The Ashley Lauren fishing team completed an improbable double victory Saturday, winning the 58th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament just eight days after capturing the 19th annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler (KWLA) tournament, a single-day event that kicked off the larger six-day competition.
Just as no golfer has ever won the Masters and the pre-tournament Par-3 contest in the same year, no KWLA winner had boated a blue marlin during the Big Rock that followed their victory. Ashley Lauren put an end to this 18-year jinx Tuesday when angler Doug Phillips, Garner, reeled in a 621.4-pounder to take the Big Rock lead for good.
Ashley Lauren captain Mark Annis, Clayton, was at the helm for all winning catches. Angler Jackie Miller, Clayton, got the Ashley Lauren team on the KWLA leader board with a release of a blue marlin. Mark’s wife, Kim, locked up the KWLA victory with a second blue marlin release.
The Ashley Lauren topped a record field of 125 boats in the KWLA and then came out on top of the 174 boats in the 58th Big Rock to score the double victory.
The Ashley Lauren won $662,995 from the Big Rock’s record $1,914,100 purse for winning the 58th Big Rock. The Ashley Lauren also won $13,281 for winning the KWLA.
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