2022 VDFT report

It was a great day for the 2022 Veterans Day Fishing Tournament. While we could not fish on Veterans Day due to heavy rain, Saturday the 12th turned out with excellent weather. The VDFT had a record turnout of 116 teams / boats. The turnout was fantastic and once again we are the largest tournament at Lake Anna for the year. Thank you Veterans past and present, and all of you future Military service men and women and to the great supporters that show their appreciation. Here are a few stats for the day.

We had a total of 224 anglers.

74 Veterans and 150 Supporters




Air Force…….9

Coast Guard…..3

Nat. Guard……..1

A Total of 305 largemouth bass were caught and all but 2 were released alive and well.

659.17 lbs of fish total

We had 2 dead fish.

There were 42….5 fish limits.

74 teams weighed in fish

42 teams zeroed

62 Sponsors

$14,630 worth of sponsored prizes were given out.

35 prize packages to Veterans for $9700

24 prize packages to Supporters for $4930

$5990 was paid out to 24 places

$1050 was paid out for 1st place

$640 was paid out for Big Fish

Until I can get more time…please go to our Facebook page for updated results, pictures and more…..https://www.facebook.com/Veterans-Day-Fishing-tournament-1643051689246551


Registration: Pre-registration begins on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 6:00AM (NOT BEFORE)– Pay-Pal, Venmo, Check or Cash…no credit cards. Paypal or Venmo $50 entry fee to……vdft.lka@gmail.com

Check to Veterans Day Fishing Tournament

20646 Spring Creek Drive Culpeper, Va. 22701

Cash….when you see me or at the ramp.

If I receive your entry fee by Paypal/Venmo before then…it will be refunded and you can try again Wednesday October 5th after 6am. If I receive your check in the mail before then…..I will hold it until the “regular” mail delivery time on Wednesday Oct. 5th. Trying to keep this as fair as possible. Thanks for your understanding.

2022 Rules and Pre-registration

General Information

What:  An Open style bass fishing tournament for ALL anglers.  Open to everyone. Military Veterans that are active, retired, reserve to receive additional prizes.

Why:  To show support for ALL of our Veterans.

Where: Lake Anna, Va. at Anna Point Marina – Fish Tales.

When:  FRIDAY, November 11, 2022 (Veterans Day)….7AM-2PM…..If inclement weather…make up day is Saturday November 12, 2022

Entry Fee:  $50 entry fee. ($5 goes toward Big Fish & $5 goes toward donation to Winners Choice of a Veteran Charity.)

Payout:  90% – One place for every 5 boats entered.

Prizes: Over $6000 in prizes awarded to Veterans.  Over $3000 in prizes awarded to Supporters.  Guaranteed $1000 for 1st place and $500 for Big Fish. 

Registration:  Pre-registration begins on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 6:00AM  (NOT BEFORE)– Check, Pay-Pal, Venmo or Cash…no credit cards

FREE Ramp passes for VETERAN BOATERS ONLY……..(you will find them in your sign in package)..All others please pay Dave at Fish Tales


Veterans and supporting anglers may fish as a team (2) or solo w/ no more than 2 per boat

Pre-registration is the PREFERRED & ENCOURAGED method of payment of entry fee.   Check must be received by November 8, 2022

……………or PayPal / Venmo until 11:59PM,  November 8, 2022.  PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW ADDRESS. 20646 SPRING CREEK DRIVE CULPEPER, VA. 22701

 CASH ONLY at the ramp the morning of the tournament

VDFT Waiver / Release form must be signed by all NEW anglers…if you fished in 2021 and filled out a waiver, you need not fill one out for 2022

Starting positions are based on the order in which entry fees are received

First flight for boats 1-30 is 7AM…..2nd flight for boats 31-60 is 7:15AM….3rd flight for boats 61-90 is 7:30AM and so on

Weigh in time for boats 1-30 is 2PM…..boats 31-60 is 2:15PM…..boats 61-90 is 2:30PM and so on.

5 fish limit per boat (12” minimum) largemouth or smallmouth bass

At no time can a team have more than five (5) fish in the live well. When a 6th fish is caught, all fishing must stop and culling begin.

Culling is to be done on the water, during the tournament. No culling at the ramp.

All anglers must have valid VA fishing license and abide by all state and federal laws

Only artificial lures may be used…..NO live or dead bait. Scents and pork chunks may be used

Live wells must be in working order and will be checked at blast off at the end of the LONG dock.

No more than one rod / reel per angler at any time and no rods over 8’ in length

No trolling with big motor and no fishing within 25 yards of another angler w/o permission.

No angler may leave the boat to land or catch a fish.

No angler shall leave the boat except in case of emergency, severe storms or nature calls

Life jackets must be worn whenever boat is on plane with kill switch attached

No off limits period and no off limit area unless posted by Dominion Power

All boats must observe the No Wake areas on the lake and use proper safe boating

No culling of dead fish and all live fish to be released at weigh in site.  Proper fish handling is expected of everyone.

No alcohol or un-prescribed drugs permitted prior to or during the tournament

Fighting, verbal slander, or any confrontations ON OR OFF the water will not be tolerated & will result in disqualification

All boaters must carry adequate liability insurance and be equipped with USCG safety equipment.

Anglers may put boats on trailers and bring fish to scales in adequate weigh in bags of their own

If you are not weighing in any fish, please let Lee know at the weigh in table.  Do not call or text us. We are a little busy.

PLEASE….after weighing your fish and having your picture taken by Tina Phipps….release fish immediately at the end of one of the deep water docks

PLEASE….use proper ramp etiquette…..unload and load quickly and DO NOT BLOCK RAMP


Anglers will be penalized 4 ounces (.25 lb) for each dead fish which includes Big Fish

Any team weighing a fish under 12” will be penalized 1 lb per fish under 12”

Teams will be penalized 1 lb per each minute they are late to weigh in time

Teams more than 10 minutes late will be disqualified

In case of a breakdown, you may travel back to the weigh in with your fish in another boat.  ALSO…. TOWBOATUS will be available on the lake that day.

Should you need to contact Larry Martin….his phone # is on the back of your boat # plate…540-222-5420


2022 PLATINUM Sponsor

This month begins the acknowledgement of sponsors that have generously contributed to the 2022 VDFT thus far.  In the history of the Veterans Day Fishing Tournament, there has never been one company that has towered above the rest to become a “PLATINUM” level sponsor. MLT Systems, Mark Tornai and the Tornai family have gone above & beyond in taking the time, energy and resources to boost the 2022 VDFT to a new level in donations.  Please read about MLT Systems below and show your gratitude by welcoming them as the PREMIER sponsor for this year’s tournament.

Thank you MLT Systems, Mark, Clarissa and Kayla.


“Founded in February 2008, MLT Systems LLC is a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), located in Stafford Virginia. Mark Tornai, the company founder, President/Chief Executive Officer, is a retired United States Marine Corps Officer who has a combined 20 years of Acquisition and Life Cycle Management experience, both in and out of uniform. MLT Systems’ mission is to serve the professional men and women who are called upon to protect our homeland through meaningful customer engagement and workforce empowerment in providing unparalleled Program Management, Lifecycle Logistics, Engineering, Finance, and Training solutions. MLT Systems strives to maintain high professional and ethical standards while creating and cultivating a family-oriented environment for all employees.”