In just its third season, the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is fast becoming one of the most recognizable bass tournaments in both Canada and the U.S.
And that profile was given an even bigger boast last weekend when the “In-Fisherman” TV show decided to tape the weekend’s action out on Rainy Lake.
A cameraman accompanied the media boat and taped footage for all three days of the tournament, studying many of the anglers’ techniques and the spots they fished.
Several teams also were interviewed, giving their insight as to exactly why they choose to fish the major cash tournaments like the one right here in Fort Frances.
“What we want to do for one of our shows is to show how organized events and tournaments effect the [fishing] industry,” explained Al Lindner, the show’s host.
“There are approximately 50,000 tournaments like these in North America each year, and they keep on growing,” he noted.
Lindner said the show, slated to air as the first one of the season in January, will show the different types of tournaments—from pro-ams to partner tourneys (like the one here and those in which partners are paired together after a random draw)—as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each.
“These tournaments where you pick your partner are the most fun," he admitted. "The ones where you draw for a partner sometimes aren’t as enjoyable because you have to flip to see who will work the motor and for [favourite] spots.”
Lindner noted pro-am tournaments are most beneficial to the amateur, who can learn a “great deal" from the pros at a "minimal cost.”
The show also will demonstrate the financial impact these tournaments have.
“We’ll show the tremendous impact [tournaments] have on consumers, who may not fish in tournaments but buy all the rods, reels and lures,” Lindner explained.
As for the FFCBC, the taping allows it the added exposure of being on one of the most-watched fishing TV shows in North America, said Trevor Szmon, tournament director of media relations.
“It’s exposure you can’t purchase," he remarked. ”We’re more than happy to have them allow us that exposure, and from a tournament perspective, we try to accommodate them as much as possible.
“We try to have a real good relationship with [‘In-Fisherman’],” Szmon added.