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05-18-2013, 04:49 PM
First, like to thank Seon for the effort he puts in to this very worthwhile event, it was nice meeting you sir. Also the same thank you goes out to any others who helped make the day enjoyable for all in whatever way they chose to contribute. And, to my fellow boaters who shared their time and equipment with some very deserving people, Salute to you all.

My son and I got there around 7:30, already a nice crowd had assembled and Seon had already done the briefing, we checked in with Seon and prepped the boat. They bused the Vets in and Sean quickly organized and assigned people to boats. Very simple process and worked quickly with everyone cooperating. We took two fellas, Bob and Jim, who turned out to be good friends and worked together at the home. We all hit it off and it was like spending the day with a couple old friends. And a small world, Bob the small asian fella turns out to a part of the Fisherman Warehouse family, and uncle to Alan Fong.


We load up and head down river from Brannons, the wind is a bit brisk but died down to be a fantastic day on the water. Problem was dirty water, we just could not find clean water and some areas the trash was so bad you just could not troll. I depended heavily on the finder in an effort to locate fish, I was marking many but they were scattered and just not active. Even though the fishing was bad the guys were obviously enjoying being out there and we had some great conversation and lots of laughs.

Late in the day we got into some cleaner water on the San Joaquin and I began to see more fish closer together. My son says let me change them up to something different, he went to a crankbait he does well with on both stripers and bass. About that time I began to mark some bait in the 15 ft depth over some really uneven bottom. Then, there they were, nice ball of bait and the tell tale arches below and to the side of the ball. Told the guys to watch closely you are about to get bit, wham, Jim hooks up first fish of the day. After a nice fight and with Jim struggling a little with the equipment we net his first striped bass ever! High fives around. Nice fish. I say Bob your turn we can probably pick off another from this bait ball so turn around and set up to run over it again. No sooner did I get turned around than fish on, Bob has his first fish. Damn, its just a small bass and the bait had scattered. Made a couple more runs, picking up a couple more small bass and one short striper. Time to head back in.

Jim with his first striper and Bob his pal


Great day with these guys and was our honor to have them with us, share stories, some sandwiches, cold drinks and Bob has already promised his buddy Jim, dinner is going to be good tonite!

Bob, Jim, my son Greg and Don aka dabalone


05-18-2013, 05:02 PM
Let's all post on one thread at
Post Disabled Vets Day (http://www.fishsniffer.com/forums/campfire-board/105022-post-disabled-vets-day.html) that dabalone (http://www.fishsniffer.com/forums/members/dabalone.html) started.


05-18-2013, 05:08 PM
What a great thing to do for our vets, my hat is off to each and everyone of you who participated and made this happen!

Unfortunately I was not able to participate for numerous reasons, the biggest reason being I don't have enough tackle or experience in the delta just yet. Next time maybe I will discover this earlier and can get some help, who knows by then I might have the experience.

With that said, if there was to be another similar event except the target is maybe Kokanee at Berryessa or Coho at Oroville I would be all in. For that I have plenty of rods, reels, tackle and experience that I would be confident I could show them a good time. Just saying and I would welcome the opportunity to show my gratitude to my fellow Veterans.

Again, I salute those of you involved today! I am sure fun was had by all!

05-19-2013, 04:47 AM
Disable Vets Day

It was a very successful day where there were 35 Vets from the Veterans Home Younville arrived in a customize bus.


Although 27 Skippers signed up, only 10 showed up but thanks to Team Mc Fishing, Doug arrived with 6 Skippers with their boats and crew. Without them, there would have been several Vets having to stay on shore with out being able to fish.

After all the boats launch and headed for their favorite hot spots, Randy, Pres of Purple Heart Anglers and I were able to cruise the waters taking pics of what boat we were able to find.




At 2 pm all the boats started arriving. Some with fish, others without but all the Vets had smiles.






While the Vets headed for the BBQ site, each Skipper filleted the Stripers to be brought back to the Home. BTW several Skippers brought extra ice and plastic bags for the Vets fish. And oh yeah, one Vet caught a 30” green Sturgeon.

Lots of Hamburger, Hotdogs, Potato Salad and condiments to be had provided by the Purple Heart Anglers.

Our volunteer cook from Team Mc Fishing







At the end of the day, there were 35 men and women so very happy. I boarded the bus to thank them and one asked if we were going to host another one next year. When I hesitated in answering, ALL yell “YES PLEASE!! Many said that they’d be back.



After the bus departed, I walked back to the BBQ site to catch my breath and take in the site that the Vets will picture in their mind while waiting for next years event.


05-19-2013, 05:03 AM
Great job guys. Pretty awesome stuff.

05-19-2013, 06:41 AM
Good going Seon! Hard work but it looks like everyone had a good time with lots of memories to keep.:cheers1:

05-19-2013, 08:02 AM
Posted your report on the homepage Seon.

The Fish Sniffer - A Day on the Delta with our Veterans (http://www.fishsniffer.com/reports/details/a-day-on-the-delta-with-our-veterans/)

05-19-2013, 08:48 AM
Wow, where do I start? I know, a HUGE thank you to Seon for having the drive, organization skills (in spades), persistence, and the love of our Veterans to work so hard on this event. THANK YOU SEON!

I was so fortunate to be able to make it this year. I was assigned to be the deckhand with Cptn Jack (Steve) and four Vets. It was a pleasure to meet Steve and work on his wonderful boat. We were in total comfort with six of us. Nice....

This isn't a fishing report so where we went what we trolled is irrelevant. And we only caught three anyway. LOL This is a report about people. Steve was a great Captain and a gracious host. He made sandwiches at 04:30 and had sodas and snack for all. We headed out on the water to see if we could get our team onto some fish.

Now to introduce our team. Here is Hoover (red sweater) and Ric with our Capt'n Steve guiding us to promising waters.


Here are the other two members (can you tell they're brothers?) Albert and Gilbert. Love the flag behind them as well.


Now that intros our over Team Lucky Charm (Boat name) waiting for the bite that was really slow for us.


Great pic of our Captain. Was a really fun guy to meet and I was honored to be his deckhand.


We couldn't get anything on traditional lures so we put out some swimbaits and a hair raiser jig. It was great to watch Hoover jig the rod even on the troll. No rod holder for this guy! He is an experienced bass fisherman in the delta back in the day. So subsequently he hooks up first. Bendo shot for Hoover. No pic of the fish but was a nice 19½" that went in the box for him to take home.


Another fish by one of the brothers. Bendo shot with a undersize fish. Was only undersized by ¼" Hoover showing his experience again said your supposed to "Step on the fish" to get the extra ¼" out of hit. haha


Ric actually caught the best of the day at about 21" but I was unable to get a pic. Funny thing was he was jigging his swimbait like Hoover and just put his rod in the holder to take a break and WHAM! fish on. Here he is working it for another strike. He did get another HNS (Hit No Stick)


Here I am with the entire gang minus our Captain. I guess he had to drive the boat or something. Some lame excuse. LOL


And since we did get into a bite right before we had to pull lines in we were 20 min late getting back. The Lucky Charm hustling back to the ramp


Here are a couple shots of the entire team.



What a great bunch if I say so myself. http://www.outcastanglers.com/forums/images/smilies/biggrin.gif

Thank you to all who participated and helped in any way. And most importantly, THANK YOU to our Vets for all that you have done and continue to do.

I looked at this flag a little differently today....



05-19-2013, 09:18 AM
Great stuff guys!!! Vets and volunteers looks like everyone had a blast, even if the fishing wasn't stellar. Great shots everybody, Doug I like the flag shots, kinda has more of a feeling when you got a boat full of guys who risked their lives so we can be free and fish :areportmq5:

Team Mc Fishing
05-19-2013, 09:31 AM
Thank you to those who were able to make it out there yesterday with there boats and those who came without boats to volunteer anyway possible.

I brought along as many of my team members that were available to go with us. I even brought along our resident veteran and fishing team member Ray, who was known back in the day as Big Bubba Ray's BBQ! A wonderful man we have adopted into our team and family last year, who came to volunteer his time to make a special day even better for his own veteran brothers and sisters.

I did have two wonderful gentleman on my boat, Harold and Steve. They both came down the ramp in wheelchairs and were concerned about getting into the boats safely. Since my team is consisted primarily of public safety personnel, yesterday our crew of 6 boats included 4 paramedics, 1 emergency dispatcher and a water rescue diver. We are always prepared so to speak and love to help out in anyway we can with these events.

Having guys in wheelchairs and not being able to make long runs across the river to some of the more popular fishing grounds wasn't possible. So instead of making trips to the power lines, Sherman island, chain island etc. we made several passes up around 3 mile slough, false river and even sent a boat over to the back side of Decker island. A few fish were caught, we had a few solid take downs on the trolling P-Line predators with trick worm tails, but with limited mobility our guys on board didn't get them to the net.

I have been working with the PHA and Randy Houston now going on 3 years and we are trying to get many more regular scheduled events. We are having a event next month on New Melones for Kokanee and Trout and I'm working on dates to bring these folks back to do a King Salmon trip probably in September.

Thank you to everyone again and i will post some more pics shortly from my other camera. Good to meet so many of you finally and look forward to having you at future events!

Team Mc Fishing
Guide Service

05-19-2013, 10:08 AM
I'll start it also with a big Thank You Seon.
This was the second year for us. Last year it ended up being just a 6 hour boat ride for our Vets Bob and Les. This year we worked hard to make sure we could get em on the fish. We were able to get Bob again this year but he had a new partner, Tom. These 2 guys were both characters and gentlemen. Had to almost force them to enjoy the treats we brought.

We ran down to below Eddos right off the bat almost to the hiway 4 bridge. It was windy and we let control our drift for a while. We moved 3 times then got on em.

Heres Bob and Tom with our first double of the day 1st fish of the day, not the last double. Deckhand Dean sorting out the all of sudden semi cluster......


It was on from then on till we ran out of bait at 1:30

Bob ended up with the biggest of the day at 23" this isn't it.


I haven't enjoyed watching somebody else catching fish on my boat this much ever. When we knew we were on em I couldn't stop grinning.

Here's our crew holding up the deckhand and skippers taco meat. We didn't realize till it was over that they couldn't take em.

Ended the day with 21, all 18" to 23". All spawned out downhill fish. Live bait and jigs.

Dean and I now have a date in Yountville to have our collective asses handed to us playing that miserable game,,,,golf. Getting whooped by these 2 will make it a little more tolerable. But with their willingness to maybe make a little bet on the game almost ensures a whooping is coming.

On a side note I have to say I was pleased to find out how well they are being treated by our Veterans system. They made the point that their situation and life style is enjoyable.

Thanks again Seon, you don't have to ask me about next year just sign me up now. And Thanks Dean good job.

(I apologize, I struggle with this picture thing)

05-19-2013, 10:23 AM
On a side note I have to say I was pleased to find out how well they are being treated by our Veterans system. They made the point that their situation and life style is enjoyable.

Great report! Just wanted to add, both vets we hosted also said their facilities and situation were very good and they were treated well.

05-19-2013, 01:22 PM
I enjoyed the day immensely...great being around our precious veterans all day...we owe them so much! While I could take only one veteran out in my little Tracker Scott and I had a great time enjoying the beautiful delta outdoors, sunshine and fresh air while freely conversing about a multitude of topics from his childhood, my childhood; his military service, my military service; his love of fishing/water, my love of fishing/water; etc., etc., etc.,. Like other boats participating in this noteworthy Purple Heart Disabled Veterans event we found the fishing tough with stripers hard to find and unwilling to bite. Undaunted by these tough conditions and woeful VHF radio reports we kept grinding, staying the course with our original shallow troll strategy and managed to eke out a limit of stripers for Scott who played both keepers like a pro with the skill of a more seasoned Delta striper angler. He had promised his lady friend he'd bring home some filets and did not disappoint. http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/xx220/flanker1flanker/Purple%20Heart%20Veterans%20Fishing%20Outing/IMG_0166.jpg (http://s757.photobucket.com/user/flanker1flanker/media/Purple%20Heart%20Veterans%20Fishing%20Outing/IMG_0166.jpg.html) Like other vets confided, Scott is very happy with the accommodations and services provided at the Veterans Home. Kudos to Seon the chief organizer of this event and to all the other skippers out there who donated their time, effort and rigs to help ensure the huge success of this worthwhile endeavor. Looking forward to participating in the next such event be it at the Delta again or Lake Berryessa for Kokanee or trout.

05-19-2013, 05:39 PM
I am so thankful to have participated in this event. This is what it's all


Vets getting boat assignments and snacks before heading to the launch


Kimber (FishingMike's dog) roaming the area with her trusty stick.


I forget what was asked right here but Kimber wanted something!

Our vet Randy enjoying the view.


The skipper for our boat...


Some other skippers that made the trip...




Didn't get to see too many of the catches as I was running the wheelchair
vets to the restroom and the picnic area. This fella with his catch. Said he
also caught 2 sharks and a sturgeon! ;)


My new buddies!


Our vet with a volunteer getting ready to get loaded on the bus.


All set to board the bus!


They're ready to do it again next year!


I was humbled by the appreciation shown by all these vets. I wish I could've
spent more time getting to know them and look forward to next year.

I also got to meet some more anglers from the different boards (Polebrother, Capt.
Jack, RideNfish, RedNeckPunk, TeamMC, KneeDeep, FishingMike, Steve_O, LoneWolf
to name a few). Thanks for putting this together, Seon! Time well spent! Until
next time...

05-19-2013, 05:59 PM
Not sure what else I can add to these reports except to restate what a great event this was and a special thank you to Seon for organizing it. Also, a big thanks to Team McFishing for showing up in force, as usual, to make sure we had enough boats.

No words can describe what these events mean to these Vets, but just take a look at the smiles on their faces and you will have a better understanding. And as one of the Vets on my boat said, "catching fish would be nice, but just being out of the home for the day is enough excitement".


05-19-2013, 08:30 PM
What a great time Tricia, Kimber and I had! We had Vic (a WWII vet) and Bernard (a Vietnam vet) fish with us. We ran over to the west bank and set out a spread of shallow PLine Predators. Wasn't very long before Bernard struck first with a nice 9.5 lbr.


A little while later Vic fired back with two stripers but they were both short. Bernard caught another keeper then the bite died with the change of the tide.


I stuck with it rather than burn time running and was rewarded by Vic boating a keeper right at the closing bell.

Absolutely awesome day. Thanks Seon!

05-20-2013, 03:09 AM
I was able to video record some of the folks yesterday. Hope you all enjoy.


05-20-2013, 08:24 AM
Seon, your video is absolutely outstanding! I enjoyed it big time! Thanks again for organizing the event and for capturing in video the heartfelt essence and positive vibes the event generated. Very well done on all counts!

05-20-2013, 04:31 PM
To All: Thanks for the kind words but this event could have never been a success without each of you stepping up to the plate and volunteering. I owe each of you big time. Thanks so much.

05-20-2013, 07:29 PM
Awesome video Seon. Somehow I wish I did more... I'm going to contact Team McFishing and see if they need a volunteer deckhand once in awhile. I know they do a lot too. Thank you again.

05-20-2013, 08:36 PM
Thank you for the reports all! A very nice thing to do for the veterans!

05-21-2013, 08:42 AM
I tallied the final count of attendees and reported to Brannan Park for their records.

Vets 36
Skippers and crew 35

Total 71

Again, thanks so much to all the volunteers.

05-22-2013, 05:22 PM
Randy, Pres of Purple Heart Anglers and I set May 17th 2014 for next years event.

Please pencil this on your calender so we can provide a greater fishing day for the Disabled Vets.

Team Mc Fishing
05-22-2013, 06:22 PM
Temporary thread hijack here, sorry Seon... Anyone interested in volunteering boats, deckhands, or even volunteering in general, please contact me for the June 15th event out of New Melones.

On a second hijack moment, a year seems like so long to wait, let's do this in the Fall and put them on a striper and salmon combo trip! I will help Seon if you are interested in making it happen.

I am working very hard to make these events more than once a year at a couple locations. Even if we can't get the bus to come, Randy and I both have lists of veterans locally wanting to participate.

Thank you again everyone, and we return you to your regularly scheduled thread!

Team Mc Fishing
Guide Service

05-23-2013, 04:53 AM
Count me in for Jun 15th Melones to take local Vets out for the day. BTW Glory Hole Sports is hosting this event and donating tackle and stuff.

Hey Doug, can you start a new thread for this fine event?

Who else want to join us??

Disabled Veterans New Melonies Fishing Event
Hosted by Glory Hole Sports

Where: New Melonies Glory Hole Recreation Area

When: 7:00 am, June 15, 2013

We provide all Boats, Fishing licenses, Bait, Tackle, Snacks, Waters and a BBQ lunch.
Come join us for a day of fishing, food fun and friendship
Contact: randy@purpleheartanglers.org

05-23-2013, 08:08 AM
Sean, Randy
This year was the first Delta event we attended, it was fun for everyone vets, skippers, volunteers alike. Brannon Island is a perfect facility for it and I think these events will continue to grow in popularity.

However, I think we dodged a bullet with the weather down there this year. Couple things, first part of May is a very iffy time of year for the Delta and the weather being in spring transition can make the place miserable if you hit it wrong. Wind is always a factor for the Delta but May is a time of year we usually just stay away, its not just the wind but probably the worst time of year for fishing. May I suggest changing your dates for the Delta event to Fall, maybe late Sept early Oct, not only some of the best weather in the Delta but also some of the best fishing for all species.

Cheers to all who participated

05-23-2013, 08:48 AM
Tricia and I are in for June 15th at Melones with my boat. I may be able to rummage up another boater. Fishnmike@clearwire.net

Reagarding the May event. May is getting a bit tough but I wouldn't want to cancle it.

PHA President
05-23-2013, 01:38 PM
I know there are several disabled veterans on the Fish Sniffer. We would like to invite you to our fishing event at New Melones on the 15th of June hosted by Glory Hole Sports and supported by Black Oak Casino and Frito/Lay. We have pro guides and some volunteers that would like nothing more than to get you on the water and catch Kokanee. There will be food and fun for everybody. If you would like to come join us for the day please contact me at randy@purpleheartanglers.org

PHA President
05-23-2013, 04:53 PM
Sean, Randy
This year was the first Delta event we attended, it was fun for everyone vets, skippers, volunteers alike. Brannon Island is a perfect facility for it and I think these events will continue to grow in popularity.

However, I think we dodged a bullet with the weather down there this year. Couple things, first part of May is a very iffy time of year for the Delta and the weather being in spring transition can make the place miserable if you hit it wrong. Wind is always a factor for the Delta but May is a time of year we usually just stay away, its not just the wind but probably the worst time of year for fishing. May I suggest changing your dates for the Delta event to Fall, maybe late Sept early Oct, not only some of the best weather in the Delta but also some of the best fishing for all species.

Cheers to all who participated

When we set these dates we need to take into consideration several things. One of the issues with spinalcord injuries and Agent Orange issues is the body's inability to cool or heat. If it's to hot for example they don't sweat to cool or the other is if it's to cool they can't warm up. If Seon thinks this would be a better time for the boat owners, I will contact Yountville and see how that would work for the participants. Thank you for your suggestions, please keep them coming. Thats how this gets better each time. I may not respond imeadiatly but I know Seon and Doug from Team Mc Fishing are watching this forum and will keep me updated.

Team Mc Fishing
05-23-2013, 06:29 PM
I'm actually wanting to try for a Spring & Fall fishing trip out there. I would like to get the vets on board again to troll for salmon during a good time period.
As i said earlier, once a year is just not enough i don't think to bring these wonderful people over and spend the day with them. Does anyone object to me suggesting this to the PHA for an event?
Does anyone want to help me make it happen?

Team Mc Fishing
Guide Service

05-23-2013, 06:35 PM
All in for Fall. Great weather, clean water good fishing.

05-23-2013, 07:03 PM
I'm good with spring and fall events. Maybe move the spring one up a few weeks into april when the stripers are usually on a better bite.

Team Mc Fishing
05-23-2013, 08:18 PM
Just a word from today on the river just around the corner from where we were last Saturday. Several shakers, a 20"er followed by a 14 & 17 pound Striper taken on the troll, by two of our team members today that brought their boats last Saturday.

Team Mc Fishing
Guide Service

05-24-2013, 08:19 PM
Well deserved!!:cool:

05-26-2013, 04:53 PM
Nice breeding females

Reel Fun
05-26-2013, 08:12 PM
Spawned out as well!

06-11-2013, 02:31 PM
Follow up:

I was a deckhand on Cptn Jack's (Steve) boat for the Purple Heart Anglers. I finally got my act together and ordered some spiral bound "memory" books to mail to the four Veteran's that were on our boat. I will be mailing them out this week. Each has 15 photos with captions. Even has the American Flag them on the pages.

Even if I say so myself I thought it was kinda cool. :-)

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o14/ScreaminRK/Fishing%202013/ce77f5f3-aac0-4961-b60b-6460644d6d06.jpg (http://s116.photobucket.com/user/ScreaminRK/media/Fishing%202013/ce77f5f3-aac0-4961-b60b-6460644d6d06.jpg.html)

06-11-2013, 02:37 PM
that's a great idea!

06-12-2013, 07:11 AM
Tricia and I did pretty much the same thing. She put together a nice photo collage for each of them, framed them and we sent them out last week. Lucky for me, fishing with Tricia is like being with a Japanese tourist, the camera is never put down.