Saturday, June 6, 2015. (Rain or Shine)
Darlington Park in Mahwah, NJ
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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Letter from the President

Associate Sponsor Form






Bergen’s 15th Annual All-Night Candlewood LTD Open remains a 10 hour event from 8PM July 18 to 6 AM July 19. To guarantee your spot, mail in your entry form and check ASAP. In addition to many cash pay outs, three quality tackle packs c/o Candlewood Bait & Tackle will be awarded to those teams just missing a check. As usual, applicants must register in advance. The field is limited to 30 boats and a boat/safety check is mandatory.


Click Here or the Flyer above to download the Application


Congratulations to Mark Scoco

Winner, May 16, 2015
Total Weight of 9lb 12 Oz

Click here for the Overall tournament results


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).




    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 (Small Mouths) released alive

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



Jason Mordhorst

ANGLER OF THE YEAR (2013 & 2014)
2014 AOY Page


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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