Across the region, there’s a select group of anglers looking greatly forward to November 4. This day will mark the annual Lake Anna Cup Invitational fishing tournament where they will convene by invitation to see who will get the honor of putting their names on the actual Lake Anna Cup trophy and take home the $2,000 first prize.
This is a unique event where most of the teams have qualified by a ranking system that offerings invitations to the top 20 percent of the finishers in tournaments held on the lake in 2012. Pre-registered teams receive a goodie bag of sponsors’ products, event t-shirts/hats and a meal ticket for a finger-lickin’ good BBQ meal after the event.
Lake Anna Cup really brings anglers together. There will be the mountain boys representing Augusta County. A few teams from Richmond will see if they have what it takes to claim the cup. Northern Virginia will be well-represented. Of course there will be plenty of teams hailing from towns around Louisa, Spotsylvania and Orange as competition is fierce among local anglers to claim the cup.
This year’s Lake Anna Cup will be hosted by Anna Point Marina and Fish Tales tackle shop. The tournament has rotated around the Lake Anna marinas by design and included Sturgeon Creek Marina and High Point Marina.
Participation varies with more than 80 teams competing in the 2009 event. Last year’s Lake Anna Cup champions John Doyle and Eugene Carter won with a five bass limit of 16.42 pounds that included the event’s heaviest bass at 7.64 pounds.
The heaviest striper and crappie caught by contestants are also recognized and draw a separate prize. A good crowd of family members of the contenders, would-be participants and the curious gather to watch the weigh-in, overseen by longtime Tournament Director Dave Fauntleroy. It’s a nice way to wind up the fishing season for many anglers.
Lake Anna is a 17-mile long man-made lake in central Virginia with 225 miles of shoreline. It’s hundreds of coves and creeks, clear, clean water and excellent largemouth bass fishing attract many anglers and vacationers from all over the east coast during the warm months.
The purpose of Lake Anna Cup is to highlight the excellent offseason fishing opportunities as well as give local businesses that offer goods and services to the visiting anglers a “bonus” weekend.
Have you been inspired to try your luck? You still can. Teams can sign up the morning of the event starting at 5:30 am. The entry fee for an “at-large” invitation is $85.
Good luck to the teams of Lake Anna Cup 2012. If you want to get out of the house after this week’s weather, drive on down to Lake Anna and watch the weigh-in and awards ceremony to be held at the Anna Point Marina lakeside pavilion starting at 3:15 pm. If you want to fish, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll see that you receive an invitation.
Until next time, remember to cherish, protect and conserve the outdoors while sharing it with others.