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.

Eight years later Tight Lines for Troops (a federally recognized nonprofit organization) proudly announced its 9th Annual Charity Fishing Tournament for Michigan Veterans. In 2017 the fleet included over 60 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 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 2018 Raffle! 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.

2018 Event Hosts

Fishing Boats from Manistee and  Northern Michigan Area

Little River Casino Resort

The City of Manistee

2017 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

 

Gold Sponsor

Rieth-Riley

Silver Sponsor

Seng’s Marina

Wolverine Power Cooperative

Meijer Inc

Bronze Sponsor

  Robert Vallee,Sr./Woods Financial LLC   

Bob Rosenow & Michele Murphy

Interstate Asphalt

Pam & Ted Arens

Reed City Tool

Filer Credit Union

DAV Department of Michigan

West Michigan Credit Union

Consumers Energy

 

Copper Sponsor

Jim Lambert Auctioneers LLC Cattle Division

Vanderwall, Sprato, Richards

Century 21 Boardwalk

Surgical Associates PLC

Lighthouse Realty

Linke’s Body Shop

Craig and Deanna Borton

Heather McClure

West Shore Bank

Grand Rental Station

Riemer Eye Center

United Way of Manistee

Refrigeration and Mechanical Services

Burch Tank and Truck

VFW Post 671 Auxiliary

Edward Jones

Morton Salt

Ludington Beverage Company

Top Line Electric LLC

 

Veteran Sponsor

Douglas Wehner

High-Tech Dental

Kendra Thompson Architects

Tom Shields

Boyer Agency

JJ Gabelsberger

Martin Marietta

G.E. Insulation Co. 

Onekama Marine Inc.

Darrek Mort

AMVets Post 120

Great Lakes Marketing Group Inc. 

Uncle Bob’s Premium Sauce

Home City Ice

Riverside Motel

Avon Automotive

Douglas Wehner

Darrek Mort

Michigan Charter Boat Association

Big Papa Sport Fishing

Reusch Jewelers

O’Reilly Auto Parts

Customs-n-Classics Car Club

Catholic War Veterans Post 1847

Kampvilla

Ferrell Gas

Snyder’s Shoes

In Memory of George and Gloria

Daniel Kuhr

Other Sponsors

Rick and Terri Pepera and Pat Pepera  in memorial for Robert Miehlke and Jean Guenthardt

Dale Roberts 

Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention and Visitors Bureau in memory of Gerald Sare from the entire team at Experience Grand Rapids

Karen Capucci in memory of Anthony Capucci 2013/2014 participant from Don and Glenda Gilmet

Patricia Ennis

Ronald Gardin DDS

Doug and Nancy Summers

Mary Sturdevant Agency

Manistee Insurance

Dr. Jeffery Westheimer

VFW Post 3733 – Michael Stoddard

James Mosse

Scott Winkelman

Michelle Clements

Dave Deruiter

Lindsay Esholz

Penny McClure

Katie Deller

Brian Bejcek

Richard Herweyer

Daniel Boulter

Roger Olendorf

Joseph Hazewinkel

Ryan Ball

Ryan Wernette

Johnathan Peckham

Travis Alexander

Will Pitts

Adam Mays

Scott Frederick

Ronald Hamel and Tina Hamel

Craig Boor

George and Laurie Millen

Chad Geiger

Brian Warner

Eric and Lindsay Elsholz

Laura Hoisington

Eric and Susan Baker

Dan DeCoeur

Laurie Noell

Linda Stieg

Dan VanSlembrouk

Samatha Zwiverink

John Stanhope

Tom King

Robert & Priscilla Rulison

Knizacky Insurance Agency

Lake – Osceola State Bank, Baldwin – Mary Jo Nixon

Dale Roberts

Burgandt Family Dentistry

Virginia Allinson

Carl’s Excavating 

Wahr Hardware

Hersey Customs, Inc.

Iron Fish Distillery

In memory of: Pete and Kathy Willaker

Raymond and Jean Reaume

Dale and Cynthia Morrison

Robert and Kathleen Mosher

Loyal Order of the Moose – Manistee Lodge 1128

Brooks Roofing Co.

Cherryland VFW 2780 Aux

Hanks & Sons

Tangled Tackle

Insta-launch Marina and Campground

Don’s Sporting Goods

Captain Chuck’s II

 

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 for 2018 will become available November 1st, 2017

Event Location

First Street Beach Boat Launch

Manistee, MI 49660

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Lodging / Special Pricing

Special pricing information will be available at a future date. Please check back later.

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

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2017 Captains / Meet the Fleet

CAPT BOB GUENTHARDT RENEGADE CHARTERS renegade22@att.net 
CAPT. DENNY KUENZER OBSESSION kuenzerd@gmail.com
CAPT. DAN GOLDEN  FIRE PLUG CHARTERS  fishon@fireplugcharters.com
CAPT. KEVIN HUGHES SANDPIPER CHARTERS khughes@manistee.org 
 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. ERIC ANDERSEN DUSTER CHARTERS  andersen@kaltelnet.net
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. RAY LADEMAN FISHLANDER CHARTERS ray@lrsoutdoorservices.com
 CAPT. PHIL SEDELMAIER  OFF CALL II CHARTERS  sedelmaierp@michigan.gov  
 CAPT. LENNY VAUGHAN  SLIP KNOT II CHARTERS  lennyvaughan410@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. BILL RUDY FISHWISH III  billrudy@charter.net
 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 SCHLAFLEY RIVERSIDE CHARTERS  riversidecharters@charter.net
CAPT MARK CHMURA  PIER PRESSURE CHARTERS  pierpressurecharters@aol.com
CAPT ERIC WALLINE  TROPHY CUP  ewalline@gmail.com
CAPT GAYLAN HULL HULLABLUE phull@charter.net
 CAPT MIKE MAGNASON  WET DOG  magnusonma@gmail.com
 CAPT GENE RYAN  DECOMPRESSION STOP rodsnregs@gmail.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. JIM POMARANSKI  PJS TOO  pjstoo22@yahoo.com
 CAPT JIM JACQUES  BULLDOGGER  jgjac48@ymail.com
CAPT. STEVE HAMILTON  FIRST CLASS CHARTERS firstclass@jackpine.com
CAPT JASON BURKHART  BOBO crkburkhart@yahoo.com 
RIVER CAPTAINS
CAPT LARRY RANEY PREMIERE ANGLING GUIDE SERVICE
 CAPT ROBERT KERR PREMIERE ANGLING GUIDE SERVICE
CAPT MATT BARTHELS D LOOP OUTFITTERS
CAPT DILLON VANDERBIE  MANISTEE RIVER OUTFITTERS
 CAPT ANDREW TIGHE ANGLIND EDGE GUIDE SERVICE
 CAPT BRAD KAMALOSKI  MANISTEE RIVER CHARTERS AND GUIDE SERVICE
 MEDIA BOATS
 CAPT BOBBY ANDREWS STEEL TRAP
 CAPT MARK HUSTED CAPT JOE PERRIN Wellcraft, Group Beneteau 
CAPT JASON SKAGGS KNOT 4 REEL
CAPT DOUG HOCKENBERGER MY CIRCUS

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