2003 Angler of the Year!

Scott Mitchell claimed his first ever Angler of the Year title after one of the most consistent seasons by a Bergen angler ever. Scott placed in the top 10 in 6 of 7 events and finished strong by winning both the Connecticut River and Saratoga tournaments and placing 2nd at the Hudson River. Scott's totals for the year were... 244 points, 32 fish, and 67 pounds 12 ounces...congratulations on a fine 2003 season Scott!

Karcich Claims Hudson Finale

The season ended on a windy, wet and cold Hudson River on October 4th. Andy Karcich waited until the very end to weigh in his 4 fish for dramatics. His total weight of 11 pounds 8 ounces edged out Scott Mitchell by two ounces. Andy's catch was anchored by the 5 pounds 10 ounce lunker. Other top five finishers were Pat Van Wettering in third, John Ernest in fourth and Jack Erdei in fifth. The 30 anglers weighed a total of 79 bass for 140 pounds even.

Complete Tournament Results
Winning Patterns at Hudson
Hudson - Photo Recap

Mitchell Wins Back to Back

Scott Mitchell has become a man on a mission in search of his first ever Angler of the Year title. After winning a tough event on the Connecticut River, Scott located the larger fish to win at Saratoga Lake, Sept 27th. South winds up to 25mph made the lake tough but Scott still managed 12 pounds 5 ounces. Elliott Liardo was the runner up with 11.14. Pat Van Wettering took third and lunker while Andy Karcich and John Ernest completed the top 5. The unusually small field of 23 members weighed in 93 bass, including 14 limits, for a total of 167 pounds 13 ounces.

Complete Tournament Results
Winning Patterns at Saratoga
Saratoga - Photo Recap

Mitchell Wins a Tough Event on the River

Scott Mitchell, fishing as a non-boater, captured a very challenging event on the Connecticut River. Scott culled through an amazing 15 keepers to an eventual total of 8 pounds 8 ounces. Rich Kalanz was the runner-up and the top five were rounded out by Nick Albano, Kirk Stober, and Alvin Walters. Nick Albano also had the 3 pound 9 ounce lunker. The club weighed a total of a scant 62 pounds 7 ounces and 42 total fish.

Complete Tournament Results
Winning Patterns at the Connecticut River
Connecticut River - Photo Recap

Bill Vella Wins Again

Bill Vella calimed his second tournament win of the season with 16 pounds 12 ounces at the Mahopac night tournament. Runner up was John "Woody" Glaser with 13 pounds. Alan Goldman, Mark Scocco, and Nick Albano rounded out the top 5. Lunker was caught by Terry Eckel and Robert Burton was the top onserver. The bite was off as only 4 limits came to the scales. The 35 members weighed in 65 bass for 160 pounds 9 ounces.

Complete Tournament Results
Winning Patterns at Mahopac
Mahopac - Photo Recap

Rusert Rebounds

Steve Rusert, last year's top angler, struggled in the first two events but rebounded with a huge win at Candlewood Lake. Steve's 16 pound 8 ounce limit also included a 5 pound 2 ounce largemouth that would tie Doug Giachino's fish for lunker honors. Jim Hallihan was the runner up with 13 pounds. Elliott Liardo, Doug Giachino, and Kirk Stober rounded out the top five. The club weighed the 3rd highest total number of fish in a club event with 144 for 246 pounds 12 ounces. Top observers were John Giordano and Rich Piedra.

Complete Tournament Results
Winning Patterns at Candlewood
Candlewood - Photo Recap

Lehmann at Lillinonah

The past two year's Lillinonah event winners battled it out again placing first and second in this year's event. Eric Lehmann started strong and finished stronger with a 12 pound 11 ounce limit, edging Pat Van Wettering who weighed in 12 pounds 6 ounces. Third place was Jason Mordhorst, fourth was Andy Karcich, and fifth was Bill Vella. The 32 club anglers weighed in 15 limits, 121 bass for 217 pounds 14 ounces. Lunker was the largest smallmouth in club histroy, a huge 5 pound 4 ounce smallmouth caught by John Glaser. Top Observer was John Giordano.

Complete Tournament Results
Winning Patterns at Lillinonah
Lillinonah - Photo Recap

Vella Shatters Record at Twin Lakes Opener

The 2003 season started in record breaking style as Bill Vella claimed 1st place at Twin Lakes with 12 pounds 2 ounces. His 6 pound 14 ounce lunker shattered the club record for heaviest bass caught and broke the coveted 6-pound pool. The previous record was 6 pounds 5 ounces and shared by Greg Trass and Elliott Liardo. Scott Mitchell was the runner-up. Kirk Stober, Eric Lehmann, and Bob Murphy rounded out the top five. The 35 members weighed a total of 73 bass for 135 pounds 10 ounces.

Complete Tournament Results
Winning Patterns at Twin Lakes
Twin Lakes - Photo Recap