The 5th Annual USSA Disabled Veterans Bass Tournament – Roaring Success!

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The Shawano AMVETS Post 10 presented this past Saturday, a beautiful Honor guard ceremony held on the docks of Huckleberry Harbor. Then, after Jeff Morris sang the National Anthem, you could hear the telltale rumble as 34 boats loaded their special veteran and ‘roared off’ to their special fishing hole!

While the boats and anglers were searching for big bass, DJ Chris provided entertainment for those onshore. Sponsors and donors provided many awesome 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 heaviest total weight three-bass limit, the 1st place went to Joe Patrick and Steve Munson with a 7.71lb total. 2nd place went to Jim Prickette, and David Ehlarsa with a 7.46 lb total. 3rd place went to Terry Baumgartner and Steve Rohdes with a 6.91lb total 4th place to Paul Prickette and Bob Skerven with a 6.61 lb total, 5th place to Tom Herman and Tim Stueck with a 6.3lb total, 6th place to Kevin Glaza and Russ Pagenkoph with a 6.29 lb total and 7th place to Jason Giese and Bob Pidgeon with a 6.2lb total.

On the Dash for Cash, the 1st place went to Tom Herman and Tim Stueck with a 3.10 lb bass and 2nd place to Joey Petrich and Steve Munson with a 3.08 lb. bass.

Greg Skervan and Carl Sulverud caught the biggest bass, weighing in at 3.30lbs! Congratulations to all the fishing teams for a job well done!

At 4:00 pm, the American flag was lowered to half-mast, followed by the table ceremony recognizing our soldiers missing in action. Post Commander Stu Kohlin passed the microphone around so the veterans could acknowledge a fallen comrade. Then they raised the flag back to full staff and retired the colors for the day.

It was incredible to witness the camaraderie and fellowship shared among the group of veterans, fishermen, and volunteers which continued into the evening. It was like they had known each other their whole lives and were essentially one large extended family.

We want to thank the fishermen and the following sponsors: AMVETS Post 10, Strike King, Marshfield Drones, Skeeters, Nueske, Ocean Spray, Charlies, Custom Ag Products, Pigeon River Lures, and Englewood Creations, Random Lake Rod & Gun Club, and USSA donors who made this event a resounding success. In addition, Shawano County and City Police Department, Shawano Fire Department, and Ambulance service.

A special acknowledgement to AMVETS Post 10 for their generous donation and vigilant dedication. Much gratitude 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!