New champions for 2005 as defending team loses member

The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship will crown a new winning team in 2005.

James Lindner, captain of the 2004 defending team announced earlier this week that his partner and brother Bill Lindner will be unable to participate in this year’s event. Bill and his wife Katherine, are expecting their first child during the week of the Bass Tournament. “He wanted to come, but I didn’t think he’d be able to keep his mind on fishing,” James chuckled. Bill will be replaced by Mike Hehner on the number one team this year.

Bill and James Lindner (L & R respectively above) partnered to bring in a total of 53.82lbs of bass last year. They are one of three teams that have won the tournament more than once.  In 2003 they reeled in 55.46lbs to take top spot.

But if other anglers think that Bill’s absence is a sign that James might not make a return trip to the podium, think again. “Fishing the Bass Championship is very much a team effort,” said James.  “Teams need to make many judgment calls during the three day tournament. You’re basically chasing the fish because things like the weather and feeding patterns have them moving all of the time. This is a case where two heads are better than one. In Mike I have a tremendous amount of confidence. He has fished Rainy Lake for fifteen years and he is a very, very good angler.”

In 2004 Hehner teamed up with Chip Leer and earned a respectable 85th place finish in the tournament with a three day haul of 28.76lbs.