At the MCBA annual meeting several awards were given out. Jenny Grinold, the voice behind MCBA for many many years received an “appreciation of service” award.
“On behalf of fellow members of the Ludington Charter Boat Association and Michigan Charter Boat Association in recognition of bravery and heroism. On July 18, 2017, Mike and his crew aboard Lie A Lot Charters, rescued five people from their burning and sinking boat on Lake Michigan waters, near Ludington Michigan. His quick thinking actions and servant attitude saved the lives of these individuals.
Captain Ed Retherford received an Appreciation award for his continued support of the fishery and dedication to the issues on Lake Huron.
2017 MCBA AWARD
by Captain Terry Walsh, Past President
The 2017 recipient of the MCBA Award for distinguished service to the organization and the sport fishing industry has been an MCBA member since 1973. He pioneered the once famous brown trout fishery in Alpena’s Thunder Bay and brought nation-wide acclaim to the specular fishery. Outdoor TV producers and every major outdoor publication in the United States and Canada came to fish with him.
An All State quarterback, he attended Olivet College where he played four years of football and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 1965. He taught Biology and coached football at Alpena High School until 1999 when he left to head up the UP Upward Bound Program at Alpena Community College until 2013. He continues to substitute teach in area schools.
He has led an untiring fight to control cormorants in Thunder Bay and was the first to convince the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to allow harassment of the birds to keep them away from newly stocked fish until they made their way out in to the open waters of the bay. Eventually, he gained authority to use lethal control of the birds, and the survival rate of stocked trout improved dramatically.
He is a Life Member of Ducks Unlimited. He serves on the Michigan Waterfowl Committee and has been a long-time member of the Lake Huron Citizens Fishery Advisory Committee. He has been actively involved in the Alpena Brown Trout Festival since it originated.