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

Last 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

Application Process / Applications will be accepted November 1st, 2016 - March 1st, 2017

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 check back as we get closer to the event date for a complete list of  2017 Lodging Partners.

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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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2016 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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