Welcome to the Thumb Chapter of the Michigan Steelheaders. We are committed to promoting, enhancing and safeguarding our great lakes fisheries. As a chapter of the Michigan Steelhead & Salmon Fisherman’s Association (MSSFA), our mission is to take part in educating the general public on improving, preserving and promoting sport fishing on the great lakes and their tributary streams and rivers. We do this by working closely with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, with other chapters, local sponsors and our members. Our involvement ranges from state and federal regulation reviews to tournament sponsorship and environmental projects. Our great lakes resources are fragile and consistently under pressure. The more members we have, the stronger our voice in protecting these resources. So, if you enjoy our fisheries, we encourage you to join our ranks for fun and preservation of our clear blue waters. Bring your sons and daughters too! They are the future of our club, great lakes and everlasting fish stories.
Each year our Chapter organizes a Kids Fishing Day. We take kids out to give them the chance to experience the joys of fishing and perhaps recruit another hard core fisherperson into our ranks. The event is organized by our Vice President, Aaron Pfaff and sponsored by many local merchants. Our members and other captains around the area donate a day to take a few kids out on the boat. The kids receive some prizes and everyone is treated to a cookout after the event.
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With the thoughts of the 2016 Vets Fishing Outing still fresh in our minds we have one more story to tell about the 2015 Veterans Outing. As many of you recall, it was a thick as “Pea Soup” of a foggy morning one year ago as the Boats headed out to fish from Grindstone City. One boat Captained by Dan Tracy of Bluebird Fishing Charters stayed in port to see if the fog was going to lift a little before heading out. Dan and his crew went up to the restaurant in Grindstone City for a cup of coffee to wait out the fog. After a hour or so it was apparent the the fog was going to win this battle on this day. Some of the Vets were disappointed of the lost opportunity to hit the Great Lakes to chase Salmon and Lake Trout. Capt. Dan was determined to get these folks out on the water so he told them to pick out a day when they could all come back and try again. It didn’t take long for the Vets to come up with a day, made the call to Dan and it was set.! Later that summer on a beautiful day, they motored out to the Lake . And what a great day it was as evident by this photo of happy Fisher-men and there catch ! Hats off to Dan Tracy and his First Mate on The Bluebird for Making a Promise to these Vets and Keeping it ! Again Thank You to ALL the Charter Captains and their Crews out of Grindstone, Harbor Beach and Port Austin who volunteered to take our Military people out for a great fishing day last year and again this year !
On Saturday June 11th, 2016, the Thumb Area Steelheaders hosted their fifth Veteran’s Fishing Outing. Sport fishing boats from all over Michigan met early Saturday morning, 54 boats in total, to donate their time and treat 130 local Veterans to a free half day of fishing on Lake Huron. The first wave of about 40 Veterans met at 5:30 am at Waterworks Park in Harbor Beach and boarded a Midnight Madness charter bus to ride to Grindstone and Port Austin to fish. The rest of the Veterans and boat captains met at 6:00 am and were given rides via golf carts to their assigned boats. There were donuts and coffee at the registration for all to enjoy. Continue Reading
Rich Harp from Huron Daily Tribune has written an excellent article on the Thumb Chapter. The article features an interview with our President, Kevin Ramsey where he discusses some of the great events we sponsor and our contributions to the Great Lakes fishery.
Here are a few pictures from Sundays Warriors Charter fishing day in Harbor Beach sponsered by the Thumb Chapter of the Michigan Steelheaders. We had WW II Vets thru Afganistan Vets out fishing today. Lots of Steelhead,some Lakers,Salmon. Two Big Brown Trout around 10 lbs were caught by the Nick and Bruce DeShano. After a good lunch any Vet who wanted their fish cleaned simply dropped them off at the fish house and they were cleaned by the Capts. and their crews. A fun day for all. Continue Reading