Magic Monday

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 […]

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Sizzling Sunday

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. […]

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Anniversary Special

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 […]

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For Fun and A Purpose

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 […]

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Moonlighting

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, […]

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Beautiful Day

The fishing wasn’t exactly on fire for the 28th annual Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament. The record 97 boats competing had to search hard in their efforts to find fish. Some ventured as far as 70 miles south while others ran due east from Oregon Inlet about 30 miles. In the end though, […]

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Cause and Effect

By Capt. Dave Lear August 12, 2017; Manteo, North Carolina: Most big game tournaments would be absolutely thrilled to have nearly 100 boats competing in their event. So when 97 sign up to fish a one-day, ladies contest, it’s big news indeed. But the Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament is not just any […]

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Sailin’

The sails were unfurling Sunday as the 500 lady anglers competing in the Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament churned through Oregon Inlet on their way offshore. By the stroke of 3 p.m. a total of 61sailfish had been brought to the transoms and let go. Nine white and seven blue marlin were also […]

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