Rules & Registration

31st Annual Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament – Rules

Rules Modified for Social Distancing

1. Registration –
is Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 2:00-7:00pm at Pirate’s Cove Pavilion. The Captain’s Meeting will take place via a live Facebook feed at 8:00pm at www.facebook.com/Alicekellyladiesonly/. A representative from each team should attend the Captain’s Meeting as each team is responsible for knowing the rules including any clarifications made during the Captain’s Meeting. All boats must be registered and all entry fees paid in order for teams to qualify for prizes and trophies. The Entry Fee is $600 and all proceeds benefit the Interfaith Community Outreach-Cancer program. Teams may also enter the Top Dolphin Jackpot for $500. Fifteen percent (15 goes to the heaviest dolphin, winner takes all. If no fish are weighed all proceeds go to ICO -Cancer. No Refunds on the Jackpot! Substitute boats are permissible due to breakdown of original boat; any substitute boat must be registered with the Tournament Director prior to fishing. Note: If weather creates a situation where fishing is questionable teams may register on Sunday morning between 5-7:00am in the Pavilion.

2. Fishing Day – This is a one-day tournament on Sunday, August 9. Fishing hours are from 8:30am-3:00pm. No lines or teasers in the water prior to Lines In. Any fish hooked and reported prior to Lines Out may be played until released.

3. Tackle & Etiquette – IGFA rules apply with the exception that ANY registered angler, captain or mate may hook a billfish. You may make one pass of the rod in the cockpit and two passes from the bridge. The Top Lady Angler Award is presented to the angler with the most points who has hooked her own fish. This is a trolling tournament; unconventional non-trolling techniques are strictly prohibited.

4. Boundaries – All fish must be hooked within tournament boundaries which is 75 nautical miles from the Oregon Inlet Sea Buoy; fish can then be played outside boundaries until released. Boats may fish out of Hatteras Inlet as well as Oregon Inlet.

5. Releases – In order to qualify a billfish as a release one of the following conditions must be met: the leader is touched by a team member or the swivel or connection between the double line and the leader (if double line is used, the connection between the double line and the LEADER qualifies) touches the rod tip or the connection between the leader and the main line/double line passes through the rod tip.

6. Anglers – There is no limit to the number of anglers per boat, however all anglers must be registered with Tournament Control prior to fishing. A maximum of six angler bags and six official t-shirts are presented per boat. Professionals (paid to work on a sport fishing boat in the past 12 months) may not qualify as an angler but may hook and pass to teammates.

7. Reporting Catch – All billfish releases must be reported to Radio Control on VHF Radio channel 78. Radio Control will respond with the time of release. If Radio Control cannot be raised confirmation of the GPS time including fractions of a second should be made with another registered tournament boat; boat name should be noted on the scorecard.

8. Points System – All billfish, must be released to earn points. Release points are 100 each for White Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish and Spearfish. And 150 Points for Blue Marlin.

9. Scoring – Scorecards must include the species, time of release, angler name and special designation (Lady or Jr). If the angler hooks her own fish this must be noted on the scorecard in order for the points to qualify for the Top Angler award.

You have three choices for submitting your billfish scorecard. We prefer that you submit your scorecard using the online form. If you have problems with the online form use the text option. As a last resort, turn in a paper form at the weigh station. No matter which option, the Captain must sign the scorecard and the deadline to submit the form is 7:00pm.

OPTION 1) SUBMIT YOUR SCORECARD ONLINE AT www.tournamentcontrol.com/scorecard/
The online form is password protected to prevent unauthorized submissions. The password is Akl202c (case sensitive).

If you have problems with the online form you may text a photo of your completed form to Tournament Control at 910-264-3947.

Scorecards may be turned in at the weigh station at Pirate’s Cove Marina.

Should an issue arise regarding the submission of a Billfish Scorecard, only verbal contact with Heather Maxwell prior to 7:00pm on Sunday shall constitute notice, and resolution shall be at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director. Voicemail, email and text messages do not apply—you must speak directly with Heather.

10. Weighing Fish – Any fish weighed are entered on a scorecard by the Weighmaster. If anyone wants a fish reweighed it must be done while the fish is still hanging. The decision of the Weighmaster shall be final. The Tournament Scales close at 7:00pm.

11. Meatfish – A trophy is awarded to the three heaviest dolphin, wahoo and yellowfin tuna determined by weight. If two or more entries have the same weight then the largest combination of length and girth shall determine the winner. In the event that this is also a tie the earlier time of weigh in shall determine the winner. Meatfish may be transported to the scales over land by car.

12. Trophy Awards – Trophy Awards. Trophies are awarded to the Top Junior and Top Lady Angler. Total points for the Top Lady Angler are calculated on fish she hooked herself and must be noted on the scorecard. Juniors may accept a pass. Ties are broken by time of release. Six angler trophies are presented to the top five boats.

13. Protest – Any protest must be submitted to the Tournament Director in writing by 7:00pm. The decision of the Rules Committee is final.

14. Prize Money – The Top Dolphin Jackpot will be mailed after the tournament. The winner must complete a Disbursement Order and W-9. These forms and instructions will be emailed to the Team Contact.

15. Cancellation Policy – If weather and/or other conditions exist where no registered boats can fish, the entry fee minus 10% management fee will be refunded by mail within two weeks. Please use your best judgment as the safety of our participants is of the utmost importance.

16. Hold Harmless Agreement – All participants, vessel owners and pro hoc owners’ consent and agree that the federal and state courts for Dare County, North Carolina, shall serve as the sole venue for any and all litigation arising out of participation in the Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament. In no way shall any participant distressed by any ruling of the tournament recover from the Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament, Tournament Control, Inc., Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament, Inc. or its officers, employees, volunteers or sponsors any sum exceeding his/her registration fee. It is expressly understood that all participants enter at their own risk and hereby release, discharge and hold harmless, Tournament Control, Inc., the Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament, Inc. and its officers, directors, volunteers, sponsors and employees from liability for loss, damage, negligence, harm, injury, damage or death suffered by any participant, crew member, observer, vessel or equipment which may occur during this tournament. The rules and release shall also be binding on my heirs, executors, administrator or assigns.

By signing the Tournament Release and paying the entry fees, my team and I acknowledge that we have read the rules and release and are bound by the same.


Click the blue links for the 2020 Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament Entry Form and for the 2020 AK Angler form. For the online 2020 AK Entry form, click here. For the online 2020 AK Angler forms, click here. You can make online payments by clicking here.

Please note: If your arrival date changes please let Heather know. We are going to have a lot of boats in the basin this year and reservations will be tight. Advanced notice of changes will be much appreciated.

Prize money checks will be written to the representative noted on the Entry Form and distributed at the Awards Presentation on Sunday, August 9. Heather will be available Saturday morning to exchange and re-write checks, splitting the purse as needed but only with completed forms.

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Heather Maxwell
Pirates Cove Billfish Tournaments Tournament Director
[email protected]