PORT ARANSAS, Tx. – Dwayne Eschete and Clark Jordan continued their string of victories with another win during the Shock H20 Professional Redfish Tour, held Aug. 15 and 16 out of Port Aransas, Texas.
Eschete and Jordan won three of the last four events. The two-time reigning Anglers of the Year with Team Majek Boats led wire-to-wire, bringing in two fat keepers for 14.69 pounds on the final day. Adding that to their Day 1 leading weight of 16.36 pounds, they sealed their victory with four redfish at 31.04 pounds.
The champs fished the Laguna Madre area with Berkley Gulp! baits. For the victory, Eschete and Jordan took home $10,000. They also added another 200 crucial points toward the coveted Team of the Year title.
With one event left, they lead the points competition and could claim the TOY title three years in a row. “We’ve been a little lucky this year, but we’ll take it whenever we can,” Jordan said.
“We put in our time, but everyone puts in a lot of time to catch these fish.” “We’ve been fortunate all year that things worked our way,” Eschete added. “We had two fish that were right on the line, but we didn’t want to take that chance of them going over. We just try to bring in two good fish each day. If it works out, it works out. We’re on quite a roll. It’s been a great weekend.” Representing Full Throttle Boat Works, Brett Sweeny and Jake Luedecke held second for the entire tournament. Running out of the Port Aransas Park Pavilion, they brought in two consecutive two-fish daily limits. Sweeny and Luedecke brought in 15.57 pounds on the first day. They added 14.19 pounds on the final day to finish with 29.76 pounds. For second place, they pocketed $2,500. “We made a long run,” Sweeny commented. “Second place in this group is not bad. We had our chances to win, but we can’t lose good fish and expect to win against the quality of anglers who fish these events.”
Shannon Ledwik and Bruce White held third place throughout the tournament to finish with four fish and 29.40 pounds. On Day 1, they caught 15 pounds and added 14.40 pounds on the final day to win $500.
“We caught a lot of fish,” Ledwik said. “By 9:30 a.m., we were tired of catching fish. We had a really good time.” Jason White and Kevin Akins stayed in fourth place for the entire event. They finished with a two-day total of four redfish weighing 29.14 pounds. They found two keepers for 14.70 pounds on the first day and two more going 14.44 pounds the second day.
The top 5 rounded out with team Haynie boat's Matt Stennett and Chris Evans finishing fifth with four redfish going 28.41 pounds. They landed 13.79 pounds on the first day and added 14.51 pounds on the final day.
“We had a great tournament with beautiful fishing weather,” said Pat Malone, tournament director. “Angler after angler stated how they all caught so many fish and caught them from first cast till last. The people with the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce did a wonderful job hosting this event for us and we thank each one of them for all they did.”
The Shock H2O professional anglers make their next stop in Fourchon, La. in just 2 short weeks when they will participate in the finale and last chance to qualify for the 2014 tournament season. Then it's the Invitational Series final stop of the regular season in Houma, La. in early September.
Finally, the 2013 season concludes in Slidell, La., Oct. 3-6 with the series championship. On this four-day event, the anglers will compete for a share of nearly $100,000. All anglers will compete on the first two days. The top 10 anglers advance to the third day. Only the top five competitors fish on the final day.
While the anglers look for redfish, fishing fans may enjoy the music, food and fun at the St. Tammany Redfishtival. The festival will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6, at the Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell.
For more information on the St. Tammany Redfishtival, see www.FishtheNorthshore.com. For Slidell area information, call 800-634-9443 or visit www.LouisianaNorthshore.com.