Back where it belongs

Mother Nature certainly didn’t play along but it was great to see the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship back where it belongs—under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina.
The storm that rolled through Thursday put a damper on the “Comedy Night” staged by the Fort Frances Curling Club while it was downright cold for the performers and audience alike during “Quest for the Best” on Friday night.
But despite sweatshirts, coats, and hats being the fashion statement at the weigh-ins this year, rather than the usual shorts and T-shirts, the crowds still came out to cheer on the anglers—creating an atmosphere the Memorial Sports Centre never could match during the three years the tournament was held there.
The bass committee really had little choice when it opted to change venues back in 2010, citing a shortage of funds and helping hands as the main reason for the move. Now that the FFCBC has returned to the waterfront, let’s hope community support enables it to remain there for years to come.
There’s no question the bass tournament has seen better days. Fewer than 90 teams took part this year and events like the “KidPro” tournament and boat parade were dropped. And with Gord Watson stepping down as chairman, someone needs to take the helm if the FFCBC is to live to see its 20th anniversary next July.
But judging by the anglers’ comments, the FFCBC remains a highlight on the tournament circuit everyone wants to win—badly. And those who braved the inclement conditions showed how important the bass tournament is to the fabric of our community.
After 19 years, the FFCBC is synonymous with Fort Frances—showcasing Rainy Lake as a first-class bass fishery and the Sorting Gap Marina as a top-notch community asset. We simply must keep it going.
None of this happens by magic, however. Kudos to the organizers, volunteers, and sponsors for staging an event like the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship year in and year out.
Your efforts are valuable beyond words and much appreciated.