Trolling for the Troops

Trolling for the Troops

The 6th Annual Trolling for the Troops is now in the books and let me tell you, it was another amazing year! This is an excellent event which sets Veterans and current Service Members up with a professional fisherman for a day of adventure on the water.

This year more Veterans and Service Members along with the professional anglers participated then in any past year. I had the honor of representing the DAV of MN at this event. As one of the largest outdoor events we participate in along with the other service organizations, Camp Ripley staff, sponsors and supporters this event sets the standard for outdoor events. I would like to thank all of the people so involved with making this event a huge success each year.

If you are not familiar with Trolling for the Troops it is an event held for the past six years at Camp Ripley in MN. The attendees apply in advance and are randomly selected for the slots available. A special emphasis is put on getting new participants involved each year. The Veterans/Service Members arrive the evening prior to the event for a banquet and a lot of door prizes supplied by the amazing sponsors. Starting as early as 0530 the next morning the participants make their way over from the accommodations on Camp Ripley and head out with their professional fisherman to the Mississippi, Mil Lacs Lake or other area waters. At 0800 a good natured fishing contest starts and goes until 1500.

Once everyone is back from their respective fishing holes there is another round of door prizes and awards for Bass, Northern, Walleye and “Wild” (Tires, trolling motors, old boots, etc…) are given out. Thanks to the amazing sponsors ever Veteran/Service Member who participated left with something.

If you haven’t checked out this or some of our other amazing events I encourage routinely visiting and checking out the “Outdoors” section.

Trent C Dilks