Dan “Keet” Moericke
Ht: 6′ 3″
Motto: “It’s good be at the top of the food chain.”
Keet is a GWA charter member and close personal friend of Buck Tailspinner. Keet is constantly on the lookout for new ideas to make each GWA better than the last. He is responsible for erecting the Big Lake Bar and Fish Cleaning Facility at each GWA. He is also the GWA beer distributor ambassador and Leinie’s Guy parade/appearance coordinator.
Mark “Lard” Krueger
Ht: 6′ 1″
Hair: A little around the edges
Eyes: Like a big puppy
Motto: “Just one more cast.”
Lard, AKA Lard-dog, is also a GWA charter member. On the water, Lard is famous for the ‘heron stance’ he assumes when he detects a strike. Lard is partially bionic, thanks to a new hips. (The old ones wore out from decades of violent hook sets.) Lard is the GWA northern filleting specialist and camp chaplain. Tequila kicks his ass.
Dale “Puck” Johnson
Ht: 6′ 2″
Eyes: Like a hawk
Motto: “Shut up and fish.”
Puck is a hard-core fisherman and camp bait connoisseur. He can name 37 different kinds of minnows. He has the distinction of being the only man in GWA history to knock the entire lower unit off his outboard. Puck is the GWA camp counselor, arbiter, and disciplinarian. Puck’s favorite beer is Monday morning beer.
Joe “JJ” Henry
Ht: 6′ 3″
Hair: Mostly there
Motto: “Everyone has to believe in something…I believe I’ll have another beer”
A GWA charter member, Joe is camp yoga instructor and margarita mixologist. As a semi-gourmet chef, JJ developed the McHenry breakfast sandwich, which has become a GWA staple. Joe is in charge of bringing the blender for Margarita Night and the chickens for beer-butt chicken night. His cole slaw is world renowned. Campfire Chat Series chairman. JJ has a long history of catching big fish during GWA.
Dean “Deano” Radke
Ht: 5′ 10″
Hair: Curly when sweaty
Eyes: Kidneystone Grey
Motto: “We used to catch fish over there.”
Retired. Deano is the only Leinie’s Guy to have fished every lake in Northern Wisconsin twice. Deano does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to GWA camp set up. He supplies the water wagon, minnow tank, kitchen, and boat dock. As the self-appointed camp cook, Deano has baked more pies in the Big Lake Campground than Betty Crocker ever did in her kitchen. He nods off at the drop of a hat.
John “Jackson” Alters
Ht: 5′ 10″
Motto: “Get the net….never mind, it’s a stick.”
Jackson is GWA Camp Security Director and, as such, has maintained a perfect record in preventing terrorist attacks on the GWA campsite. Jackson wears a lot of camo, so it’s hard to tell when he’s in camp and when he’s not. He plans on buying new boats for all of the Leinie’s Guys when he wins the lottery.
Mike “Mikey” Bishop
Ht: 5′ 8″
Hair: Silver Fox
Motto: “This isn’t as easy as we make it look.”
Mikey is the newest member of the Leinie’s Guy team of studly, beer-fueled outdoorsmen. Mikey serves as Camp Safety Officer, Chief Whiskey Merchant, and social media consultant. Mikey followed up his 2013 Rookie of the Year honors by winning the coveted GWA Angler of the Year award in 2014. Recently retired, he is leading the charge to make GWA a twice-a-year event. Women think he’s cute.