Aug 24 2015
Over a year in the making, The Friends of Claytor Lake kicked off their first fishing tournament called “Bass4Grass”. With help from Virginia BASS Nation and The BASS Federation Nation Virginia Chapter, along with the Claytor Lake state park, the tournament got kicked off at first light to raise money for restoring native vegetation to Claytor Lake. Over 75 boats entered the tournament in hopes of winning the $3,500 grand prize which included a $2,000 gift card from Cabela’s and $1,500 cash.
First light came very early as members of FOCL, BASS organizations, and Anglers began rolling into the Claytor Lake State Park as early as 4:00am. Anglers drew poker chips to determine launch order as the launch, at first light, was estimated to be around 6:00am to 6:30am. Anglers were also given the chance to purchase raffle tickets for great prizes donated to the tournament.
Mike Bryant from The BASS Federation Nation Virginia Chapter got things rolling as he directed anglers by their starting order passed the state park gas dock so their boats can be inspected and they can get on the water in search of those great large and small mouth Bass.
The Friends of Claytor Lake showed up in force to help with the tournament, cook great food for the anglers, aid in the collection, measuring, and weighing of fish, and especially to welcome everyone and inform them that the tournament is all for helping restore native vegetation in Claytor Lake.