Nov 15

2017 Schedule

2017 Upcoming Events

DateApp. DeadlineLocationType
5/18 – 5/19N/ASusquehanna Flats – Anchor Marine     Team
5/215/12Susquehanna Flats – Anchor Marine     Points
6/17 – 6/186/9Candlewood Lake – Squantz Cove Boat LaunchPoints
7/307/21Lake Hopcatcong – Lee’s Park MarinaPoints

Aug 26


Submitted by Nick Angiulo

The New Jersey Bass Federation (NJBF) significantly changed its tournament format in 2016. In that regard, it instituted large guaranteed first prize payouts to the winners in both the Boater and Co-Angler Divisions, and ended its season with its first-ever two-day finale, offering the biggest first prizes ever awarded in a NJBF event. The finale was also worth 1.5 times in tournament points and helped determine which Boaters and Co-Anglers would be eligible to fish in this year’s District 15 TBF National Semi-Final event in October. Under that backdrop, a longtime Federation member, but only occasional tournament participant, went out and smoked the Boater Division at the August 20 and 21 event held at Lake Hopatcong to win the Boater first prize of $2,500. In the Co- Angler Division, one angler rode a huge Day 2 weight along with a big fish bite to leap to the head of the Co-Angler Division.

Boater Division
Wire to wire wins in bass fishing are rare. However, in this event, one angler put two impressive days together to easily outdistance the Boater Division field. That angler, Ralph Campitello, from Kinnelon, New Jersey and a member of the North Jersey Bass Anglers, had a two-day total weight of 26.87 pounds, winning the Boater Division by over 5.50 pounds. Campitello consistently brought two big bags to the scales, starting off on Day 1 with the biggest limit of the event, totaling 14.30 pounds. Sleeping on an over one-pound lead could not have been easy, especially when considering the prize money at stake. Nevertheless, Campitello duplicated his limit on Day 2 and came in with 12.57 pounds on the day. As noted above, the $2,500 Boater Division first prize check awarded to Campitello is the largest ever awarded in a NJBF event.

Second place in the Boater Division was captured by Cody Barry. Barry, one of the Federation’s up-and-coming anglers at only 21 years old, posted two consistent limits of fish to take the runner up spot. Barry, who resides in Tabernacle, New Jersey and is a member of the South Jersey Hawg Hunters was in fourth place after Day 1 with a solid 10.45 pound limit. Barry bettered that weight on Day 2 by bringing 10.89 pounds to the scales, giving him 21.34 pounds overall and a 0.74 pound margin over third place. For his second place Boater Division finish, Barry collected $1,050.

Third place finisher Derick Olson made up quite a bit of ground between Days 1 and 2. Olson, from Honey Brook, Pennsylvania and a member of the Quickfire Bassmasters, had a small 8.42 pound limit on Day 1, placing him is tenth place. However, Olson backed that weight up with 12.18 pounds on Day 2, giving him a total of 20.60 pounds, and the $800 third place check. Fourth place Boater Division finisher was John McAloney. McAloney, from Sussex, New Jersey and a member of the Essex County Bassmasters, had a two-day weight of 19.51 pounds, worth $580.

Other prizes were awarded to the fifth, sixth and seventh place Boater Division anglers. In that regard, Nick Angiulo received a 2017 free entry certificate for his fifth place finish; Mike Hart received a 2017 free entry certificate for his sixth place finish; and Keith Kurpicki received a $150 gift certificate that was graciously donated by NJBF sponsor, North Jersey Marine, for his seventh place finish. The Boater Division lunker prize was taken by Rich Schneidereit, from Medford, New Jersey and a member of the Clearwater Bassmasters with a 4.84 pound largemouth, caught on Day 1. Schneidereit’s lunker was worth $150.

Co-Angler Division
C.J. Tuite broke a long NJBF victory drought by winning last month’s Delaware River event. And, after his Day 1 weight of 3.92 pounds consisting of one fish, he was likely none too confident that he could make it two in a row as he sat mired in eighth place. However, he indeed did so, with a huge Day 2 output of four fish totaling 10.50 pounds, including the 4.39 pound Co-Angler Division lunker. Tuite, from Succasunna, New Jersey and a member of the Warren County Bassmasters rode his Day 2 success to easily win the event by nearly three and one- half pounds, and collected $1,750, the largest check ever awarded to a Co-Angler in a NJBF event. Tuite collected an additional $125 for his lunker.

Mike Lee had a narrow lead in this event after Day 1 when he managed four fish for 9.29 pounds. However, as is often the fate of a co-angler, he struggled on Day 2 to bring in two fish weighing 2.66 pounds, giving him a total of 11.95 pounds. Nevertheless, Lee, from Oakland, New Jersey and a member of the Essex County Bassmasters, held on to finish in second and collected the Co-Angler Division second place prize of $600.

Third place Co-Angler went to Dave Lindabury with 11.68 pounds. Lindabury, from Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and a member of the Big D Valley Bassmasters had only two small fish on Day 1 weighing 3.30 pounds. However, on Day 2 he put together the only five-fish limit by a Co-Angler totaling 8.38 pounds, which catapulted him up to the third position. Lindabury received $310.

Other prizes were awarded to the fourth, fifth and sixth Co-Angler Division anglers. In that regard, Greg Farace received a 2017 free entry certificate for his fourth place finish; Casey Noble received a 2017 free entry certificate for his fifth place finish; and Bill Spindler received a Ranger life vest that was graciously donated by NJBF sponsor, North Jersey Marine, for his sixth place finish.

Yearlong Tournament Awards

Angler of the Year
Boater Division Angler of the Year was wide open going into this last event with the top 10 anglers separated by only 20 overall points. However, Derick Olson expanded his narrow lead with his solid finish in this event to easily capture the title.
The Co-Angler Division Angler of the Year was also an incredibly close race going into the event, with the top six Co-Anglers within 14 points of one another. However, similar to the Boater Division, C.J. Tuite, by winning this event, ensured that he would be the Co-Angler of the Year.

Rookie of the Year
In the Boater Division, the Rookie of the Year was Ryan McGinty of the Big D Valley Bassmasters. McGinty finished the season in sixth place overall in the Boater Division.
In the Co-Angler Division, and making it a Big D Valley sweep, was Dave Lindabury, who, by virtue of his seventh place finish in the standings is the Co-Angler Rookie of the Year.

Miscellaneous Notes
1. The fishing at Lake Hopatcong proved tough, but better than expected. In that regard, 270 fish weighing 505.62 pounds were brought to the scales. All but two of the fish (99.26%) were released alive.
2. By virtue of being the highest placing eligible Ranger Boat owner in the event, Derick Olson will receive $250 in Ranger Cup bonus money.
3. The NJBF anglers and Tournament Staff are to be commended on their care of the fish brought to the weigh-ins during all of the 2016 events. Of the 1,256 fish weighed, only six were brought to the scales dead and an amazing 99.52% were released alive.
4. Kudos go out to first-year Tournament Director, Dan Goykhman, who did a tremendous job with the new format and ran this season’s events in a fair and efficient manner under often trying circumstances.

Jul 29


Submitted by: Nick Angiulo

Delaware River.1Let’s face facts; bass fishing in New Jersey is difficult. A lack of large bodies of water along with high fishing pressure makes catching bass in New Jersey a unique challenge. Among the most challenging bodies of water to catch bass in New Jersey is the Delaware River. While the river can be productive during the cooler weather of the spring and fall, in the summer, the fishing can be hit or miss at best. At the New Jersey Bass Federation’s second point event of the season, held on July 24, 2016 on the river, it was mostly a miss, as many of the participating anglers found it difficult to catch even one 12 inch-sized fish. Nevertheless, and as always, some of the anglers solved the puzzle and brought representative weights to the scales.

Boater Division
The angler who most successfully adapted to the mood of the fish on tournament day was Darren Pincus. Pincus, from Flemington, New Jersey and a member of the Blazin’ Bass chapter, posted one of the few five-fish limits in the event weighing 10.50 pounds. That weight gave him a more than one-half pound spread over his nearest competitors. For his hard-earned victory, Pincus received the guaranteed minimum Boater first prize of $2,000.

Finishing in second place in the Boater Division was Pincus’ Blazin’ Bass teammate, Mike Keller. Keller, from Newton, New Jersey, also posted a five-fish limit which totaled 9.90 pounds. Keller received $565 for his second place finish. Close behind in the Boater Division was Derick Olson, with his second consecutive third place finish. Olson, from Honey Brook, Pennsylvania and a member of the Quickfire Bassmasters, had the only other five-fish limit of the event, which weighed 9.72 pounds. Finishing further behind in fourth place was Ryan McGinty of the Big “D” Valley Bassmasters. McGinty, from Tabernacle, New Jersey had three chunky fish weighing 8.00 pounds. Bother Olson and McGinty received Boater Division “Free Entry” certificates into future events.

Co-Angler Division
When fishing is tough, it is the anglers in the Co-Angler Division that have the largest obstacles to overcome as they are often not in a position to have the first opportunity to present their lures to the fish. Nevertheless, the Federation has produced significant numbers of highly talented co-anglers. In that regard, the winner of the Co-Angler Division is this event is usually one of the most consistent Co-Anglers on the circuit. While it has been quite some time since his last Federation victory, he seized the moment to capture his second win and the minimum guaranteed one-day Co-Angler Division first prize of $1,250. That Co- Angler, Charles (C.J.) Tuite, from Succasunna, New Jersey and a member of the
Warren County Bassmasters, grinded out three fish weighing 5.31 pounds, which easily captured the top spot in the Co-Angler Division.

Second place went to Michael Williams who is from Camden, New Jersey and a member of the Castaway Bassmasters. Williams managed two keepers weighing 3.74 pounds, worth $280. Third place went to Randy Hutchinson, from Sewell, New Jersey and a member of the Mega Bass 6 chapter with two fish weighing 3.08 pounds. Fourth place in the Co-Angler Division was captured by Pete Longo from Neptune, New Jersey and a member of the Clearwater Bassmasters with two fish for 2.91 pounds. Bother Hutchinson and Longo received Co-Angler Division “Free Entry” certificates into future events.

Delaware River

Miscellaneous Notes
1. Only three anglers brought five fish limits to the scales and only 49 fish totaling over 93 pounds were weighed in. Forty-eight of the 49 fish were released alive.

2. As winners of the event, Darren Pincus and C.J. Tuite are eligible to compete at New Jersey’s district 2016 TBF National Semi-Final event so long as they compete in the remaining Federation event.

3. By virtue of being the highest placing eligible Ranger Boat owner in the event, Darren Pincus will receive $250 in Ranger Cup bonus money.

Jul 20

Delaware Tournament Procedures and Pairings



Attached are the PRELIMINARY PAIRINGS for this Sunday’s Delaware River event. These are subject to change.


In this regard, the two co-anglers listed at the top of page 1 with no boaters are on the waiting list. Without further boater registrations, they will not be able to fish.

Jun 22


Submitted by: Nick Angiulo
Every two years now for more than a decade, the New Jersey Bass Federation has scheduled its annual Team Tournament on Lake Champlain. And for good reason! Lake Champlain is one of the world’s best overall bass fisheries, and routinely produces both prodigious numbers and weights of smallmouth and largemouth bass. The lake also offers nearly unlimited opportunities for anglers to catch fish in numerous ways, such as fishing shallow or deep weed areas, rock ledges and humps, or just about everything in between. Add those factors to the scenic beauty of the Adirondack Mountains and you have just a few of the reasons why some of the most accomplished bass professionals in the world consider Lake Champlain their favorite lake. And as in year’s past, this year’s event, held on June 16 and June 17, proved to be a highly competitive affair.

The Team Tournament pits the top six anglers from each participating New Jersey Bass Federation club against one another in a two-day, cumulative weight event, and the event routinely brings New Jersey’s best bass anglers out to compete. Aside from the team portion of the event, where the top five teams received cash prizes, the top eight individuals received cash prizes and the top six anglers in each division (Boater/Co-Angler) qualified to advance to the 2016 District 15 TBF National Semi-Final.

This year’s winning team, the Bucketmouth Brigade, made a furious comeback between Day 1 and Day 2. In fact, after the first day of competition, the team found itself in 10TH place with 65.17 pounds, more than 10 pounds from first place. However, following the lead of the event’s overall winner, Dave Frost, the team more than made up that deficit on Day 2 and won the event by the closest of margins, a mere 1.25 pounds.

The team’s overall weight was 150.94 pounds. The team comprised of the following members: John Carpenter; Dave Frost; Frank Hutchinson; Al “Froggy” Kolasa; Doug Peabody; and Joe Sodora. While each of the team’s members played their part, as mentioned above, one member clearly led the way. Leading the team and winning the individual portion of the event was Dave Frost with 38.82 pounds. Frost’s Day 1 weight of 17.38 pounds had him safely in second place, but it was his Day 2 weight that stunned the attendees. Frost’s Day 2 limit of 21.44 pounds, the largest of the event by over two pounds, gave him his total and an overall winning margin of over six pounds. The next highest team finisher was John Carpenter with 28.34 pounds. Carpenter was followed by Kolasa with 25.78 pounds, Hutchinson with 24.68 pounds; Peabody with 19.24 pounds and Sodora with 11.96 pounds.

The Day 1 leading team, the Mega Bass 6, finished in a close second place. While the team posted similar weight totals between Day 1 and Day 2, it could not amass enough weight to combat the Day 2 onslaught of the Bucketmouth Brigade. In the two days, the team compiled a total weight of 149.69 pounds. Consistency was the key for this squad as every team member posted at least 22 pounds over the two days. The team was led by Federation President Mike Hart with 30.19 pounds. Hart was followed by George Hutchinson with 26.61 pounds, Randy Hutchinson with 24.22 pounds, Frank White with 23.15 pounds, Ron Bassani with 22.90 pounds and Jim Beatty with 22.62 pounds.

Finishing in third place was the Big “D” Valley Bassmasters with a total weight of 143.65 pounds. The team, which consisted of three anglers who had never fished the lake before, weighed in similar weights each day. The team was led by Carl Fontana with 29.46 pounds, placing him in fourth place in the Co-Angler Division. Fontana was followed by Dexter Marshall with 26.66 pounds; Nick Angiulo with 25.52 pounds; Ryan McGinty with 25.29 pounds; Glen Savino with 18.82 pounds; and Dave Lindabury with 17.90 pounds.

Aside from the team aspect of the event, as previously mentioned, the top eight individual finishers received cash prizes. Those individuals were as follows:
1ST Place – Dave Frost – Bucketmouth Brigade – 38.82 pounds; 2ND Place – Chris Liobis – Bergen Bassmasters – 33.53 pounds; 3RD Place – Joseph Casale – North Jersey Bass Anglers – 32.72 pounds; 4TH Place – Greg Trass – Bergen Bassmasters – 31.35 pounds; 5TH Place – Chris Lee – Essex County Bassmasters – 31.19 pounds; 6TH Place – Alan Zenkert – Northern NJ Bassmasters – 31.14 pounds; 7TH Place – Pete Longo – Clearwater Bassmasters – 30.96 pounds; 8TH Place – Ben Keysper – Raritan Valley Bassmasters – 30.93 pounds.

Additionally, the top six anglers in each division (Boater/Co-Angler) qualified to advance to the 2016 District 15 TBF National Semi-Final.

Those individuals are as follows:
Boater Division/Co-Angler Division: Dave Frost/Joseph Casale; Chris Liobis/Greg Trass; Chris Lee/Steve Brinster; Alan Zenkert,Carl Fontana; Pete Longo,Frank Hutchinson; Ben Keysper/William Garcia

Tournament Notes
1. While this event did not produce the large weights that are possible at Lake Champlain, the results were nonetheless impressive. In this regard, the 102 anglers weighed in 871 fish over the two days. Of those 871 fish, 868 (99.66%) were returned to the lake alive. Kudos are warranted to all the anglers and Tournament Staff for ensuring that all fish were handled properly and kept alive. The total weight for the event was 2,200.08 pounds, which comes out to 21.57 pounds per angler and a per fish average of 2.53 pounds. Finally, 53 anglers (51.96%) weighed in 10 fish limits.

2. Special thanks to all the anglers who volunteered to help the Tournament Staff before, during and after the event. It is sincerely appreciated!

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