Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation

The Steve Schneider Mamorial Musky Tournament Results, WWIA Fundraiser

Temps in the high 80’s welcomed fishermen to the 2013 Steve Schneider Memorial Musky Tournament Saturday August 24. But that did not stop 34 teams from spending the 10 hour day on the water to raise money for the Wounded Warrior In Action Foundation, A national organization with a camp just outside of Phillips WI that helps rehabilitate wounded combat Veterans using outdoor skills.

The field lined up at 6:30 am in front of the Harbor View Pub and Eatery on Long Lake and eased out one by one racing across the lake to their first spot in hopes of claiming the first fish bonus. The first team to score was the father and son team of John and Jeremy Sattler with a 34.25″ fish at 7:15 am on Long Lake. Shortly after at 7:38 the husband and wife team of Brandon and Nicole Dunbar scored as Nicole hooked a 34.5″ Fish on Lake Duroy. Nicole didn’t waste any time hooking another fish. Brandon netted his wife’s 38″ fish at 8:50 am also out of lake Duroy. There is a 2 fish limit so Brandon and Nicole Dunbar had to pull their boat from the water and wait until 4:30 to see how many other teams would double and if any of them would tally more total inches. The next fish was caught just 10 minutes later as John and Tom Tingo boated a 34 incher at 9:00 am. It was just over 2 hours before the next team would be on the boards as another husband and wife team Jason and Kylee Baratka would capture the big fish of the tournament a hefty 44.5 inch fish at 11:05 from the smallest lake on the chain, Elk Lake. Brandon and Nicole were still holding as the next fish came in at 1:34 with Jake Stiener and Steve Holzum hooking a 40.5 from the waters of Duroy. At 2:49  the team of Jamie Schneider and Jason Lazar boated a 39″ fish on Lake Duroy. Jaime is the Daughter of Steve Schneider who this tournament was named after and they were fishing out of his boat making this one of the most special fish of the tournament. The fish were not done for the day and Brandon and Nicole only had less then 15 minutes to wait when the team of Joel Walczak and Rick Godager put their name in the books with a 41″ Duroy fish at 4:17.

In the end Brandon and Nicole Dunbar held on to the lead all day and took the first place prize $4,015 and 2 limited WWIA knives donated buy the WWIA, Brandon’s Cousin Jason Baratka and his wife Kylee took the second place prize of $1,620, Rick Godager and Joel Walczak were 3rd and received $1,080. 4th place and $540 went to Jake Stiener and Steve Holzum. 5th to Jason Lazar and Jamie Schneider with a $465 prize. The first fish bonus of $320 went to Jeremy and John Sattler and the big fish bonus of $320 went to Jason and Kylee Baratka.

7 out of 34 teams caught 8 measurable fish and raised over $1,600 for the Wounded Warriors in Action.

Drawing winners:
Wisconsin River Trip   Jesse Heinz & Peter Polacek
Spring Bay Resort   John Carlson & Jason Johns

Special thanks Chuck Bolton and John Carlson each teamed up with a WWIA Purple Heart Veteran to fish the contest with.


Thanks to:
Ross’s Sport Shop Birch Island Resort Harbor View Pub & Eatery Spring Bay Resort Chuck Bolton St. Croix Rods The Potter Place Beach’s Roadside Phillips Lanes Dave’s Legacy Guide Service Linda Carlson (Ross’s Sport Shop) WWIA Purple Heart Veterans Brad Wirt Guide Service Bob Boltz   John Carlson Duane / Bonny Grube Dan / Holly Virnig Linda Christman And of course, all the participants/fishermen
THANK YOU EVERYONE and anyone I missed.
Hope to see you next year – August 25, 2014
2013 Duroy 38

Brandon and Nicole Dunbar 38″ Fish

2013 Duroy 34.5 2013 Elk 44.5

Brandon and Nicole Dunbar 34.5″                                     Jason and Kylee Baratka 44.5″


Rules Meeting



John Carlson

Ross’s Sport Shop