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 Va-Outdoors.com 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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