• Please NoteFor room reservations after April 10, 2022, please call us directly at 252-728-3000, option 5.
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Keli Wagner Lady Angler (KWLA) Tournament

KWLA 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 2021 with a field of 132 boats & a RECORD purse of $189,125!

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.

Image courtesy of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tourament.

Locals Recommend

“The amount of people that registered in 2021 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.”

Hotel Reservations

Plan your stay now! The Beaufort Hotel has special room rates for the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.  Call 252-728-3000 for room reservations. Online reservations are not available yet.

Event Details

  • Date & Time: June 10 – 19, 2022, Times vary.
  • Location: Downtown Morehead City, NC.
  • Distance from Hotel: 5.6 mi. (12 min.)