Children got a “reel" chance to hook on to some great fishing advice Friday morning during the first "Kids’ Pathway to Fishing” seminar under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina.
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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.
The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is definitely making a name for itself in the fishing world. And in the eyes of the anglers, it’s one of the best bass tournaments around.
But what is it that sets this derby apart from the others? According to Phil Killeen of Winnipeg, it’s not just the quest for prize money that lures anglers here.
“Anyone in the top 20 can win this tournament tomorrow,” Dave Lindsay said during Saturday afternoon’s weigh-in at the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.
“I hate to be in first place for the first two days of fishing.”
The Ministry of Natural Resources reported a “significant” increase in the average weight of the 492 bass caught and tagged during this year’s Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.
Darryl McLeod, area biologist with the MNR here, said they found the average weight of this year’s bass hauled in by the anglers to be 2.5 pounds (15.5").
While the other twosomes carried their fish across the stage to be weighed Sunday afternoon, the teams of Dave and Norm Lindsay, Frank and Terry McClymont, Mike Salvador and Ken Wright, Gary Lake and Randy Amenrud, and Rick Savage and Steven Green waited on the dock.
Eadie Stephenson of Winnipeg needed a playoff hole to beat local golfer Carol Livingston by one stroke at the annual ladies tournament Saturday at Kitchen Creek.
Both carded 77 after 18 holes, setting the stage for Stephenson’s victory on the first sudden-death playoff hole. She managed to par the 10th hole while Livingston took a bogey five.
The Sunset Merchants finished out of playoff contention at the Intermediate ‘A’ fastball championship last weekend in Steinbach, Man., winding up with a 2-2 record.
The Merchants, representing the Rainy River District Fastball League, won the provincial crown last season after finishing the tournament with a perfect 8-0 record.
Emo Speedway promoter Sonny Ferris admitted they have experienced attendance problems this season, forcing him to slice drivers’ payouts.
With an average decrease of “around 75 to 100” spectators each Friday night of racing, Ferris was forced to slice the top payout to the drivers in each division in order to ensure the track finishes in the black this season.