Challenge the Outdoors Walleye Event Huge Success, V

Category: npaa

 Jun 29th, 2012 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Jun 29th, 2012 at 12:00 AM

On Thursday, June 7th a group of 19 disabled anglers set out on the vast waters of Green Bay for their First Annual Walleye Hunt.  These anglers were paired with 15 volunteer guides to set out on a hot walleye bite.  We met in the top parking lot at Bayshore County Park where the guide and angler introductions took place.  We then proceeded down the hill to launch where we got everyone loaded safely in the boats.  The weather was perfect with clear skies and light winds and the walleyes cooperated.  All anglers reported catching multiple fish and most importantly everyone had a great time and made new friends.  After fishing the anglers shared stories, laughs and a brat lunch in the park.

This event would not have been successful with the guides who donated their time, boat, bait and tackle.  The guides were:  Tom Nelson #567, David Wirth #306, Tom Koepke #338, Marianne Huskey #150, John Schneider #952, Kevin Pischke, Al Matzke, Jim Kleist, Mike Saduski, Jason Benzschawel, Mike Haines, Eric Paulwolski, Gene Gibbons, Doug McDonnough, Jack Dempsey, and Mike Jeanquart.

Challenge the Outdoors is a not-for-profit organization that consists of approximately 250 disabled members that is dedicated to serving the recreational needs and desires of the physically challenged sportsman.  Plans are currently in the works for their annual musky trip to Green Bay and we look forward to hosting this event again next year.


NPAA member Tom Nelson #567 hosted a Youth/Family Fishing Seminar at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in De Pere, Wisconsin on Saturday, June 2nd.  The event lasted just over an hour and the seminar covered fish identification, safety, parts of a fish, basic fishing knots, aquatic invasive species, different types of lures and baits, and what they should have in their tackle box.

The highlight of the events was the kids learned to cast using both a closed face and open face spinning reel utilizing “Backyard Bass”.  The kids also enjoyed seeing and playing with the different live bait live minnows, leeches, and a large musky sucker.

This event would not have been possible without the support of:  NPAA, Greg Karch #138, WI Department of Natural Resources, Smokey’s On The Bay Bait and Tackle Shop.

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