Anglers, "Cranky" Bass, & the John's Rule- Hudson River Finale
With Angler of the Year
& Non-Boater of the Year
still up for grabs, as well as some Top 6
berths, there was plenty of anticipation for the Bergen Bassmaster's season
finale on the Hudson River at Catskill, NY. The wrinkle thrown in was the
28 degree temperature at blastoff- cold front would have been an
understatement! It was clearly a case of the "Have's and the Have-nots" on
this day with decent bags coming only to the Top 7 or 8 finishers out of 22
total anglers. Crankin' was the preferred technique and interestingly
enough it was Non-Boaters finishing 1st, 2nd & 3rd!
In First Place, and grabbing a
Top 6 finish was Non-Boater
Eddie Schichman. Clearly doing his homework and having it pay
off in a big way, Eddie weighed in 5 Largemouth totaling 14lbs, 3oz
using some deep cranking techniques. Congrats and way to go Eddie!
In Second Place, weighing in a mixed bag of 4 Smallies
and 1 Largemouth was Non-Boater #2 John Messinger. John's
limit sack came in at 12lbs, 12oz by way of- you guessed it-
the crankbait! Nice job John!
Also with a mixed bag limit of 4 Smallmouth & 1 Largemouth was our
Third Place finisher, Non-Boater #3 John Williams.
Having been seen parked with his boater on a point for some time, "Fishman
Rocky" cranked his way to a weight of 11lbs, 8oz.
Great job Johnny!
Coming in Fourth Place and also taking a place in the
Top 6 for the year was
Mr. Consistency, John Hayden.
John weighed in a limit sack of Largies totaling 11lbs, 7oz.
Nice work and congratulations John!
Taking Fifth Place and vaulting himself into a nice
Top 10 finish for the year
was Rob Curtis. Having found the hot spot of the day with
enough keepers for himself and his Non-Boater Mr. Williams, Rob weighed in a
split-bag of 2 Largies & 2 Smallies totaling 11lbs, 3oz. Way
to go and great finish Rob!
went to our 7th Place finisher, John Ernest, who weighed in a
stout 3lb, 13oz Smallie. The day's finish also clinched
another coveted Angler of the Year Award
for John. Congrats and nice year Johnny!
And with a 12th Place finish on the day, Frank
Freguletti cemented his spot for
Non-Boater of the Year, also having finished 3rd overall
for Angler of the Year!
That puts a bow on another great year for the Bergen Club. It was pretty
exciting right down to the last tourney with a lot having been decided on
that final day. Many thanks to everyone in the club for helping out with
all of our projects throughout the year- know that you've made a difference
The Bergen Bassmaster Annual Awards Dinner will be held Friday, November
16th at Biaggio's Restaurant in Paramus. With a bunch of great stuff for
the auction as well as a slide show, it's expected to be a great finale!
See you there!