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By total weight

1. Larry Barrow, Lincoln, Neb., and Michael Horken, East Grand Forks, 89 pounds, 10 fish, $4,000.

2. Marv Feltman, Grand Forks and Shane Feltman, Grand Forks, 73.81 pounds, 10 fish, $2,500.3. Mark Hartman, Belle Plaine, Minn. and Dean Opatz, Jordan, Minn., 72.16 pounds, 10 fish, $2,000.

4. Todd Skyberg, Bemidji and Jim Corbid, East Grand Forks, 71.02 pounds, 10 fish, $1,000.

5. Todd Benson, Grand Forks and Greg Sand, Andover, Minn., 70.38 pounds, 10 fish, $750.

6. Dave Clement, East Grand Forks and Casey Clement, East Grand Forks, 67.41 pounds, 10 fish, $650.

7. Larry Yowell, Kirksville, Mo. and Jimmy Yowell, Chillicothe, Mo., 64.98 pounds, 9 fish, $550. Kris Newman, Grand Forks and Brian Stennes, Grand Forks, 63.79 pounds, 9 fish, $500.

9. Lynn Dalen, Grand Forks and Don Oster, Grand Forks, 63.78 pounds, 7 fish, $450.

10. Gary Mounce, Nebraska City, Neb., and Bonnie Mounce, Nebraska City, Neb., 62.88 pounds, 9 fish, $400.

11. Phillip Jeffery, East Grand Forks and Jason Kalt, East Grand Forks, 60.93 pounds, 9 fish, $350.

12. Raymond Lee, Grand Forks and Eric Thompson, East Grand Forks, 60.51 pounds, 10 fish, $300.

13. James Benson, East Grand Forks and Brian Rud, Grand Forks, 59.63 pounds, 6 fish, $275.

14. David West, Warren, Minn., and Joshua West, Warren, Minn., 59.52 pounds, 8 fish, $250.

15. Darrell Carter, Jefferson, S.D. and Matthew Carter, Jefferson, S.D., 59.01 pounds, 10 fish, $200.

16. Darrell Utzinger, East Grand Forks and Jeff Twomey, St. Paul, 58.98 pounds, 8 fish, $200.

17. Scott Enright, East Grand Forks and Terry Hecht, East Grand Forks, 58.77 pounds, 8 fish, $200.

18. Greg Nordrum, Grand Forks and Jamie Lembke, Grand Forks, 58.61 pounds, 9 fish, $200.

19. Mike Clement, Grand Forks and Norm Block, Lincoln, Neb., 57.61 pounds, 10 fish, $200.

20. Michael Hedlund, East Grand Forks and Paul Hedlund, Maple Grove, Minn., 57.07 pounds, 10 fish, $200.

21. Brian Nelson, East Grand Forks and Jim Rood, Grand Forks, 55.52 pounds, 7 fish, $200.

22. Rob Horken, East Grand Forks and Greg Stennes, East Grand Forks, 55.51 pounds, 8 fish, $200.

23. Michael Bruggeman, Erskine, Minn., and Andrew Bruggeman, Erskine, Minn., 55.45 pounds, 8 fish, $200.

24. Tom Walters, Nebraska City, Neb., and Roger Rice, Nebraska City, Neb., 55.27 pounds, 7 fish, $200.

25. Merle Hoverson, East Grand Forks and Jeff Zak, East Grand Forks, 54.79 pounds, 10 fish, $200.

26. Jesse Weber, East Grand Forks and Troy Weber, East Grand Forks, 54.70 pounds, 10 fish, $150.

27. Bradley Nelson, Drayton, N.D. and David L Nelson, Moorhead, 54.34 pounds, 7 fish, $150.

28. Bethany Bolles, Grand Forks and John Gallagher, Grand Forks, 53.95 pounds, 10 fish, $150.

29. Jim Minion, Henning, Minn., and Scott Bultman, Fulda, Minn., 53.76 pounds, 10 fish, $125.30. Larry Dorsch, Auburn, Neb. and Tim Hager, Auburn, Neb., 53.70 pounds, 8 fish, $125.

31. Ken Cremers, Grand Forks and Greg Cremers, East Grand Forks, 53.58 pounds, 10 fish, $125.

32. Kolby Hollands, Grand Forks and Kent Hollands, Grand Forks, 53.17 pounds, 10 fish, $100.

33. Richard G Pratt, Lincoln, Neb. and Patrick Boley, Lincoln, Neb., 53.11 pounds, 7 fish, $100.

34. Perry Gagnon, Grand Forks and Alfred Gagnon, Grand Forks,53.09 pounds, 5 fish, $100.

35. Ole Nowatzki, Langdon, N.D. and Darrin Abernathey, Grand Forks, 52.89 pounds, 8 fish, $50.

'Big Bud' winners

• Heaviest Fish: 24.99 pounds, caught on Saturday by Lynn Dalen & Don Oster, both of Grand Forks, ND. They broke the tournament record of 23.02 pounds, set in 2001 by Jim Benson and Brian Rud. Dalen & Oster were awarded $1,000 cash, courtesy of Dakota Sales Company (Budweiser & Bud Light).

• 2nd Heaviest Fish: 20.28 pounds, caught on Sunday by Larry Barrow (Lincoln NE) and Michael Horken (East Grand Forks). They were awarded $500 cash, courtesy of Dakota Sales Company (Budweiser & Bud Light).

Ed "Backwater Eddy" Carlson

Backwater Guiding "ED on the RED"
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