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Spring Grove man earns first tourney victory as pro

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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.

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