By Lynette Ellis
Though the fish weren’t biting, the fishing excursion for the 66 veterans of the past four major war conflicts was free along with the fish fry that followed. Tibbels Marina recently paid host to the Fourth Annual Veterans Fishing Excursion. What started as a way to remember the victims of 9.11 as well as the soldiers past and currently in fighting to keep our land free, has now also become a way to celebrate the life of the man who originated the veterans fishing day.
Jack Tibbel lived over 70 years on the shores Erie, making his livelihood from the waters. His knowledge of the joys as well as the pitfalls of the lake gained him the respect of fellow fisherman. Tibbel became a charter boat captain; at one time chartering as many as 9 boats out of his marina. When fishing did not provide enough income to stay afloat, Tibbel was able to supplement his income by finding new ways to utilize his recourses. When the fish had been depleted during the 60’s, Jack chartered his boats to scuba divers who needed time under water in order to certify.