FFCBC tweaks its format, prize board

Press Release

In response to suggestions from previous competitors, some changes have been made to the 2011 Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship format and prize board.
The field is capped at 120 teams. The entry fee remains $1,000 per team and the prize board pays out 85 percent of the total entries.
That means at a full field of 120 teams, the total cash payout will be $102,000.
Day 1 and Day 2 will pay out for the big fish and top three catches (totalling $4,500 each day).
On Day 3, the field will be divided into three divisions, with teams ranked by their combined Day 1 and Day 2 weights.
The top 10 finishers after Day 2 will make up the Day 3 Championship Division, and will carry their Day 1 and Day 2 weights forward to declare a cumulative champion.
The Championship Division will payout all 10 anglers, with the Day 3 payout being $59,150.00.
The champs will earn $20,000 while the team finishing in 10th place is guaranteed $2,100.
The balance of the field will be divided into two divisions for Day 3. In both of these divisions, teams will start Day 3 with zero weight.
In the second division, 55 teams ranked from 11th through 65 after Day 2 will compete for cash prizes totalling $20,000.
The first-place team in the second division will earn $5,000, with cash prizes also going to the next nine finishers.
In the third division, 55 teams ranked from 66th through 120 after Day 2 will compete for cash prizes totalling $8,600.
The top six finishers in the third division will be receive cash prizes, with the first-place team earning $2,500.
All teams will compete for the Day 3 big fish prize of $750 and Day 3 big catch prize of $1,500.
Prizes of $1,000 also will be awarded, on a cumulative basis, to the top finishing Lund/Mercury team, as well as the top MotorGuide team.
The top finishing rookie team wins an entry into the 2012 tournament. A 2012 rookie team is one of which both members cannot have competed in 2008, 2009, or 2010.
Every team that registers by Dec. 20 will be entered in an early-bird draw for a free entry to the 2012 event.
The early-bird draw will take place Dec. 24.
Anglers can find an entry form online at www.canadianbass.com
Anglers have option of printing off an entry form and mailing it in, faxing it in, or dropping it off at either The Great Bear or at the Fort Frances Times office.
New this year is the option of entering online. Anglers can go to the FFCBC website and enter by completing and submitting the online entry form.
Entries are being accepted on a first-paid, first-in basis. Team numbers will be assigned in the order that a deposit is received.
A $250 deposit is required to be assigned a team number.
The entry must be paid in full by April 30, 2011.