About / What is it all about?

This annual charity 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.

Eight years later Tight Lines for Troops (a federally recognized nonprofit organization) proudly announced its 8th Annual Charity Fishing Tournament for Michigan Veterans. In 2016 the fleet included 63 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 itself 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 “8th Annual Tight Lines for Troops Charity Fishing Tournament for Michigan Veterans” on May 19th and 20th, 2017.

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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 City Marina, River 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 City Marina, River 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

Please check back later for an updated list of locations to Get Your Tickets for the 2017 Raffle!

 

Any questions regarding raffle tickets or to have tickets mailed to them:

Pam Hamilton

231 889 5815

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.

2017 Event Hosts

Fishing Boats from Manistee and  Northern Michigan Area

Little River Casino Resort

The City of Manistee

Platinum Sponsor

 

Gold Sponsor

Rieth-Riley

Silver Sponsor

Seng’s Marina

Bronze Sponsor

  Robert Vallee,Sr./Woods Financial LLC   

Bob Rosenow & Michele Murphy

Interstate Asphalt

Pam & Ted Arens

Reed City Tool

Filer Credit Union

DAV Department of Michigan

Copper Sponsor

Jim Lambert Auctioneers LLC Cattle Division

Vanderwall, Sprato, Richards

Century 21 Boardwalk

Surgical Associates PLC

Lighthouse Realty

Linke’s Body Shop

 

Veteran Sponsor

Douglas Wehner

High-Tech Dental

Kendra Thompson Architects

Tom Shields

Boyer Agency

JJ Gabelsberger

Martin Marietta

G.E. Insulation Co. 

Onekama Marine Inc.

Other Sponsors

Rick and Terri Pepera and Pat Pepera  in memorial for Robert Miehlke and Jean Guenthardt

Dale Roberts 

Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention and Visitors Bureau in memory of Gerald Sare from the entire team at Experience Grand Rapids

Karen Capucci in memory of Anthony Capucci 2013/2014 participant from Don and Glenda Gilmet

Patricia Ennis

Ronald Gardin DDS

Doug and Nancy Summers

Mary Sturdevant Agency

Manistee Insurance

Dr. Jeffery Westheimer

VFW Post 3733 – Michael Stoddard

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 will be accepted November 1st, 2016 - March 1st, 2017

Applications were due on March 1st. Please return next year to apply!

Download/Print Application Form

You can also apply by mail or fax using the application form below.

You can also apply by mail or fax using the application form below.

Event Location

First Street Beach Boat Launch

Manistee, MI 49660

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Lodging / Special Pricing

Please mention that you are a participant with Tight Lines for Troops when making your reservation in order to receive your special pricing.

MICROTEL INN & SUITES

226 E. PARKDALE AVE

MANISTEE, MI  49660231-398-0008

microtelmanistee@gmail.com

Package Details: We are offering the Tight Lines for Troops participants

Each Night:  1 Queen –  $75 + tax, 2 Queens – $ 85 + tax, double occupancy.

 

TILMAN OUTFITTERS

2646 Bialik Rd., Manistee, MI 49660

Phone number: 231 510 9345

Email  mtilmann2@gmail.com

Package details: One night $75, two nights $150 up to 4 people

There are four beds in the Lodge.

 

RAMSDELL INN

399 River Street, Manistee, MI 49660

Phone number: 231.398.7901

Email:  info@ramsdellinn.net

Package details: We will be offering our weekday rates for all veterans on that weekend!  $199 for a suite, $159 for a fireplace room and $129 for a standard room! All rooms have one bed.

 

INSTA LAUNCH CAMPGROUND AND MARINA

20 Park Ave, Manistee, MI 49660

231-723-3901

Email address: reserve@instalaunch.com

Package details:  Free Campsite or 50% off cabin or trailer rental for up to two nights during the Tight Lines event for Veterans participating in the Tournament.

 

DAYS INN OF MANISTEE

1462 US 31 South, Manistee, MI 49660

231-723-8385

Email address: daysinnofmanistee@yahoo.com

Package details: 1 night rate of $80.00 plus tax. 2 night rate of $72.00 plus tax

One king bed for two people or two queen beds for up to four people.

 

LITTLE RIVER CASINO RESORT

2700 Orchard Hwy., Manistee, MI  49660

231-723-1535

Package Details:  $89.00 per night plus tax

One King bed or two queen beds, double occupancy – add $10 each additional person over 2

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2016 Captains / Meet the Fleet

CAPT BOB GUENTHARDT RENEGADE CHARTERS renegade22@att.net 
CAPT. DENNY KUENZER OBSESSION kuenzerd@gmail.com
CAPT. DAN GOLDEN  FIRE PLUG CHARTERS  fishon@fireplugcharters.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. ERIC ANDERSEN DUSTER CHARTERS  andersen@kaltelnet.net
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. CHRIS STEIN GYPSEA fisherman21198@gmail.com 
 CAPT. PHIL SEDELMAIER  OFF CALL II CHARTERS  sedelmaierp@michigan.gov  
 CAPT. LENNY VAUGHAN  SLIP KNOT II CHARTERS  lennyvaughan410@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. BILL RUDY FISHWISH III  billrudy@charter.net
 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
 

Welcome Flag Locations / Come Show Your Support From Shore

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