23rd Annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament

June 05 - June 07, 2020

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06/05/20 @ 6:31 PM

KWLA Virtual Captain's Meeting, 30 MINUTES!

Participants, we strongly encourage you to join the Facebook group using the link below & tune in to our virtual Captain's Meeting tonight at 7PM! https://bit.ly/375Tik2

We welcome you to ask questions as they arise through the comment section & our Rules Committee will address and answer.

Contact Madison (252) 725-1568 or Crystal (252) 241-1515 if you're experience any issues joining the Captain's Meeting Facebook group. You can also access the group via our Facebook page.

06/04/20 @ 1:56 PM

KWLA Tournament UPDATE!

Attention KWLA Participants: Due to the forecast for Saturday, June 6th, the tournament has made the decision to offer lady angler participants the option to fish on ONE of two days. The KWLA tournament will remain a one-day only event, with the choice of fishing either Saturday OR Sunday from 8AM to 2PM.

- KWLA participants must register before lines-in on Saturday morning to be eligible to fish either day. If you plan to fish on Sunday, your registration MUST be submitted with payment prior to 8AM on Saturday, June 6th.

- The release tie breaker will be by gamefish; however, if neither boat weighs a gamefish then the winner will be determined by the time the releases were obtained during fishing hours regardless of the day. For instance, if (Boat A) fished Saturday and released a blue marlin at 1:00pm and (Boat B) fished Sunday and released a blue marlin at 10:00 am and neither boat had gamefish then (Boat B) would win because he released his BM earlier in the day.

RELEASE FORMS: You can submit release forms two different ways: 1) Upload a photo of the complete release form to the Big Rock App using the account associated with boat registration OR 2) Turn in to Big Rock Headquarters or Hatteras Harbor Marina. Release forms must be submitted one of the two ways by 10PM on day of release.

Teams must provide release form AND indisputable video or photo evidence for all blue marlin releases in order to qualify for 400 points. The Media Card must show continuous video or a clear single photo of the mate touching the leader and clear and indisputable evidence responsibility of the participants to ensure that their camera’s Clock/Date is set accurately to reflect the time and date of the Releases to qualify for the 400 points. If the rules committee is unable to see indisputable evidence that the fish is a blue marlin, the release will be scored at 125 points. The tournament will NOT allow photos or video from cell phones. Date and time stamp must be 100% accurate.

CAPTAIN'S MEETING: The KWLA Captain's Meeting will be Friday, June 5 at 7pm via Facebook LIVE. Here is a link to join the group https://bit.ly/375Tik2

SEA BAG: Registered teams, be sure to stop by tournament headquarters at 710 Evans St. in Morehead City to pick up your KWLA seabag! We strongly encourage utilizing our online registration to practice social distancing; however, registration is open at Tournament Headquarters, too.

BEST DRESSED CONTEST: Introducing the first virtual Best Dressed Contest! To enter, upload a photo of your team in their best-dressed attire to the KWLA Best Dressed Contest Facebook Event page (HERE). Your post MUST INCLUDE: (1) Team Name and (2) Boat Name in the caption to qualify. Teams are encouraged to take advantage of props, scenery and locations to enhance their theme and overall impression! One entry per registered team. Photo must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Sunday, June 7th. For more info, visit https://www.thebigrock.com/kwla-virtual-best-dressed-contest/

Questions? Contact Crystal Hesmer, (252) 241-1515 – Madison Maxwell, (252) 725-1568.

05/12/20 @ 4:46 PM

NEW: Drop the trophy, CASH the check!

2020 is bringing larger payouts & more ways to WIN! Introducing prize money for Level I: 1st, 2nd & 3rd place RELEASE (+) 1st & 2nd place payouts for all THREE gamefish (dolphin, tuna & wahoo).

We are excited to announce that online tournament registration is NOW OPEN for the Big Rock & KWLA tournament(s)!

With the health and safety of our participants, sponsors, staff, and spectators at the forefront, we’re working as fast as we can to innovate for you. We have implemented a new online registration platform to ensure the health and well-being of our participants.


1. Visit https://bit.ly/2AFzeJk

2. Sign-In or Create an Account

3. Complete Entry Form(s) & Submit

4. Select Payment Method (credit card, bank transfer, or check)

Although registration is available at Big Rock HQ, we encourage you to register online & maintain social distancing. If you prefer to print tournament entry form and mail back, please do so before May 25th or register in-person.


I. LEVEL I, $1,000
1st Place Release $28,687.50
2nd Place Release $17,212.50
3rd Place Release $11,475.00

1st Place $11,473.00
2nd Place $ 7,650.00

1st Place WTA Dolphin $68,000.00
(+) LEVEL I Prize Money $11,473.00
Potential Winnings: $79,473.00

1st Place WTA Release $68,000.00
(+) LEVEL I Prize Money $28,687.50
Potential Winnings: $96,687.50

Seabags & Captain’s handbooks will be ready for pickup June 1st at tournament headquarters.

WATCH NOW: Our COVID-19 Committee sat down to answer your questions about this year's tournament https://youtu.be/ckAlZKD1s0w