Volunteers help Wheelin’ Team 457.net catch the big one

The group of anglers and their volunteers enjoyed a spectacular day of fishing at a previous year’s tournament.

The group of anglers and their volunteers enjoyed a spectacular day of fishing at a previous year’s tournament.

LAPEER — An initial effort to help disabled anglers enjoy ice fishing for prizes celebrates its fifth year on Feb. 19 on Potter Lake.

Wheelin’ Team 457.net will once again rely on its dependable corps of volunteers to help get the many wheelchair-bound fisherman out into specially adapted shanties as the twoperson teams vie for trophies.

The event runs in conjunction with the state’s second segment of Free Fishing Weekend every February—this year Feb. 19-20—where all fishing license fees are waived for residents and non-residents alike.

The tournament this year takes place at 259 Oglethorpe Dr, Lapeer on Potter’s Lake. Motion Adaptive Sports of Lapeer owner Dave Clemens provides the specially made sleds that transport the anglers out to their shanties, with all bait supplied by Imlay City Fish Farm. Volunteers bore the holes needed for ice fishing for the anglers and help with anything else they may need in baiting, catching and landing their fish.

Also sponsoring the tournament are local businesses including Fishing Tackle Grab Bag of Davison, Mobility Works, Tim Horton’s of Lapeer, American Vets Post 108, Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America, PBS Detroit Channel 56.1, TC Taxidermy, Ray C’s Extreme and Ray C’s Harley Davidson, Woods N Water News, Wright and Filippis and Applebees.

“The volunteers and sponsors, as always, are to be commended for their help and support; without them, it would not be possible,” said Wheelin’ Team 457 Communications Director Ben Diaz in past years. “A special thanks is in order to the Clemens family for the use of their custom equipment. Dave Crowley, the fishing director for Wheelin’ Team 457, is also to be thanked for coordinating the event, with the help of others,” Diaz added.

A $5 registration fee is charged with registration beginning at 10 a.m. day of event. The fishing runs 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with awards at 3:30 p.m. Lunch is delivered to each shanty. Details: Wheelin’ Team 456 President Ray Brown at 989-225-9259, Roger Wilcox at 810-338-0880 or Dave Clemens at 810-728-3166.

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