Bergen Bassmaster’s Annual Bassin’ Lane Open

 is set for the Mohawk River at Schoharie Crossing, Sunday November 6.
Except for Saturday afternoon at the Valley View Motel, there is no mail in advance registration. Cash only on Saturday or at the ramp Sunday morning.
Boat numbers assigned as you register. $110 per boat (includes lunker) with an 8 bass limit. Please print out the application below and have it ready during registration.

 Additional information is noted on the application/waiver but if you have any questions, call Mark Filippini on 
862-268-0839 or Nick Albano on 917-217-9350. Please note that due to catching a great many slammer smallies, the Bergen Bassmasters will not be responsible for injuries to your rod holding wrist, elbow or arm.

See you on the Mohawk.

Click on the image below to download the Application.

Congratulations to Jason Mordhorst

Winner, October 1, 2016
Lake Mahopac Tournament

Total Weight of 13.81lb

Click here for the Overall tournament results



1 Mike Rinaldi  26.61
2 Kris Lechman  24.51
3 John Messing  12.17
4 Greg Trass  10.67
5 Jack Erdei  9.99
6 Dave Lipari  9.26
7 Vinny Rossi  8.26
8 Rich Congero  7.66
9 Vern Gatson  7.48
10 John Williams  5.44
11 Mark Filipinni  4.91
12 Kirk Stober  4.71
13 Justin Scales  4.67
14 Rich Logan 4.07
15 Alan Goldman  2.60
16 Bruce MacConchie  2.59
17 Eddie Schichman  1.22
18 Andy Karcich  DNW
Day 1 lunker - John Messinger -  4.77
Day 2 lunker - Mike Rinaldi - 5.41

After two great weather days of pre-fishing Mother Nature reminded us how much  fun it can be in a bass boat on big water with 2-5 foot waves and torrential rain. Saturday wasn't too bad weather wise but Sunday we got it all. 15-20 mph winds and rain rain rain. Half the field pulled early while the anglers vying for top honors hung in there until 1:00.

Team totals
Team Gatson - 78.10
Team Filippini - 35.97
Team Trass - 32.76

Special thanks to John Ernest who came up to fish and help us out with an extra boat if needed. He weighed in 5.05 on day one. Many of us skunked on day 2. The weather was brutal. Thanks to everyone who helped make this weekend happen.


Candlewood Open Results
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!


1 John McAloney/William Selawsky Jr 5 Bass 21.61
2 John Garbarini/Andrew Bornn 5 Bass 21.30
3 Jim Struble/Dan Peterson  5 Bass 19.32
4 Jason Mordhorst/Brian Mahoney 5 Bass 19.13
5 John Ernest/Rob Curtis 5 Bass 18.68
6 Norm Izzi/Pete Planer  5 Bass 17.92
7 Rob Timms/Ryan Pereiras    5 Bass 17.26
8 Greg Trass/ Andrew Trass  5 Bass 17.12
9 Steve Duffe/Jon Rosner   5 Bass 16.43
10 Nick Albano/John Williams  5 Bass 16.31
11 John Ogolik/Gary Newhart   5 Bass 15.21
12 James Sparone/Joe Reilly  5 Bass 14.35
13 John Hart/Jimmy Geanotis  5 Bass 13.20
14 Robert Stock/Robert Davenport 5 Bass 12.80
15 Justin Scales/Dave Sabatino   5 Bass 12.24
16 Ales Schwartsman   4 Bass 11.21
17 Andy Karcich/Steve Karcich     4 Bass 9.01
18 Frank Freguletti/Eric Lehmann  4 Bass 8.98
19 Andrew Krayewsky/Joe Raguzin   4 Bass 8.62
20 Bruce MacConchie/Jimmy Wagner   3 Bass 5.05
21 DNW Boat    
22 Canx    
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 the Bergen Bassmasters'

Vern Gatson

2015 AOY Page

2015 Non-Boater Angler of the Year
John Williams

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