Bassmasters Receive Recognition
For their continuous support of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls
Club youngsters at Camp Sebago in Harriman State Park, to thank us in
person, Jose “Lou Rod” Rodriguez attended our February Bergen Bassmaster meeting
Kips Bay manager Lou Rod presented the club with a handsome framed document
of thanks with a photo of three camp youngsters.
By providing dozens of
fishing outfits and tackle, MinnKota trolling motors and batteries for four
aluminum boats the Bergen Bassmasters year after year, ensure that the inner
city kids, while at camp, get a good taste of bass fishing. Besides the
fishing equipment and boat maintenance, the Bergen Bassmasters partake In a
Camp Sebago prep day each June. Saving the Kips Bay organization a lot of
money, our volunteer members bring along their own weed trimmers, chain saws
and leaf blowers.
In addition to helping out on “Prep Day”, the Bergen guys
will be managing a Fishing Clinic in August. Taking out two kids per boat
per hour, using four boats, we hope to have dozens of youngsters catch some
bass on Lake Stahahe. There are so many bass on this private camp lake that
they will hit a Pop R at high noon on a sunny day! Pictured from left to
right, Nick Albano BBM past president, Jose “Lou Rod” Rodriguez and Bergen
president Kris Lechman. To get Lou Rod out on the water himself, we
presented him with his own Daiwa spinning rod an reel outfit – and we hope
that he boats a seven pound lunker!
It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of Bob Murphy, a long
time Bergen Bassmasters member and former President.
Bob's dedication to supporting the U.S. Armed forces and many others gained
him recognition last year as the USO Volunteer of the Year. Bob, a Vietnam
Veteran, and retired Hackensack, NJ Firefighter who was at "ground zero" from start to
finish performing search and rescue operations, was the epitome of Selfless
Service. Bob's dedication was reflected in everything he did and is a true
inspiration to all of us.
May God Rest his Soul, Bless Bob's wife Suzanne, and
continue to bless the entire Murphy Family.
Winner/ Lunker Winner Hudson River, 19 October 2013
Total Weight of 19lbs 9oz
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Overall tournament results
ANGLER OF THE YEAR
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Bergen Bassmasters Lake Hopatcong Challenge
I want to
thank all of the Bergen Bassmasters, sponsors, USO Staff and tournament
participants who made the 9-21-13 Lake Hopatcong Challenge a big success!
Although the fishing was tough, the weather was great and
many bass made it to the scales. Fishing alone, Howard Gibson won first
place and $1,000 c/o the Borough of Mt. Arlington!
His 5-8 largemouth was by far, the heaviest bass of the tournament.
The Bass Pro Shops
runner up award were Bergenites Doug Giachino and John Ernest. For their big
4-7 smallmouth bass, they each won $250 gift cards c/o Aaron Frazier
of the Baltimore Bass Pro Shops
Dozens of other anglers placed and won their choice of
quality gifts and certificates from many sponsors.
Special thanks are in order for our weigh master, host and
auctioneer Bill Decoteau of BASS UNIVERSITY. Assisted by the USO Liberty
Bells, Bill & Co. did a great job. I also thank Donnie Keeton and The Bass
Federation. Donnie ran the Lake Hopatcong Mid-Atlantic Divisional and stayed
over to run the scales on Saturday.
Assisting the Bergen Bassmasters and Donnie from 4:30AM
to 6PM were members of 1st Squadron, 102nd Cavalry Regiment (Dover, NJ) New
Jersey Army National Guard.
With 48 boats, this was our best attended USO-Bergen
tournament ever. Between entry fee and auction revenue, Morris County Park
Commission donation c/o Reynold Fauci and cash collected by the Liberty
Bells, over $5,000 was raised for our troops c/o the USO of Metropolitan New
Of course we ran this tournament in the memory and honor of
Bergen Bassmaster and my USO volunteer partner Bob Murphy who passed away a
few days before the tournament. I thank the Lee’s Park staff who flew their
big USA flag at half-mast and for everyone who joined me in a moment of
silence for Bob. He would surely be proud of our trooper support efforts on
9-21-13! Our full story, with names of all of our supporting sponsors, will
follow in the annual edition of the NJ TBF's Reel to Reel magazine.
Nick Albano, President, Bergen Bassmasters.
Classic Winning Team: Team Mordhorst
Team Total Weight:155 lbs 9oz
CAPTAIN: Jason Morhorst
Anglers: John Ernest, Andy Karcich, Steve Russert, Kris Lechman,
Wayne Wilken, Robert Burton, Chris O'Donnel, Sean Combs, Kirk Stober
1st Place: Team Mordhorst; 155 lbs 9 oz
2nd Place: Team Scocco; 92lbs 3 oz
Third Place: Team Gatson; 27lbs 8 oz
25th ANNUAL FISHING DERBY
FOR THE DISABLED
I want to
congratulate Kris Lechman
and Brian Mahoney
for coordinating the 25th
Anniversary Outing for Disabled at Darlington Park in
Mahwah, NJ June 8. Bergen membership attendance, including all
new members, was excellent. Although the complete story with
names and photos will be published in the NJ TBF Reel to Reel
magazine, a few people need to mention now.
and crew, the heart
and soul of food and beverage station, did an outstanding job of
feeding hundreds of participants and volunteers (c/o Inserra
Shoprite). Bill and Margaret
Vella donated beverages c/o Shoprite of Warwick. No
one left with an empty stomach. I also thank the Ramapo college
TBF-FLW bass fishing Team for sending volunteers
Max Zerbian and Ryan Stuiso.
As this was our 25th
Anniversary Outing for the Disabled, the turn out was
great and we needed all the volunteers that we could muster.
Just about every participant caught some fish and had a great
time doing it. John Williams
once again set up a large aerated holding tank full of
largemouth bass, crappies and perch. For the early bird Bergen
clan, Steve Rusert
(Dunkin Donuts Management) donated coffee and donuts and
delivered the bagels. Our disabled participants left with
armfuls of trophies, commemorative Medallions, T-Shirts and
backpacks and mini flashlights. Once again, this is a
preliminary report and the full story will follow.
All Bergenites and volunteers
should be proud of this worthwhile community event!
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Bergen County & Ridgewood Parks and Recreation
Knights of Columbus of Rochelle Park
Bergen Bassmasters Supports the USO during the Eastern Outdoor Fishing Expo
in Suffern NY, Feb 28 - Mar 3, 2013.
Supports the Troops via the USO of Metropolitan New York
I thank all
the Bergen Bassmaster volunteer members including Eddie Schickman,
Bill Vella (and son Ryan), Wayne Wilcken, John Williams, Sean Combs, Bruce
MacConchie, Doug Giachino, Dave Lipari, Kris Lechman, Lance Cahoon, Scott
Mitchell, Frank Freguletti, Brian Mahoney, Kirk Stober, Mark Scocco,
John Hayden, and Robert Curtis who helped Bob Murphy at our Bergen-USO donation
booth. Assisting the Bergen crew were Rich Wilson (USO Board of
Directors), Pat Walsh (USO Staff) and Joan Ashner (2011 USO
Volunteer of the Year). Lending their support were USO Liberty Bells
Manna Nichols, Larissa Klinger, Kerbi Jo Long, Joanna Howard and
Melissa Van Pelt. The Eastern Outdoor Fishing Expo drew over 40,000
patrons and many of them stopped by to make a contribution towards our brave
troops. All revenue goes towards many USO programs that assist our active
service members and their families. The Bergen crew, with USO staff support,
collected $4,000 and special thank you goes out to Bergen’s Bob Murphy
(Vietnam Veteran) who once again, coordinated and managed a great
Bergen Bassmasters (NJ TBF) community event. We also thank Expo Show
Chairman, Tod Alberto, who donated the Bergen-USO space. -- Nick
Albano, President, Bergen Bassmasters
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