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 9, 2018, and fishing ending at 2 p.m. The lady angler reception hosted on Friday, June 8, 2018 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 60th year on Monday, June 11, 2018.
The KWLA tournament, celebrating it’s 21st annual event, 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 $278,916 to the Carteret Health Care Cancer Center.
2018 Prize Schedule
Based on 60 boats
Total Entries $30,000
Amount to Charity $15,000
Billfish Winner Take All Per point system $6,375
Largest Dolphin $2,125
Largest Wahoo $2,125
Largest Tuna $2,125
Dolphin Winner Take All (50 boats)