Potter’s House fishing tournament in Sandbridge helps a good cause

Christopher Soest, welcome team leader at the Potter’s House in Virginia Beach, fishes during the tournament at Little Island Pier with his son, Shayden, 9. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]
Ed. — From the Sunday, June 6, print edition.


SANDBRIDGE — Early on Memorial Day, more than a dozen people fished together during a contest held at the end of Little Island Fishing Pier.

The event was hosted by the Potter’s House, a church on Lynnhaven Parkway, and Pastor Adam Dragoon said it was a way to gather and fish and help a charity that supports veterans.

It was a bit of an experiment for the church.

“We had a couple of guys in church who wanted to do it,” Dragoon said, and so they posted an invitation on social media.

People responded. Between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m., people fished to accumulate the heaviest weight of fish caught, including a number of skates pulled from the water off the pier.

Christopher Soest, the welcome team leader at Potter’s House, fished with his 9-year-old son, Shayden Soest. It was a little slow going.

“One of those fishing rods has to catch something,” Shayden said.

“Sometimes you catch,” his father said. “Sometimes you don’t.”

But they were all there for a good cause. 

There were prizes for winners of the morning contest on the pier, and a portion of the proceeds benefitted the Gary Sinise Foundation to honor Memorial Day.

Jeramy Brown, who fished during the tournament, said he came out to fish and help the cause.

“It’s just cool to have somebody do something like this,” Brown said.

Jeramy Brown holds a skate caught during a fishing tournament on Monday, May 31, at Little Island Fishing Pier in Sandbridge. Nearby is Thomas Crandall, a fellow contestant. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

Learn about the Potter’s House online at vbph.org and the Gary Sinise Foundation via garysinisefoundation.org.

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