Hundreds Cast A Line In Veterans Fishing Tournament

It’s called the Tight Lines For Troops Charity Fishing Tournament and invites Michigan’s veterans out to spend the day on Lake Michigan.

This year about 300 vets set out to cast a line.

Those who received priority boarding included World War II and Korean War veterans, Purple Heart recipients, disabled veterans and anyone who was a prisoner of war, followed by all other veterans.

But for them, the best part of the experience wasn’t the fish.

“We all have stories to tell and the comradery is what makes the military the best thing,” said U.S.S. Liberty Survivor Jack Beattie.

“It’s been fun getting to know some of the guys out on the boat. Just to see what they’ve been through. Give back to them, seeing how they gave so much for us. It’s been a fun experience, the comradery, getting to know everybody,” said Steve Robbins, with Flat Out Charters, one of the groups that took veterans out this morning. 

The Tight Lines For Troops organization hosts the event every year as a way to unite local veterans while enjoying the beauty of Northern Michigan.