Branden and Darwin Lunski win Scheels Boundary Battle Catfish Tournament on Red River

The Lunski team's winning weight was the largest total ever tallied in the two-day tournament.

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The team of Branden Lunski (left) and Darwin Lunski pose with their hardware Sunday, June 26, 2022, after winning the Scheels Boundary Battle Catfish Tournament.
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GRAND FORKS – The team of Darwin Lunski and Branden Lunski weighed in 75.19 pounds of catfish to win the Scheels Boundary Battle Catfish Tournament, held Saturday and Sunday on the Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

The Lunski duo weighed in a 21.81-pound catfish Saturday to boost their total, the largest weight ever recorded for the event, tournament director Brad Durick said. Teams could weigh in three catfish daily – two fish larger than 24 inches and one “slot fish” less than 24 inches.

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Rounding out the top five teams and their two-day totals were:

  • Second: Justin Kahl and Kyle Voeller, 72.34 pounds.
  • Third: Nate Erickson and Andrew Rice, 71.14 pounds. Erickson and Rice also had the heaviest weight after day one with 38.29 pounds.
  • Fourth: Zac Bernier and Nick Michael, 70.67 pounds. The team had the heaviest total for day two, weighing in 40.16 pounds with two catfish weighing 18.98 pounds and 21.18 pounds. They did not weigh in a slot fish Sunday.
  • Fifth: Charlie Engen and Austin Engen, 70.19 pounds.

Other statistics of note:

  • Largest catfish day 1: 21.18 pounds, Darwin and Branden Lunski.
  • Largest catfish day 2: 21.2 pounds, Andre Fortune and Mike Peterson, who placed 12th in the tournament.
  • Largest slot fish day 1: 5.76 pounds, Chris Rood and Tony Weber.
  • Largest slot fish day 2: 5.47 pounds, Rob Raymond and Kent Hollands.

A total of 50, two-person teams signed up to fish the tournament. Anglers weighed in 2,899.79 pounds of catfish during the two-day event.


Brad Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1998.

Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics.

Reach him at, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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