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Teach a (wo)man to fish ...

Posted by Patricia Borns  September 7, 2011 09:28 AM

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It's about time someone dusted off that old adage aimed at empowering men to fish and feed themselves. My 75-year-old landlady who hails from the Cayman Islands has found the answer: Ladies, Let's Go Fishing, which is exactly what she and her girlfriends will be doing from Nov. 11-13th. in Islamorada, Florida.

The national organization which promises "no yelling" was founded in 1997 to engage women in sportfishing by getting them over the first hurdle -- mastering the basic, seemingly intimidating skills of knot tying, boat maneuvering, landing and releasing, net casting, gaffing, trailer backing, and electronics usage that, really, anyone can learn.

Islamorada and the other class destinations -- Belize, for example -- are darned appealing as learning environments, too. Although it doesn't hurt to be a hard-nosed, independent type like my landlady -- last night she did 27 pushups on the lawn -- we milder types can do this. Her 29-year-old neighbor who lives at home and bakes is going, too.

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