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Fishing tourney sign-up deadlines nearing

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It may seem a bit early to be thinking about the spring fishing season already, but local tournaments need to set their fields well in advance.

As such, registration deadlines for both the Emo Walleye Classic and Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship are fast approaching.

The EWC deadline is set for Saturday, Nov. 15, when the top 50 teams from the 2008 tournament must have their registration form and $300 deposit in to Colleen Vennechenko in order to hold their spot for next May.

The remaining 15 teams, or new entries, must have their forms and $300 deposit in my Nov. 15, too.

Positioning then will be determined through a draw during “Holly Daze” on Nov. 29.

“Registration is coming in well,” Vennechenko said. “I’m hoping we’ll get our 65 teams this year, had 63 last year, and teams can contact me to ensure themselves a spot.”

Vennechenko can be reached at 482-1811.

Meanwhile, the FFCBC had its initial deadline pass but plans to set an additional one down the road to attract more teams.

Ninety-seven of the qualifying teams are back in while 12 from the waiting list also have been assigned positions for next July’s event.

The tournament had a goal of 150 teams for its 15th year, which FFCBC chairman Tom Fry believes is attainable.

“We’ve got to get on the horn and talk to some of these guys,” Fry stressed. “Things have changed considerably with gas prices and those things, so we are kind of hoping that now that it has eased off a little, we’ll be able to convince teams to come back.

“Cost was one of the big issues, and that is considerably less now,” he added.

The fee is $1,000 per team, and the prizeboard boasts $127,500 in winnings (an 85 percent payback).

The tournament, scheduled for July 23-25, 2009, had 123 entries this year.

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