Congratulations to the Bergen Bassmasters'

Vern Gatson

2015 AOY Page

2015 Non-Boater Angler of the Year

John Williams

Congratulations to John Ernest

Winner, October 24, 2015
Hudson River Tournament

Total Weight of 13lb

Click here for the Overall tournament results

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



This year’s 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


 Watch "Bergen Bassmasters Outing for the disabled" Video

Interested in Sponsoring or Supporting the 2016 event?  Click the links below for more information:

Letter from the President

Associate Sponsor Form





USO Fundraising to Support our Brave Troops

At the March 2015 World Eastern Fishing and Outdoor Expo


To sum up the March 5 to 8, 2015 event, the first word that comes to mind is ‘AWESOME’! Supported by the Bergen Bassmasters, the NY TBF and the Plattsburgh College Bass Club, the four day annual USO fundraising donation booth and the First Ever Saturday Auction took in over $13,250! We basically doubled the revenue from 2014 and most likely, guaranteed an auction repeat going forward. The USO Show Troupe staff of James Shakelford, Heather Harris and Director Jessica Herman (with fiancé Leo Dubrovsky) had plenty of help all four days and everyone needs to be thanked: From Bergen we had Kris Lechman, Bill Vella, John Hart (and dad John M. Hart), Bruce MacConchie, John Williams, Frank Freguletti, Sean Combs (with sons Matt and Brad), Greg Trass, Alan Goldman and me. From the NY TBF and the Plattsburgh Bass Club we had Bobby Williams (president), Ben Wright, Ricky Lee, Brendan Bolis, Jason Karol and Ted Appleton. From Bass University and the Bass Bureau we had our auctioneer extraordinaire Bill Decoteau (with wife Trish) and acting as our official auction photographers was the ‘Real Deal’ team of Ritchie Moschella and fiancé Caitlyn. Overall, this was an outstanding team effort and everyone is looking forward to a repeat performance next year. With a few more tweaks, reaching the $20K plateau is quite possible.


Of course the auction would not be possible without the contributions from our sponsors and supporters. We sincerely thank all of these great organizations:  BASS University, Wiley X, Inc., Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, Gander Mountain, the Bergen Bassmasters, Dick’s Sporting Goods, the Hamburg Microtel, the Meadowlands Renaissance Hotel, the Thayer Hotel at West Point, Shimano, Daiwa, Cashion Rods, Optima Batteries, Ranger Boats, Morris County Marine, North Jersey Marine, Greenwood Lake Marina, Capital District Marina, Reynolds Marine, Lima & Sons Marine, Pro Mariner Battery  Chargers, Orvis, Ramsey Outdoor, MegaStrike, Gamma Fishing Line, Steve & Roberts Bait and Tackle, the Sherman Group, Kicker Baits, the NY TBF, Pfizer Inc. and the NY Giants. The auction venue, in the main seminar area at the Expo, was excellent and for that we need to thank Tod Alberto, show director with the American Sportfishing Association.


And finally, let’s not forget the focus of our support. Since 1947, the USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families more than 10 million times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.  To join us in this patriotic mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit


Starting as a USO liaison for Pfizer Inc., I have been a USO volunteer since 2000. Back in 2008 I initiated the USO – Bergen Bassmaster alliance and Vietnam Veteran Terry Eckel joined me in our first Bergen - NYC USO meeting.  As our plan for a USO Benefit tournament on Candlewood Lake fell through (Danbury town wanted money from us), we ended up with the successful 2009 Hudson River Challenge (see the LUNKERVILLE NBC Sports episode entitled ‘Pete Knows Things’). By then, our dear buddy, Vietnam Veteran Bob Murphy (RIP) was on board. Bob and I were a great team and as I concentrated on coordinating various benefit tournaments, he took the annual USO Expo donation booth to another level. Bob also took on many more USO volunteer roles in NY, CT and NJ and received a well-deserved “USO Volunteer of the Year” award in 2012. Bob would be thrilled about the 2015 Expo results and happy to know that the Bergen Bassmasters continue to provide outstanding support to our brave troops. He would also welcome the new additions to our annual Expo volunteer base (NY TBF, Plattsburgh College Bass Club, Bill Decoteau and Ritchie Moschella).


Also, in the memory and honor of US Military veterans Bob Murphy, Bob Puente, my dad, Nick Albano, Sr., (Battle of the Bulge - Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster), and to support the ACS in general, I always plan to fish in the “Fish for the Cure” benefit tournaments on Candlewood Lake. This year, it will take place Friday, May 8.


Nick Albano, Bergen Bassmasters



 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).





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

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