Watch "Bergen Bassmasters Outing for the disabled"

 Ramsey Outdoor "Cast and Blast"
February 21, 2015

Bergen Bassmaster table was well
attended by Mark Scocco, John Williams, Nick Albano, Kris Lechman and Eddie
Schickman. Exhibited on our table were the Lake George Bergen Bassmaster
NJBF 1st Place Team Chapter award and our National BASS Club Event Award
(annual Outing for Disabled). We also displayed the upcoming March 7th USO
Auction poster and from Ramsey c/o Marty Brennan, we received a $200
Ballistic 2500 spinning reel. We now have over $10,000 in auction prizes and
look forward to an outstanding four days at the World Eastern Fishing and
Outdoor Expo, March 5 to 8 (Auction March 7 at 5 to 7PM).




    A predicted COLD wind put a damper on our Bassin’ Lane Open participation but with a sunny sky, the bass fishing was doable.   Considering the raw weather plus the fact that a couple other Opens were scheduled elsewhere, signing up 11 teams was not bad. At blast off, the air temp was around 38 and the wind was 15 MPH, but after a few hours, the wind was gusting up to 45 MPH.   If in open water with wind power only, my Ranger was moving at 3MPH! With water temps dropping 10 degrees in one week (58 to 48),  The bass fishing was a tougher than usual. Fortunately, the Mohawk was running clear with a steady, but slow current. To find active bass, most anglers had a hard time – others were culling right away.

    Bergen’s Frank Freguletti and partner Eric Lehman were culling by 8:30 and they took a 3rd Place check with 8 bass at 17-3.  Special congrats are in order for Frank – as a boater, this was his first tournament in his new Ranger – a Great Way to Break It in!  Doug Giachino and I lost few nice bass but didn’t actually boat one until 1PM. Dougie then nailed the 3-8 lunker of the day on a spinnerbait and I added 3 more on a jerkbait. After finding active bass, we could have used another hour. First place goes to the Team of Morrison and Raimo who bagged a nice 21-9 limit. All in all this was one of the most toughest Bassin’ Lane Opens that I fished in.
    Special thanks go out to outgoing Tournament Director John Hayden. This was his last tournament as TD and it was well run. The attached photos of the winning team (c/o John Ernest) and Doug’s Lunker are attached. We will be back next year and hopefully – we will be greeted by some nice Indian Summer fall weather and most importantly, we will be weighing in some 24 to 30 pound bags.

Morrison and Raimo 8 Bass 21-9
Fogg and Keith 8 Bass 20-8
Freguletti and Lehman 8 Bass 17-3
Morgan and Morgan 8 Bass 15-11
Ernest and Hayden 6 Bass 11-1
Albano and Giachino 4 Bass 9-15
Hart and Williams 3 Bass 7-6
Teams 8 to 11  DNW
Lunker Albano and Giachino 3-8

All Bass (Small Mouths) released alive

Bergen Bassmasters' Doug Giachono with the tournament lunker, a 3lb 8oz Smallmouth Bass.



Jason Mordhorst

ANGLER OF THE YEAR (2013 & 2014)
2014 AOY Page

Mark Fillipini

Winner, October 18, 2014
Total Weight of 13lb 13 Oz

And Lunker Winner
with a 4lb 4 oz Largemouth
Click here for the Overall tournament results


Winner of the 2014 Bergen Bassmasters Classic
Lakes Bomoseen and Saint Catherine

September 6th and 7th, 2014

Two-Day Total Weight: 22lbs,6 oz

2014 Classic Winning Team: Team Filippini
Team Total Weight:96 lbs 8oz

 CAPTAIN: Mark Filippini

Anglers:  Mike Rinaldi, Kris Lechman, Mark Scocco, Nick Albano, Ed Schickman, Rich Logan Sr., Bruce MacConchie, and John Giordano
 (Mark with a 7lb, 1 oz Lunker from Day 1 Pictured above)

Team Results:

1st Place: Team Filippini; 96 lbs 8 oz

2nd Place: Team Ernest; 92lbs 4 oz

Third Place: Team Gatson; 73 lbs 9 oz

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. Scott Mitchell 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 Dave Lipari 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!


Co-Sponsored by:
Bergen County & Ridgewood Parks and Recreation
Knights of Columbus of Rochelle Park
Ramsey Outdoor
Inserra Supermarkets

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