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Keith Webb was the winner of the 2019 Bass Nation of Virginia State Championship final held over the weekend at Smith Mountain Lake with a two-day total of 25.71 lbs. Webb fished both days around the State Park fishing shallow using a 1/4 ounce black buzz bait on a spinning rod with braid on…

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Chad and Elliot Pilson won Stop #3 on the Bass Cast Tournament Trail with five fishing weighing 19.46 lbs. Saturday on Smith Mountain Lake. They also caught the biggest largemouth of the day weighing 6.36 lbs. earning them $900 for first place and $165 for big fish.

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Chad Green and Johnny Martin won the Alzheimer’s Benefit Fishing Tournament Saturday sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Bassmasters. The team caught a five fish limit weighing a whopping 19.50 lbs.

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Multiple antique and classic boats turned out for the 29th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show and Festival at Mariners Landing Saturday. The event was hosted by Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.

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Boater Rick Hawkins of Roanoke, Virginia, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 31 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division super-tournament on Smith Mountain Lake. Hawkins earned $4,682 for his efforts.

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A survey which was released by Bassmaster Magazine last month, ranked Smith Mountain Lake at No. 16 as one of the nation’s best bass lakes in the Northeast Region, according to a Bassmaster Magazine press release.

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On Friday, Smith Mountain Wake Company and Crazy Horse Marina gave children from the local Boys and Girls Club a chance to go out and have a fun day on the lake for it’s sixth annual Wake the World event.

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Smith Mountain Lake was the scene of swashbuckling activities last weekend during the 2019 Pirate Days. Activities included pirate battles near Bridgewater Plaza and Jake’s Place and live music at various venues around the lake. Crazy Horse Marina had a troupe of pirates visit from the Hampt…

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This past weekend on Friday and Saturday, Smith Mountain Wake Company, located at Bridgewater Plaza, held Hyperlite Pro Day, with Josh Twelker from Hyperlite, out on the lake. Twelker took the participants out on the a boat to go wake boarding and offer them tips and advice on ways they coul…

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Boater Dennis Siggers of Danville, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 1 ounce. For his victory, Siggers earned $2,585 for his victory.

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Members of the Smith Mountain Striper Club visited Bridgewater Marina on Saturday to feature their boats and offer information to those who were interested in stopping by.

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Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society held its spring boat show last weekend at Bridgewater Plaza. With clear blue skies and mild temperatures, 12 chapter members and their boats hosted many visitors at the Bridgewater Condominiums Docks.

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Although activity was limited by the rain, the Virginia Inland Sailing Association (VISA) held its eighth annual Women’s Sailing Camp this past weekend. Unfortunately, because of the high winds and heavy rains, instructor and organizer Naomi Delzell, was only able to provide some information…

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Mike Nichols and Mike Nichols, Jr. were the winners of the seventh annual Missy Miller MS Benefit Tournament, Saturday at Parkway Marina. Although the number of boats was down from previous years, some of the biggest hauls of the season were recorded over the weekend.

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With boating season picking up around the lake, the Smith Mountain Lake Sail and Power Squadron held a luncheon on Thursday afternoon in recognition of National Boating Week at El Rio on Scruggs Road.

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On Saturday and Sunday this past weekend, the Black Water Yacht Racing Association (BYRA) held it’s annual spring regatta, a series of three sailboat races, divided into four different classes, or ‘fleets.’

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Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, caught five fish weighing 17-01 lbs. to win the FLW T-H Marine Bass Fishing League Piedmont District tournament Saturday at Parkway Marina. The win earned him $3, 466 and 250 points putting him in second place overall in the boater divisional standings with 494…

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SML's Sail and Power Squadron recently conducted vessel safety inspections for the She Doos, a popular SML personal watercraft women's group. The She Doos were excited to start the boating season with safety inspections followed by a well-earned lunch at a nearby restaurant.

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The sheriff’s offices of Franklin and Bedford counties along with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire & Rescue conducted a joint boat training session on Monday, May 6 at Smith Mountain Lake. With the busy upcoming boating se…

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It’s early morning, the sky is clear with a light breeze and you’re out gently paddling your SUP. Life is good at SML!

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It rained all day at the Appalachian Power Dollar Energy Fund Fishing for a Cause tournament on Smith Mountain Lake, until the weigh-in started in the afternoon on Sunday.

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A secret spot on the Lake and a $4.99 lure proved to be the perfect combination to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Big Bass Tour at Smith Mountain Lake last weekend at Crazy Horse Marina.

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The second annual Fishing for a Cause tournament will be held at Parkway Marina, Smith Mountain Lake on Sunday May 5. The event is sponsored by Appalachian Power and Dollar Energy in partnership with Conrad Marine and Basscast SML. It runs from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. (of course, teams will be on t…

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Fishing has created a bond between Rick Tilley Jr. and his father, Rick Tilley Sr., that has led them to being amongst the top finishers in a number of the fishing tournaments held at Smith Mountain Lake.

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The Striper Mafia Spring Fling, sponsored by Captain's Quarters, event was held on Smith Mountain Lake on Saturday. There were 47 teams, consisting of almost 120 anglers, including 13 youth and nine lady anglers who competed for cash and prizes while pursuing the two longest striped bass.

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The Blackwater Yacht Racing Association (BYRA) kicked off its spring racing series on Saturday at Pelican Point Yacht Club in Union Hall. Unfortunately, the first race on the Blackwater course was shortened and the second race cancelled dues to no or little wind. The series continues on Apri…

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Smith Mountain Lake’s Power Squadron’s 2019 boating education season is now underway. Seventeen boaters attended the first class to earn their boating education qualification card. Students learned about boat operations, best practices for safe boating, boat communication, and navigation rul…

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Over 170 teams competed in the first stop of 2019 Anglers Choice Team Tournament Trail Saturday at Smith Mountain Lake.

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For over 20 years, the Southwest Virginia Boat Show has been coming to Roanoke, and it was held at the Berglund Center last weekend on Friday-Sunday. All of the boat dealers to participate in it were from Smith Mountain Lake, and there were at least 10 in total, along with other vendors who …

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Beginning the last week in February, boaters can expect to see Liberty shells rowing on weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings in the areas between Mariner's Landing and the dam, to include Craddock Creek between channel markers C1-C6 and areas adjacent to Mitchell's Point Marina. Througho…

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Kyle Smith, of Wirtz, and his grandfather, Bob Smith, had a great weekend fishing on Smith Mountain Lake in early December. Kyle caught a 44-inch, 25-pound muskie on the upper end of the Roanoke River. Bob caught a 20-pound striper. The pair caught 11 stripers total on artificial jigging.

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In the 1954 World Series, a “ham-and egger” for the then New York Giants, with the improbable name of Dusty Rhodes, hit two pop flies that became game- winning home runs when they fell into the short right-field porch of the Polo Grounds. I thought of that just yesterday, looking at the old …

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Marvin James Walker, according to his obituary, was Moneta’s “Tomato Man.” That’s certainly true, for the quantity and quality of the tomatoes he raised and sold in the neighborhood was nearly legendary. When I told my brother about his recent death, Rich said, “To us, he’ll always be the “p…

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With summer extending it’s reach into sept so far the water temps are still in the 80s. With the projected focus and the time you’ll read this the rain and cooler nights should bring that down some.

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One Saturday morning, not so long ago, my late neighbor, Jerry Meador, was out early, calling his cows; a sound frequently heard in the River days, nearly silent today. Calling cows was something most everyone did—at least for the morning milking, as the cows would wander farther from the ba…

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I hadn’t met Sam Miller until 1963. When he passed on in 1997, I realized that 35 years weren’t enough to get to really know him. But it was plenty of time to come to discover what an incredible individual he was.

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As we are coming into the dog days of summer. Fishing is still pretty good for most species.  Recreational traffic gets pretty hectic on the weekends, but fishing early or late can be a much more enjoyable time. Here's what to look for.

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 The first duty on the farm was raising the vegetable garden. In the days here described, when we were wholly a farming community, everyone grew vegetables in their garden, even if the rest of the farm was only a hog pen, chicken house and beehive. For most on the Road, whose sole support ca…