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!
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
Total Weight of 8.77lb
SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS
C/O THE USO
AT THE MARCH WORLD EASTERN FISHING AND OUTDOOR EXPO
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'
2015 ANGLER OF THE YEAR
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).
Bergen Bassmasters' Doug Giachono with 2014's tournament lunker, a 3lb 8oz Smallmouth Bass.
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