Bergen Bassmasters Earn
The Bergen Bassmasters know that Freedom isn’t Free and as a tribute to our Military, we support our troops via the USO of Metropolitan New York. Running benefit bass tournaments, donation booths and auctions for many years, we managed our first ever fundraising event at the huge Bass Pro Shop in Bridgeport, CT on Veteran’s Day 11/11/17.
With the approval of Bass Pro Shop, we set up our donation exhibit in the main lobby next to a roaring fireplace and a giant Christmas Tree. It was an excellent location to greet hundreds of BPS men, women and children patrons and an excellent venue to make our pitch to support our service members c/o the USO of Metropolitan New York. A congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities, and is powered by a family of volunteers to accomplish their mission of connection. The USO operates six USO centers in the tristate area at JFK and Newark Airports; Port Authority Bus Terminal and Fort Hamilton in NYC, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in NJ; and Fort Drum in Watertown, NY. A seventh Center is being considered in Connecticut.
At Bass Pro Shop, hats off to our volunteer Team of Sean Combs, John Williams, Bill Vella, John Hart Sr., John Hart Jr. and Bruce MacConchie. We collected $1,700 and our overhead cost was zero. We like to Thank Bobby Uhrig of MegaStrike who donated our matching fishing shirts and who will be funding, along with Bobby Williams (National TBF), the cost of our March USO donation booth at the World Fishing and Outdoor Expo. For coordinating the hand off of the USO marketing equipment and hand-outs, I thank USO Staff members Bethany Biszko, Karen Golden and Cathy DeSilva. For providing us with many extra donated handouts, special thanks goes out to Sean Combs, our Bergen Bassmaster webmaster, and to his wife Lisa Combs who took some great photos. And finally, we thank the Bridgeport Bass Pro Shop management Team and Staff for their Hospitality and Support of our Troops c/o the USO of Metropolitan New York. Managers Loretta Mercado, Murissa Rotz and Patrick Bellew were especially cooperative and gave us the BEST LOCATION IN THE HOUSE! For proof, see the first photo below.
The Bergen Bassmaster Volunteer USO Team will continue to Support our Troops and we ask you to please visit our next Donation Booth (with Silent Auction) at the World Fishing and Outdoor Expo in Suffern New York, March 1 to 4, 2018.
- Nick Albano
Bergen’s Fall Open – Feast or Famine
Due to lock repairs and questionable Mohawk River water levels, Bergen’s annual Bassin’ Lane Open was moved to Candlewood Lake, October 28th. The event was conducted during a record warm October and Candy water temps were in the low 60’s, much higher than normal. Finding the key to the correct tactic or pattern was difficult but for half the field who got it right, it was a BONANZA! Most of the successful anglers nailed their big bags drop-shotting humps in 30 to 40 feet. As water temps hovered in the low sixties, cold water jerkbait action was weeks away. Hats off to the only Bergen Team who weighed in a limit! Justin Scales and Dave Sabatino weighed in 14.38 and won two $50 MegaStrike gift certificates c/o Bobby Uhrig. Given two other opens in our area on the same day (Hudson River and Mahopac Lake), our 14 boats with 28 anglers was not bad. Special Thanks goes out to the Bergen Guys who fished the event and assisted with the registration and weigh-in….John Ernest, John Hayden, Justin Scales, Dave Sabatino and Frank Freguletti. Super Special Thanks goes out to Bobby Uhrig of MegaStrike who donated $200 worth of gift certificates.
Be sure to check out Bobby’s new Cavitron Buzzbait with clapper and the new fat bodied Swimbait.
Congratulations to all the Top Finishers, especially to Kevin Rose and Matt Sweeney (pictured below) for a giant bag of Candlewood smallies!
*MegaStrike Certificate winners
Total Weight of 13.60 lbs
29th ANNUAL OUTING FOR THE DISABLED
ANOTHER GREAT DAY SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY!!!
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2017 BERGEN CLASSIC CHAMPION
Total 2-Day Weight of 37.92 lbs
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