonya Hanna to register. Call 352-622-7757 or email

October 5-6
10th Annual Bluewater Babes Fish for a Cure Tournament
Florida's largest, most talked about female angler fishing tournament benefitting local breast & ovarian cancer patients in need.
Boat Decorating Contest & Water Gun Fights - Teen Babe + Team Costume Contest - Tito's Cocktail Contest - Plus tons of other contests, prizes, and awards!
Go to for a lot more info.

October 6
5th Annual Racks & Reels Ladies Fishing Tournament 
The "Breast" Tournament Ever at Port Sanibel Marina. A portion of the proceeds from the entry fee and silent auction go to The American Cancer Society.
Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 21st place teams with a total of $5,000!
Any questions can be emailed to or check out for more details.

October 19-20
Casting for Cats Ladies Backcountry Fishing Tournament
What began as a fun day of fishing has become a major fundraiser to help many needy animals.
There is an 18' Waterman skiff by Hells Bay Boatworks to be awarded to the first angler to catch all six backcountry species during the tournament. Also a 10' Custom Stand Up Paddleboard by Dragonfly Boatworks is up for grabs.
Call 305-664-2012, email, or go to for more information.

October 19-21
Ladies, Let's Go Fishing! University & Fishing Fever! in the Florida Keys
Booking boats now so register soon. More than 7 hours jam packed with classes and personalized instruction on Saturday!
Fun Friday Kickoff Social with Appetizer Contest! Saturday Evening Party at Seaside Glass Works. Sunday Fishing - Inshore/Offshore/Party Boat Bottom Fishing + Friday Bonus Fishing
Fishing Fever Tournament with prizes is a non-intimidating event designed for beginners! Learn, Fish, & Get Prizes!
Lots more information available at 

October 21-25
Islamorada Backcountry Tournament by the International Women's Fishing Association (IWFA). 
A group of women who love to fish & enjoy the camaraderie of the sport!
Adult-member only 3 Days of Fishing event! 
Go to for all the details and organization information.

Women on Water (WOW) has many limited size classes available in many locations! These courses are designed to get women behind the helm and enjoy the boating lifestyle. Many are FREE! They are meant to build confidence by presenting info in an active, fun, and supportive environment. 
Courses cover: Boat Terminology & Anatomy - line handling - safety & "Rules of the Road" - knot-tying - docking - boat operation & handling - hands-on experience On The Water - Much More!
Whether you are new to boating or you've been on the water a while, MarineMax "WOW" classes can help you gain confidence & even make some new friends in the process.
September 12 - Naples, FL contact: or call 239-262-1000
September 12 - Sarasota, FL contact: 941-388-4411
September 22 - Panama City Beach - FULL
September 26 - Fort Myers, FL contact: or call 239-481-8200
September 29 - Twin Engine Class Jax Beach, FL contact: or call 904-338-9970
September 29 - Single Engine Class Jax Beach, FL contact: or call 904-338-9970
September 29 - Wrightsville Beach, NC contact: or call 910-256-8100
October 10 - Clearwater - FULL