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 “9th Annual Tight Lines for Troops Fishing Tournament for Michigan Veterans” on May 18th and 19th, 2018.

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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 Boat Launch Area, 1st 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 Boat Launch Area, 1st 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

Raffle Poster

Get your raffle tickets at the following locations!

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

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Copper Sponsor

Veteran Sponsor

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

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.

Event Location

First Street Beach Boat Launch

Manistee, MI 49660

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Lodging / Special Pricing

Current lodging specials will be posted closer to the event date.

 

 

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

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2018 Captains / Meet the Fleet

CAPT BOB GUENTHARDT RENEGADE CHARTERS renegade22@att.net 
CAPT. DENNY KUENZER OBSESSION kuenzerd@gmail.com
CAPT. ALEX BIALIK  FIRE PLUG CHARTERS alexjbialik@gmail.com
CAPT. GLEN HAGLUND SANDPIPER III
 CAPT. STACY PETERSON BULLHEAD CHARTERS  bullheadcharters@gmail.com
CAPT. DAVID BAKER  FLAT OUT  hotticket@chartermi.net
CAPT. TOM RASMUSSEN  SUE LEE SPORTFISHING CHARTERS marasm57@yahoo.com
 CAPT. LARRY SCHARICH REEL PLEASURE CHARTERS  captlarry@shipwatchmarina.com
CAPT. MITCH MODRYNSKI REEL TEASER II CHARTERS reel-teaser@juno.com 
CAPT. TODD HUNDLEY  T-N-T CHARTERS thundley@chartermi.net 
CAPT. ROD SIMONS BANDIT  simonsrp@netzero.net
CAPT. JEFF PYCIAK HOT TICKET II CHARTERS  j.pyciak@gmail.com
CAPT. JEFF CAMPBELL  DOUBLE K  doublek3850@yahoo.com 
CAPT. BRIAN CECIL AFISHIANADO briantcecil@gmail.com
CAPT. KEN HARRISON  TANKS A LOT
CAPT. TIM ERVIN  LEGACY  tervin26@charter.net
 CAPT. WAYNE VOLKEMA  KNOT HUNTING CHARTERS wayne_volkema@milacron.com 
CAPT. DOUG CERMAK JANES OVERTIME  1cop1knot@gmail.com 
CAPT. AL SHERMAN CHER-AL chersher5@yahoo.com
 CAPT. MEL GAW I-DE-HO melgaw1@aol.com
 CAPT. JON LEFFLER  ROD BENDER jonleffler07@gmail.com
 CAPT. DOUG CWANEK  LORI-ANN II  doug@bluewaterpaintingandwallcovering.com
CAPT. MIKE KROULIK  FLYING HELLFISH  mkroulik@charter.net  
CAPT. FRED BOLTON  FREDDIE B CHARTERS freddieb@acegroup.cc  
CAPT. RICK JACQUES  JOB SITE rick@casi1986.com  
CAPT. GABE MCDOUGAL JAWBREAKER gmcdougall_07@hotmail.com
 CAPT. KEVIN BERKLUND DECOY CHARTERS fishcatcher58@hotmail.com  
CAPT  BRAD PHELPS  SHAKERS  herbertbphelps@gmail.com
 CAPT TOM GORGUZE BAD DOG tgorguze@aol.com 
CAPT MARK BAILEY  BIGGIES DREAM  mabailey@dow.com
 CAPT CHRIS INGALLS  TANGLED TACKLE  darkblue7715@gmail.com
CAPT GREG MCCRUMB  KEEPING IT REEL CHARTERS  keepingreel@gmail.com
CAPT DAN ZIELINSKI  PALE RIDER dan.zielinski71@gmail.com
CAPT GEORGE PEPLINSKI  NETMINDER CHARTERS netmindersportfishing@hotmail.com 
 CAPT. PAUL PROTASIEWICZ INDIAN GIVER paulypfish@yahoo.com
CAPT MARK CHMURA  PIER PRESSURE CHARTERS  pierpressurecharters@aol.com
CAPT ERIC WALLINE  TROPHY CUP  ewalline@gmail.com
CAPT JOHN MILBOURNE TUNA TIME johnmilbourne@ymail.com
 CAPT MIKE MAGNASON  WET DOG  magnusonma@gmail.com
 CAPT DAVE NELSON MISS-STRESS sprdavenelson@yahoo.com
CAPT ROB SNADSTEDT  POLE SETTER
CAPT BILL SCHNURR  SHOOTER waschnurr2000@yahoo.com 
CAPT. MIKE TILLMANN ALIBI captmichael@tillmannoutfitters.com
CAPT ROB KAPANOWSKI  FISHY WHIPPED ssh4lmt@gmail.com
CAPT. MIKE COE  COE’S NEST  tales2spin@hotmail.com
CAPT. MIKE CNUDDE SUPERFISHAL  mikec@coldwellbankeralm.com
 CAPT JIM JACQUES  BULLDOGGER  jgjac48@ymail.com
CAPT. CHRISTOPHER STEIN GYPSE II
CAPT MIKE PAJTAS CLASS ACT CHARTERS michaelpajtas@aol.com
RIVER CAPTAINS
CAPT LARRY RANEY PREMIERE ANGLING GUIDE SERVICE
 CAPT ROBERT KERR PREMIERE ANGLING GUIDE SERVICE
CAPT MATT BARTHELS D LOOP OUTFITTERS
CAPT AVERY KEIFER D LOOP OUTFITTERS
CAPT DILLON VANDERBIE  MANISTEE RIVER OUTFITTERS
 CAPT ANDREW TIGHE ANGLING EDGE GUIDE SERVICE
 CAPT JOHN HUNTER  J&J RIVER GUIDE SERVICE
 MEDIA BOATS
 CAPT MARK HUSTED CAPT JOE PERRIN Wellcraft, Group Beneteau 
CAPT MIKE DEGAIN HAPLESS HOOKER
CAPT CHRIS PEPLINSKI NETMINDER NORTH

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