1 Mike Rinaldi  26.61
2 Kris Lechman  24.51
3 John Messing  12.17
4 Greg Trass  10.67
5 Jack Erdei  9.99
6 Dave Lipari  9.26
7 Vinny Rossi  8.26
8 Rich Congero  7.66
9 Vern Gatson  7.48
10 John Williams  5.44
11 Mark Filipinni  4.91
12 Kirk Stober  4.71
13 Justin Scales  4.67
14 Rich Logan 4.07
15 Alan Goldman  2.60
16 Bruce MacConchie  2.59
17 Eddie Schichman  1.22
18 Andy Karcich  DNW
Day 1 lunker - John Messinger -  4.77
Day 2 lunker - Mike Rinaldi - 5.41

After two great weather days of pre-fishing Mother Nature reminded us how much  fun it can be in a bass boat on big water with 2-5 foot waves and torrential rain. Saturday wasn't too bad weather wise but Sunday we got it all. 15-20 mph winds and rain rain rain. Half the field pulled early while the anglers vying for top honors hung in there until 1:00.

Team totals
Team Gatson - 78.10
Team Filippini - 35.97
Team Trass - 32.76

Special thanks to John Ernest who came up to fish and help us out with an extra boat if needed. He weighed in 5.05 on day one. Many of us skunked on day 2. The weather was brutal. Thanks to everyone who helped make this weekend happen.


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


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.



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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