Morehead City, NC- With hopes to surpass last year’s record- breaking 96 boats, the excitement is building for the 19th Annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler (KWLA) Tournament held on June 10 and June 11, 2016.


The KWLA, sponsored by Alexseal Yacht Coatings, is a one-day billfish release tournament with lines dropping in at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2016, and fishing ending at 2 p.m. The lady angler reception hosted on Friday, June 10, 2016 is sponsored by Linda Rike Real Estate, and serves as the official kick-off of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, which will begin its 58th year on Monday, June 13, 2016.  


The KWLA tournament is named in honor of the late wife of Big Rock board member, Casey Wagner. Keli Wagner lost her battle with cancer in 2008. Keli was enthusiastic about the success of this tournament and she played a vital role in having the tournament proceeds donated to the cancer clinic. To date, KWLA has donated a total of $228,916 to the Carteret Health Care Cancer Center.


KWLA is thrilled to name Glenn Lamp as the artist for 2016. His studio, Day 5 Art, is located in Emerald Isle, NC. Glenn Lamp was chosen as this year’s KWLA artist for his full vibrant use of color and passion for sea life. The 2016 art features an active blue marlin with an explosion of beautiful bright color surrounding the fish.  The original art will be auctioned off at the Awards Banquet on Saturday, June 18,2016.


The KWLA tournament is excited to announce the expansion of their retail division.  In addition to the standard lady angler t-shirt, you can now purchase a variety of KWLA apparel including toddler, youth shirts and rash guards. Jewelry buckets, and license plates featuring Glenn Lamp’s KWLA art is also available online [1]or at the Big Rock retail store, located at 710 Evans Street.


The KWLA tournament is devoted to raising charitable dollars to help improve patient comfort and care, while providing an entertaining and memorable tournament experience. Be sure to join in on the excitement at Big Rock Landing starting on Saturday, June 11 2016 for the lady angler weigh-ins.



For more information on the KWLA Lady Angler Tournament visit [2] or contact Tournament Director, Crystal Hesmer, at (252) 247-3575.