ANNUAL BASSIN' LANE OPEN
MOHAWK AT SCHOHARIE
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
Fogg and Keith 8
Freguletti and Lehman 8
Morgan and Morgan 8
Ernest and Hayden 6
Albano and Giachino 4
Hart and Williams 3
Teams 8 to 11 DNW
Albano and Giachino 3-8
All bass (smallies) released alive
BACK-TO-BACK BERGEN BASSMASTERS
ANGLER OF THE YEAR (2013 & 2014)
2014 AOY Page
Winner, October 18, 2014
SARATOGA LAKE TOURNAMENT
Total Weight of 13lb 13 Oz
And Lunker Winner
with a 4lb 4 oz Largemouth
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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)
1st Place: Team Filippini; 96 lbs 8 oz
2nd Place: Team Ernest; 92lbs 4 oz
Third Place: Team Gatson; 73 lbs 9 oz
Bergen Bassmaster’s 14th
Annual Night Open
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
||A. Defelice-K. Defelice
||J Otto-R Otto
||A. Karcich-S. Karcich
|| JJ Ambery-JL Ambery
Okolok and Newhart
||Albano and Freguletti
Stock and Davenport
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.
The 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
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.
25th ANNUAL FISHING DERBY
FOR THE DISABLED
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.
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
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