Several veterans from around the state went out on the Straits of Mackinac for some salmon fishing thanks to a generous donation from charter boat Captain Mike Emm and his wife and First Mate Bridgett. The group of six veterans, from Saginaw, Cheboygan, Indian River and Manistique, went out on the Salm-Eye-Emm II fishing boat Wednesday afternoon to enjoy the water and catch come fish. “This whole fishing trip is about networking and healing,” said Cheboygan veteran Duke Mayo. “It was donated by Salm-Eye-Emm for veterans. Like I said, it healing and networking.” This trip was the first time Mayo had been salmon fishing and it was also the first time some of the other veterans had been out on a trip such as this. “We've got some regular fishermen and some people that's never been out fishing,” said Mayo. Ray Essenmacher was along on the trip, and has been a Veterans Service Officer for some time. In fact, he helped Mayo with his claim to get benefits from the Veterans Administration. “We figured we can do some networking and most of us either have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) or some type of disability associated with the military,” said Mayo. “So it's kind of a healing trip too. I started searching around and I got one name, and another name gave me another name, and I ended up with Captain Mike, the Salm-Eye-Emm.” The Salm-Eye-Emm Sport Fishing Charters out of Cheboygan is a combination of salmon, walleye and Emm's last name. Emm has run walleye charter fishing boat trips on Lake Erie for many years before he and his wife came to the Cheboygan area. “We fished salmon from 1991 to 2004 out of Benton Harbor, Saint Jo and Presque Isle,” said Emm. “We have been here since 2005.” The Salm-Eye-Emm II is a 1997 Sea Ray 300 Express Cruiser and is fully equipped with the best equipment on the market. This model has been called the battleship of the Great Lakes and makes for one of the most comfortable and largest fishing vessels on northern Lake Huron. The boat offered four down riggers and a large selection of tackle. The fish that the group caught were also able to be cleaned dockside and vacuum sealed. Emm said he is more than happy to take groups of veterans out at any time to do some fishing on the lake and to relax. “We need some more people to do stuff like this for veterans because obviously the government won't,” said Emm. For more information on Salm-Eye-Emm, visit their website at www.salmeyeemm.com, or contact them either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 419 265-5654.