The 9th annual Tight Lines For Troopers took place in Manistee Michigan May 18 – 19. The annual fishing tournament was started in 2009 by Bob Guenthardt , a member of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and proud Army veteran. His vision was to show appreciation to the members of the military for their dedication and sacrifice.

Eight years later, the organization became federally recognized as a nonprofit for military veterans. Each year 300 veterans are selected from a pool of applicants and are assigned a vessel and board one of 60 charter boats provided by an all volunteer committee.

The organizations, businesses and sponsors are proud to be a part of the event which is made available to all participants at no cost.

Dexter Township resident, avid fisherman and Navy Veteran Ira Shubel was fortunate enough to be selected for this year’s fishing tournament for Michigan Veterans.  “While I really enjoyed the fishing the most memorable part of the trip was the return to port. To see both sides of the river filled with American flags, people saluting, and the shouts of Thank You, will be something I will remember for a long long time,” said Shubel. He strongly encourages other vet’s to apply.

Pictured is Ira Shubel proudly holds his catch of the day during the Tight Lines for Troopers event held in Manistee Michigan.

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