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Benson claims Mack Days title

Some guys have all the luck.

Though he already had the 2010 Fall Mack Days’ title wrapped up, Hot Springs angler Mike Benson continued to fish through the final weekend and continued to find the fish.

Benson hit the 50-fish limit two days to improve his winning 12-day average to 48.75. He was followed by Scott Bombard (38.83), Wes Shockley (38.5), Roger Dilts (37.91) and David McDaniels (37.66).

Brandt Hammernick , who finished in seventh, caught his 50-fish limit all three days. McDaniels, Marty Noyd reached the limit twice and Bombard and Dilts reached in once. The 50-fish limit was reached 36 times in the seven-weekend event.

Anglers turned in 2,683 lake trout in the final weekend making it the second largest week of the event and brought the final tally to 14, 351.

Nicole Peters won the lady anglers with 219. She was followed by Susanne Albrecht (142) and Cindy Upwell (102). Former champion Stephen Naethe, who finished in sixth in the top angler division, won the youth division.

Mack Days is sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and is used by a tool by fisheries managers to bring a balance to the fishery of the lake by increasing numbers of native westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout and slowly decreasing the numbers of the non-native lake trout.

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