Kenny Vines Memorial Billfish Tournament 2023

September 15-16, 2023
Story by: Evan A. Hipsley, Jr.

16 September 2023

Location: Tacky Jacks | Orange Beach, AL 

The Kenny Vines Memorial Billfish Tournament, more affectionately known as the "KV", was held on Friday and Saturday September 15 & 16th, 2023 in beautiful Orange Beach, Alabama hosted by the Orange Beach Sportfishing Club (OBSC) at Tacky Jacks Orange Beach in honor of the late Mr. Kenny Vines - a true conservationist and passionate fisherman. On hand were a plethora of anglers, teams, Ms. Ellen Peel from The Billfish Foundation, and five IGFTO Observers, including yours truly, that participated both ashore and afloat during this two-day annual tournament which boasted 23 boats/teams. We are pleased to announce the results:   

Billfish Catch and Release: 

No qualifying.


Matt Welch 30.4# (Bunch A Nuts).


Scott Arthur 75# (Totally Different).

Nolan Berry 40# (Totally Different).


Adam Lee 70.6# (Jeff's Boat).

Scott Arthur 46.6# (Totally Different).

Shawn Hall 20# (Totally Different).


Austin Moore 26.6# (4th Quarter). 

Top Boat:

Totally Different

We are tentatively scheduling next year's KV for mid-to-late September 2024; stay tuned to social medial for updates. 

Best, Evan.