Bergen 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. 

Jason Mordhorst

Winner/ Lunker Winner Hudson River, 19 October 2013
Total Weight of 19lbs 9oz
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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.


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 York.
    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.




Classic Winning Team: Team Mordhorst
Team Total Weight:155 lbs 9oz



 CAPTAIN: Jason Morhorst
Anglers:  John Ernest, Andy Karcich, Steve Russert, Kris Lechman, Wayne Wilken, Robert Burton, Chris O'Donnel, Sean Combs, Kirk Stober
 (Pictured above)

Team Results:

1st Place: Team Mordhorst; 155 lbs 9 oz

2nd Place: Team Scocco; 92lbs 3 oz

Third Place: Team Gatson; 27lbs 8 oz

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. Scott Mitchell 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 Dave Lipari 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!


Co-Sponsored by:
Bergen County & Ridgewood Parks and Recreation
Knights of Columbus of Rochelle Park
Ramsey Outdoor
Inserra Supermarkets

Bergen Bassmasters Supports the USO during the Eastern Outdoor Fishing Expo in Suffern NY, Feb 28 - Mar 3, 2013.

Bergen Supports the Troops via the USO of Metropolitan New York

                I thank all the Bergen Bassmaster volunteer members including Eddie Schickman, Bill Vella (and son Ryan), Wayne Wilcken, John Williams, Sean Combs, Bruce MacConchie, Doug Giachino, Dave Lipari, Kris Lechman, Lance Cahoon, Scott Mitchell, Frank Freguletti,  Brian Mahoney, Kirk Stober, Mark Scocco, John Hayden, and Robert Curtis who helped Bob Murphy at our Bergen-USO donation booth. Assisting the Bergen crew were Rich Wilson (USO Board of Directors), Pat Walsh (USO Staff) and Joan Ashner (2011 USO Volunteer of the Year). Lending their support were USO Liberty Bells Manna Nichols, Larissa Klinger, Kerbi Jo Long, Joanna Howard and Melissa Van Pelt.  The Eastern Outdoor Fishing Expo drew over 40,000 patrons and many of them stopped by to make a contribution towards our brave troops. All revenue goes towards many USO programs that assist our active service members and their families. The Bergen crew, with USO staff support, collected $4,000 and special thank you goes out to Bergen’s  Bob Murphy (Vietnam Veteran) who once again, coordinated and managed a great Bergen Bassmasters (NJ TBF) community event. We also thank Expo Show Chairman, Tod Alberto, who donated the Bergen-USO space. -- Nick Albano, President, Bergen Bassmasters

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