2022 OPEN BUDDY EVENT RESULTS – April 10, 2022, Lake Hopatcong

2022 OPEN BUDDY EVENT RESULTS – April 10, 2022, Lake Hopatcong

Ahh, to be a weatherman.  No one had predicted the weather that awaited the 16 intrepid teams that showed up for the New Jersey Bass Federation’s April 10, 2022 open buddy event at Lake Hopatcong.

The only thing more unpleasant than the 15-20 all-day sustained winds, was the 45-degree temperatures, with on-and-off all-day snow showers.  To make matters more difficult, the entire lake was “no wake” since it had risen 15 inches in the past 7 days and was above flood height.  Regardless, some teams unlocked the secret and had success.

The winners of the event was the team of Caleb Martin and Dan Goykhman.  That team posted an impressive five-fish limit weighing  13.40 pounds.  This team also had the lunker winning 4.65 largemouth.

Second place was taken by the team of Frank Appaluccio and Joe Zapf.  That team also had a five-fish limit, totaling 12.03 pounds.  Third place went to the team of Mike Keller and Wally Peer with three chunky fish weighing 10.42 pounds.

These three teams received cash prizes for their efforts, as well as an additional cash prize for the lunker.

Thanks to all those who braved the bone-chilling elements.  Also, special thanks to Keitech and Mike Czaplinski who donated two $50 Keitech gift cards for the fourth place team.