Lake Anna Striper Fishing Lessons (Class B)
**Call For An Appointment** 540-947-4007
Class B – Fee $175 per person (4 Persons max) Four (4) Hours
*NOTE * Class B is optional and is a follow up to Class A. This hands-on class will concentrate solely on the application of what was instructed in Class A. Class B is only available to those who have already taken Class A. See the below, “Example Class B scenario.”
* Also note, this class starts one (1) hour earlier than Class A.
Class B is a four (4) hour educational fishing trip under the guidance of Capt. Ellis. Clients will be asked to utilize and employ what he/she has learned in Class A. For a period of time, everyone will have an opportunity to become the acting “Skipper.” The “Skipper” will be designated to hunt for, locate, and determine when the class will troll for striped bass. Clients are not obligated to become the “Skipper” if not desiring to do so. Also, you may still take Class B without having a Boating Safety Certificate or other listed boating documentation, however, you WILL NOT be able to participate in the “Skipper” portion of the class.
DATE: **Call For An Appointment** 540-947-4007
Times: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM Daily Four (4) Hours
Instructor: Capt. Johnny Ellis
Pick Up Point: Anna Point Marina (at the Fish Tails Bait & Tackle Shop)
13721 Anna Point Ln, Mineral, VA 23117
Phone: (540) 895-5900
*Please park your vehicle in the “car only” parking area by the large pavilion.
Boat: Orange Troller Bravo or Orange Troller Whiskey
Available to: Age 15 and over however, those ages 15, 16, and 17, MUST be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.
Requirements: All must hold and present a valid VA State Fresh Water Fishing License
“Skipper” participation requirements:
- VA Boating Safety Certificate
- OR an approved NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators) Boating Safety Certificate
- OR an out of state Boating Safety Certificate (NASBLA approved – most states)
- OR hold or have held a license to operate a vessel (Master, Captain, or Mate) issued by the United States Coast Guard
- OR proof you are, or have been a VA Registered Commercial Fisherman
- OR proof you are, or have been a Surface Warfare officer/enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist in the United States Navy
- OR proof you are serving or have qualified as an Officer of the Deck Underway, boat coxswain, boat officer, boat operator, watercraft operator, or Marine Deck Officer in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States, United States Coast Guard, or Merchant Marine
- OR a marine certificate issued by the Canadian government
*As of July 1, 2016, VA state law requires all PWC operators age 14 and older and all motorboat operators, regardless of age, take a NSBLA approved Boating Safety Course.
Example Class B scenario:
- Captain’s Introduction, Safety Drill, and Carbon Monoxide awareness talk
- The “Skipper” will be provided with a Lake Anna chart (map) reflecting a relatively large designated fishing area and be asked to utilize the knowledge he/she has gained in Class A to decide where the class will go Striped Bass fishing. Roughly 90% of Capt. Ellis’ Lake Anna Striped Bass catch has been in the designated fishing area
- The “Skipper” will take the helm (only when trolling) and decide when and where to drop the trolling lines
- The “Skipper” will decide what lures to use, depths to troll, and trolling technique(s) he/she will employ when fishing
- The remaining clients will station the fishing rods, deploy lines, and bring in his/her catch
- The remaining clients may keep (legal size and limit of course) or release his/her catch
- After a period of time, someone else will rotate into the “Skipper” position and he/she may decide to move to a different fishing location if desired. The former “Skipper” will then rotate and station the fishing rods
- Captain Ellis will carefully oversee, help, and guide everyone with the above
The Things We Provide:
- Our boats
- Rods and reels, fishing tackle, and electronics
- USCG approved PFDs (life jackets)
- Free parking at Anna Point Marina – Check-in at Fish Tails Bait and Tackle Shop before boarding (Please park your vehicle in the “car only” parking area by the large pavilion.)
- We recommend you frequently check and follow the National Weather Service (NWS – NOAA) Lake Anna area weather forecasts at least 3 days before your scheduled class or service
- Classes and services may be cancelled at any time due to weather and/or forecast of severe weather, or other unforeseen circumstances. Please call us when in doubt
- Bring identification
- Bring your VA State Fresh Water Fishing License. You can purchase license online by clicking here.
- Bring your Boating Safety Certificate or equivalent (“Skipper” participants only)
- Wear appropriate clothing for the prevailing weather. It can be surprisingly chilly on the water relative to land
- Wear comfortable boating shoes/boots having good traction soles. Please no black soled shoes/boots which could mar or mark up the boat
- Wear comfortable clothing and bring a cap
- For safety reasons, please wear hair up and secured for those with long hair
- Bring your necessary medications. Be aware that certain medications may preclude you from participating in the “Skipper” or hands-on boat handling portions of our classes. These medications would be of the type which would make you fatigued, sleepy, impair judgment, etc… Please check your medication(s) and plan accordingly
- Apply sun block. Yes, even in winter
- Bring pen, paper, tablet, or smart phone for taking notes
- Bring your own PFD (life jacket) if you prefer not using ours
- Bring sunglasses (with straps)
- Bring waterproof or water resistant gloves for fish handling
- Bring a windbreaker for your outermost layer of clothing
- Bring foul weather gear. Classes are held rain or shine
- Bring something to drink
- You may bring something to eat
- Bring a cooler with ice or cold packs for preserving your catch (if desired)
- We highly recommend you NOT wear jewelry (medical alert exempted – Advise Captain). This includes rings, watches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc… This will greatly reduce the potential of you snagging upon fishing line, hooks, equipment, etc…
- Cold weather – LAYER UP! Wind and cold are surprisingly highly magnified on the water
- Cold weather – (A suggestion) Hand warmers/toe warmers (“Hot Hands,” Zippo hand warmers, etc…)
- Cold weather – (A suggestion) Nitrile (or similar) disposable rubber gloves provides a water barrier reducing wind-chill to hands
- Please obtain your VA fishing license well in advance of your scheduled class. Waiting until the last minute might involve missing your class if the computers are down.
- Out of State residents: Virginia allows everyone to select the start date for their fishing license. Please purchase your fishing license well in advance.
- “Skipper” participants: Bring your Boating Safety Certificate or equivalent.
- Arrive early for your class. The Captain’s Introduction, Safety Drill, and Carbon Monoxide awareness talk are very important. They begin promptly at your scheduled class time. The Captain will cast off shortly thereafter.
- Classes will be held rain or shine. However, the Captain may cancel classes before or during, for any reason he may deem contrary to the safety and well-being of the clients, others, the Captain, or the boat. Some reasons for cancellation might include, but are not limited to; hazardous weather, such as lightning, high winds, high waves, excessive boat traffic, excessive cold or hot temperatures, illness, injury, or what the Captain deems necessary.
- For the safety of all clients, others, the Captain, or the boat, the Captain may for any reason, at any time, not allow or terminate any client’s participation in the “Skipper” or hands-on portion of any class, or participation in any class or service. The Captain’s decision to do so may be based upon the following: Client is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, client fails or refuses to follow instructions, client has any impairment, physical or otherwise, which may preclude him/her from safely operating the boat and/or participate in any class or service.
- No alcohol, illegal drugs, or smoking.
- Feel free to bring a camera, cell phone, or other device to take pictures or videos of you, your catch, scenic views, etc… Please, no recordings of the actual class instructions.
*NOTICE* – Boating and fishing may require modest to strenuous physical exertion, dexterity, and endurance. Maintaining one’s balance, hanging onto railings during moderate to heavy seas, or just hauling in large fish can be tiring. It is your responsibility to ensure you possess suitable physical fitness to comfortably manage the aforementioned. If in doubt, please seek the appropriate medical advice of a qualified physician before purchasing our services or boarding our boats.
We have aboard our vessels (boats) a large variety of fishing gear and tackle, such as, hooks, rod holders, rod racks, sharp implements, sharp knives, braided fishing line, and the like. Also, some of our fishing tackle, such as jig heads, sinkers, divers, and the like may contain lead. When employing common sense and sound safety habits, these items are very safe. However, when improperly handled or used, these items may cause serious bodily injury and/or death. Following your Captain’s instructions will greatly minimize risks and allow for a fun filled experience. In addition, although the US Coast Guard (USCG) only requires PFD’s (life jackets) be worn aboard boats by persons under the age of 13, we highly encourage all of our clients wear a PFD while aboard any vessel. We will provide our clients with USCG approved PFD’s to wear if they desire. Clients may also bring their own USCG approved PFD. Please read our DISCLAIMER.
Capt. Johnny Ellis, Orange Troller LLC