The fishing community came together in spectacular fashion to show some love to our friend and fellow angler, Eric Catlett. Back in July, Catlett was in a major motor vehicle accident and sustained severe injuries that have required extensive surgeries and other medical treatments. It is understandable how this would cause considerable strain on a self-employed contractor and his family.

Catlett’s positive outlook, friendly demeanor, and optimistic spirit have made him a memorable and much-loved member of central Virginia’s angling community. In a testament to Catlett’s inspiration and impact, 92 boats entered today’s tournament. A $2,000 guaranteed grand prize was donated for this tournament by an anonymous source. Jeff Newman and Ricky Young won with 20.36#.

Thanks to the generosity of the anglers who participated in today’s tournament as well as donations from SML Tackle Shack, Last Cast Guide Service, Crazy Horse Marina and others, we were able to provide the Catlett family with over $11,000.

Special thanks to Charlie Davis and Johnny Cole for organizing the event, Aaron Scott and Connor Hardy for providing weighmaster services, Steve Woodruff, Susan May, and Christopher Bechtler (Crazy Horse Marina) for their invaluable support, numerous volunteers, and the following individuals and businesses who contributed raffle/giveaway items:

– John Crews/Missile Baits
– David Dudley
– WW Novelty
– Dude Let’s Fish
– Angler’s Choice Marine
– Pros Choice Sporting Goods
– Drop Zone Tackle
– Steve and Joan Woodruff
– Harbor Freight Tools
– Jonathan Arrington
– Journey Outdoors
– James Garrett
– Greg Dawson



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