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
Contact person:  Brad
226 Park Ave
Manistee, MI 49660
231 723 6272
website

 

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

Pam Hamilton

231 889 5815

Previous 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.

2015 Platinum Sponsor

Fishing Boats from Manistee and  Northern Michigan Area

Little River Casino Resort

Seng’s Marina

Event Sponsor

Rieth-Riley Construction Co.

2015 Gold Sponsor

Flatout, Inc

Interstate Asphalt Corporation

Michi-Gun

Motor City Harley Davidson

2015 Silver Sponsor

Consumer Energy

Gazillion & One

Geraldine Gage

Mark Zmyskowski

Michael Murphy

Radar Industries

Robert G Vallee, Sr.

Specialty Steel Treating

Ted & Pam Arens

Wayne & Joan Webber Foundation

Yarema Die & Engineering

CONTRIBUTING SPONSOR

Alliance Beverage

AmVets Post 120

Amvets Riders Chap. 1988

Binson’s Home Health Care

Burch Tank & Truck

Century 21 Boardwalk – Suzanne Riley

DBA Aries Grotto

Dr. Shrink

Edward Jones of Manistee

Esquire Temple Association

Filer Credit Union

Four Winns

G.E. Insulation Co

Linke’s Body Shop, Inc

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians/Tribal Council

Ludington Beverage

Meijer

Morton Salt

Reed City Tool, Inc

Roy O’Brien Ford

Suburban Ford of Sterling Heights

The American Legion Post 42

VFW Post 671 Men’s Auxiliary

Vyletel Group Inc

West Shore Bank

Wolverine Power Cooperative

SCHOLARSHIP

Anthony Violante

Avon Protection Systems

Big Papa Sportfishing Products

Boyer Agency

Cortis Bros. Trucking & Excavating

Customs-N-Classics Car Club Manistee

Douglas & Nancy Summers

Douglas Wehner

Great Lakes Marketing Group

JJ Gabelsberger

John & Ann Hern

Joseph Maxey

Kampvilla RV Park

Martin Marietta Magnesia Specialties LLC

Michigan Charter Boat Association

Onekama Marine, Inc

Patrick Melia

Philip & Pauline Jaquish

Richard Bobian, DDS

Robert and Lynise Hensel

Russ Milne Ford

Snyder’s Shoes

Teamsters Local Union #243

Thomas & Sandra Youngblood

Top Line Electric LLC

Vanderwal, Spratto & Richards

Water’s Edge Dentistry

OTHER

Bev & Don Shankwiler

Bruce David

Michael Stoddard Quartermaster VFW Post 3733

Greg Howard

Jeffrey Ehrhart

Jim Edmondson

Joe Koon Memorial to Tightlines

Manistee Catholic War Vets Post 1847

Stanley Turley

Tom and Missy Amor

VFW Post 6248

SPECIAL MENTION

4 Imprint

Andy’s Tackle

Big Bear Sportsman’s Club

Bob Barch

Bonnie Livingston

Bravo Troop  Hamburg

C & W Portable Toilets

Calvin Murphy

Charlie Schoedel

Chris Bates

City of Manistee

Craig Kent

Criss Miller

Dave Papes

Denise Peters

Dial-A-Ride

Dixie Jazz Band

Dynamic Physical Therapy

EA Graphics

East Lake Fire Dept. EMS

ECooler

Farm Bureau Knizacky Agency

Filer Twp. Fire Dept. EMS

Flatout Inc

Fred Thomas

Gwen Nelson

Hank & Sons

Havel & Gerusso Group

Helen Drawe

Heritage Broadcasting Co.

HT Enterprises-fishing baits

Instalaunch Campground & Marina

Jackpine Business Center

Kaleva Meats

Larry Areaux

Larry Bahr-calliope

Little River Casino Resort F & B Staff

Liz Marquand

MacNeil Bagpiers

Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce

Manistee County Dept. of Transportation

Manistee County Sportfishing Association

Manistee National Golf and Resort

Manistee News Advocate

Manistee Twp. Fire Dept. Ambulance

Manistee Welding

Mary J Stahl

Mary Rasmussen

Michael Agnello Jewelers

Michigan National Guard Armory

Midwest Freefall Skydiving

Miller Produce

NAPA on Parkdale

Oak Grove Funeral Home

Olesons Food Market

Patricia L. Barr

Patti Mogg

PCA – Packaging Corporation

Pier 31

Ray Lademan family fish cleaning

RD Morehouse

Reusch Jewelers

Richard McCoy

Rolling Thunder MI Chapter 1

Sam Ciprano

Samantha Vanaelst

Sandy Schwab

Savvagio’s Produce Place

Serra Brothers Produce

Skyview Photo Plane Ride

Sports Ink Screen Printing

Tangled Tackle

Tek-Nik

Tom Fuller

Trinity Industries

United States Coast Guard

Valley View Farms

VFW Men’s Auxiliary

VFW Men’s Auxiliary-Boy Scouts of America

Vogue Theater

Weird Wally

Tournament Weigh Team

Manistee County Sport Fishing Assoc.  Kevin Hughes

Shore Division Direct Sponsors;

Manistee County Sport Fishing Assoc.

Insta Launch Campground and Marina

Tangled Tackle

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

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Event Location

Manistee City Marina

480 River St,

Manistee, MI 49660

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Lodging / Special Pricing

Check back for lodging specials during the event with our local partners.

www.VisitManisteeCounty.com

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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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