Candlewood Open Results
July 16-17, 2016

Don’t Believe the Naysayers

Bergen’s 16th Annual Candlewood Night Open was an unusual success. All recent reports indicated that the bass fishing was way off and a 3AM thunderstorm was predicted. When picking up the Gift Packs, Theresa at Candlewood Bait and Tackle suggested that we would be better off with a night tournament in August. But our date was set and the preparations were made months ago. Except for a late cancellation, the boat check and blast off went off without a hitch. The weather was excellent with little or no wind and no rain. Water temps varied between 79 to 81 degrees and the air temp was mild. John Williams and I did not catch a great many bass but our bag included a 4 pound smallie and a 5 pound plus largemouth. We thought that we had around 16 to 17 pounds and perhaps would place in the money. Forget it, we placed 10th but did win the last Gift Pack sponsored by Pat and Theresa of Candlewood Bait and Tackle. This was a big bass tournament with three largemouths over 5 pounds, one giant smallie just shy of 6 pounds and a hog largemouth of nearly 8 pounds! The Bergen Bassmaster contingent did well with NINE teams entered and four teams collecting cash or prize pay-outs. Jason Mordhorst and Brian Mahoney just edged out John Ernest and Rob Curtis by 12 ounces. Greg Trass and Big Andrew Trass just missed a cash pay-out by less than 2 ounces. With another Night Open tournament coming up (Gone Fishing Bass Trail Annual Night Open, July 30), you couldn’t gather much information on tactics. Except for one largemouth caught on Pop R, John and I caught all of our bass on Spinnerbaits. I want to not only congratulated the Top Ten cash and prize winners, but to everyone who signed up for our 10 hour Marathon Event! We will be back at Candlewood in 2017 and hope to max out our field with 30 Teams!

PS: We missed Bustin’ Bass Billy!


1 John McAloney/William Selawsky Jr 5 Bass 21.61
2 John Garbarini/Andrew Bornn 5 Bass 21.30
3 Jim Struble/Dan Peterson  5 Bass 19.32
4 Jason Mordhorst/Brian Mahoney 5 Bass 19.13
5 John Ernest/Rob Curtis 5 Bass 18.68
6 Norm Izzi/Pete Planer  5 Bass 17.92
7 Rob Timms/Ryan Pereiras    5 Bass 17.26
8 Greg Trass/ Andrew Trass  5 Bass 17.12
9 Steve Duffe/Jon Rosner   5 Bass 16.43
10 Nick Albano/John Williams  5 Bass 16.31
11 John Ogolik/Gary Newhart   5 Bass 15.21
12 James Sparone/Joe Reilly  5 Bass 14.35
13 John Hart/Jimmy Geanotis  5 Bass 13.20
14 Robert Stock/Robert Davenport 5 Bass 12.80
15 Justin Scales/Dave Sabatino   5 Bass 12.24
16 Ales Schwartsman   4 Bass 11.21
17 Andy Karcich/Steve Karcich     4 Bass 9.01
18 Frank Freguletti/Eric Lehmann  4 Bass 8.98
19 Andrew Krayewsky/Joe Raguzin   4 Bass 8.62
20 Bruce MacConchie/Jimmy Wagner   3 Bass 5.05
21 DNW Boat    
22 Canx    
Cash Pay-Outs 1 to 7

Candlewood Bait and Tackle Gift Packs 8 to 10  

Lunker Money 1st Place               Duffe/Rosner                    7.66 Largemouth

2nd Place              Garbarini/Bornn              5.94 Smallmouth

Other 5 pounders Albano/Williams               5.68 LMB
McAloney/Selwasky Jr  5.55 LMB
Struble/Peterson             5.54 LMB  

Bergen Thanks Pat and Theresa of Candlewood Bait and Tackle for the Gift Packs
We also want to thanks all the Bergen Guys who fished and helped with the Weigh-In
Special Thanks to Frank Freguletti who coordinated the financials

Congratulations to Vern Gatson

Winner, June 25, 2016
Sacandaga Flats Tournament

Total Weight of 8.77lb

Click here for the Overall tournament results

Bergen’s 16th annual Candlewood Lake LTD Open Night Tournament
Saturday July 16th, 8PM to 6AM
85% plus Payback in cash and value of Candlewood Bait and Tackle gift packs!
Trophies go out to the Top Team members!
There is no late registration at the ramp and the field is limited to 30 boats.
Winning weight is usually above 20 pounds and TWO lunker awards are included in the entry fee.
Five fish limit - fish alone or with a buddy. Send in your application, check and boat insurance copy ASAP

Click HERE to download the application


Over four days, we pulled in $5,475.19 for our troops c/o the USO of Metropolitan New York. Although this was slightly less than our record of $6K plus, with less overhead (USO Show Troupe folks were not scheduled), the net revenue is a record. Although everyone who helped out did a great job - special thanks are in order for John Hart Sr. and John Hart Jr. With a knack for USO fundraising, the two Harts worked their Hearts out for our troops. Other Bergen volunteers included Bill Vella, John Williams, Frank Freguletti, Kris Lechman, Mark Filippini, Alan Goldman and Greg Trass.  Nick Albane planned out the booth with new NY USO staff members Bethany Biszko and Amanda Smith, who also worked at the booth Thursday and Friday. Additional USO Volunteers Duff Anderson and Mary Ordal worked at the booth on Saturday. Rounding out the volunteer staff include Bobby Williams and his wife Sandy. Bobby and Sandy, both retired USAF retirees and representing the NY TBF, support our troops c/o the USO of Metropolitan New York. The NY TBF, in fact, funded the USO booth expense. For 2017, we will be running the auction at the World Eastern Fishing Outdoor Expo and Bobby will be looking for a Sunday 11AM to 12:30 time slot. 100% of all proceeds from the 4 day booth and the auction will go to our Troops c/o the USO of Metropolitan New York.


Congratulations to the Bergen Bassmasters'

Vern Gatson

2015 AOY Page

2015 Non-Boater Angler of the Year
John Williams

November 1, 2015

A Trick and Treat weekend on the Mohawk River

Bergen’s November 1, 2015 Bassin’ Lane Open is now history. After a tough Halloween pre-fishing experience, with below freezing temps and muddy water, November 1st turned out to be a much nicer day. Although water temps were still in the upper forties, Sunday air temps started in the forties and ended close to a sunny 60. Also, with a drop in the water level, the Mohawk was actually running a little clearer on Sunday. The smallie fishing, although better on Sunday, was not up to par as in year’s past. Out of 18 Teams, only five – 8 fish limits were weighed in. The Top Four Teams received a cash pay-out and the winning team had 8 smallies at 26.15 lbs. Aaron Stone and Bo DeMarco concentrated on dragging the river channel with a football jig and their bag also produced the 4.29 Lunker of the day. The Bergen Bassmasters were well represented with 4 teams and everyone assisted John Ernest with running an excellent weigh-in. There were no issues and all bass were released alive. We congratulate the Top Finishers and look forward to another Bassin’ Lane Open in 2016 (date TBA).


1 Arron Stone and Bo DeMarco 8 Bass 26.15
2 Dan Morgan and Jim Morgan 8 Bass 25.24
3 Dave Disonell and Billy Haight  8 Bass 24.37
4 John Ernest and John Hayden  8 Bass 20.03
5 Mike Rinaldi and Vern Gatson  7 Bass 18.13
6 Nick Albano and John Hart    8 Bass 17.39
7 Larry Andrews and Ed LeBron  7 Bass 16.49
8 Donny Greene and Amos Bates 6 Bass 13.25
9 Dan Loucks and Frank Rosetti 5 Bass  13.23
10 Matt Ford and Josh Squires   5 Bass 11.47
11 Frank Freguletti and Eric Lehman 2 Bass 4.64
Teams 12 to 18 did not weigh-in


Bergen Bassmasters' Doug Giachono with 2014's  tournament lunker, a 3lb 8oz Smallmouth Bass.





15th Annual Bergen Candlewood Open Results

     Running his first Night Open, Tournament Director Mark Filippini did an excellent job in running a safe and productive July 18-19 event. Although the weights were not as good as last year, two bags (5 fish limit) exceeded 20 pounds and two 5 pound lunkers were caught! Nearly every Bergen Bassmaster member who fished, came in the money or won a Candlewood Bait and Tackle gift pack! On that note, we need to give special thanks Pat and Theresa at C B & T. Each tackle pack contained $100 worth of top quality bass catching lures! Next time at Candlewood – please stop by to check out their quality and up to date assortment of great bassin’ lures.

    Weather wise, we had about 10 minutes of light rain and there were no thunderstorms. Most of the night, especially after midnight, was wind free. Water temps averaged 76 degrees and the lake was at full pool. In areas of alewife activity, the smallie action could be awesome. My partner John Williams and I experienced a great smallie run at 5AM where we culled three bass with two 3 pounders and boated a 4.67 slammer! To win this event however, a team needs a limit of ‘four pound plus’ class bass.  We congratulate all of the winners and thank everyone for coming out to fish in our annual 10 hour all-nighter!





(Individual Results)

1 Chris Liobis 26.52
2 Doug Giachino 22.10
3 John Hayden 21.12
4 Steve Rusert 20.86
5 Bill Vella 20.65
6 Vern Gatson 20.27
7 Eric Lehman 19.70
8 Mike Rinaldi 17.79
9 Mark Filippini 15.76
10 Justin Scales 15.64
11 John Messenger 15.40
12 Kris Lechman 14.56
13 Vinnie Rossi 14.14
14 Rich Logan SR 13.69
15 Kirk Stober 13.53
16 Jack Erdei 13.40
17 Mark Scocco 13.09
18 Nathan James 12.77
19 John Ernest 12.57
20 Greg Trass 12.13
21 Nick Albano 11.47
22 Bruce MacConchie 11.02
23 John Williams 10.55
23 Rich Logan JR 10.55
25  Alan Goldman 7.59
26 John Giordano 7.27
Day 1 lunker - Chris Liobis 4.07 SM
Day 2 lunker - Eric Lehman 4.83 SM 2015 Tournament Standings

Day 2 lunker money winner - Doug Giachino 4.33 LM 

Click Here for the entire Team and Individual Standings



The 2015 Outing for the Disabled was a huge success.  Our event took place on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 10:00AM at Darlington Park in Mahwah, NJ.  The weather was beautiful and it seemed like everyone caught fish and had a great time.  The top five winners received trophies as well as trophies for the largest bass, smallest bass, and strangest catch, each contestant also received a medallion.   There was enough food, drinks, ice cream and other refreshments donated to supply everyone in the park.  The amount of volunteers this year was exceptional!  We were again able to provide transportation for most of the disabled contestants.

 Thanks to Todd Cochran of the Bergen County Department of Parks and Tim Cronin of the Ridgewood Department of Parks, and Matt Grev, we were well prepared to handle it.  Inserra Shop Rite provided all burgers and hot dogs; Van Dykes in Ridgewood provided seven huge tubs of the ice cream; Dunkin Donuts sent in plenty of delicious donuts.  A huge thanks for all of the Bergen Bassmasters who set up all of the rods and reels, cooking food, fish tanks, entertainment, as well as guiding many new fisherman to their first fish.   I’d also like to thank The New York City Carpenters Union, the Rochelle Park Knights of Columbus, The Saddle River and Pascack Valley PBA for their financial donations.  

Contestants came from ARC, CPNJ, Spectrum for Living, HIP, Disabled Boy Scouts and Bergen County Office of the Disabled.  We had about 400 people in attendance!

On behalf of the Bergen Bassmasters, I’d like to thank you for another great event.  Next year will be our 28th year.

 Thank you again!


 Kris Lechman


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