Eighteen Duluth and Knife River charter captains took 53 veterans out for a morning of fishing on Lake Superior Monday as part of an annual outing for members of Minnesota’s veterans homes. The charter captains donate their time and expertise every year so that veterans can enjoy a day of fishing and a shore lunch at the Knife River Marina afterward.
Ninety-four-year-old Maurice Russell and Bud Hamilton, 61, an Air Force vet, helped haul in eight fish aboard Peter Dahl’s Hooker Too charter fishing boat, with first mate John Meining helping out. Along with us were two members of the recreation staff at the Silver Bay Veterans home, Joyce Scott of Finland and Troy Paulseth of Duluth.
A total of 53 vets from homes at Silver Bay, Hastings, Minneapolis and Fergus Falls took part, with 18 charter captains volunteering their time. Together the vets boated 154 fish during the half-day of fishing, a record for the event. They caught lake trout, coho salmon, king salmon and steelhead. All of the steelhead were released, as regulations require.
I’d encourage you to read my stories this coming Sunday in the Duluth News Tribune’s outdoors section about the veterans and their day on the water. You’ll read about the 19-pound lake trout caught by 98-year-old Rogenald Keller from the Silver Bay Veterans Home.
Meanwhile, here are some more photos: