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Historic Championship in South Padre Island

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Braly / Caron Win Historic Championship

When the dust settled, they took home both the Tidewater Boats Championship and Team of the Year titles. Congratulations, anglers.

Making History

Winning both the Championship and the Team of the Year titles meant both anglers received their own certificate for a brand new Tidewater 21′ Bay Boat, Yamaha 200 HP Outboard and a McClain Tandem Axle Trailer.

The team’s total winnings during this no-entry fee championship topped the $125,000.00 mark, the largest single event payback to a single team in the history of the sport!

Braly and Caron weighed in a total of 64.77 pounds.

Second place finishers Dwayne Eschete and Kevin Akin, team Yamaha, weighed in 62.52 pounds. Landing in third place with a very impressive tournament was the team of Freddy Frederick and Trey Fournier with 52.96 while fourth went to the Louisiana team of Kevin Harvey and Kelly Dupre with 52.74. The fifth and final spot was captured by Steve Auld and Thomas Barlow bringing in 43.17 pounds.

6th – Sanchez/Coleman 29.21, 7th – Castillo/Lockwood 28.11, 8th – Braddock/Gidrey 24.83, 9th – Fretina/Fretina 16.63 and 10th McKinny/Battles 15.50.

The 2019 Tidewater Boats Championship was a big success with a small field of top teams fishing without entry fees for 2 great grand prizes on the pristine waters of South Padre Island. Thank you to each of our sponsors throughout the season, especially Tidewater Boats, Yamaha Outboards and McClain Trailers as well as the championship’s great host, the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. 2020 is just around the corner when we will do this all again in the Elite E:40 Team Tournament Series, to get your team registered in a exclusive field of 40 visit the Elite E:40 Team Tour page.


DAY 2: The story remains the same, the top spot after 2 days of fishing remains with 2 of the top anglers on the Elite Redfish Tournament Series, Braly and Caron. This team’s 2 day total weight of 44.04 has them setting in first place going into day 3.

Kevin Akin and Dwayne Eschete, team Yamaha Outboards is in 2nd place with 43.62 pounds, just 42/100 behind the 2 day leaders. Third place is held by the team of Freddy Frederick and Trey Fournier weighing in a 2 day total of 41.56.

Fourth place finds the Louisiana team of Kevin Harvey and Kelly Dupre with 34.62 pounds and the final team after 2 days moving through to fish on day 3 is Steve Auld and Thomas Barlow with 32.12 pounds.

On a tough day of fishing Sanchez and Coleman finished with 29.21 for their 2 days of competition, Castillo and Lockwood finished off the event with a 28.11 pounds and 24.83 was the total weight for Chuck Braddock and Richard Guidry needing just 1 more fish to make their first ever top 5 cut.

Tomorrow is going to be a exciting conclusion to the 2019 tournament season, stay tuned!

DAY 1: Paul Braly and Bartt Caron lead the points race and after day 1 lead the Tidewater Boats LLC. Championship in South Padre Island Texas.

When the dust settled after day 1 22.44 was this team’s day 1 weight. In second is the Sabine Lake team of Freddy Frederick and Trey Fournier with 20.46 pounds. Third place finds Kevin Akin and Dwayne Eschete with 20.38 pounds.

Fourth finds the team of Auld and Barlow with 18.69 pounds with the top 5 rounding out with the Louisiana team of Kevin Harvey and Kelly Dupre weighing in 17.29 pounds.

The top 10 teams after day 1 sorts out this way, Sanchez/Coleman, Fretina/Fretina, Castillo/Lockwood, McKinny/Battles and Braddock/Gidrey in 10th going into day 2, moving day, after which the top 5 teams will move on to fish on the final championship and tournament day of the 2019 season.


The Tidewater Boats Team Championship, presented by South Padre Island Tropical Travel. The best getaway starts at Texas’ Best Beach. Catch the wind and ride the waves with your choice of water sports. Go parasailing and get a bird-eye’s view of your island.

At day’s end, check out our nightlife, with plenty of restaurants and live music venues or just kick back and soak up the sun. It’s your choice. Not much of a planner? Visit the South Padre Island Visitor’s Center, where the friendliest Texans y’all ever did meet are more than ready to help you plan an itinerary that’s perfect for you.

Taking a crusty history buff on your beach vacation? They’ll instantly be won over by centuries of Karankawa Indian traditions and the influence which the Ballí family of Spain had on later settlers of the Christian mission. Read more on what to do once you hit, “island time” by visiting here.











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