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Benson team wins fourth annual Gary Newell walleye tournament

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Jay and Jack Benson took first place Saturday in the fourth annual Gary Newell Memorial Eagles Walleye Tournament on lakes Bemidji and Irving.

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Fishing was good as 150 anglers caught 260 walleyes and released alive 257 fish to fight another day. Forty boats brought in a limit of five fish.

The Bensons had a total of 16.30 pounds, edging out runnersup Larry Eichstad and John Church with 16.03 pounds. Eichstad and Church also took big fish honors with a 6.92-pound lunker.

The results:

1. Jay Benson-Jack Benson 16.30

2. Larry Eichstadt-Jon Church 16.03

3. John Haugstad-Bill Kane 14.92

4. Leonard Newell-Andy Folkers 14.50

5. Tim Vigen-Jonny Zastro 13.73

6. Brian Hendricks-Bill Nelson 13.09

7. Jack Greengo-Ken Newman 13.07

8. R. Whittington-R. Whittington 13.05

9. Al Kendall-Jim Cambell 12.90

10. Randall Peterson-Tom Peterson 12.82

11. Brian Davis-Randy Tisdell 12.75

12. Donny Wilcox-Nick Von Holdt 12.67

13. Kelly Hanson-Dave Hanson 12.60

14. Tim Henrichs-Ernie Heifert 12.58

15. Dan Ahlquist-Joe Ahlquist 12.42

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