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 “10th Annual Tight Lines for Troops Fishing Tournament for Michigan Veterans” on May 17th and 18th, 2019.

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.

Donation / Donate through Paypal

Raffle / Win a Polaris ATV

Raffle Poster

Get your raffle tickets at the following locations!

Rieth Riley Construction CO
1735 State St
Manistee
Hrs. M-F   7-3

Knizacky Insurance
356 River St
Manistee

Dynamic Physical
1806 E. Parkdale Ave
Manistee

Chopo’s Northside
132 Monroe Street
Manistee

VFW
1211 28th Street
Manistee

American Legion Post No. 10
10 Mason Street
Manistee

Manistee Beverage Company
401 River St
Manistee

Annie’s Kozy Kitchen – Wellston
16938 Caberfae Hwy
Wellston

Sunrise Fabrics
354 River Street
Manistee, MI 49660

Peacock, LTD.

276 S. M 37
Baldwin, MI  49304
231 745 4606

The Painted Lady Saloon
723 Kosciusko St
Manistee, MI 49660

Diner 31
267 Arthur St
Manistee, MI 49660

See the Polaris Ranger at

Peacock, LTD.
276 S. M 37
Baldwin, MI  49304
231 745 4606
2019 Quad 2
2019 Quad 1

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.

2019 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

IBEW Local 876
Consumers Power
Little River Casino Resort
Rieth Riley

Silver Sponsor

Seng’s Marina
Meijer

Bronze Sponsor

Interstate Asphalt Manistee Office
Packaging Corporation of America
USW Local 12585
Filer Credit Union
Ted and Pam Arens
4 Front Credit Union
Wolverine Power Cooperative
Vyper Graphics
Ludington Beverage
Great Lakes Golf Cars
RBH REC Boat Holdings
WTCM, Traverse City
MacAllister Rentals
Zupin Crane

Copper Sponsor

Linke’s Body Shop Inc
Top Line Electric
Ziehm LP Gas of Scottville
Lighthouse Realty
Q Smokehouse Inc, The
USW District 2 Local 14450
Edward Jones
Vanderwal Spratto & Richards
Microtel Inn & Suites
Westshore Bank
Morton Salt
Tim Guenthardt
Michigan Charter Boat Association
Filer Mill Community Club
Diner 31
C&W Portables
D-Loop Outfitters, Wellston
HP Enterprises, Inc.

Veteran Sponsor

Alvin L. Jamison
Dunn Side Auto Glass
Master Muffler & Brakes
Nye Plumbing & Heating
AmVets Post 120
Cherryland Auxiliary Post 2780 VFW
Knizacky Insurance Agency
G.E. Insulation Co
Kendra C. Thompson Architects, P.C.
Sports Ink
Virginia Allison
Cynthia Pekkala
Burch Tank & Truck
Martin Marietta Materials
Surgical Associates PLC
TES Filer City Station
Bob’s Roofing
Catholic War Veterans post 1847
Kampvilla RV Park
Fischer Bottle Gas
Larry Jensen
Daniel D Laskey Company P.C.
Pappy’s Bait and Tackle, Wellston
Tangled Tackle Company, Manistee

Other Sponsors

In Memory of Gordon Fuller, Jr.
Kris Stanhope
Shirley Moffitt
Randy/Mary Beth Champlin
Martha/Craig Kent
Mike/Maureen Tasiemski
Kathy Phelps
Ray Livingston
Melanie Livingston
Rebecca/Kent Taylor
Phyllis Sours
Margaret/Jim Lakies
Linda/Gary Sours
Deb Apol
Angie Snyder Kuhn
Terry Fuller
Kathleen/Harry Richards
Lisa/Steve Thiel
Ila/Richard Gouldman
Laurie Rombach

Old Hamlin Restaurant
Hersey Customs, Inc.
Gilroy’s Got it,
Woods-N-Waters
Wayne Wiliffel

Other Donors

Beam Suntory
Memorial
Memorial
Dial-a-Ride

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. The application period for 2019 will open on 11/1/2018.

Volunteers / Volunteers are key to a successful event.

We couldn’t make this event happen without our volunteers.  Please check back closer to next year’s event to sign up for great opportunities!

Event Location

First Street Beach Boat Launch

Manistee, MI 49660

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Lodging / Special Pricing

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  That’s $50.00 off

MICROTEL INN & SUITES
226 E PARKDALE AVE
MANISTEE , MI  49660
(231) 398-0008
microtelmanistee@gmail.com 
FRIDAY
2 Queen beds  =  $95 + tax
1 Queen bed  = $85  + tax
SATURDAY
2 Queen beds  =  $115 + tax
1 Queen bed  = $105  + 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) – ($370/night + tax).
Second night 50% off.

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
$67.20+tax, each night, rooms with 1 queen bed.  Rooms with 2 queen beds $75.20+tax.

Insta Launch Campground and Marina
20 Park ave
Manistee, MI 49660
231-723-3901
reserve@instalaunch.com
Free camping for veterans

Rally Point Veteran’s Campground – there will be 2 sites available for free to participants!
2486 Skocelas Rd
Manistee, MI
Phone: 517 518 0333


RIVERSIDE MOTEL AND MARINA
520 Water Street
Manistee, MI 49660
(231) 723-3554
50% discount to any room where an active or former military person is a guest, so $47.50 + tax

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

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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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2019 Captains / Meet the Fleet

SHOOTER CAPT. BILL SCHNURR & JULIE DIXON waschnurr2000@yahoo.com
OBSESSION CAPT. DENNY KUENZER kuenzerd@gmail.com
SANDPIPER CHARTERS CAPT. KEVIN HUGHES khughes@manistee.org
ALIBI CAPT. MIKE TILLMANN mtilmann2@gmail.com
BULLHEAD CHARTERS CAPT. STACY PETERSON bullheadcharters@gmail.com
FLAT OUT CAPT. DAVID BAKER hotticket@chartermi.net
REEL PLEASURE CHARTERS CAPT. LARRY SCHARICH captlarry@shipwatchmarina.com
REEL TEASER II 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
BANDIT CAPT. ROD SIMONS simonsrp@netzero.net
HOT TICKET II CHARTERS CAPT. JEFF PYCIAK j.pyciak@gmail.com
DOUBLE K CAPT. JEFF CAMPBELL campb1j@cmich.edu
TROPHY CUP CAPT. ERIC WALLINE ewalline@gmail.com
TANKS A LOT CAPT. KEN HARRISON Charles-Harrison@hotmail.com
LEGACY CAPT. TIM ERVIN timervinassoc@gmail.com
PJS TOO CAPT. JIM POMARANSKI pjstoo22@yahoo.com
KNOT HUNTING CHARTERS CAPT. WAYNE VOLKEMA wayne_volkema@milacron.com
LORI-ANN II CAPT. DOUG CWANEK doug@bluewaterpaintingandwallcovering.com
WET DOG CAPT. MIKE MAGNASON magnusonma@gmail.com
FLYING HELLFISH CAPT. MIKE KROULIK mkroulik@charter.net
FREDDIE B CHARTERS CAPT. FRED BOLTON freddieb@acegroup.cc
JOB SITE CAPT. RICK JACQUES rick@casi1986.com
DECOY CHARTERS CAPT. KEVIN BERKLUND fishcatcher58@hotmail.com
WIRTGEN MAN CAPT  PAT KANE pkane@aisequip.com
POLE SETTER CAPT ROB SANDSTEDT sandstedt2010@hotmail.com
OFF THE HOOK CAPT VERN WALKER walkervern66@yahoo.com
BIGGIES DREAM CAPT MARK BAILEY mabailey@dow.com
TANGLED TACKLE CAPT CHRIS INGALLS darkblue7715@gmail.com
KEEPING IT REEL CHARTERS CAPT GREG MCCRUMB keepingreel@gmail.com
PALE RIDER CAPT DAN ZIELINSKI dan.zielinski71@gmail.com
BULLDOGGER CAPT JIM JACQUES jgjac48@ymail.com
MISS-STRESS CAPT. DAVE NELSON sprdavenelson@yahoo.com
TUNA TIME CAPT. JOHN MILBOURNE johnmilbourne@ymail.com
INDIAN GIVER CAPT. PAUL PROTASIEWICZ paulypfish@yahoo.com
JAWBREAKER CAPT. GABE MCDOUGAL gmcdougall_07@hotmail.com
ROD BENDER CAPT. JOHN LEFFLER jonleffler07@gmail.com
I-DEE-HO CAPT. MEL GAW melgaw1@aol.com
CHER-AL CAPT. AL SHERMAN chersher5@yahoo.com
AFISHIANADO CAPT. BRIAN CECIL briantcecil@gmail.com
BROWN BEAR CAPT JEFF BATJKA
PEACE OF MIND CAPT. TIM MASON browntrout285@yahoo.com
EXIT STATEGY CAPT. JORDAN LAMBERT jordan@fishfrankfurt.com
PURE CHAOS CAPT. CHRIS PEPLINSKI chris_pep0130@hotmail.com
FIN ADDICTION CAPT. MASON CLARK masonclark29@hotmail.com
NAUTI DOG CAPT. ROB HANLINE robatcvw@icloud.com
DOG BONE CAPT. GREG PRIEUR kprieur1226@comcast.net
OUR REEL HEROES 2 CAPT. BRIAN STANDEN ourhero1987@gmail.com
DEATH FROM ABOVE CAPT. GABE VILLAREAL gabevillarreal6636@icloud.com
FINAL APPROACH CAPT. KEITH CABOT

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