Veterans treated to free guided fishing day thanks to Lake Tomahawk groupSubmitted: 08/08/2018
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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Veterans treated to free guided fishing day thanks to Lake Tomahawk group
LAKE TOMAHAWK - It didn't take Lawrence Shallue very long to reel in his first catch of the day on Wednesday morning.  He reeled in the six-inch panfish and laughed.

"Oh, I had to catch that first one," Shallue said with a smile.  "That was musky bait!"

But the size of the fish didn't matter.  The Vietnam veteran was just happy to be here.

"It's so peaceful and quiet, I've met a lot of new people," Shallue said.

Shallue was born and raised in Manitowoc, but now lives at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King near Waupaca. He joined Jerry Taddy and Dave Winslow on a boat, just like 35 other veterans from across the state to go out fishing Wednesday morning.  The veterans, who also came from the Tomah VA Medical Center, are spending the week at Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk

"Me, I'm not very good at it," fellow Vietnam vet Jerry Taddy said of his fishing skills. "It wouldn't be as fun without educated people, you know."

But while the trip to the Northwoods has been going on for years, fishing wasn't always a part of it. Don Myers and a host of volunteers wanted to offer a day on the water for the first time since the 1990s.

"A renewal of it this year," Myers said.

His group, "Vets and Guides," raised thousands of dollars from local businesses and statewide organizations to pay for the entire day, leaving only the catching up to the veterans.

"Unfortunately, it's catch and release," laughed Myers. "I wish they could all take big fish home."

The veterans found an easier time catching those fish thanks to volunteers like Patsy Niemi and her husband, Finn. The pair from Arbor Vitae offered their boat and expertise for free after helping to fundraise for the event.

"They've supported us through the years and that and just want to help them and have a good day at the lake," Niemi said.

Fishing will mix with catching a snowshoe baseball game, relaxing, and a lot of good food this week, but Myers hopes the best memory of the week will be a few fleeting hours dropping a line while lifting some spirits for the men and women who defended our freedoms.

"Hopefully they're going to have a great time, that's the important thing," Myers said. "That will be a great accomplishment as far as I'm concerned."

Myers says his group raised enough money to start paying for next year's fishing outing. He hopes to bring in some younger members to "Vets and Guides." If you'd like to get involved, contact Myers at 715-604-2053.

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