Lo Que Sea Wins the Alice Kelly Memorial

An impressive turnout and great fishing marked this year’s event

2016 Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament winners Lo Que Sea
The Lo Que Sea team claimed victory in this year's Alice Kelly Memorial with five sailfish releases.Courtesy Capt. Dave Lear

An impressive fleet of 92 boats and 500 lady anglers turned out to compete in the 27th Annual Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament in Manteo, North Carolina. The annual event is held prior to the start of the Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament and is not only a local favorite but also a fund-raiser for the Outer Banks Cancer Support Group.

By the end of the one-day shootout, 61 sailfish had been released along with nine white marlin and seven blue marlin. Lo Que Sea, a 56-foot Paul Mann run by Capt. Keven Paul, tallied five sailfish releases for the win and 500 points. Capt. Jordan Croswait and his team on Legacy, a 58-foot Bobby Sullivan, earned the second-place trophy for releasing three sails and a blue marlin, good for 150 points. Capt. Dennis Endee guided owner Cheryl Russell and her family team aboard A-Salt Weapon to a third-place finish with four sailfish releases.

The Alice Kelly optional jackpot category is a winner-take-all prize for the boat landing the largest mahimahi. This year's winner was Sniper, a 58-foot Paul Mann run by Capt. Jimmy Bayne. Twelve-year-old Emily Bracher, competing aboard Pelican, a 56 Paul Mann captained by her father Arch Bracher, earned the Top Junior Angler trophy after releasing a blue and white marlin.

2016 Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament mahi jackpot Sniper Jimmy Bayne
The Sniper team won the optional winner-take-all jackpot for mahimahi.Courtesy Capt. Dave Lear
2016 Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament pirates team
Costumes are a big part of the fun at the Alice Kelly.Courtesy Capt. Dave Lear
2016 Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament ladies team
These ladies had a great day offshore.Courtesy Capt. Dave Lear
2016 Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament Hog Wild team
The Hog Wild team, always ready for a good time at the Alice Kelly.Courtesy Capt. Dave Lear
2016 Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament
The boats are also festooned with decorations and balloons as part of the fun.Courtesy Capt. Dave Lear
2016 Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament sailfish release flags
Plenty of sailfish release flags were flying at the end of the one-day shootout.Courtesy Capt. Dave Lear
2016 Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament team
Another team goes all-out with their costumes.Courtesy Capt. Dave Lear
2016 Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament boat decorated
Salvation is decorated in pink for the tournament.Courtesy Capt. Dave Lear
2016 Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament Pirates Cove fleet
Pirate's Cove is home to one of the top charter and private sport-fishing fleets on the East Coast.Courtesy Capt. Dave Lear
2016 Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament awareness rocks team
There's no doubt that cancer awareness rocks.Courtesy Capt. Dave Lear
2016 Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament trophies
Just a few of the many trophies presented to the winners during the awards.Courtesy Capt. Dave Lear