The ‘LEVI STRONG’ movement is gaining strength as fishermen wrap their hearts around one of their own.
SANDUSKY, Ohio — At Sandusky Bait Company, they offer the usual tackle shop fare. Owners Steve and Tammy Hammer are also big on giving back.
“All us fishermen, we try and rally around our own,” Steve says.
Case in point: At a recent Lake Erie Walleye Trail event — yes, the tournament trail recently filling the news cycle — Steve was introduced to 6-year-old angler Levi Lynch, who’s battling leukemia. They hit it off immediately.
“After that, he came to my kids derby,” Steve recalled, “and I was fortunate enough to take him out in the boat with me.”
Hammer recorded Levi on his cell phone, reeling in fish after fish. Sheepshead, perch, the species didn’t matter — you can hear Levi say, “This thing wrecked it,” while reeling in a nice fresh water drum.