Fished a great group of men and women from the armed services on Monday. Had the crew from Soldiers Angels and Wounded Warriors out for a wonderful day on the water. Of the last 5 times we have worked with this group, 3 of the outings were marred by bad weather(Rain, 40mph wind, even Hurricane Issac). We got a quick fun day on the water for these amazing people just to say Thank You for all they do for our country. This was not the big rodeo we participate in, it was just something we put together, last minute with Jeanne "Granny" Greaser, who helps organize these outings for the troops.
Four boats met early Monday morning at the World Famous Bay Marina to take 4 boat loads of soldiers fishing. Captains Kyle, Matt, Kenny and myself loaded up our crews and went to catching. A light breeze allowed all of the boats to fish the reefs and bridges. The radio was alive with reports coming in all morning with who had bragging rights to the big fish award. Capt Kennys boat grabbed a big sea monster black drum early thanks to Mr Ellis. Several of the boats missed bull reds and big black drum. Kenny and Mr Ellis would hold onto the tittle and eventually win the big fish award. My crew(Josh, Josh, Andrew and Brinks) would get 2nd and 4th with a smaller bull red and black drum. Capt Matt s boat claimed the 3rd place fish with a black drum. All the crews were just so happy to spend a fun, relaxing day on the water, it was really not a competition(everyone won). These men and women do so much for our country that just being able to get out on the water is enough. The fact that everyone was able to reel in fish was just a bonus.
Al Showers with WLOX was out there with his video camera as well. Sid Leblanc with THE BOATHOUSE was nice enough to bring him and Granny out there in his twin vee to check up on us. Sid is a very very busy guy this time of year, for him to come and help was very much appreciated. Here is the news link Al and WLOX did later that night:
Dwayne Bremer with the Sea Coast Echo was nice enough to come by Bay Marina and do a story as well. Very much appreciate the local media bringing attention an appreciation to our men and women in the armed services. Here is the link to that story:
All the boats came in with a good mess of fish. They caught: black drum, sheepshead, speckled trout, white trout, red fish, and flounder. Back at the dock, is where some more fun was waiting. Wally Thurmond, with help and funds from The Southern Anglers of Mississippi purchased, caught, and prepared all the food and drinks. Assisted by many people, Wally and his crew had a meal big enough to "feed an Army". They had fried trout, shrimp, jambalaya, with ALL the fixing and even desserts. Granny, along with the Biloxi VA had arranged for several soldiers, to come to Bay Marina an enjoy a good meal with us as well. The overwhelming support from everyone was nothing short of amazing. There was soo much food left over that Wally and Granny had a local shelter come by minutes after the crowd thinned to feed some of those in need. If anyone would like to take these men and women fishing, start a fishing fun day or rodeo, please contact Jeanne "Granny" Graeser(Crashgrannyw@aol.com), she is the driving force behind all of this. She can line you up with as many soldiers as you can carry, even if it is just one soldier. We are very much looking forward to assisting her with our big Soldiers Angels Wounded Warriors Rodeo in the fall.
I know I am going to miss someone and spell someones name wrong, but here are some of people we would like to thank for making this day possible and enjoyable:
The Men and Women of our Armed Services
Biloxi VA Hospital
Jeanne Granny Greaser
Southern Anglers of Mississippi
Capt Kenny Shiyou
Jim and Donna Mallini
Al Showers WLOX
Dwayne Bremer Sea Coast Echo
Shore Thing Charters
Sid Leblanc with the Boat Houe
Special Thanks to The Wolrd Famous Bay Marina gang for letting us hold the event there
Bay Marina(Bob, Diane, Robert, and Joe)
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