2016 Veteran’s Outing

On August 27th the Milwaukee Chapter of Muskies Inc. had the honor of taking 14 Veterans out musky fishing on Pewaukee Lake. The weather broke just for the event; we had a little rain to deal with, but it turned out to be a perfect day. Some fish were lost, a few “non muskies” were caught, but we ended up with 5 muskies for the group:

Ken Guild/Roy Hinkforth 32”
Mike Burns, Jack Michel/Chad Larson 33”
Del Halverson, Bob Yust/Joel Walczak 34”
Nick Thompson/Geoff Vergas 37, 38”

Special gifts were awarded for the top 3 fish. We had an awesome lunch, and no one went hungry (you can be assured of that). Good conversations and recap of the mornings events occurred, and then we gave each of our Vets a nice gift bag. Jo-Anne and her crew even had gourmet popcorn for the attendees, as an additional “Thank you for your Service.”

It is great to be able to do what we do. A Big thank you to all our sponsors and the Captain’s that provided a great time on the water.

Koshere Realty – Dennis and Susan Koshere
Jean Koshere Ponfil and Scott Ponfil
Jo-Anne Koshere – the queen of coordinating the event
John, Karin Bagley and Jim – cooks
Master Lock
Sport Clips
Smokey’s Musky Shop
Chaos Tackle
Musky Armor

Thank you all!

2015 Veterans Outing

Milwaukee Chapter of Muskies Inc hosted the 2015 Veterans Outing on Pewaukee Lake on Saturday August 29th. We had 10 boats take out 15 Veterans. Four Vets caught muskies with three of them having caught their first. Quite a few Vets caught bass and northern pike too. The muskies caught were 40″, 38″, 36.5″ and 36″. Lots and lots of follows were sighted and a few additional muskies were lost boat side. After fishing, a good lunch was served at Nettesheim Park and door prizes were given away. Thank you to the Veterans for your service to our country and thank you for a great time and memorable outing!!

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2013 Veterans Outing Report

August 31st brought about the Annual Veterans outing hosted by Chapter 35 on Pewaukee Lake.  This event was spearheaded by Gene Pokora with assistance from his wife Mary and son Mike.  Sign up was at 0700 with coffee and droughts served. This year saw 10 different veterans team up with 11 of our chapter member boats on Pewaukee Lake.  Fishing was reported to be slow with few follows sighted by most.  Geoff Verges reported moving several fish, with a few bites and his partner having a two muskies coming unpinned.

Jack Mueller's 30" Muskie Caught during the Veterans Outing
Jack Mueller’s 30″ Muskie

Craig Ader stuck a 34” Northern and two casts later got a 42” Muskie.  Veteran John McCaffey boated a 35” Muskie, and Veteran Jack Mueller boated a nice large mouth and a 30” Muskie.  Fishing was followed with a banquet at Post 449 of the American Legion Hall at 124th and Burleigh in Brookfield. A donation of $232 was made to the Fisher House Foundation in Ralph Anderson’s name as a result of donations and raffles from the event.  The Fisher House Foundation works to provide “a home away from home” for military families to be close to their loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.  In the end, a great time was had by all, and a great way to say “Thanks” to some Veterans for serving our country.  Gene states that he is looking at moving this annual event from Labor Day weekend to later in September, and expresses his sincerest thanks to all the members that donated their time. If you would like to volunteer your time to take a vet out next year, please contact Gene Pokora.

5th Annual Veterans Outing

August 31st, 2013

Ralph Anderson during a Pewaukee Cops & Bobbers youth outingIn 2009, we started this outing as a small tribute to our Veterans by taking them muskie fishing. We are pleased to hold our 5th Annual Ralph Anderson Veterans’ Fishing Outing to honor Ralph and all Veterans who served our country. Ralph was a club member heavily involved with youth, veterans and other programs, but we lost him in 2008. The Veterans who participated previously thoroughly enjoyed the experience. This year, we’d like to make it even bigger. Here are the rough details at the moment:

  • Fishing Time: Any time from 6:00 am – Noon (You’ll be with a club member in his boat. If you and any club member want to go back out fishing after lunch, feel free to make those arrangements.)
  • Location: Smokey’s Muskie Shop on Pewaukee Lake.
  • After Fishing: We will serve a Lunch plus refreshments.
  • What to bring: Wisconsin fishing license and rain gear. Of course be sure dress for the weather of that day. We supply all the rods and lures.
  • You will receive a commemorative item.

Please contact Gene Pokora @ 262-781-6888 if you are a veteran who’d like to participate.

Fourth Annual Ralph Anderson Veterans Outing

Ralph Anderson
Ralph Anderson

The 4th Annual Ralph Anderson Veterans Outing was held September 8th on Pewaukee Lake to honor our friend Ralph Anderson & our Veterans for their service.

This year we had every branch of the military represented when 12 Veterans met with our chapter volunteers at Smokey’s Musky shop between 6-7 am, paired up and went out Muskie fishing until about noon. Prior to going out, all veterans received a Muskie lure and a commemorative hat. Judy Anderson and family prepared bratwurst & hamburgers plus multiple side dishes for the hungry fishermen. After lunch a raffle for prizes was conducted and all veterans received additional gifts.

Two veterans caught Muskies:

  • Joe Arvoy (his 4th year), paired with Roy Hinkforth caught a nice 38” fish on a figure 8.
  • Dan Veara (his 1st year), paired with Mike Phelps caught a fine 31” fish.
plaque presentation
Ken Greenlees of the Mukwonago VFW presents Tom Arvoy a plaque

A few veterans had follows and a couple had hits that didn’t stay hooked but all had a great day on the water and expressed their enjoyment of the day.

Ken Greenlees of the Mukwonago VFW presented us with a plaque in appreciation of our chapter hosting this event. This is the third year we’ve received this award from the Mukwonago VFW and it’s always an honor.

Many thanks to the following organizations and people for making this event possible:

  • James Haworth @ Tackle Industries (Super D’s)
  • Bill Schwartz (Slammer Tackle)
  • Cabela’s
  • Gene Seuring (Leaders & Lures)
  • Red October Baits Co.
  • Musky Innovations
  • Justin Blanchar (Vibrations tackle)
  • Becky Smith (Dick Smiths)
  • Daryl Neibauer (Bitten Tackle)
  • Hays Company of Wisconsin via Geoff Verges for a generous gift card donation that paid for the food & beverages.
  • Judy Anderson & her family always make a significant contribution to this event. She picked up the Brats & Burgers and the family cooked it for the vets. They also made several side dishes and brought the condiments and some accessories. If that wasn’t enough, Judy insisted on making a cash donation to help pay for the event.
  • Smokey’s for allowing us to gather there and provided the grills and propane. John Laimon the owner is a great patriot and supporter of our military.
  • Nancy Hinkforth & Susan Arvoy for side dishes & desserts.
  • Our Superb Guides, for without them we would have nothing:
  • Craig Ader
  • Steve (the Musky madman) Berg
  • Justin Blanchar
  • Bob Bornfleth (didn’t teach his vet how to set a hook…Just Kidding)
  • Gene Daul
  • Roy (the Hammer) Hinkforth
  • Chris Julka
  • Shawn Killips (from the Fox Valley chapter)
  • Jerry Kriss
  • David Muchow
  • Mike (the troll master) Phelps
  • Geoff Verges (a great help to this years’ event in other areas too)
  • Finally & most importantly our Veterans for joining us. This year we had every branch of the military represented. We had 18 scheduled originally but one cancelled the day before, two cancelled on Saturday and three never showed. So maybe a little down this year from last year but a great event nonetheless.

The lure manufactures and sporting stores identified above have graciously donated their goods to this event. I would hope our members frequent their businesses and give them priority when deciding to upgrade their stock pile of Musky equipment or lures.

Tom Arvoy
Veterans Director