Tight Lines For Troops Free Fishing Tournament for Michigan Veterans MAY 19-20, 2023 Tight Lines For Troops MAY 19-20, 2023

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.

Ten years later, Tight Lines for Troops (a federally recognized nonprofit organization) proudly announced its 10th Annual Charity Fishing Tournament for Michigan Veterans. In 2019 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 “2022 Tight Lines for Troops Fishing Tournament for Michigan Veterans” on May 20th and 21st, 2022.

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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!

Staging and Boarding

Arrive at MANISTEE IRON WORKS, 254 RIVER STREET, MANISTEE, MI 49660. Shuttles will take you to the marina for boarding.  Boarding of boats commences.  Coffee, donuts and restrooms available. Once boats are boarded, shuttles will take any Pier/Shore participants to the fishing locations.

Tournament Ends

Boats stage in harbor for procession up the river to the Marina.  Transportation will be provided for return to the Event Area (Manistee Iron Works) and activities by dial-a-ride bus.  Weigh-in will be at the fish cleaning station at the first street boat launch.

Raffle /

Unfortunately, we will not be holding the raffle in 2022.  However, we will have  50/50 drawings at the event with 50% of proceeds going to the winners.

NOTE: MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN

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.

2022 Event Hosts

Fishing Boats from Manistee and  Northern Michigan Area

Little River Casino Resort

Manistee Iron Works

Sengs Marina

The City of Manistee

Click here for previous year’s sponsors.

Platinum Sponsor

 

Gold Sponsor

Consumers Energy

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Bob’s Roofing

Elmers

PCA

USW 12585

Ted Arens

Ludington Beverage

Auto Works

USW Local 14450

United Steel Workers of America

Jeremy Nowak

C&W Portables

Copper Sponsor

Spicer Group

Morton Salt

Filer Mill Community

Onekama Marine

Linke’s Body Shop

U.W.U.A AFL-CIO Local 124

Piranha Products

Veteran Sponsor

Richards and McDougal

Merskin & Merskin Tax and Accounting

Diner 31

Martin Marietta

Blythe O’Donnell

Chopos Northside Bar LLC

Boyer Agency

Other Sponsors/Donors

JJ Gabelsberger

Jon Meduna

Customs n Classics Car

Memorials

 Appicelli Memorial

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 /

Volunteers / Volunteers are key to a successful event.

We couldn’t make this event happen without our volunteers.  You can sign up to help at https://signup.com/go/yvXzxcr.

Location / NEW LOCATION: Manistee Iron Works, 254 River Street, Manistee, MI 49660

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Iron Works Building

Iron Works Master-Map

Lodging / Special Pricing

Inn at Alpine
8127 Chippewa Hwy.
Bear Lake MI, 49614
(231) 889-4281
2 Queen beds $130 per night

 

Little River Casino Resort
2400 Orchard Hwy
Manistee MI, 49660
888-568-2244
$130

 

Microtel
226 E Parkdale Ave
Manistee MI, 49660
231-398-0008
2 Queens 104.72 plus tax

1 Queen 95.92 plus tax

 

Rally Point Veteran’s Campground
2486 Skocelas Road, North
Manistee, MI 49660
517-518-0333
FREE CAMPING FOR VETERANS
Manistee Hotel
200 Arthur St.
Manistee, MI 49660
231-887-4500
2 Queens 74.93

 

Super 8
220 Arthur St.
Manistee MI 49660
231-398-8888
2 Queens 92.65 plus tax
1 Queen 84.15 plus tax

 

Days Inn
1462 Manistee Hwy.
Manistee MI. 49660
231-723-8385
2 Queens 95.99 plus tax

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

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2022 Captains / Meet the Fleet

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