General Donation Request

The 8th Annual “Veterans Day Fishing Tournament”, for Veterans and supporting anglers, is soon approaching.  Held on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at Anna Point Marina, Lake Anna, Virginia, I anticipate this year to be yet another outstanding tournament. We regretfully cancelled last year’s tournament due to COVID 19 and hope this year we all can rebound and have a great day.

We have come a long way from our first tournament in 2013 with only 7 boats, to 2019 when we had a record 84 boats and became the largest tournament on the lake. The tournament weather was absolutely great, and 68 Veterans, 90 supporting anglers/donors, friends and families turned out for a fantastic day of fishing, comradery, celebration, competition and food.  $8400 in cash and prizes were awarded as well as $4120 in payout money. $420 was donated to The Reel American Heroes Foundation.

Retired, Active, or Reserve Military men and women are invited to compete in this Open style team bass tournament for cash and prizes, as are their supporting Patriots.

We had a total of 61 sponsors for the 2019 tournament and hope to see most of them back this year. To show your support, I ask that you consider a donation in the form of outdoor gear, fishing tackle,  gift cards, marine/boating equipment, certificates, hunting and fishing related products or cash.

To show your awareness that our Veterans are not forgotten for their service, your Company name/logo will appear on the Sponsor list flyer in October, social media, Facebook, our Website, Woods & Waters magazine, and at the actual tournament on our large sponsor banner.

“Veterans Day Fishing Tournament, Inc.”, achieved 501(C)(3) non-profit status in 2017 and your  donation could be tax deductible if applicable.  Any donation is greatly appreciated.

I could not do all that I do without the support and generosity of companies like yours.  If you or your company would be interested in supporting this worthy event, or need more information, please feel free to contact me at 540-222-5420 or at You can also visit our website at

Thank you in advance for your consideration.  With kind regards,

Larry Martin


Veterans Day Fishing Tournament, Inc.

20646 Spring Creek Drive Culpeper, Va.  22701


OK Peeps. As promised, the raffle for the Weber SmokeFire wood pellet grill will begin at Noon tomorrow. (January 11th). Drawing will be Saturday – September 11, 2021. Here is how it will go. Tickets are $5 each. If you buy 10 or more, they are $4 each. There are several ways to pay for the tickets.1) Preferred. By Paypal. Email is vdft.lka@gmail.com2) Check by mail. Veterans Day Fishing Tournament 20646 Spring Creek Drive Culpeper, Va. 22701-82773. By cash whenever you see me.Once I receive your payment, I will send you a photo of your tickets by text or email… be sure to include both with your payment.This is a chance to win a very nice grill worth $1200. See photos below and link.…/smokefire-series/23510201.html…

2020 VDFT

Hey folks. In case you didn’t get an email from me or you have not seen anything on Facebook or other social media……there will be NO Veterans Day Fishing Tournament this year. We will resume next year in 2021. Everyone stay safe and thank you to all Veterans.

In past years, the “pre-registration” has been on September 11th. This year, (for a couple of reasons), the pre-registration will NOT be on September 11th. I will select a date totally unknown to anyone but myself. It will be sometime in September, but NOT the 11th. I will notify everyone via, email, Facebook, and just before I open pre-registration. PLEASE DO NOT send me any payment by check, Paypal, or hand me cash if I see you before I announce the date. This keeps it fair for all anglers.

The 2018 Veterans Day Fishing Tournament is in the books. We started off with a 23 degree blastoff and ended with temps around 50 degrees. No rain, no wind, no snow and sunny. 80 boats (a new record for us) came out to compete. 22 Marine, 20 Army, 17 Navy, 8 Air Force, 2 Coast Guard, 1 National Guard Veterans and active duty teamed up with 86 Supporter / Patriots. Great fun, comradery, food, prizes, etc. Silence of the Hams started everyone off with breakfast to go and also BBQ after the weigh in. Close to $10,000 in cash and prizes were awarded as well as $3865 in payout money. This years Veteran Appreciation Award was given to Danny Gomez, Jr. Many, many donors and volunteers help make this event happen each year and I thank each and every one. Until next year, make thanking a Veteran an “everyday” occurence.

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