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.
Around 6:30 the fishing period began for all, greeted with a decent fishing chop. Although the lake had calmed down overnight, we still had 3 and 4 foot waves. Fishing was slow for many, as most boats had less than 5 fish to bring in, but there was nothing but smiles at the luncheon. Well over 200 fish were caught in the event, including steelhead, lake trout, pink salmon, walleye, and catfish. From the Harbor Beach boats, Steelheader Captain Chase Kucharczyk boated 17 fish for his Veterans! And in Grindstone, Steelheader Captain Dennis Cook hooked up and boated a 24 pound lake trout! There were plenty of great stories to go along with such a wonderful outing.
We all met at 1:00 at Waterworks Park for a bratwurst luncheon, filled with food and great prizes for many Veterans. Also, a 50/50 drawing was held for the event. Thank you to Stacy Zimmer for when she won the 50/50, she donated the entire winning amount back to the event! Many people were involved with the smooth operation of this outing. Thank you to all who helped make this possible. We have received such great publicity for our club and it is due to the help of all the boaters and event staff. I am
truly grateful for our Veterans, and we should all be proud of what we have become a part of with this event!
Thank you again for all your support,