Hundreds of veterans hit the water Saturday morning for a special patriotic fishing trip in Manistee.
It's called the Tight Lines for Troops. A charity fishing tournament where 300 Michigan veterans loaded up into 60 boats to venture out into Lake Michigan.
After a few hours of fishing the boats traveled up the river channel into Manistee Lake for a welcome back celebration. Hundreds of people lined the river walk along the river channel to cheer on the fishermen and show their gratitude for the service they provided our country.
After the boats were docked, fishing teams weighed their catches to see who had the prize winning fish.
Event organizers say it's a special event that raises thousands of dollars for the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, and Manistee County Veterans Endowment Fund.
"Being a veteran myself, to show them that we really appreciate what they've done," said event founder, Bob Guenthardt. "We've got young kids, we had 25 World War II guys signed up which is remarkable. A lot of Korean War vets. And these guys automatically go on a boat because there all up in the 80's and 90's so we try to show them a good time. And we have a ball with them."