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Keli Wagner Lady Angler (KWLA) Tournament

KWLA Big Rock Tournament

The Keli Wagner Lady Angler (KWLA) Tournament is one of the largest ladies-only events in the world. The one-day billfish release tournament set the stage in 2022 with a field of 215 boats, The 25th annual fishing tourament had a RECORD purse of $381,750!

The KWLA tournament is named in honor of the late wife of Big Rock board member, Casey Wagner, who 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 proceeds donated to the cancer clinic.

In 2020, the KWLA tournament donated $25,000 towards the improvement of patient comfort & care.

Locals Recommend

“The amount of people that registered in 2022 goes to show that women can hang just as much as men and I’m sure they will bring in fish that weigh just as much as the men do.”

Where your Outer Banks adventure begins

Situated on ten acres, the Beaufort Hotel is offers the privacy of a boutique hotel within minutes to some of the best experiences you’ll enjoy on the Southern Outer Banks.
During your stay, discover, experience, and explore Beaufort – named the “Best Small Town for Adventure” in America by USA Today.
The Beaufort Hotel is a private escape that’s close to every kind of adventure you can imagine. We encourage you to explore like a local, as we give you a slice of what it’s like to live here on the Crystal Coast.

Hotel Reservations

Make plans now for this popular weekend. Call 252-728-3000 for room reservations or book online using the link below:

Event Details

  • Date & Time: June 9 & 10, 2023, Times vary.
  • Location: Downtown Morehead City, NC.
  • Distance from Hotel: 5.6 mi. (12 min.)