LADIES HOOK 100 FISH DURING THE UPPER KEYS TOURNAMENT

Caribbean checkers with mahi and tuna. Left to right, Robin Krueger of Parkland; Lynda Traverso, of St. Augustine; Susan Anthony, of Fort Myers; Robin Christian, of Sanibel; and Maryanne Vontertann, of Fort Lauderdale. CONTRIBUTED

The ladies traveled from as far away as Georgia to learn fishing and compete in the Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Screamin’ Reels tournament, held June 24-26 in Islamorada.

Organized by the non-profit Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Foundation, the tournament kicked off on June 24 at the Tavernier Elks Club. Over the next two days, the ladies learned fishing techniques off Islamorada, on the boats, catching a total of 100 fish on calm, flat seas.

Susan Anthony of Fort Myers took first place offshore with a 25lb black tuna caught on Caribsea. Second place offshore went to Lynda Traverso of St. Augustine for catching a 19.8 blackfin. The top private boat went to Deb Salvi of New Smyrna Beach for an 8-pound mahi.

Featured on the national television network and more, the series is supported by major partners including the Recreational Fishing and Boating Foundation, Take Me Fishing, Vamos a Pescar, Mercury, Magic Tilt trailers, Shearwater Boats, Power-Pole, Penn , TACO Metals, Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida and Fish Florida. The biggest annual sponsors are Freedom Boat Club, ICOM, CCA Florida STAR, Lowrance, Bob’s Machine Shop, AFTCO, Costa, Smith Optics, Frogg Toggs, Hubbards Marina, Star Brite and Future Angler Foundation. Local sponsors were Breezy Palms, Jeanne Towne of Fidelity Real Estate and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.

LLGF is offering a second Keys event October 7-9, featuring a one-day fishing seminar, two days of fishing, and occasional prizes.

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