Team Lund Sweeps Top Three, Scott Duncan Edges Out Marianne Huskey For the Win
Jun 2nd, 2012 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Jun 2nd, 2012 at 7:42 PM
The wind howled, temperatures stalled in the just plain cold region, and rain blew sideways all day today, dampening everything but the attitudes of the Pros and Cos fishing AIM Bay Mills Casino Can Am Challenge. Regardless of success, the anglers truly enjoyed the event.
Marianne Huskey watched as Scott Duncan weighed in, knowing she probably was a little bit short on weight despite her five fish CRR count to Scott’s four, and not quite 2# cushion. As the weights were read off one by one, it was evident Scott’s average of about 20″ against Marianne’s average of under 17″ was enough to take the win and a plate of $100 bills equaling $40,000.00.
Lund Boats, one of the original AIM sponsors and strong supporter of tournament angling, offers a $6000.00 Anglers Insight Marketing Tournament contingency for the win, so Scott’s total purse was $46,000.00. This was Scott’s first Major win, and Marianne’s best finish…in fact, the best finish by a Lady Pro Angler ever in any Major Walleye event.
Lund/Mercury Pros Scott and Marianne were fishing the Horse Shoe, pulling Rapala Husky Jerks just above the weeds. The crankbaits were the rattling model, and Scott, Marianne, Mike Gofron, and Mark Brumbaugh employed the tactic to nearly sweep the event for team Lund, taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and fifth. Ranger Mercury Pro Tommy Kemos took fourth.
Perennial top ten placing Pro Gary Parsons took sixth coming back from a tough day one. Still hot on the AIM circuit, Yamaha Pro Robert Blosser took seventh. Navionics/Berkley Pro Tommy Skarlis took eighth and team mate Ross Grothe overcame a rock crushed lower unit fishing with just his kicker for power to take ninth. Michael McMaken, a tough and well known Great Lakes Pro Walleye angler rounded out the top ten.
See the AIM leader board for the rest of the standings.
Team USA took home the Challenge win, with nearly 4 times the overall weight in walleyes of their Canadian Challengers. Undaunted, most of the Canadian Team first congratulated the US Team for evening the overall score ( The Canadian Team took the last Can Am Challenge, a PWT event on Wabigoon Lake in Dryden Ontario) and then openly challenged the USA Team to a Re-Match.
The Bay Mills resort and Casino offered incredible hospitality, and unequalled facilities, gathering constant praise from the Pro and Co nagler field onstage. The plates of cash were pretty well recieved, as well.
The Top Co Anglers paired with the winning Pros took home Gift Cards from Bay Mills Casino for up to $5000.00.
Bay Mills Casino, local hosts, and the NPAA sponored a Kids fishing day today during the event, introducing an incredible 600 kids to fishing and entertaining them for several hours with a trout pond, games, casting lessons, and free equipment.
AIM’s next event is out of Lorain, Ohio, on Lake Erie, out of the Black River Landing and Black River Wharf June 28th through the 30th. There are still open sports in the event!