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23rd Annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament

June 6 - June 7, 2020

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06/07/20 @ 9:11 PM

⏤UNOFFICIAL Results⏤

🏆 LO QUE SEA is the WINNER of the 23rd Annual KWLA Tournament, presented by BB&T | Now Truist! An early blue marlin release by Mindy Fitzpatrick earned the team 400 pts, but it was Michelle Keeney's 27.9-pound dolphin that sealed the deal! LO QUE SEA's 1st Place win earned them $31,663 in total prize money for Level I & Level III Release WTA, sponsored by Eastern Turf Maintenance!
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SENSATION crew caught the second TUNA of the tournament & took 1st Place with their 39.3-pound catch, worth a whopping $19,106 with rollover money! BILL COLLECTOR's 29.7-pound tuna may have taken 2nd place, but it still landed the team a $2,436 payout.
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One wahoo was brought to Big Rock Landing & it was caught by Abby Jones, aka superwoman. Abby is not only the owner of OFF SEASON, but the boat captain AND angler of their 18.3-pound catch. 1st Place wahoo paid out $3,655!
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CARTERICAN held onto 1st Place dolphin AND Level II Dolphin WTA with their 30.9-pound mahi cashing in a total $28,730! TACKLE BOX finished 2nd with a 28.3-pound dolphin and $2,436 pay day.

⚠️ Official tournament results will be announced once all fish have been verified.


06/07/20 @ 2:48 PM

That's a WRAP!

Lines are out & that's a wrap for the 23rd Annual KWLA Tournament, sponsored by BB&T l Truist. Today's 48 eligible boats racked up 3 (unofficial) blue marlin releases & 4 sailfish releases. The tiebreaker for release points will be determined by gamefish- so it's not over yet! We're expecting gamefish around 3:30, TUNE IN TO Big Rock TV for LIVE weigh-in action!



Jun 07 @ 5:08 PM

Off Season

Weighed a 18.3 lb wahoo


Jun 07 @ 5:05 PM

TripleF

Weighed a 17.7 lb dolphin


Jun 07 @ 5:00 PM

Tackle Box

Mindy Glover weighed a 28.3 lb dolphin


Jun 07 @ 4:57 PM

Kristi Kay

Weighed a 22.6 lb dolphin


Jun 07 @ 4:51 PM

Outnumbered

Shelley Summerville weighed a 26.3 lb dolphin


Jun 07 @ 4:43 PM

Rooster

Weighed a 17.9 lb dolphin


Jun 07 @ 4:34 PM

Sensation

Weighed a 39.3 lb tuna


Jun 07 @ 4:25 PM

The General

Weighed a 19.2 lb dolphin


Jun 07 @ 4:11 PM

Lo Que Sea

Weighed a 27.9 lb dolphin


Jun 07 @ 4:05 PM

Breakwater

April Stone weighed a 24.1 lb dolphin


Jun 07 @ 3:54 PM

Sushi

Weighed a 13.4 lb dolphin


Jun 07 @ 1:55 PM

Syked Out

Hooked up


Jun 07 @ 1:55 PM

Syked Out

Released a sailfish.


Jun 07 @ 1:45 PM

Hello Dolly

Hooked up


Jun 07 @ 1:45 PM

Hello Dolly

Lost (Pulled Hook).


Jun 07 @ 1:08 PM

TripleF

Lost (Wrong Species).


Jun 07 @12:58 PM

Double B

Released a sailfish.

06/07/20 @ 8:30 AM

Day 2: LINES IN

Lines are in for day 2 of the KWLA Tournament! 48 boats are eligible to fish today & the weather took a turn for the best! LEADERBOARD report: WELDOR’S ARK is currently in 1st place with 1 BM release & a 13.6 lb. dolphin. CARTERICAN’s 30.9 dolphin holds onto first for now & BILL COLLECTOR brought in a 29.7 lb tuna potentially worth $19,106!

Don't forget to tune in virtually via Facebook LIVE for an enhanced & interactive broadcast coverage of all the action OR check out Big Rock TV to stream live audio & video feeds! Lines are in from 8AM to 2PM today, expect gamefish weighins to start around 3:30PM.



Jun 07 @12:28 PM

Double B

Released a sailfish.

06/07/20 @ 8:24 AM

Day 2: LINES IN

Lines are in for day 2 of the KWLA Tournament! 48 boats are eligible to fish today & the weather took a turn for the best! LEADERBOARD report: WELDOR’S ARK is currently in 1st place with 1 BM release & a 13.6 lb. dolphin. CARTERICAN’s 30.9 dolphin holds onto first for now & BILL COLLECTOR brought in a 29.7 lb tuna potentially worth $19,106!

Don't forget to tune in virtually via Facebook LIVE for an enhanced & interactive broadcast coverage of all the action OR check out Big Rock TV to stream live audio & video feeds! Lines are in from 8AM to 2PM today, expect gamefish weighins to start around 3:30PM.



Jun 07 @10:19 AM

Hammer Time

Lost (Pulled Hook).


Jun 07 @10:19 AM

Hammer Time

Hooked up


Jun 07 @10:17 AM

Lo Que Sea

Released a blue marlin.


Jun 07 @10:14 AM

Payload

Hooked up


Jun 07 @10:14 AM

Payload

Lost (Pulled Hook).


Jun 07 @ 9:18 AM

Sea Striker

Hooked up


Jun 07 @ 9:18 AM

Sea Striker

Released a blue marlin.


Jun 07 @ 9:05 AM

Breakwater

Lost (Pulled Hook).


Jun 07 @ 9:05 AM

Breakwater

Hooked up


Jun 07 @ 8:58 AM

The General

Released a blue marlin.


Jun 07 @ 8:58 AM

The General

Hooked up


Jun 07 @ 8:39 AM

Ocean Stinger

Hooked up


Jun 07 @ 8:39 AM

Ocean Stinger

Lost (Pulled Hook).


Jun 07 @ 8:32 AM

Kristi Kay

Released a sailfish.


Jun 07 @ 8:32 AM

Kristi Kay

Hooked up

06/06/20 @ 2:32 PM

Day 1 of 2: LINES OUT

Lines are out for 20 of the 68 total KWLA particpants. 48 boats chose to fish tomorrow (Sunday) instead due to weather concerns. It was a slow day offshore for billfish- 2 blue marlin, 2 white marlin & 1 sailfish were released (unofficially). Coming soon...GAMEFISH weighins! Tune into our Facebook LIVE broadcast for weighstation action & Golden Hour with a few past winners presented by Bud Light Selzter!



Jun 06 @ 5:42 PM

Papa D

Weighed a 14.6 lb dolphin


Jun 06 @ 5:07 PM

Bill Collector

Weighed a 29.7 lb tuna


Jun 06 @ 5:05 PM

Bill Collector

Weighed a 18.1 lb dolphin


Jun 06 @ 4:56 PM

Weldor's Ark

Weighed a 13.6 lb dolphin


Jun 06 @ 4:51 PM

Elcazador

Gillian Ricks weighed a 10.4 lb dolphin


Jun 06 @ 4:32 PM

Carterican

Callie Smith weighed a 30.9 lb dolphin

06/06/20 @ 12:31 PM

KWLA Purse & Payouts!

A total purse of $84,150 is up for grabs in the 23rd Annual KWLA Tournament!

LEVEL I Guaranteed Prizes:
1st Place Release- $9,138
2nd Place Release- $5,483
3rd Place Release- $3,655

Largest Dolphin: 1st Place- $3,655 2nd Place- $2,436
Largest Wahoo: 1st Place- $3,655 2nd Place- $2,436
Largest Tuna: 1ST PLACE- $19,106 2nd Place- $2,436
* Largest Tuna 1st Place payout includes $15,451 rollover money *
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LEVEL II WTA Dolphin: $25,075 ( + $3,655 Level I = $28,730 potential winnings)
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LEVEL III WTA Billfish Release: $22,525 ( + $9,138 Level I = $31,663 potential winnings)

Just under 2 hours of fishing remains, and a full day left for 49 boats tomorrow! Stay tuned for the daily recap, coming at 2:00! Then head over to Facebook for our LIVE virtual coverage featuring KWLA weigh-ins, special guests & more!



Jun 06 @ 4:24 PM

Free Spool

Emile Cary weighed a 24.4 lb dolphin


Jun 06 @ 4:22 PM

Mama Who

Weighed a 26.8 lb dolphin


Jun 06 @ 4:17 PM

Gret’s Three J’s

Weighed a 20.1 lb dolphin


Jun 06 @ 4:15 PM

Marked Off

Weighed a 21.0 lb dolphin


Jun 06 @ 3:44 PM

Susie Q

Stephanie Myers weighed a 16.3 lb dolphin


Jun 06 @ 3:15 PM

Lone Wolf

Weighed a 21.0 lb dolphin


Jun 06 @ 1:37 PM

Elcazador

Gillian Ricks released a blue marlin.


Jun 06 @ 1:37 PM

Elcazador

Hooked up

06/06/20 @ 9:33 AM

FYI: 2020 Weigh Station Protocol!

HEADS UP! Listed below is the 2020 Weigh Station protocol for everyone during tournament week! We strongly encourage you to tune in virtually via Facebook LIVE for an enhanced & interactive broadcast coverage of all the action OR check out Big Rock TV to stream live audio & video feeds!

As we are sure you are aware, we are currently under the NC Governor’s Executive Order No. 141 Phase 2. In addition to those guidelines, the following protocol will be adhered to at the Big Rock Weigh Station:

- Weigh station area will be blocked off with signage stating for people not to enter. Spectators will not be allowed to gather.

- The area inside of the blocked off area will be limited to weigh station staff and designated tournament staff; no more than 9 people will be allowed in the designated weigh-in area at one time (9 combined staff plus one angler = 10)

- Only one angler/team representative, with their fish to be weighed, will be allowed in the weigh station area at a time; the angler/team representative must remain in a marked designated angler area at least six feet away.

- When vessel is in weigh-slip, crew must remain on the vessel until the Weigh Master directs the angler/team representative to the marked designated angler area.

- Only one angler/team representative at a time will be allowed on the chase boat with their fish to be weighed.

- After the fish has been weighed & data recorded, the angler may be photographed beside the fish at the direction of the Weigh Master and only after weigh station and designated tournament staff have left the area.

- Tournament staff is required to wear face coverings, and we ask you to as well. Weigh station staff and designated tournament staff will provide their own face coverings, necessary PPE, disinfectant, and hand sanitizers; scales, tables and other frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected frequently.

Questions? Please contact Big Rock headquarters, (252) 247-3575


06/06/20 @ 9:12 AM

LINES ARE IN- 23rd Annual Tournament!

LINES ARE IN- 67 boats are fishing the 23rd Annual KWLA Tournament! A total purse of $81,175 is up for grabs & 20 boats are offshore today. GOOD LUCK and tight lines, ladies!



Jun 06 @12:09 PM

Waste Knot

Lost (Pulled Hook).


Jun 06 @11:55 AM

Papa D

Hooked up


Jun 06 @11:55 AM

Papa D

Released a white marlin.


Jun 06 @ 9:58 AM

Waste Knot

Lost (Pulled Hook).


Jun 06 @ 9:58 AM

Waste Knot

Hooked up


Jun 06 @ 9:51 AM

Lone Wolf

Hooked up


Jun 06 @ 9:51 AM

Lone Wolf

Lost (Wrong Species).


Jun 06 @ 9:30 AM

Release

Released a sailfish.


Jun 06 @ 8:41 AM

Free Spool

Hooked up


Jun 06 @ 8:41 AM

Free Spool

Emile Cary released a white marlin.


Jun 06 @ 8:35 AM

Weldor's Ark

Hooked up


Jun 06 @ 8:35 AM

Weldor's Ark

Released a blue marlin.


Jun 06 @ 8:27 AM

Sea Hound

Hooked up


Jun 06 @ 8:27 AM

Sea Hound

Lost (Pulled Hook).


Jun 06 @ 8:24 AM

Susie Q

Lost (Wrong Species).


Jun 06 @ 8:24 AM

Susie Q

Hooked up

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.

GET STARTED:

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.

KWLA ENTRY FEES & PROJECTED WINNINGS (based on 160 boats)

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

DOLPHIN, TUNA & WAHOO
1st Place $11,473.00
2nd Place $ 7,650.00

II. LEVEL II WTA DOLPHIN, $500
1st Place WTA Dolphin $68,000.00
(+) LEVEL I Prize Money $11,473.00
Potential Winnings: $79,473.00

III. LEVEL III WTA RELEASE, $500
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