About / What is it all about?

This annual fishing tournament began with Manistee County charter Captain Bob Guenthardt. Bob is a former Ogema of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and a proud Army veteran. His idea and desire to show appreciation to members of the military for their dedication and sacrifice provided the foundation for this unique event. In the fall of 2009, Captain Bob, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and the Little River Casino Resort created a “Host Committee”, which later reached out to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Michigan Chapter and the Brain Injury Association of Michigan and the entire Manistee area community. Captain Bob’s fleet of volunteer fishing boat captains, local organizations such as Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Warrior Society, United Veterans Council, Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter 1, National Guard and U.S. Coast Guard, and many private businesses, and hundreds of volunteer individuals throughout the state of Michigan joined together and successfully executed this outstanding event.

Nine years later, Tight Lines for Troops (a federally recognized nonprofit organization) proudly announced its 10th Annual Charity Fishing Tournament for Michigan Veterans. In 2018 the fleet included over 50 Captains and their boats, and delivered another memorable experience for 300 Michigan Veterans. Those who received “boarding priority” were WWII and Korean War Vets, Purple Heart recipients, veterans disabled, POWs, and then any Veteran of any branch of service. In addition to the Big Lake boat fishing, the Pier/Shore Divisions included opportunities for Veterans to fish from land.

Though the fishing tournament and meal is limited to registered participants, the public is invited to join the “Welcome Back Celebration” as the boats return to the City Marina, traveling up the river channel. The riverwalk along the river channel is lined with patriotic and appreciative fans, waving their flags to cheer and welcome the fishermen back “home”. In expressing his gratitude for the event a previous participant said, “When I came home from duty, we were told not to wear our uniforms. The people were tired of Southeast Asia. Thank you for honoring these great men and women for their service. I was honored to be part of the day.” Another participant shared these feelings: “This is the Welcome Home I never received. After all these years, I cried because I didn’t realize how much it meant to me. I was proud to take part.” Don’t miss this amazing sight – be a part of it!

The success of this program is a result of the collective efforts of over 500 sponsors and volunteers. Veterans pay no charter fees or entry fees. It is with great pleasure and honor that we all look forward to hosting the “9th Annual Tight Lines for Troops Fishing Tournament for Michigan Veterans” on May 18th and 19th, 2018.

Click here to watch a fantastic new video that does a great job of showing you our event

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Mission Statement / Why we are here

Our mission is to unite organizations, businesses, sponsors and communities to help provide a free fishing tournament open to all Michigan Veterans from all eras, wartime and peacetime.  By bringing our Heroes together, we endeavor to build and foster new relationships, share their experiences and enjoy fishing in the great outdoors of Michigan.

Our all-volunteer, not-for-profit efforts will improve the quality of life for many Veterans, reinforce patriotism, educate and bring awareness that we must continue to support and honor those who have defended our country and our freedoms.

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Itinerary / Don't be late!

Mandatory Registration Dinner

Mandatory: Registration/Dinner for captains and all Tight Lines participants of Boat and Pier/Shore Division. Each participant MUST register at this time to be assigned to a boat. First Street Boat Launch Area, Manistee, Michigan

Tight Lines for Troops Begins!

Tight Lines For Troops Tournament Begins Big Lake Division: 4 participants per team - weigh your biggest fish. Pier/Shore Division: Individual entry - weigh your biggest fish. (Participants in both divisions are eligible for all activities and prizes)

Ready to Board

Participants must be ready to board boats by 5:30 am at Manistee Boat Launch Area, 1st Street - Downtown, Manistee, MI.

Shotgun Start

Shotgun start at the Manistee Harbor Pier heads. Boat participants must be ready to board boats by 5:30 am at Manistee Boat Launch Area, 1st Street - Downtown Manistee, MI.  Pier/Shore fishermen in position at 6:30 am. Box lunch provided for each participant.

Reels In

Boats gather outside the Pier Heads; Pier/Shore fishermen must pull lines. Proceed to Manistee City Marina
Flag Welcome begins - Downtown Riverwalk

Weigh In

Weigh-in begins at First Street Boat Launch area, Manistee, MI. Dinner and Awards immediately following.

Raffle / Win a Polaris ATV

Raffle Poster

Get your raffle tickets at the following locations!

Dynamic Physical Therapy
1806 E Parkdale Ave
Manistee, MI 49660
(231) 723-5479

Painted Lady Saloon
723 Kosciusko St,
Manistee, MI 49660
(231) 723-2487

Chopo’s Northside Bar
132 Monroe St
Manistee, MI 49660
(231) 299-3022

Peacock Limited Motorsports
276 M-37
Baldwin, MI 49304
(231) 745-4606

Rieth-Riley Construction Co
1735 State St
Manistee, MI 49660
(231) 723-5691

Knizacky Insurance Agency
356 River St
Manistee, MI 49660
(231) 398-3000

Sports Ink
316 Parkdale Ave
Manistee, MI 49660
231-723-5696

VFW Walsh Post 4499
1211 28th Street
Manistee, MI 49660
231-723-9220

American Legion Post 10
10 Mason Street
Manistee, MI 49660
231-723-9501

Annie’s Kozy Kitchen
16938 Caberfae
Wellston, MI 49689
231-848-4632

Or you can get your tickets by completing Raffle Order Form.

Any questions regarding raffle tickets or to have tickets mailed to them contact Samantha Van Aelst at 231-510-3010.

This Year's Sponsors / The following Businesses and individuals are the reason this great event can take place. Please take any opportunity to thank them for their generous donation to our event.

2018 Event Hosts

Fishing Boats from Manistee and  Northern Michigan Area

Little River Casino Resort

The City of Manistee

Sengs Marina

Click here for previous year’s sponsors.

Platinum Sponsor

 

Gold Sponsor

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 876
Rieth-Riley

Silver Sponsor

Meijer
Seng’s Marina
Seng Crane and Excavating

Bronze Sponsor

Filer Credit Union
Wolverine Power Cooperative
Ted & Pam Arens
Ludington Beverage CO.,Inc
REC Boat Holdings LLC
Great Lakes Golf Cars
United Steel Workers Local#12585
Wayne and Joan Webber Foundation
Bob Rosenow and Michale Murphy

Copper Sponsor

Morton Salt
Vanderwal,Spratto and Richards
BPO Elks Lodge 323
Urka Auto Center
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
Alvin Jamison
Blarney Castle Oil Co.
West Shore Bank
Blythe A O’Donnell PLLC
BPO Elks Lodge
Grand Rental Station
Alliance Beverage Distribution
PNC Bank
Onekama Marine
Linke’s Body
Top Line
Lighthouse
Esquire Temple, Inc.
E A Graphics
Suburban Ford

Veteran Sponsor

Mary Sturdevant Insurance Agency Inc.
Creative Window Treatment
Bob’s Roofing
Merskin & MerskinTax Accounting Inc.
Henrickson Architecture  LLC
Boyer Agency
American Legion Post 42
mBank
Martin Marietta
Cherryland Auxiliary Post 2780 VFW
TES Filer City Station,L.P.
Century 21
Surgical Associates PLC
PCA
Boyer Family Dentistry
Kendra Thompson Architects P.C.
Great Lakes Marketing
Manistee Catholic War Veterans
Kampvilla RV Park
Sports Ink
Jackpine
Microtel
Ferrel Gas
JJ Gabelsberger
Virginia Allison
Spirit of the Woods Garden Club, Inc.
The Hammond Group

Other Sponsors

Brooks Roofing
Douglas & Nancy Summers
Anthony Myers
Raymond Snyder
Dan Miller
Larry & Sandra Martinez
E J Werner Post #3733
Joseph Doyle
Waters Edge Dentistry
Rolling Hills Farm
Loyal Order of the Moose Manistee
Josh Russell
Tangled Tackle
Instalaunch Campground & Marina
Hank & Sons
Don’s Sporting Goods

In memory of Betty Koon
Larry & Christine Tompkins
Gloria Savory
Mike & Joyce Della Pia
Caroline Miller
Bradley Sand and Gravel
Wally Siemion(Weird Wally)

Become A Sponsor / Support Tight Lines for Troops

To become a sponsor, simply download the ‘Sponsorship Form’ below and mail your check or money order to Tight Lines For Troops.   To Donate using your credit card, press the donate button above. Sponsorship Form

Application Process / Applications are no longer being accepted for 2018. Application period ended 3/1/2018. The application period for 2019 will open on 11/1/2018.

Event Location

First Street Beach Boat Launch

Manistee, MI 49660

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Lodging / Special Pricing

Portage Lake Motel
4714 Main St.
Onekama, Mi. 49675
231-889-4921
reservations@Portagelakemotel.com
One night stay
All rooms single or double Queen $65.00 a night plus tax
Rooms with king size bed $75.00 plus tax.

Two night stay
All rooms single or double Queen $60.00 plus tax
Rooms with king size bed $70.00 plus tax

Tilmann Outfitters
Address: 2626 Bialik rd Manistee, MI 49660
Phone number: 231 510 9345
Email address: mtilmann2@gmail.com    tilmannoutfitters.com
Package details: 2 nights 150.00  Thats 50.00 off

MICROTEL INN & SUITES
226 E PARKDALE AVE
MANISTEE , MI  49660
(231) 398-0008
microtelmanistee@gmail.com 
2 Queen beds  =  95 + tax
1 Queen bed  = 80  + tax

Portage Point Inn & Marina
Address: 8567 Portage Point Dr., Onekama, MI 49675
231.889.7500
mariada@portagepointresort.com
Package Details: due to the variety of our units, range of ($105/night + tax) – ($525/night + tax). 

Sunset Valley Resort
18726 Burnham Drive, Arcadia, MI 49613
419-439-0659 (mention that they are calling for the event discount)
owner@sunsetvalleyarcadia.com
-Full Kitchen Suites (sleeps 6): One night: $87.37 tax included (regular price $131.18 plus tax);  Two nights: 145.60 tax included (stay 2 nights get 1 night free) (Regular Price 262.36/plus tax)
-Full Kitchen  (sleeps 6): One night: $84.37 tax included (regular price $126.68 plus tax);  Two nights: 140.61 tax included (stay 2 nights get 1 night free) (Regular Price 253.36/plus tax)
-Kitchenette (sleeps 4): One night: $75.38 tax included (regular price $113.18 plus tax);  Two nights: 125.62 tax included (stay 2 nights get 1 night free) (Regular Price 226.36/plus tax)
-Small Kitchen (sleeps 2): One night: $72.38 tax included (regular price $108.68 plus tax);  Two nights: 120.63 tax included (stay 2 nights get 1 night free) (Regular Price 217.35/plus tax)
-Sleeper (sleeps 4): One night: $66.38 tax included (regular price $99.68 plus tax);  Two nights: 110.64 tax included (stay 2 nights get 1 night free) (Regular Price 199.36/plus tax)

Days Inn
1462 Manistee Hwy, Manistee, MI 49660
(231) 723-8385
website
$75 per night

Super 8
220 Arthur St, US-31 N
Manistee, MI 49660
231-398-8888
cdsmith86@yahoo.com
$69+tax, each night, rooms with 1 queen bed and rooms with 2 queen beds

 

 

 

FOR ADDITIONAL LODGING OPTIONS GO THE MANISTEE COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU http://www.visitmanisteecounty.com/

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2017 Captains / Meet the Fleet

CAPT BOB GUENTHARDT RENEGADE CHARTERS renegade22@att.net 
CAPT. DENNY KUENZER OBSESSION kuenzerd@gmail.com
CAPT. ALEX BIALIK  FIRE PLUG CHARTERS alexjbialik@gmail.com
CAPT. KEVIN HUGHES SANDPIPER CHARTERS khughes@manistee.org 
 CAPT. STACY PETERSON BULLHEAD CHARTERS  bullheadcharters@gmail.com
CAPT. DAVID BAKER  FLAT OUT  hotticket@chartermi.net
CAPT. TOM RASMUSSEN  SUE LEE SPORTFISHING CHARTERS marasm57@yahoo.com
 CAPT. LARRY SCHARICH REEL PLEASURE CHARTERS  captlarry@shipwatchmarina.com
CAPT. MITCH MODRYNSKI REEL TEASER II CHARTERS reel-teaser@juno.com 
CAPT. TODD HUNDLEY  T-N-T CHARTERS thundley@chartermi.net 
CAPT. ROD SIMONS BANDIT  simonsrp@netzero.net
CAPT. JEFF PYCIAK HOT TICKET II CHARTERS  j.pyciak@gmail.com
CAPT. JEFF CAMPBELL  DOUBLE K  doublek3850@yahoo.com 
CAPT. BRIAN CECIL AFISHIANADO briantcecil@gmail.com
CAPT. KEN HARRISON  TANKS A LOT
CAPT. TIM ERVIN  LEGACY  tervin26@charter.net
 CAPT. WAYNE VOLKEMA  KNOT HUNTING CHARTERS wayne_volkema@milacron.com 
CAPT. DOUG CERMAK JANES OVERTIME  1cop1knot@gmail.com 
CAPT. AL SHERMAN CHER-AL chersher5@yahoo.com
 CAPT. MEL GAW I-DE-HO melgaw1@aol.com
 CAPT. JON LEFFLER  ROD BENDER jonleffler07@gmail.com
 CAPT. DOUG CWANEK  LORI-ANN II  doug@bluewaterpaintingandwallcovering.com
CAPT. MIKE KROULIK  FLYING HELLFISH  mkroulik@charter.net  
CAPT. FRED BOLTON  FREDDIE B CHARTERS freddieb@acegroup.cc  
CAPT. RICK JACQUES  JOB SITE rick@casi1986.com  
CAPT. GABE MCDOUGAL JAWBREAKER gmcdougall_07@hotmail.com
 CAPT. KEVIN BERKLUND DECOY CHARTERS fishcatcher58@hotmail.com  
CAPT  BRAD PHELPS  SHAKERS  herbertbphelps@gmail.com
 CAPT TOM GORGUZE BAD DOG tgorguze@aol.com 
CAPT MARK BAILEY  BIGGIES DREAM  mabailey@dow.com
 CAPT CHRIS INGALLS  TANGLED TACKLE  darkblue7715@gmail.com
CAPT GREG MCCRUMB  KEEPING IT REEL CHARTERS  keepingreel@gmail.com
CAPT DAN ZIELINSKI  PALE RIDER dan.zielinski71@gmail.com
CAPT GEORGE PEPLINSKI  NETMINDER CHARTERS netmindersportfishing@hotmail.com 
 CAPT. PAUL PROTASIEWICZ INDIAN GIVER paulypfish@yahoo.com
CAPT MARK CHMURA  PIER PRESSURE CHARTERS  pierpressurecharters@aol.com
CAPT ERIC WALLINE  TROPHY CUP  ewalline@gmail.com
CAPT JOHN MILBOURNE TUNA TIME johnmilbourne@ymail.com
 CAPT MIKE MAGNASON  WET DOG  magnusonma@gmail.com
 CAPT DAVE NELSON MISS-STRESS sprdavenelson@yahoo.com
CAPT ROB SNADSTEDT  POLE SETTER
CAPT BILL SCHNURR  SHOOTER waschnurr2000@yahoo.com 
CAPT. MIKE TILLMANN ALIBI captmichael@tillmannoutfitters.com
CAPT ROB KAPANOWSKI  FISHY WHIPPED ssh4lmt@gmail.com
CAPT. MIKE COE  COE’S NEST  tales2spin@hotmail.com
CAPT. MIKE CNUDDE SUPERFISHAL  mikec@coldwellbankeralm.com
 CAPT JIM JACQUES  BULLDOGGER  jgjac48@ymail.com
CAPT. TED LAMBRECT HAPPY WANDERER
CAPT MIKE PAJTAS CLASS ACT CHARTERS michaelpajtas@aol.com
RIVER CAPTAINS
CAPT LARRY RANEY PREMIERE ANGLING GUIDE SERVICE
 CAPT ROBERT KERR PREMIERE ANGLING GUIDE SERVICE
CAPT MATT BARTHELS D LOOP OUTFITTERS
CAPT DILLON VANDERBIE  MANISTEE RIVER OUTFITTERS
 CAPT ANDREW TIGHE ANGLIND EDGE GUIDE SERVICE
 CAPT BRAD KAMALOSKI  MANISTEE RIVER CHARTERS AND GUIDE SERVICE
 MEDIA BOATS
 CAPT BOBBY ANDREWS STEEL TRAP
 CAPT MARK HUSTED CAPT JOE PERRIN Wellcraft, Group Beneteau 
CAPT JASON SKAGGS KNOT 4 REEL
CAPT DOUG HOCKENBERGER MY CIRCUS

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