Sorry I never got a chance to call you back fish mission. I was on phone till 11. And the Friday I was so busy between phone and setting up I couldn't think straight.
I'll type up a summary of the days event. Those of you that where there are welcome to share your story as well
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This years Event went off great. I can not honestly thank the people that helped and contributed enough. As of Friday night at 11 when my phone died we had 30 Captains able to attend and 60 Warriors representing every branch of the United Stated Armed Forces minus the Coast Guard.
By 8:30 we had All of our boats lined up in the overflow parking lot and had our Captains briefing. Set the bait out and a flat and a half or crawlers and a large bag of leeches was split up in the blink of an eye. The Warriors Checked in at the Bait shop and received their Captains boat number. After getting their number the came down and met up with their Captain for the Day. Unfortunately we ending up having some Warriors that where not able to make it. The captains of the boats that held these Warriors where able to fish with their family and where asked to still join us at the BBQ for dinner.
In my boat I had the honor of one of the guys I guided last year asked to be put with me again ( I was unable to put my guys on any fish last year so hearing he wanted back in my boat was a surprise) and my father also came out. ( 1st time I have ever been able to take my dad fishing since Ive owned boats) We started out fishing 8 lb Island and picked up a few fish right away on spinners . Threw some 14,15s back but put a few 16s in the box. I got a call from another captain you said he was doing well on Rodeo with cranks so we shot up and gave it a few passes, The guys i had with where had not cranked before and ended up the prefered the spinners. One call later and we bombed down to Shell. Put a few 18s in the boat down there and kept getting into small perch. Moved down the Island a little bit and I got to Watch my dad reel in a beautiful 22 inch, 4lb Walleye. May not be the most impressive catch to many of us. but I cant remember last time he went fishing. And seeing the smile on his face when I netted his fish will be a memory I will always cherish. We played around on shell till we had to go in early so i could weigh the fish coming in. Ended up keeping 6 nice eyes today
Once on shore we headed up to the cleaning station and started cleaning and weighing fish. There was already some nice Walleye on the table. 3.4 was biggest, the 3.7. then I got to weigh my dads. Scale flickered between 3lb 15 oz to 4lbs. There for awhile i thought he may have the big fish. Then another nice walleye came out of the livewell. another 4 lber. We kept cleaning and packaging fish for all the Warriors. Then here comes one of the warriors and his captain both grinning ear to ear. they pull a 6.5 lber out of the fish bag, After all weights where taken and the cleaning station was cleaned up we headed up for a BBQ and to give out the donations
The Warrior with the big walleye received a custom built walleye rod and the Biggest northern got a 45qt Yeti,
We started giving away the random door prizes and as it worked out as i pulled the final ticket stub out of the cooler to call out all that we had enough prizes that everybody got something to take home.
This was the best day of fishing i can remember......I never even wet a line..