For the 5th year in a row Gull Lake in Brainerd was the host of the Minnesota Fishing Challenge. The tournament has raised a significant amount of money for Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge, one of the state’s most successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. Steve Pennaz, host of the TV show Lake Commandos, served as an honorary tournament director for the challenge that raised $193,000 this year. There were multiple teams that raised over $10,000 with two teams raising over $20,000.
The event draws a broad field, including several hall of fame anglers. Host Al Lindner said, “This shows the power of bringing people together for a cause that has God at its center.” His concept has grown each season, and the sixth annual MN Fishing Challenge is slated for the first Saturday of June, 2014. The day is filled with activities and prizes for the 109 teams partaking in the festivities. During weigh-in residents of Minnesota Teen Challenge performed an open-air concert and helped anglers in and out of boats.
The tournament had 5 divisions: Mixed Bag, Walleye, Panfish, Northern Pike, and Bass. Steve Pennaz and fishing partner Perry Good won the Walleye division with 2 walleyes weighing in at 12.69 pounds. He also came in 4th in the Bass division.
The Minnesota Fishing Challenge has been a great fundraiser and help MN Adult & Teen Challenge. The program has been restoring hope to people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction for almost 30 years. There are licensed shorter-term and faith-based long-term programs that effectively serve individuals with a broad spectrum of addiction issues. The mission is to assist teen boys and girls and adult men and women in gaining freedom from chemical addictions and other life controlling problems by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. For more details and locations of the programs click here.