Lindner trying to launch into history books

A good crowd was on hand at the government dock on Sand Bay this morning to watch the launch of the 2005 Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.
Skies were clear but conditions were windy, which caused some of the 136 teams vying for the $50,000 first prize to grimace.
Most eyes were focused on James Lindner (Team #1), who is trying to become the first angler to win the FFCBC three times in a row.
But he’ll have to accomplish that feat without his brother, Bill, who is missing this year’s tournament to be with his wife as they expect the birth of their first child any day now.
Lindner’s partner this year is Mike Hehner, who works at Bill’s photography company in Minneapolis.
Norm Lindsay has three FFCBC crowns to his credit, having won with his brother, Dave, in 1995 and 1997, and then again in 2002 with partner Jess Swenson.
Jim Moynagh and Joe Thrun are the only other team to have back-to-back FFCBC titles under their belts, topping the field in both 1998 and 1999 before finishing second in 2000 to local anglers Denis Barnard and Clint Barton.
Most of the teams headed towards the North Arm this morning, with only four of the 24-boat first flight going to the South Arm, noted Doug Cain, chairman of this year’s tournament.
“All these guys have a plan. They know where they want to be and when they want to be [there],” added Cain. “It was interesting to see that most of them went to the North Arm.”
The weigh-ins for Day One and Day Two get underway at 3:30 p.m. under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina, with the final weigh-in starting at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Cain said it should be interesting to see what kind of weights are brought in.
“Get down early [to the Sorting Gap] to get a good seat,” he warned.