Capt. Dave Lear’s AKL Blog
Please welcome Capt. Dave Lear who will be covering the event and posting photos each day. Capt. Dave Lear has been covering big-game fishing for more than two decades, first as the editor of Marlin magazine and later as an award-winning freelance writer and tournament correspondent. The former executive director of The Billfish Foundation was also the 51st angler to gain membership in the IGFA’s exclusive Royal Billfish Slam Club by catching and releasing all nine species of billfish. Learn more about Dave at www.captaindavelear.com.
Keep in mind that official scores will not be posted until after 9PM on Sunday. TWITTER INFORMATION AND WEB CAM WEIGH INS ARE FOR ENTERTAINMENT VALUE ONLY! We are welcoming back Tournament Control to score our event and as the rules state teams won’t actually earn points until they turn their scorecard in (on time) and it is accepted by tournament staff.
By Capt. Dave Lear August 10, 2020; Manteo, North Carolina: Capt. Dave Grubbs and his second ladies team aboard Grand Slam 2 are happy about a fishing pause. Ecstatic might be a better description. With split fishing days due to some local boats competing in the delayed White Marlin Open, the majority of the 2020 […]Read More
Manteo, North Carolina: By Capt. Dave Lear It’s extremely difficult to conduct a highly social event like the Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament in a necessary social-distancing environment. Yet even with health restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 31st annual Alice Kelly is once again underway and making a difference. […]Read More
August 11, 2019; Manteo, North Carolina: The ladies really know how to celebrate an anniversary. The 30th annual Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament wrapped up Sunday evening with a fanfare of trophies and recognition for a special day on the water. Blessed by pleasant weather and light winds, the 106 teams released 50 […]Read More
August 10, 2019; Manteo, North Carolina: Pink feathers, balloons and bras are not the normal accents for battle-hardened sport-fishers. But the Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament is not your typical sport-fishing contest. Named after a passionate local angler and victim of breast cancer, this memorial event draws dozens of teams for a single […]Read More
A last minute decision to compete in the 29th annual Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament paid off for Off Duty, a 80 Viking run by Capt. Mike Everly. The all-female angler team released two white marlin, a sailfish and finally a blue marlin at 2:37 Sunday afternoon to add an extra 50 points, […]Read More
Fishing is fun. It’s a combination of skills and a shared outdoor pursuit in a unique, mesmerizing environment. It’s the electric jolt that comes with every hook-up and the satisfaction of conquering a worthy adversary after a spirited battle. It is a universal sport that knows no age limitations or gender bias. And yet it […]Read More