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 (smallies) released alive




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




Results from
Bergen Bassmaster’s 14
th Annual Night Open

Candlewood Lake LTD July 19—20, 2014


A record turnout of 48 anglers participated in Bergen’s 14th Annual Open All-Nighter held on a weather perfect cool night on Candlewood Lake. Winds were calm and water temps hovered in the mid seventies…10 to 15 degrees cooler than last year. Although Bergen Tournament Committee c/o John Hayden was ready for an “in the water” weigh-in, the cool water temps helped keep the “Catch and Release Survival Rate at 98%, very good for a 10 hour all-nighter! Bergen paid down to 8 places and a few teams won tackle packs courtesy of The Valley Angler. First Place was at 21-4 was bagged by John Okolok and Gary Newhart. The winners, who also received Bergen Night Open Champion Trophies, used black spinnerbaits and creature baits for their limit. The duo also nailed the 6-7 tournament lunker! Nice going guys and see you next year. Runner up with 20-12 and a 5-3 lunker were Nick Albano and Frank Freguletti. For the most part, black spinnerbaits did the trick again.  Both 1st and 2nd Place teams culled around ten times and caught all their bass in and around weedlines. Everyone who fished in our 2014 All-Nighter has first crack in entering the 2015 event, July 18, Candlewood Lake. We also wish to thank Craig “Paladin” Mitchell for an excellent set-up of Dunkin Donuts and coffee


Place Team Fish Caught Weight
1  Okolok-Newhart 5 Bass 21-4
2 Albano-Freguletti 5 Bass 20-12
3 Garbarini-Bornn 5 Bass 20-10
4 Agostinoni-Borelli 5 Bass 18-14
5 A. Defelice-K. Defelice 5 Bass 18-13
6  Izzi-Planer 5 Bass 18-8
7  Cucinello-Contrina 5 Bass 18-1
8  Stock-Davenport 5 Bass 17-5
9 Rosner-Ruckdeschel 5 Bass 17-4
10 McAloney-Selawsky Jr. 5 Bass 16-8
11 Struble-Newsome 5 Bass 16-7
12  Small-Nelson  5 Bass 15-12
13  Vella-Zivkovic 5 Bass 15-5
14 Mordhorst-Mahoney 5 Bass 14-14
15 Gibbs-Schwartsman 5 Bass 14-13
16 J Otto-R Otto 5 Bass 14-2
17  Ernest-Curtis 5 Bass 13-14
18 A. Karcich-S. Karcich 5 Bass 13-8
18 Meyer-Loll 5 Bass 13-8
20 Sparone-Palma 5 Bass 13-4
21  JJ Ambery-JL Ambery 5 Bass 13-3
22 Giordano-Scocco  5 Bass 12-6
23 Filippini-Logan 5 Bass 12-2
24 Hayden-Williams 5 Bass 10-0
Lunker #1   Okolok and Newhart    6-7 LMB
Lunker #2 Albano and Freguletti
Stock and Davenport
  5-3 LMB

Bergen 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. 

2013 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.


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 York.
    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.



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!


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Bergen County & Ridgewood Parks and Recreation
Knights of Columbus of Rochelle Park
Ramsey Outdoor
Inserra Supermarkets

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