That’s Amy Angelopoulos with a nice puppy drum while kayak fishing recently. Thanks to Gus Angelopoulos for the photo.

The Tidewater Kayak Anglers Association holds its 17th annual Kayak Fish for Charity tournament throughout Virginia on Saturday.

You can still participate by attending tonight’s registration and angler meeting at the Lake Wright Convention Center in Norfolk. Entry is $85 and you can get more information at So far, 120 anglers have registered.

To date, the event has raised approximately $100,000 for two great veteran and first responder organizations – Project Healing Waters and Heroes on the Water – according to tournament director Amy Angelopoulos.

Participants can fish any public fresh or saltwaters in the state, but have to register their catch at the convention center by 5 p.m. Saturday. They can log their catch on the iAngler app by including a picture of the fish next to a take measure or ruler to verify the size. The app will allow anglers and followers to keep up with catches throughout the day – which starts and first safe light.

There are tournaments within the tournament.

Anglers can compete for a freshwater slam by catching a largemouth bass, chain pickerel and panfish (bluegill, shellcracker, perch, crappie and the like). Or they can earn a trophy for each individual species.

Saltwater anglers can do the same – with their slam consisting of red drum, speckled trout and flounder. Individually, they can compete for those three species, plus striped bass.

Most of the saltwater action likely will take place in Little Creek, Lynnhaven and Rudee inlets, where the action for all four species has been pretty good as of late. The areas many public lakes and tidal waters will host the freshwater gang.

A wide array of sponsors have donated raffle items and prizes for those finishing in first, second and third place in all categories.

An awards party and banquet follows verification of placements.

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