On July 15, 2022, the Shawano AMVETS Post 10 presented a beautiful Honor guard ceremony on the docks of Huckleberry Harbor. Then, after Terry Wissell sang the National Anthem, you could hear the telltale rumble as 40 boats loaded their special veteran and ‘roared off to their special fishing hole!
While the boats and anglers searched for big bass, DJ Terry from Mountaintop Entertainment provided entertainment for those onshore. In addition, sponsors or donors supplied many fantastic raffle prize opportunities with a selection of delicious food and refreshing beverages for the group of people waiting to see who the winners would be for the tournament.
As the boats returned to the Huckleberry Harbor for the weigh-in at 2:00 pm, the crowd gathered around the weigh-in station, waiting for the results.
On the Dash for Cash, the 1st place went to team 29 Willie Walton and Jason Lenoble with a 4.00 lb bass, 2nd place went to team 31 Brad Warner and Chuck Isaacson 2.59 lbs, and 3rd place went to team 21 Greg Skerven and Bob Skerven, both veterans.
On the heaviest total weight three-bass limit, the 1st place went to team 40 Jason Giese and Barry Oelerich with a 9.93 lbs. 2nd place to team 34 Kevin Glaza and Carl silvered 8.30lbs. 3rd place to team 37 Hunter Van Drusy and Brian Eisch 7.43 lbs. 4th place went to team 31 Brad Warner and Chuck Isaacson 7.12 lbs. 5th place team 7 Joey Petrich and Russ Pagenkoph 6.57 lbs. 6th place team 4 Wade Phiffer and David Ehlers 6.26 lbs. 7th place to Team 27 Paul Prickette and Tyler Slabey 6.06 lbs. 8th place to team 29 Willie Walton and Nathen Lenoble 5.26 lbs. Willie Walton caught the biggest bass, weighing in at 4lbs! Congratulations to all the fishing teams for a job well done!
At 4:00 pm, the American flag was lowered to half-mast, recognizing our soldiers missing in action. Then they returned the flag to full staff and retired the colors for the day. It was inspiring to witness the camaraderie and fellowship shared among the group of veterans, fishermen, and volunteers.
We want to thank the fishermen and the following sponsors: Charter Arrowcast, AMVETS Post 10, Random Lake Rod & Gun Club, Kwiktrip, Felker Bros of Marshfield, Home Depot, Charlies Country Market, Strike King, Marshfield Drones, Skeeters Boats, Inc., Nueske Meats, Pigeon River Lures, Evray Baits, Dave Nance, and USSA donors who made this event a resounding success. In addition, Shawano County and City Police Department, Shawano Fire Department, and Ambulance service.
Shout out to Darrell Kauth and Stuart Henning and their volunteer staff for their intricate and tireless work in making this event memorable for those who helped ensure our nation’s freedom!! God bless!
United Special Sportsman Alliance
If you know of a deserving veteran who might want to attend a free fishing or hunting trip, please contact United Special Sportsman Alliance.