April 27, 2019 Take A Soldier Fishing
Oneida Shores Park Brewerton NY
Brewerton, New York….The Twelfth Annual NY BASS Nation Take A Soldier Fishing event held on Saturday April 27th was another success. Over 70 volunteer boaters from the NY BASS Nation were on hand to take out 63 soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division headquartered at Fort Drum in Watertown. Participants fished from 8:30 AM until 1:00 PM. In the morning during registration the soldiers and volunteers were treated to coffee, juice or water along with donuts and pastries. Snacks, juice and water were provided to the soldiers and boaters to take out fishing with them.
Burney Haney worked all winter to get the event organized with help from Peter Knight President of the NY BASS Nation who coordinated with Bass Pro of Auburn, the BBQ teams and brought the weigh in trailer. Mother Nature was difficult, but they were able to get the soldiers paired up with boaters and fishing even with the cold temperatures (38-42 degrees), rain, light snow and all rain for the lunch time and awards.
All the boaters reported catching fish with the majority targeting black bass under the statewide Catch & Release rules. Many boats reported the pickerel bite was on with carp and drum also taken on small plastic baits. The biggest fish of the day was a Drum 15.76lbs was caught by Spec. Michael Mackey, followed by a Carp 15.70lbs caught by Specialist Neil Cooper with Boat Captain Jason Powers. The second biggest Drum was 13.41lbs caught by Specialist Milligan fishing with Boat Captain Bernie Lindo. Biggest perch 1.55lbs was caught by SGT Caleb Deterie with Boat Captain Mike Tankersley.
All the soldiers, boaters and volunteers were treated to a barbeque lunch that featured smoked whole hog, pulled pork, brisket, beans, macaroni salad, cookies, cakes, juice, coffee, soda or water.
Many thanks to the BBQ crews Galloway’s BBQ, The 5th Artery, Mort’s Meat Mafia, KCBS Reps, Let Your Meat Shine Through, and Red Valley BBQ. Also, the Cpl Kyle R. Schneider Foundation for the breakfast items, snacks and drinks for fishing and we can’t forget that delicious lunch. Rick and Lorie Schneider became Gold Star Parents in 2011 when their son Marine Kyle Schneider, gave all in combat in Afghanistan. Also, a special thanks to the 10th Mountain Division Morale Welfare & Recreation who provided transportation for the soldiers and the tents, tables and chairs for lunch as well as Bass Pro Shops Auburn who with the Schneider Foundation provided a rod and reel for every soldier.
Video review of Take A Soldier Fishing