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, Michigan National Guard and U.S. Coast Guard, many private businesses, and hundreds of volunteer individuals throughout the state of Michigan joined together and successfully executed this outstanding event.

Now in its 7th year Tight Lines for Troops (a federally recognized nonprofit organization) proudly announces its 7th Annual Charity Fishing Tournament for Michigan Veterans. The event will be held at the Manistee City Marina in Downtown Manistee this year, and will include increased opportunities to interact with the local community, who have consistently honored and supported our veterans and this event in prior years. Seng’s Marina has very graciously hosted this event for the last several years, and is integrally involved in this year’s event in its new location in our beautiful downtown.

The 2016 boat fleet consists of approximately 40 big lake fishing boats, and several boats accustomed to providing a river fishing experience for those who are interested. Again, the host committee will offer a Pier/Shore division for those who wish to fish from the shore. In all, the 2016 Tight Lines Fishing Tournament will deliver a memorable experience for approximately 250 Michigan Veterans, most of whom have not yet had an opportunity to attend and participate in this outstanding event. Those who receive “boarding priority” are WWII and Korean War vets, Purple Heart recipients, veterans disabled, POWs, and then any Veteran of any branch of service, and select active duty service people.

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 marina, traveling up the river channel to the City Marina. The Riverwalk along the river channel will be lined with patriotic and appreciative fans, waving their flags to cheer and welcome the fishermen back “home”. In expressing his gratitude for the event one 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.” Every year we are moved by these same types of comments. Be a part of the Celebration and join us on the Riverwalk for the Flag Welcome!

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 7th Annual Tight Lines for Troops Charity Fishing Tournament for Michigan Veterans on May 21st, 2016.

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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. Manistee

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

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

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 Manistee City Marina, Manistee, Michigan Dinner and Awards immediately following.

Raffle / Win a Polaris ATV

Get Your Tickets at one of These Locations or Download the Form at the Bottom of the Page!

 

Jackpine Business Center
Contact person: Bev
76 Filer St.
Manistee MI  49660
231 723 8344
website

 

Dynamic Physical Therapy
1806 Parkdale Ave.
Manistee MI  49660
231 723 5479
website

 

Farm Bureau Insurance
Matt Knizackey Agency
356 River St.
Manistee  MI 49660
231 398 3000
website

 

Napa
226 Park Ave
Manistee, MI 49660
231 723 6272
website

 

Auto Value
Contact Person: Brad
281 River St
Manistee, MI 49660
231 398 2976
website

 

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.

2016 Event Hosts

Fishing Boats from Manistee and  Northern Michigan Area

Little River Casino Resort

The City of Manistee

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc.

Silver Sponsor

Seng’s Marina

Wolverine Power Cooperative

Bronze Sponsor

Henrickson Architecture, LLC

Filer Credit Union

Michigan Asphalt Terminal Company  

DAV Dept. of Michigan-Charitable Foundation

Little River Band Tribal Council  

Reed City Tool Inc.

Ted and Pam Arens

Woods Financial LLC

Showspan, Inc.

Roy O ‘Brien, Inc.

The Wayne and Joan Webber Foundation

Michaele Murphy/Robert Rosenow

Yarema Die and Engineering

The Jean Guenthardt Memorial Fund

Specialty Steel

Great Lakes Golf Cars

Consumer Energy

Rec Boat Holdings

Copper SPONSOR

Bob Maxey Lincoln

Linkes Body Shop 

Martin ( Pete) Willacker Memorial Fund 

Alliance Beverage Distributing

Binsons Home Health

Lighthouse Realty

Topline Electric

Watson’s of Ludington

Manistee Ford

Watson’s of Benzonia

Manistee Chevrolet

Burch Tank and Truck

Edward Jones

Vyletel Buick GMC

West Shore Bank

Ludington Beverage

BPO Elks Lodge 323  Traverse City

Meijer

HT Enterprise

Veteran Sponsor

Onekama Guild

Vanderwal,Spratto and Richards 

Martin Marietta 

G E Insulation

Onekama Marine

Dr. Bob Hensel Memorial Fund  

Boyer Insurance Agency  

Teamster Local 243 

T.J’s Pub Ramsdell Inn

Suburban Ford of Sterling Heights

Terwilliger Funeral Home

VFW Graf O’Hara Post #423

Great Lakes Marketing

Big Papa, LLC

Boyer Family Dentistry

George and Gloria Kuhr memorial donation from family

General Mills-Yoplait

Marketing Resource Group

Kampvilla RV Park

Michigan Charter Boat Association

Waters Edge Dentistry

Other Sponsors

E.J. Warner Post 3733   

Roger Maples

Jr.Clio Group Onekama  

Judith and Frank Lee 

Thomas Youngblood

Manistee Catholic War Vets 

Brooks Roofing Company

C. R. Reusch Jewelers

Manistee Veterinary Hospital

Amor Signs

Cherry Land Auxiliary Post 2780 VFW

Loyal Order of Moose #1128 Manistee

Rosalind Jaffe

Richard Beatty

Manistee County Republican Party

Anthony Violante

Sunrise Fabric

Riverside Motel and Marina

 

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

Register now / Registration is Open

Boat or Pier/Shore Fishing?

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 Handicap Accessible: I or my family member attending require handicap accessible parking and provisions. If you have special needs, please convey to tournament staff upon applying for tournament participation to ensure optimum level of support for your stay.

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You can also register by mail or fax using the registration form below.

You can also register by mail or fax using the registration form below.

Event Location

Manistee City Marina

480 River St,

Manistee, MI 49660

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Lodging / Special Pricing

Check out these deals from our Lodging Partners.  Please mention Tight Lines for Troops when booking your room for the event to get the special pricing.

Alpine Motor Lodge

8127 Chippewa Hwy

Bear Lake, MI 49614

231-889-4281

One Room with 2 Queens One Night $60, Two Nights $80 & Three Nights $100.  (taxes included) Veterans Only

 

The Microtel Inn & Suites

226 E Parkdale Ave

Manistee, MI 49660

231-398-0008

2 Queen size room for  $65.00 + tax

1 Queen size room for $ 55.00 + tax

Suite for $ 75.00

 

Super 8

220 Arthur ST

Manistee, MI 49660

231-398-8888

15% military/veteran discount to anyone participating in Tight Lines.

 

Little River Casino Resort

2700 Orchard Hwy

Manistee, Michigan 49660

1-866-473-2538

Standard rooms $89 per night

TIGHT LINES FOR TROOPS

Please join us at the Manistee Elk’s Lodge 250

Saturday, May 21, 2016 starting at 11:00

Public is Welcome

 

The patio will be open, Hot dogs will be grilling, Waiting to Welcome Our Troops back to the City Marina

We have a great deck to enjoy lunch, a cold beverage and great view of the festivities. 

 

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General Info / Logo use and Guidlines

For those interested in using the Tight Lines for Troops Logo/name for any purpose please complete refer to the Logo Usage Guidelines,  complete the Logo Usage Request Form and return by mail to the address provided on the form.

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2015 Captains / Meet the Fleet

SHOOTER CAPT. BILL SCHNURR & JULIE DIXON waschnurr2000@yahoo.com
OBSESSION CAPT. DENNY KUENZER denny.kuenzer@martinmarietta.com
FIRE PLUG CAPT. DAN GOLDEN fishon@fireplugcharters.com
SANDPIPER CHARTERS CAPT. KEVIN HUGHES khughes@manistee.org
NETMINDER CHARTERS CAPT. GEORGE & CHRIS PEPLINSKI netmindersportfishing@hotmail.com
ALIBI CAPT. MIKE TILLMANN captmichael@tillmannoutfitters.com
FISHLANDER FISHING TEAM CAPT. RAY LADEMAN ray@lrsoutdoorservices.com
BULLHEAD CHARTERS CAPT. STACY PETERSON bullheadcharters@gmail.com
FLAT OUT CAPT. DAVID BAKER hotticket@chartermi.net
KELLEY’S KETCH SPORT FISHING CAPT. MIKE KELLEY kellysketch@yahoo.com
SEA DUCER CHARTERS CAPT. BRUCE PERRY bperry@voyager.net
I DEE HO CHARTERS CAPT. MEL GAW melgaw1@aol.com
RIVERSIDE CHARTERS CAPT. PAUL SCHLAFLEY riversidecharters@charter.net
RENEGADE CHARTERS CAPT. BOB GUENTHARDT renegade22@att.net
STEELHEAD HUNTER CHARTERS CAPT. LANCE KEENE steelheadhunter105@gmail.com
SUE LEE SPORTFISHING CHARTERS CAPT. TOM RASMUSSEN marasm57@yahoo.com
REEL PLEASURE CAPT. LARRY SCHARICH captlarry@reelpleasure.com
FIRST CLASS CHARTERS CAPT. STEVE HAMILTON firstclass@jackpine.com
KILLIN’ TIME CHARTERS CAPT. CRAIG KENT kilntime@tm.net
REEL TEASER II SPORTFISHING CHARTERS CAPT. MITCH MODRYNSKI reel-teaser@juno.com
T-N-T CHARTERS CAPT. TODD HUNDLEY thundley@chartermi.net
COE’S NEST CAPT. MIKE COE tales2spin@hotmail.com
PIER PRESSURE CAPT. MARK CHMURA pierpressurecharters@aol.com
GETTIN’ BIGGER CAPT. TIM MANN mannmann@comcast.net
BANDIT CAPT. ROD SIMONS simonsrp@netzero.net
KENDRA MARY CAPT. KEN WARREN catchumken1@att.net
NON FICTION CAPT. MATT KRAMER mattdcr54@aol.com
HOT TICKET II CAPT. JEFF PYCIAK j.pyciak@gmail.com
DOUBLE K CAPT. JEFF CAMPBELL doublek3850@yahoo.com
TROPHY CUP CAPT. ERIC WALLINE ewalline@gmail.com
DUSTER CAPT. ERIC ANDERSEN andersen@kaltelnet.net
3 BUCKS CAPT. BRUCE BUCHANAN bruce@aoneagency.com
FISHFUL THINKING CAPT. GARRY GRIESSEL scott.claxton@esysautomation.com
TANKS A LOT CAPT. KEN HARRISON rkleiner@bestwallcovering.com
LEGACY CAPT. TIM ERVIN tervin26@charter.net
EZ-LIVIN CAPT. JEFF LIVINGSTON ezlivin100@hotmail.net
RESIDUAL CAPT. RAY LANNING rlanning@nelinc.com
PJS TOO CAPT. JIM POMARANSKI pjstoo22@yahoo.com
KNOT HUNTING CAPT. WAYNE VOLKEMA waynevolkema@milacron.com
JANES OVERTIME CAPT. DOUG CERMAK 1cop1knot@wildblue.net
GYPSEA CAPT. CHRIS STEIN fisherman21198@gmail.com
HULLABLUE CAPT. GAYLAN HULL phull@charter.net
OFF CALL II CAPT. PHIL SEDELMAIER sedelmaierp@michigan.gov
SOUR KRAUT CAPT. STEVE FREDERICKS sfredricks@cicbcg.com
SLIP KNOT II CAPT. KEN VAUGHAN kenvaughan2012@yahoo.com
NAMELESS CAPT. JOHN BALL johnb@allegra-printing.com
LORI-ANN II CAPT. DOUG CWANEK doug@bluewaterpaintingandwallcovering.com
WET DOG CAPT. MIKE MAGNASON mmagnasun@johnsonmichigan.com
HIGH BALL CAPT. MATT ERLEWEIN c.polinski@yahoo.com
FLYING HELLFISH CAPT. MIKE KROULIK mkroulik@charter.net
FREDDIE B CAPT. FRED BOLTON freddieb@acegroup.cc
JOB SITE CAPT. RICK JACQUES rick@casi1986.com
FISHWISH III CAPT. BILL RUDY billrudy@charter.net
COHO CAPT. GENE RYAN rodsnregs@gmail.com
DECOY CAPT. KEVIN BERKLUND fishcatcher586@hotmail.com
DOUBLE DOWN CAPT. DARRELL IRWIN darrellirwin@yahoo.com
CLASS ACT CAPT. MIKE PAJTAS michaelpajtas@aol.com
SHAKERS CAPT BRAD PHELPS herbertbphelps@gmail.com
FISH IT CAPT JOHN BENNETT jmbennett77@hotmail.com
BAD DOG CAPT TOM GORGUZE tgorguze@aol.com
POLE SETTER CAPT MATT ROSKOSKI mattrosko@gmail.com

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