Camacho and Villarreal Win South Padre

Success comes in many forms and is subjective, but for us we tend to measure by the amount of smiles and pats on the back being passed around during and after the weigh in, this event had both and in fabulous numbers. The team of Felipe Camacho and Randy Villarreal took home the top spot and $5,000.00 overcoming a dead fish penalty of .50 pounds by landing the heaviest 2-fish limit 14.99 and enough to still cover the top spot on the podium after the penalty which resulted in an official weight of 14.49 pounds.

Felipe and Randy also landed the Brecknell Big Red of the event with a beautiful 7.46-pounder for an additional $3,000.00. An $8,000.00 total take plus two beautiful trophies and oversized commemorative checks to top out their day and all for just a $300.00 entry and for opting in to the optional $200.00 Brecknell Big Red side pot. Brecknell, the official scales of the Elite Redfish Series, can be counted for reliable and accurate weights on the water and is the choice of Elite pros everywhere.

Second place and $1,750.00 went to Team Hammerhead Services, Poco Cedillo and Chris Castro weighing in a 2-fish live limit of 13.40 pounds with two beautiful south Texas redfish. Third went to Tony Dugue and James Garner bringing 12.99 pounds to the scale for Fishstix Rods catching a cool $1,000.00 for team Fishstix. The top 5 finished out with team JRZ Lures Aaron Gonzales and Tyler Juarez taking home $600.00 for their 12.99 2-fish limit for 4th place finish while the 5th and final spot went to team Spooled Life, Ram Garcia and Fil Spencer catching the final pay spot for $350.00 for their 12.21 pounds.

What a great weekend to be in South Padre Island; the weather was great, the food fabulous and the kayak pro teams amazing! Thank you to everyone who came out to compete, watch, support or cheer for their favorite team(s), and we look forward to doing it all again bigger and better in 2023. The tour is growing in just the 3rd event of 2022 the Elite Kayak Tour and has already been recognized as the one to fish in 2023.

The first stop took place in July of this year in Port Arthur Texas where 30 kayak anglers – some pros some weekenders that wanted to compete – joined up for an amazing time on Pleasure Island. The next stop for this newly-formed Kayak Tour was in Kemah Texas where 44 competed in August, and finally this past weekend the max field of 60 kayak anglers showed up to South Padre Island to battle it out for the prize money and prestige that has quickly been assigned to winning an Elite Kayak Tour event. To see full results of South Padre Kayak visit:

Presented by Visit South Padre, CVB the event took place as part of the Elite National Championship where boater and kayak pros hit the clear waters and white sands of one of the country’s most beautiful places and a favorite tour stop of the Elite Redfish Series. To see more on one of the top vacation destinations in the country and to see all of the action from the past week’s Elite National Championship and Kayak Open please visit (elite website here that you ‘ve put on other releases) and be sure to visit the Elite Kayak Tour page. If you like more behind the scenes images, videos, discussion, fun and more search two very popular Elite groups, Elite Kayak Group and the Frogg Toggs Solo Tour group on FB.

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