The fourth-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is still more than 10 months away but already it’s attracted two dozen teams more than it can hold.
The three-day tournament, which attracted 104 two-person teams this year, has received 149 entries for next July’s event.
But only 125 entries will be accepted (with five additional teams placed on a waiting list).
Teams were accepted on a “first-come, first-serve basis,” with those teams that had fished in at least one of the three previous tournaments given first priority over new ones.
Doug Cain, who has been part of the tournament since its inception in 1995, said most of the new teams are local anglers and from Minneapolis.
“Our best advertising comes from people who have fished the tournament before,” he said, adding the tournament committee has no plans of extending the maximum number of teams past 125.
“We haven’t even run the tournament with 125 teams," he stressed. "So right now, it doesn’t make any sense to extend the number to 140 or 150 teams.”
If they get the full field of 125 teams, next year’s top prize will be $25,000 in cash.
This year’s winners, Dave and Norm Lindsay of Sioux Lookout, earned $21,000 while Randy Amenrud and Gary Lake took home $16,000 for winning in 1996.
The Lindsays, who also won the inaugural derby in 1995, earned $11,000 for coming first that year.