Morson bass tourney shaping up

It is bass bustin’ time in Morson!
Morson Bass International (MBI) chairman Tony Gill said that things are
going really good for the 2nd Annual MBI, scheduled for Aug. 19-20.
The MBI has underwent some big changes this year most notably is the
resizing of the event from a three day fishing tournament to two days.
“The feeling was that a lot of anglers could not afford the three days. Cost for gas and taking an extra day off work made it tough. So we went to two days on the weekend and hope to attract more entries this year,” said Gill
yesterday.
Last year, the event had 32 entries with hopes for 75. Gill is optimistic
that they will have more than that this year. If they get 75, the top prize
will be $7,000.
Another big change this year will be where anglers are allowed to fish.
“We
have opened up the boundaries to the next boundary line. Anglers can now go
around the Aulneau Peninsula up to White Fish Bay,” explained Gill.
However, they can not use Turtle Portage to cross, “They are not allowed to set foot on land during fishing hours,” said Gill.
The tournament’s is also on a different weekend than the inaugural one last
year.
“We had ours on the same weekend as International Falls last year and
hoped by moving it this year we would attract some more anglers that fished
the Falls,” said Gill. So the MBI is a week earlier this year.
The big tent, used in the fishing tournaments in Rainy River and Fort Frances will return again, being set up just across from the Government Dock in Morson.
It will be the hub of all activities including not only the tournament but
the 27th-annual Morson W.I. Craft Show, a silent auction, Yowza
entertainment on Saturday night, a fish fry, concessions, pancake breakfasts and of course the weigh-ins at 3 p.m. both days to be followed by the prize
presentations at 5:30 on Sunday.
Kids will also have lots to do during tournament hours. A kids’ tournament
will be held on Government Dock Saturday for kids 14 and under. There will
also be Lake of the Woods fire department members on-site to give tours of the fire truck and the OPP jet boat will be there.
Another new addition this year to the tournament is professional bass
tournament emcee Paul Morrison. “He has done Bassin’ For Bucks in Sioux
Narrows and the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship,” said Gill who
looks forward to the emcee getting the crowd pumped.
To date, there have been about a dozen teams enter and Gill said he expects that number to jump dramatically over the next week. Teams can register right up until he rules meeting Aug. 18 at 6 p.m.
The entry fee is $500 and if teams want to enter between now and the 18th, they can call Gill at
488-5673 or Cindy Miller at 488-5905

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