Spring Grove man earns first tourney victory as pro
BY DALE BOWMAN firstname.lastname@example.org June 5, 2012 10:52PM
Updated: July 7, 2012 8:45AM
Scott Duncan cashed in a weed bite.
The Spring Grove man led the AIM Bay Mills Casino Can Am Challenge in Brimley, Mich., all the way to notch his first pro victory Saturday, earning $46,000 with a three-day total of 15 fish weighing 54.97 pounds.
‘‘It was a tough fishery,’’ he said. ‘‘We keyed on a weed bite. We figured fish would hold in there and three or four a day would have a chance of winning it. The first day, I caught seven and surprised everybody with 26 pounds.’’
The ‘‘we’’ included three other Lund pros — Marianne Huskey, Mark Brumbaugh and Mike Gofron of Antioch — who finished second, third and fifth, respectively.
AIM uses the innovative scoring of CRR (catch, record, release), measuring and documenting fish
in quarter-inch increments before releasing them. Weights are assigned by the quarter-inch.
‘‘With less than five minutes to go [on the final day], I caught a 6-pounder while literally looking at the clock and saying, ‘I have to reel up,’ then the board went back,’’ Duncan said.
Duncan, who came home to a party of two dozen friends Sunday, said his wife ‘‘has plans’’ for the plate of cash.