Lindsays struggle at FFCBC

One of the toughest feats in any sport is to repeat as champions and capture back-to-back titles.
In the 12 year history of the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, only two teams have ever managed to repeat as champions in consecutive years.
Jim Moynagh and Joe Thrun were the first team to accomplish the improbable task when they captured the title in both 1998 and 1999.
James and Bill Lindner later replicated the achievement with wins in 2003 and 2004.
This year it was Dave and Lee Lindsay’s turn to defend the title they had worked so hard to win a year earlier.
However, the team of anglers from Sioux Narrows quickly discovered that while winning the title is one thing, defending it is quite another.
The Lindsays stumbled out of the gate Thursday catching a meager 5.82 pound bag on the opening day of the tournament, essentially eliminating any hope of defending their crown.
Things improved somewhat for the beleaguered team over the final two days of fishing, but when all was said and done the Lindsays had managed a three-day total weight of only 30.82 pounds—good for 103rd place.
Afterwards, Dave and Lee Lindsay were left contemplating what had gone wrong.
“It definitely was a tough tournament for us this year,” Dave Lindsay said shortly after new champions Mark Libitka and Dave Bennett had hoisted the FFCBC trophy.
“I was just in the wrong place. That just happens. It’s fishing.”
According to Dave Lindsay, the problems began in the days leading up to the tournament.
During his pre-fishing, he had struggled to locate spots that might yield the type of bass necessary to compete for another title.
Things appeared to take a turn for the better when on the last day of pre-fishing Dave Lindsay located six spots with fish that “were going big time.”
However, the bass moved on the defending champions during the mandated “no fishing day” between the last day of pre-fishing and the first day of the tournament.
When the Lindsays returned to their six spots Thursday morning, there wasn’t a bass to be found.
“I knew we were in trouble,” Dave Lindsay said. “We started to scramble and look for some new fish.”
By then however time was running out on Day One.
“We didn’t know what was going on until the day was half over,” Lee Lindsay added.
The Lindsays weren’t able to find the fish they needed as they scrambled around Rainy Lake looking to increase the weight of their bag.
They returned to the Sorting Gap Marina at the end of Day One with what turned out to be sixth-lightest catch of the day and the rest as they say was history.
Finishing in 103rd place meant not only unable to repeat as champions but they also missed the cut to retain their automatic berth into next year’s tournament.
Instead, the former champions will now have to enter the lottery and hope they have better luck than they did on the water this year.
Given the circumstances, one might have expected to find both Lindsays in an ornery mood following the tournament.
However, both anglers were far from upset by the cards they’d been dealt.
“We had a good time,” Lee Lindsay said.
“We didn’t make any money but there are more important things than that,” he added. “Right now it’s kind of hard to see it, but there is.”
For Dave Lindsay, the sting of defeat was greatly assuaged by the fact he had the opportunity to fish with his father.
“No matter how we did, and it’s always nice to do well, the best thing of all is just having my Dad out there with me and enjoying the whole thing.”