From Geoff Verges on June 14th:
Milwaukee Muskies Inc and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee co-hosted a youth fishing event on Saturday with the help of both of Smokey’s tackle shops.
20 Littles with well over 20 Bigs showed up to catch some panfish with their captains from Milwaukee Muskies Inc.
Attached are a few pictures of the catch.
Many, many special thanks go out to the men from Muskies Inc who devoted part of their busy weekend to fishing with the kids: Bryan Blanke, Roy Hinkforth, Mark Miller and Greg Sieren. These were the men who made the magic happen for the kids, along with their helpers who tagged along as first mates.
More thanks goes out to each and every volunteer who showed up from Big Brothers and Big Sisters to assist with check in and help provide lunch for the kids.
On the Muskies Inc side, both Jennifer Verges and Nancy Hinkforth helped with facilitating the event and assisting with the lunch afterwards.
Kids ended up fishing from the Smokey’s pontoon boats from about 10:00 to 12:00. And while we heard that the ‘toons caught 40-70 gills apiece (along with some bass), some of the youngsters couldn’t get enough and also fished off of Smokey’s piers to get more bluegills. There were even rumors of a 10 inch gill.
Anyway, it was a blast for everyone involved. Another thank you goes out to Smokey’s Muskie Shop for not only hosting this event, but also for their Veterans Outing that was running at the same time.