Want to know the easiest way to help out the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship? Fill out a survey.
At least that’s the way bass committee chair Rebecca Spencer sees it as both spectators and anglers are once again encouraged to fill out a special survey available at the Sorting Gap this week.
“Someone who agrees to fill out the survey should do it for the same reason any volunteer volunteers—to help out both the tournament and the community,” she said yesterday.
The survey, similar to one conducted the past two years, is designed to find out as much as possible about both those who fish in, and those who merely visit, the annual bass tourney.
“We ask spectators questions such as ‘Where are you from?’; ‘Is this your first time here?’; ‘How did you get here?’; ‘How did you hear about the tournament?’; ‘How big is your group?’ and ‘What are your accommodations?’” said Jeanette Cawston of the Rainy River Future Development Corp., which is compiling the survey stats this year.
“With the anglers, we not only want to know about what their accommodations and other expenditures are when they’re here, but also where they pre-fished, whether they liked the change in dates, the number of times they’ve revisited the district since fishing in the tournament, and whether they think they’ll be back next year,” she added.
“If we can find out all these numbers, that’s a powerful tool in helping build an even better tournament,” said Spencer, as she explained the importance of such data to the future of the contest.
Cawston stressed that while the RRFDC has carried out such studies twice before, this year it was at the request of the FFCBC committee, and not the Fort Frances Economic Development Committee.
“The bass committee wanted the information themselves—they had found it very valuable So, they approached the RRFDC and we agreed to compile all the information and its impact on Fort Frances and the Rainy River district,” she mentioned.
The anonymous survey will be randomly given out during this week’s event at the Sorting Gap Marina.