Hodges Center for Lifelong Learning to host free lecture on Florida fishing

The Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning at Hodges University will host a free lecture on fishing in Florida. The session will be conducted at the Barrington Terrace Learning Center, 5175 Tamiami Trail East, in Naples, on Monday, March 14 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

Our region of Florida is a fishing paradise.  The combination of clean, warm water, mangrove forests, and backwaters provides an ideal home that supports many species of fish, as well as other marine animals and birds.  The challenges facing fisher­men (or photographers, boaters, kayakers, and other explorers) new to the area include: where to fish, what fish to target, what tackle to use, and how to get started.  This lecture will provide an overview to help answer these and other questions about fishing in the local area.  The main focus of the session will be the fish most frequently caught, which fish are good table fare, the most popular methods of fishing, the tackle used for each method, the bait used, and resources available for informa­tion (shopping, boat rentals and guide service). The three types of fishing to be discussed are: casting with lures, bait fish­ing – live and otherwise – and fly fishing. The end of the lecture will be spent discussing favorite recipes for preparing fish.

Conducting the session will be Captain Jim Wheeler from Naples, a professional fishing guide since 2003.  He has conducted hundreds of charter trips in both backwater and off-shore.  He is an officer in the Back Country Fly Fishers, a club based in Naples dedicated to fly fishing.

The session is free of charge but reservations are required. For more information, please contact Christine Wheeler at (239) 598-6210.

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