Duo finally captures FFCBC title

By Lucas Punkari
Fort Frances Times Ltd.

After an 16-year quest that had seen its share of heartaches over the years, Mark Raveling and Mike Luhman finally have done it.
With a three-day total weight of 55.06 pounds, the three-time runner-ups at the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship finally were able to hoist the trophy late Saturday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena after being crowned the 2012 winners.

FFCBC returning for 2012 season

November 21, 2011
Gord Watson, Chairperson of the 2011 Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship (FFCBC), is pleased to announce that the 2011 Tournament returned the Rainy River District’s premier fishing event into the black.    

“We understand the importance of the Tournament to both the residents and the tourism strategy for the Town of Fort Frances and wanted to be sure that our event was both successful for the anglers, and that we lived within our means,” said Gord Watson.  “I am happy that the Tournament enters 2012 in the black.”

Ward, Good in first place after Day 1

By Lucas Punkari
Fort Frances Times Ltd.

    An increase in wind speed from pre-fishing earlier in the week played havoc for many of the anglers on Rainy Lake during Day 1 of the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship yesterday.
    But for the local team of Darren Ward and Sean Good, the condition changes ended up playing right into their favour as they jumped to the top of the table following the first day of fishing, with their five bass weighing in at 19.61 pounds.

Rookie tops at ‘Quest’

Zoey Duncan
Fort Frances Times Ltd.

An explosive vocal duel between Charity Alverson and Brittany Hayes put the exclamation mark on an evening packed with musical artistry during the annual “Quest for the Best” singing competition last night.
The pair captured first place in the “Novices” and “Veterans” sets, respectively, before they took on Queen’s exuberant “Don’t Stop Me Now” in the inaugural battle round at “Quest.”

Anglers hit the water as FFCBC starts

A total of 95 boats launched from the government dock at Pither’s Point this morning to begin their quest for the 17th-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship crown.
As the anglers waited to go on the water at the Sorting Gap Marina, both newcomers and seasoned FFCBC competitors alike were feeling exactly the same.

FFCBC chair stressing back-to-basics approach

February 9, 2011.
By Lucas Punkari, Staff writer - Fort Frances Times

With the 2011 edition of the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship edging ever closer, new chairman Gord Watson is looking to return the event to its roots.
Watson, who took over the reins from Tom Fry back in October, has been working hard with the rest of the committee over the last few months to set up this year’s event, which will run July 17-23.

Open House Set for this Thursday

The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship will be hosting an Open House Thursday February 3 at La Place Rendezvous.  The Tournament now has over 65 teams registered for the 2011 Tournament Days.

The new directors and team of this year’s tournament look forward to meeting and discussing the many changes that are being introduced in this year’s format.

Tournament Format and Payout Tweaked

November 11, 2010.
In response to suggestions from previous competitors changes have been made to the 2011 Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship (FFCBC) format and prize board.

The field is capped at 120 teams. The entry fee remains $1,000.00 per team and the prize board pays out 85% of the total entries. That means that at a full field of 120 teams the total cash payout will be $102,000.00.

Day One and Day Two will payout for Big Fish and top three catches. Day One and Day Two will each pay out $4,500.00.

Anglers Get Seat on board

November 9, 2010.
Gord Watson, chairman of Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship (FFCBC), announced the appointment of Paul Jewiss as Anglers’ Representative on the FFCBC Board of Directors. The newly created position brings a formal angler voice to the board table with full voting rights. Jewiss will establish an Angler Advisory Committee that will encompass a cross-section of tournament competitors. Jewiss will be fishing in his 11th FFCBC in 2011 and competes in other regional tournaments.

Tournament Rewards Early Entrants

November 4, 2010.
Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship (FFCBC) will offer an early bird prize to teams that enter the 2011 tournament by December 20, 2010.

Every team that enters by the deadline will be entered in a draw for a free entry to the 2012 event.

The draw will take place on December 24, 2010.

Anglers can find an entry form on line at Anglers have option of printing off an  entry form and mailing it in, faxing it in or dropping it off at The Great Bear and at the Fort Frances Times office.

Tournament to adopt new format

November 2, 2010.
The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship (FFCBC) will adopt a new format for 2011. Gord Watson, the incoming chairman, recognized that some changes had to be made when he assumed the chair. He knew that he had to start by increasing angler participation. Last year, in 2010, 106 teams participated. That was a 13-year low in the sixteen year history of the tournament. He picked up the phone and started talking with anglers. He also closely examined a feedback and suggestion survey of about 30 anglers that was conducted after the 2010 tournament.

Future of Tournament in Jeopardy

October 13, 2010.  The future of the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, the most recognizable community festival in the district, depends on securing a new chairperson for the event. Tom Fry, who has served a chairman for the past three years, is retiring. Fry has been an active volunteer and part of the tournament since its beginnings in 1995.

At this point, despite approaching many individuals, advertising on radio and in the paper, no replacement has come forward.

Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship creates new prizes for teams entered in the 2010 tournament

Fort Frances April 27, 2010   To attract more first time teams, the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship has created new prizes for the 2010 tournament. Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship chairman Tom Fry today announced significant changes to the prize board of this year’s championship.  The prize board with 125 teams entered will total $107,500 with the first first place prize amounting to $25,000.

The early bird draw of $1000 for those teams who paid their full registration prior to November 2009 will take place at the rules meeting on Tuesday night July 20.

Lund Boats renews partnership with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship

Ryan Sproule, special events coordinator on behalf of Lund Boats Canada, announced that Lund Boats had renewed their partnership and sponsorship of the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.

“This marks the 16th year of our partnership in the Fort Frances tournament,” noted Sproule.  “Since its inception in 1995, Lund Boats and Pinewood Sports, the Lund Dealer in Fort Frances, have been important major sponsors supporting this community event.”

2010 Tournament Information

The new and returning directors in place for 2010 have decided to proceed with a 2010 event, only if all the director vacancies are filled.

Preleminary Plans for 2010 include:

1. Moving weigh-ins and evening entertainment to Memorial Sports Centre
2. Capping the 2010 field at 125 teams
3. $1000 early bird draw prize for teams paid in full by early bird deadline. The draw will be held at the 2010 rules meeting