FFCBC kicks off without a hitch

By Justin Holmes
Fort Frances Times

All 137 teams vying for the $50,000 first prize in the annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship roared out across Sand Bay without incident this morning starting at 7 a.m.
“The quote of the day [from the anglers] was ‘tired but wired,’” noted Doug Cain, director of angler registrations for the FFCBC, who added the morning “went awesome.”
“Every boat was in the water by 8 o’clock,” he remarked.
The exodus onto Rainy Lake was led by defending champs Mark Libitka of Kenora and Dave Bennett of Sioux Narrows.
The Day One launch once again drew a large crowd of families, friends, and fans to the Pither’s Point dock. Boats started to pull up by the dock an hour before the first flight left.
The anglers—some of whom have travelled from as far away as California, Texas, and Pennsylvania—have been in town for several days pre-fishing the lake so as to be in prime condition for the three-day tournament.
Today’s weigh-in, as well as for Day Two tomorrow, get underway at 3:30 p.m. under the tent at the Sorting Gap Marina, with the final weigh-in Saturday starting at 2:30 p.m.