Coast Bridges and Dams Farms History


Buoyed by record 2014 results – both by the number of participants and total of charitable funds raised – the organizing committee has set its sights even higher for 2014.  “Over 60 boat captains have generously committed their craft and crews to treat about 300 Michigan veterans to a fun day of Lake Michigan fishing with fellow vets and volunteers.   Our foremost mission has always been to deliver a day of pure Michigan fishing fun for these Michigan heroes – and I’m proud to say we have accomplished that objective and then some,” said Bob Guenthardt, event founder and Chairman of the board for Tight Lines for Troops.

This year’s event is presented by Little River Casino Resort, along with Seng’s Marina and Manistee area fishing boats.   Additionally, local Veterans groups – United Veterans Council, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Warrior Society, our local National Guard and U.S. Coast Guard, Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter #1, Manistee County Visitors Bureau, the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown merchants and a host of volunteers from across the state contribute to the event.

“In 2013 we distributed over $25,000 to three exemplary organizations dedicated to serve Michigan veterans,” explained Guenthardt.  Proceeds were distributed to the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, Paralyzed Veterans of America Michigan Chapter and to the Manistee County Veterans Endowment Fund.    A highlight each year is the ‘flag waving welcome’ that the community puts on for the boats as they return from the ‘Big Lake’.    Last year, thousands of folks lined the river channel to salute these American heroes.  One Vietnam veteran participant commented – “This is the ‘Welcome Home’ I never received - you have no idea how much this means to me.”

The public is invited to bring their flags to the Manistee River walk on Saturday,  May 17
th at  12:00 Noon to be a part of the area’s biggest and best salute to these American heroes.  Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter #1 will once again generously supply thousands of loaner flags for fans to wave as the fleet returns to port.  Downtown merchants have prepared a day-long celebration on River Street to expand this year’s events. 

“The success of the Tight Lines for Troops event has always wholly derived from the generosity and kindness of a community proud to honor Michigan veterans,” said Eileen Duffin of Little River Casino Resort, the presenting sponsor of this annual event.   “To play any part in this impressive event has been an honor for me.”   

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6:00pm | Mandatory Dinner Meeting for all captains and all Tight Lines participants of Boat and Shore Divisions (Location: Seng's Marina, 47 Lake St. Manistee, MI 49660)



6:30am | Shotgun Start at the Manistee Pierheads (participants must be ready to board at 5:30am @ Seng's Marina)  Box lunch provided to each participant

12:30pm | Boats gather outside the Pier Heads, Pier, Shore and River Fishermen must pull lines.  Proceed to Seng's Marina.

1:30pm | Weigh-In begins at Seng's Marina

2:30pm | Banquet and Awards Ceremony at Seng's Marina (Dinner served at 2:30pm, Awards: 3:00pm, Closing Ceremony: 3:30pm)

5-6:00pm | Raffle Prize Drawing at the Little River Casino Resort




Alpine Motor Lodge: One Room with 2 Queens One Night $60, Two Nights $80 & Three Nights $100.  (taxes included) Veterans Only
Ramsdell Inn: Standard Queen Room $111, King or Queen Fireplace Room $135, & Suite $159.  (rates are per night before taxes) Veterans Only
Tillman Outfitters & Lodging: Lodging for 4 - $100 a Night / $175 Two Nights
Insta Launch Campground & Marina: Is Honored to Provide a Free Campsite for Two Nights for Vets Participating in the Tournament.  Please mention Tight Lines for Troops Tournament When Booking