Dec 06

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Akin Takes Battle – Lloyd Wins War!

RESULTS TO COME:  Day 1 Results – 2 Day Results – Day 3 Final Results – Breakline Big Bags

DIVISIONAL RESULTS:  Money Totals – Points Total

IMAGES:  Images from Event – Aerial Images


kevnYamaha pro, Kevin Akin takes home the title of Elite Champion as he wins the South Padre Showdown 2017 event December 1-2-3 in south Texas. Kevin took off day 1 and set a mark that no pro would be able to overcome over the 3 days of competition weighing in 22.13 on day 1.

Kevin grew his lead over the field after 2 days of competition to nearly 10 pounds by bringing a 2 day total of 41.84 pounds to the scales.

The only pro that seemed to be keeping pace was Lafayette, LA pro, Steve Smith who weighed in 22.07 pounds on day 1, just .06 of a pound behind the leader but fell off on day 2.

As day 2 concluded the top 5 pros that would move on all had a tall order to fill if they wanted to catch Akin.

Dwayne Eschete, familiar to making the cut to fish on day 3 brought in a 34.06 pounds total for the first 2 days of competition and fit nicely in to the 2nd place going into day 3.

Castaway Rods pro, Austin Angel broke into the top 5 and made his first cut of the 2017 season with 32.78 pounds for the 2 days. Rounding out the top 5 to fish on day 3 was Western Division points race leader, Jimmy Lloyd in 4th and Coastline Trailer pro, Travis Land in 5th.



Second place went to Yamaha Outboards pro Dwayne Eschete who netted $6500.00 for his finish while 3rd place finisher and Waterloo Rod pro, Jimmy Lloyd weighed in 46.93 pounds to seal the deal on the Western Division Championship and added a cool $65,000.00 Skeeter Boat/Yamaha Outboard/McClain custom trailers rig to his earnings.

The top 5 finished out with Travis Land landing in 4th place while Austin Angel finished in 5th, making his first cut of the 2017 season.The anglers on the Skeeter Boats Western Division shared over $165,000.00 over the 3 tournament series. Another Head Turning event finished off this 3 tournament divisional series and determined the top 10 anglers that will make their way to the 2018 Classic Kick off representing the West.

The head to 5 head to head matches are set for day 1 with 1 vs 10, 2 vs 9, 3 vs 8, 4 vs 7 and 5 vs 6. The same has been determined from the East division at the #MississippiMadness2017 tournament held this past July in D’Iberville, MS.



  • Jimmy Lloyd (1)
  • Dwayne Eschete (2)
  • David Christian (3)
  • Travis Land (4)
  • Jeff Steckler (5)
  • Alan Hall (5)
  • Jake Jordan (4)
  • Steve Smith (3)
  • Mike Frenette (2)
  • Ray Malone (1)


Thank you to all of the fine folks from South Padre Island from the Mayor to the police men and women to other city officials. A special thank you to the South Padre Convention and Visitors Bureau for all they did for the tour and the anglers. Next up is the Classic Kick Off Championship, March 22, 23 and 24, 2018 in Chalmette, LA.. Until then keep fishing and stay safe because we want to see you again… On the water or on the web~





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