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Kayak Open November 11-12 Port Arthur, TX

The FieldMeeting Photos – Day 1 Photos – Day 1 Results – Day 2 PhotosFinal Results



Josh takes home the check and the hardware…

Josh MacNaughton takes home first place and $5000.00 with just 22 Kayakers competing. MacNaughton weighed in a 2 day total of 26.15 pounds on his 4 fish limit….

Josh edged out 2nd place finisher Jay Martin by just over a pound and topped Brent Louviere, who finished in 3rd with 24.53 pounds by about the same margin.

The top 5 finished out with Jason Carter in 4th with 24.34 and 5th place going to Jason Smith with 22.78 pounds.

All in all 53 fish were weighed in by the 22 anglers over the 2 days of fishing with all 53 released alive.

Thank you to TWFD for their help in getting these beautiful creatures back in the water safely for future generations to catch.  

Brent Louviere (below) had the Huk Heavy Bag of the weekend and put another $700.00 in his pocket for a total take for his 24.53 pounds of fish of $1,750.00.


Brent and family celebrate his winning the Huk Heavy Bag of the weekend…



At the end of what was a fabulous weekend to be in Port Arthur Texas and to be at Mid County Ram. The Elite Series’ newest sponsor wasted no time in stepping up and stepping out to show the anglers of both the Elite Series (boaters and kayakers) they plan on playing a big part in the outdoors and more specifically The Elite Redfish Tournament Series in years to come.img_9800

“When you think of the outdoors we want you to think of Ram trucks and when you think of Ram trucks we want you to this of Mid County Ram”, stated promotions manager, Alex Parker. The entire staff of Mid County Ram are a reflection of their fabulous leadership, it’s obvious Mr. Allen Tate, managing partner sets the standards high for himself, the staff and entire dealership all the way from sales to service and by the look of things this weekend, they don’t disappoint.

This event puts a bow on the 2016 tournament season for us and what a great way to end it, stated Pat Malone, president and ceo of Headturners3, LLC and the Elite Series. 


The Captain’s dinner and meeting was a fabulous success thanks to the fine folks from Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant, Mid County Ram, Port Arthur Visitor’s Bureau and a host of great professional anglers that are set to compete. This event will be the first in a series of events for the Elite Kayak Series tour coming in 2017 and what a great group of pros to kick it off with.

Stay tuned as these pros meet back at Mid County Ram for morning check it, brief recap meeting and the official releasing of the fleet taking place at 6:00 AM local time. Donuts, coffee and Kolaches will await them thanks again to Mid County Ram and Davis Donuts of Port Arthur. What a great time to be in Port Arthur chasing fall redfish under perfect Texas blue bird skies, who could ask for anything more… 

The The Professional Kayak Anglers Association, Port Arthur Convention and Visitors Bureau and Mid County Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram presents the first ever Elite Kayak Series Open. This event will allow some of the top Kayak redfish pros in the country to hit the big stage of the Elite Redfish Series and capture the largest first place prize in Kayak redfish history. With up to $10,000.00 check on the line for first place and a special classic recognition at the Elite Redfish Series Classic parade as part of Mardi Gras 2017, full big stage production and a drive through weigh in, the Big Time has finally come to Kayak tournament fishing.

Tournament Schedule of Events.

  • A captain’s appreciation meal and procedural meeting will be held Thursday, November 10, 2016 @6:00 pm at Mid County Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram located at 8181 Memorial Blvd, Port Arthur, TX 77640. Family members are welcome.

  • Anglers will meet at Mid County Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for the official launch each morning, Friday and Saturday at 5:30 AM local time for roll call, a brief recap of procedures for the day and the 6:00 AM release of the fleet.

  • Anglers will return to Mid County Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for the official measuring and weighing in of their catch. 

  • Anglers can return to Mid County Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram anytime after 1:00 pm to have their fish checked for live or dead.

  • Awards ceremony will take place on the main stage immediately following day 2’s final day weigh in.

14956633_1274608705943142_8161521813841637312_n-1Tournament Field and Format.

  • 50 angler max full field limit of anglers compete for 2 days.

  • One angler per Kayak, no teams.

  • Fishing period to be from first cast at 7:00 AM CDT to Kayaks out of water by 3:00 PM CDT.

  • Anglers must proceed immediately to weigh in location after out of water time.

  • Angler(s) failing to make 4:00 check in at weigh in location, for any reason, will be d.q.’d.

  • Paddle or pedal kayaks allowed, no motors of any type can be used.
  • Redfish must be caught alive in a conventional and sporting manner by the angler competing in the Elite Kayak event.

  • Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited.

  • Anglers must cast, flip or pitch a lure to the fish they catch. No snagging off fish, netting or scooping of distressed surface fish is allowed.

  • Only artificial lures may be used. Live or cut bait is prohibited.

  • Only one rod and reel may be used at a time.

  • No multi lure rigs allowed. I.E. Alabama rigs.

  • A cast must be fully retrieved before another cast can be made.

  • Anglers must compete from their Kayak to catch and land all fish. Wading prohibited.

  • No towing or hauling of Kayak to fishing area by another vessel allowed. Mother shipping prohibited.

  • Anglers may weigh in 2 red drum (redfish) per day.

  • Anglers may posses only red drum (redfish) during the tournament hours.

  • Anglers must launch their Kayak from known/named highways, marinas or parks open to the public and located within the state that the event is taking place in.

  • Anglers cannot travel on or through private land or roads to reach fishing grounds even if those fishing grounds are open to the public.

  • Anglers will be released from a single meeting spot each morning of the event.

  • Angler(s) failing to make the official release of the fleet will be disqualified from the event and will not be allowed to weigh in their catch.

For a complete list of rules, procedures and information please click on the link above.

This tournament is set to become another real Head Turning event and will launch a 3 tournament series in the West and 3 tournaments in the East for 2017 that will have stops in Texas and Louisiana. For the first time ever, this open event will have the festivities including a catered captain’s dinner and meeting, morning launch and weigh ins all take place at Port Arthur’s leading dealership, Mid County Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram.




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  • First 25 anglers signing up will receive:
    Official Check It Stik measuring board.
    Official Check It Stik Elite perfect tail pincher.
    $75.00 Frogg Toggs gift card.
    Other sponsor gifts to first 25 signing up to be listed as secured.
    Presented in part by:

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