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Bass draw to air tonight

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The draw for the final 40 openings in the 2002 Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship will take place tonight live on Channel 11, with 106 teams vying for the coveted spots.

The new “double-dip” option, introduced this year to allow both anglers to put their names in the draw, was used by about 60 percent of the teams, said Linda Plumridge, director of angler services for the FFCBC.

The draw will air at 7 p.m. after an hour-long highlights package from this past July’s event starting at 6.

New FFCBC chairman Gary Rogozinski and outgoing chair Rebecca Webb will be on hand for the draw. All names will be drawn, with those after the first 40 forming the waiting list.

Plumridge said anglers should be contacted by the end of the week whether they accept or reject their drawn positions.

Three teams who were top 10 finishers in 2000 but didn’t make the cut this year--Jimmy Bell/Ted Krause, Denny Nelson/David Smith, and Dave West/Tom Zenanko--will all be in tonight’s draw.

Kenora’s Gord Pyzer, who had boat problems before the Day Two launch this year, also will be in the draw.

But some local anglers won’t be in the draw, including the ever-popular “Woody” Woods of Ranier, Mn., who had fished the FFCBC since its inception in 1995.

The team of Rod McLeod and Randy Kirk also will be missing, saying they’re taking the year off in 2002.

While the boats won’t be launching from the Sorting Gap for another nine months, Plumridge said the draw always garners a lot of interest from both anglers and spectators.

“There will be a lot of people who watch the draw,” she said. “If I were at home, I might pay a little attention to it. People are curious about it.”

Of note, the top 90 teams from this year’s FFCBC all sent their applications in to compete next year before the Sept. 30 deadline.

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