Milwaukee Chapter of Muskies Inc once again hosted a panfish outing with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Milwaukee. What a beautiful morning it was on Saturday...to get out and catch some bluegills!
Captains got their pontoons over to Smokeys to pick up kids in the morning and away they went for the panfish hunt. (Huge thanks to Smokeys and their staff for donating that space to us!!!)
Was told that many boats caught 50-75 gills. Of course the goal is to catch fish, size is irrelevant, but there were some nice sunfish caught, too many gills to really count and a couple of largemouth made an appearance. There were tall tales of a 17 incher that may have gotten off right at the boat.
And when the fishing was done, it was lunch time. Muskies Inc. grilled up burgers and hot dogs for the kids while Jennifer Verges from the club donated an ice cream sundae bar for the kids to enjoy.
This is such a great event for the kids. I have to share one quick story, we raffle off 3 nice little prizes at the end. This year it was a nerf football, frisbee and a deluxe 100 piece chalk set for drawing on concrete/asphalt.
Well, as fate would have it, the oldest (and largest) Little there (17) won the chalk set. I'm telling you, this kid was taller than me and looking like he knows his way around a weight room. He came up, took his prize, thanked us, then took it to his seat where he re-gifted it to the smallest, cutest little girl at the event. Her jaw dropped open and the smile she had on her face? Well, it was amazing. Everyone who saw that happen knew things like that was why we put on this event. The Big Brothers/Big Sisters program is a great program that helps these kids become unreal people. People capable of great generosity and kindness. Just had to share that moment.
This event wouldn't be possible without the volunteers from Muskies Inc as well as others. Some folks even volunteered via Lake Link. Others were asked by friends to help out. Truly a community event. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped out. Already looking forward to next year and "evolving" this program.