2017-06-08 / Outdoors

Charter captains continue tradition

Vets reel in limit catches of lake trout; no kings yet


LELAND CHARTER captains treated local veterans on Friday to an afternoon of fishing on Lake Michigan. Pictured from left are vets Art Petke, Jerry Currier, Ed Shocker and Geoff Kammerer. LELAND CHARTER captains treated local veterans on Friday to an afternoon of fishing on Lake Michigan. Pictured from left are vets Art Petke, Jerry Currier, Ed Shocker and Geoff Kammerer. About five dozen local veterans were on hand in Fishtown on Friday for an afternoon of free charter fishing.

Bob Smith, captain of the Mariah, said ideal weather and limit catches of lake trout on all boats made the fourth installment of the event a good one.

“It was pretty doggone special, that’s for sure,” Smith said of the outing, which is organized by Bill Wright.

Carlson’s Fishery once again filleted the fish, free of charge, before a fish fry was held near the docks.

Jerry Currier, Geoff Kammerer, Art Petke and Ed Shocker of American Legion Post 199 in Maple City were among the county vets in attendance.

“Our sincere thanks and admiration go out to all of those men who gave their time and resources to a few of this country’s veterans,” Kammerer wrote in a letter to the editor this week.


BREANNA FLORES of Traverse City caught and released this 19-inch smallmouth bass from south Lake Leelanau on Friday while fishing with her boyfriend, Zakary Clark of Detroit. Clark said the fish snapped an Abu Garcia ultra lite pole on its way in. BREANNA FLORES of Traverse City caught and released this 19-inch smallmouth bass from south Lake Leelanau on Friday while fishing with her boyfriend, Zakary Clark of Detroit. Clark said the fish snapped an Abu Garcia ultra lite pole on its way in. No king salmon were caught this year, although reports of king catches continue to come in from Frankfort.

Smith said he expects the salmon to arrive in the Leland Harbor this week.



CHARTER FISHERMEN continue to reel in limit catches of lake trout near the Leland Harbor. CHARTER FISHERMEN continue to reel in limit catches of lake trout near the Leland Harbor.

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