Another Year…

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Another Year…

Another year under our belts. By all accounts, it went off better than expected. We had 100 guests comprised of veterans and their friends and family join 44 boats for a weekend on the Cape. The weather cooperated and the sun finally showed itself for what turned out to be a great day on the water.

A short video and slide show for those who missed the event or those who were there and just want to take another look. Enjoy!

 

 




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Fishing Report

It looks like the fish have arrived and are just waiting for our fleet to head in just over 2 weeks.   Black Seabass and Scup are in thick, school stripers have been close for a while now, larger fish are starting to show.  Bluefish have already shown also and should be around for our event as well.

With 50 plus veterans and their guests signed up for this years event.  We expect to have 44 boats fishing, 2 support boats as well as state and federal vessels on hand to assist.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for some nice weather.  See you all there!

 


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2016 Patch Released

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This year each veteran and their guest will receive a  3 x 3 patch specifically designed for the event.  Also, any volunteer or sponsor will receive either a patch or decal as a small token of our appreciation for helping us put this year’s event on for our heroes.


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42 Boats!

 

 

 

 

 


 

Arthur and I would like to thank all 42 owners and crews for volunteering for the 2016 event.  We both know what is involved to get the boat, equipment, and crew ready and get it all there along with everyone else. Some of you even gave up or postponed charter dates in order to make the event.   Pretty impressive group of people and we’re proud to be a part of it.  Looking forward to catching up with friends, old and new…

Captains should have received a newsletter with information specifically for them.  If you did not receive one, please contact us and we’ll get you a copy ASAP

See you there!

Paul


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Raymarine by FLIR Does it Again!

Major Sponsor again for 2016!

Operation Reel Heroes Is very proud to announce Our Major Sponsor. For 2016Raymarine has teamed up with FLIR to once again sponsor the awards dinner on Saturday night!  We think this will be a great way to cap off the event for our veterans, their guests and our boat crews. Special Thanks to Bill Jones of Raymarine for making this happen.

Check out their products at: http://www.raymarine.com/

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Our 2016 Event

Our 2016 Event
As of today we have 37 Boats with Captains and Crews who have volunteered to take local veterans out on the water for a day of fishing on Saturday June 4, 2016. We will only take 40 boats this year for logistic reasons. In addition, support boats of our own as well as town, state and federal vessels will be on hand to make sure everyone has a safe and fun day on the water.
A welcome party and captains meeting will be held on Friday evening June 3rd. Our boat crews will be on hand get their assignments and meet their guests for the next day.

After a day on the water a banquet will be held in honor of our veterans where we will give out awards and prizes and enjoy a Cape Cod style lobster bake.
We’re looking for help to make this year’s event another huge success for the veterans and their families. If you or someone you know would like to make a donation or if your company would like to be a sponsor, please fill out this short form and summit it to us. We are accepting Gift Cards, Cash, Product, and Services. We are also looking for corporate supporters who would like to sponsor one of the activities we have planned for the event.

Let’s make this year’s event another memorable time for our heroes. Please download the form and submit it to us and we will be in touch with you to facilitate your donation.

Register Here

 


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Register to Join Us in 2016!

We are accepting 40 boats to fish out of the Bass River on June 4th 2016. We are taking boats on a first come first serve basis. However we will take additional boats and add them to our waiting list. We will do our best to accommodate anyone who wants to volunteer.

If you would like to be part of our 2016 event please fill out the form here:   2016 Registration


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Kick Off Dinner!

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This past weekend we were guests of Anthony Caturano at his amazing Restaurant Prezza in Boston. During our visit we went over last years event and what we wanted to accomplish in 2016 to make this year an even better experience for everyone.

 

The Event will be held out of the Bass River once again and will be limited to 40 boats.  We’ll have more info as soon as it’s available.

Thank you and Tight Lines in 2016!


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Personal Observations…

I think AJ said it best when he said we were humbled and honored last weekend to share our world on the water with so many incredible people, now our brothers and sisters.  Personally I couldn’t have been happier spending time with Arthur on the project the last months, then getting the boat ready or making the trip to the cape for the weekend. It was all well worth it and I hope I get to do it again.

The outpouring of support both from sponsors and local people who showed their support in so many ways it blew me away.   A total stranger walked up to me at the hotel and handed me forty dollars. A veteran himself, he just wanted to be a small part of it. There are so many stories like this it boggles the mind.  I only wish society had always had this outlook on our service men and women. I have a good friend, a veteran of Vietnam himself, went through hell and came back. He still has problems dealing with this stuff, but his love for his brothers and fishing brought him to the event as a captain, volunteering his boat and himself because he knows what it really means.

In the immortal words of Arnold … I’ll be back…

Paul

 


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2015 Event

Our 2015 event in Yarmouth this past week was by all accounts a huge success.  Thanks to all who volunteered and our sponsors for making this inaugural event so successful.

Special Thanks to Arthur Johnson who came up with the idea and worked hard for the past year having no idea how quickly 3 or 4 boats could turn into 30 or more!

We will be posting pictures and articles from the event to our site shortly. Look for news about next years event already in the planning stages which promises to be even bigger!