Upcoming MAD Fishing Events

Oct 11, 2014 – Lewes, Delaware
The Lewes Delaware Chapter kicks of their First Annual ‘Take Troops Fishing‘ event.

October 18, 2014 – Southport, North Carolina
The MAD Southport Chapter will host our nation’s heroes to a day of fishing, food and fun.

All FREE of charge to Active Duty, Guard and Reservists!

Military participants can sign up for these events right now … Click Here!
Volunteers and Boat Captains, click here to sign up!

One. Simple. Thanks!

MAD 9 Southport


To Our Honored Guests,

Due to concerns with the high wind and wave forecast for the Southport area this weekend, Military Appreciation Day Inc. has decided to reschedule MAD 9 Southport from Sept 19-20th, to October 17-18th. We apologize if this causes any issues due to postponing, but MAD Inc. feels it is the most safe decision due to the current circumstances at this time for all involved.

* If you have been assigned to a boat, your Captain should have been in contact with you by now. Many of you will already know about the new dates, but this is an effort to make certain this is over-communicated so we don’t have anyone show up at the Marina Saturday and no one is there.

* If you have not heard from a boat Captain, then you are still on the wait list and we are doing everything we can to get more boats to sign up and take more of you out fishing.

Hoping the weather is better for next time, please stay tuned to your email, phone, and the www.militaryappreciationday.org website for updates


MAD Boat Committee
Scott Krieger
Military Appreciation Day

MAD 2 Hampton Virginia

Mission Accomplished!
As posted on Tidalfish.

The motto of Military Appreciation Day is “One. Simple. THANKS”. Our mission is to take active duty military personnel out for a day on the water to fish and hopefully catch, with a side benefit forging new friendships on the boats and at the feast after the fishing. So as stated: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! I was completely spent when the day ended Saturday and did nothing but veg out yesterday after cleaning the boat and fighting the #*%^$ traffic to get back to Richmond. But I didn’t want to let another day go by without thanking all those who made the day possible.

After two consecutive Saturdays on the bay with flat calm seas it was no surprise to anyone that we had NE winds topping 15 kts to greet us on Saturday morning. However this would not deter the fantastic, dedicated group of captains and crew who volunteered their time, boats, fuel and bait to take the troops out. As covered in our pre-event Captains meeting safety was priority one and all boats fished and returned safely with no incidents worth noting.

The MAD armada of Captains is listed below with captain’s name, boat name, boat type and species caught:

    Hector Reyes – Whatever - Carolina Skiff – Spot, Croaker
    Mike Avery – Seaduction – Hydrasports – bluefish, sharks
    Cliff Rowe – Mulch Man – Carolina Classic – flounder
    Danny Forrest – Kate Lynn Dawn – Concorde – Guests Canceled
    Patrick Boyle – Infection – Grady White – Spanish, bluefish
    Steve Godin – Dach Of The Bay – Parker – bluefish, croaker
    Ron Alexander – Blizzard - Angler – Spanish, bluefish
    Jorge Rivera – Don Jaime – Parker – Bluefish, toads
    Crosby Forrest – Old Forrester – Harkers Islander – Spanish, sharks, bluefish
    Wayne Smith – Sarah Kay – Sea Hunt – Flounder, bluefish
    Carmelo Tuzza – no name – Sundance – Bluefish, BSB, flounder
    Mike Rendenna – Love & Luck - Phoenix – Croaker
    Brian Adkins – no name – Albemarle – Flounder
    Bret Wesson – no name – Maycraft – Croaker, spot
    William Robbins – Gonzo – Sportcraft – Cobia (54″, 53 lbs)
    Bob Jones – Gal-o-mine – Grady-White – Flounder
    Jack Bartell – Reel Cool – Sea Pro – Sharks, bluefish, flounder

I’d ask each captain to individually thank their crews because if I tried listing them I’d miss some but they should know their efforts were appreciated. Without captains and crews there is no fishing and of course without supporters donating services and funds events such as this are simply not possible. The following is our list of supporters and if I’ve left anyone out, please forgive me:

Wallace’s Bait And Tackle
Virginia Air Distributors
Rudee Angler
Heritage Motor Company
Shurtape Technologies, LLC
Harry Eklof & Asso.
Fleming’s Awards & Promotions
American Legion Post 320
Wawa Store #699
Central Virginia Television
Somersaults Snack Company
Sea Tow Lower Chesapeake

All supporters received a very nice plaque which we hope they will proudly display in their respective places of business. Those businesses not represented Saturday will receive theirs shortly.

Special thanks go out to Irene and Randy at Wallace’s Bait and Tackle as they worked their butts off for the second year in a row to put out a fantastic feed.
Another special thanks to Sea Tow for covering all MAD boats during the event and thankfully we did not need to call them out but knowing they were there was a relief.
Another special thanks to Nancy Rodrigues and Michael Abley who made enough cake to feed 175 people and simply dropped them off as they had other commitments.
And while too numerous to list individually the number of volunteers who helped insure our guests were taken care of that day were fantastic. We had troops who came to do nothing more than help set up and break down. Others who helped insure the families were signed in and know where to go. We even had vendors who set up canopies, such as Homes For Heroes, not to sell anything but to insure the troops knew there are services available to assist them and their families.

Finally to all our troops and their families: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICES AND YOUR COUNTLESS SACRIFICES!

And on behalf of the Virginia Committee members I want to personally thank Scott, Bubba and Hector. Without their help and support our event would have been considerably less successful and organized. THANK YOU!!!!