Come on down

The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship doesn’t hit the water until tomorrow morning, but the hype and excitement surrounding the 12th-annual event has been building steadily for the past week.
Top on the minds of anglers and spectators alike is whether another Lindsay name will be inscribed on the trophy come Saturday afternoon, or perhaps a Lindner? Or will another Fort Frances team follow in the footsteps of Denis Barnard and Clint Barton, as well as the Ballan brothers?
The anglers, renowned for their “tales,” typically are being coy about their pre-fishing success, with some saying they couldn’t find the “big ones” while others predicted 60 pounds will earn the FFCBC title this year.
That could be. With our early spring and hot summer, it’s said that the bass are three weeks ahead of their normal cycle, meaning they should be that much bigger as they fatten up for the winter after the spawn.
On the other hand, they may be tougher to catch. They’re definitely in deeper water than FFCBC anglers are used to, and an abundance of baitfish in Rainy Lake this year may mean the bass are much more selective in what they’ll strike at.
Whatever the case, it should make for some thrilling moments during all three weigh-ins, which get underway at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow and Friday, and then at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina.
But while the fishing is front and centre, naturally, organizers once again have worked hard to make the FFCBC a community festival, with something for all ages and interests. A free folk concert was held Sunday afternoon and “Fish or No Fish” on Monday night drew a good crowd for being a first-time event.
Then, as usual, 2,000 people crammed under the tent last night to enjoy “Kiddie Quest” and “Quest for the Best.”
And much more is planned in the days ahead, starting with the ever-popular parade of boats at 5 p.m. today. A hypnotist will perform later tonight, with the “Sensational Hot Rods,” a Rod Stewart tribute concert, and “Straw Dogs” rocking the tent on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, respectively.
As well, the Budweiser “Big Red Rig,” featuring NASCAR and arm-chair quarterback simulations, as well as a music lounge, is sure to attract a lot of attention in its first appearance at the FFCBC.
For the youngsters, numerous activities are being held at “Daytime Land,” as well as the paddleboat fishing tournament on Friday and Saturday mornings. And after everyone’s worked up an appetite, there’s Domino’s “wing night” on Thursday, the Sunset Country Métis fish fry on Friday, and then the “world famous” Kiwanis steak fry on Saturday.
Yes, “Bass Week” is off to a great start—and it promises to only get better. Come on down to the big tent for all the fun!