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Bergen Bassmasters seek volunteers, donations for 27th Annual Fishing Derby for Disabled

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

SHOUT OUT: The Bergen Bassmasters of Oradell hold their 27th Annual Fishing Derby for the Disabled on June 6, rain or shine, at Darlington Park in Mahwah from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Co-sponsors for the event: The Bergen County Department of Parks & Recreation, the Ridgewood Department of Parks, Inserra Supermarkets, Rockland Electric and Ramsey Outdoor.

Expected participants will come from the ARC of Bergen and Passaic Counties, Spectrum for Living, the Handicapped Boy Scouts of America, Big Wheels of Westwood, HIP in Hackensack, Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey, and other groups in the Bergen County area.

Bergen Bassmasters cover the cost of all fishing supplies, bait, bathrooms, food and drink — along with trophies, prizes and medaliions — thanks to donations.

No contestant goes away empty-handed.

There will also be a disc jockey lakeside and hay rides throughout the day.

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(Kris Lechman/ President & Tournament Director)

The organization could use assistance helpiing contest bait hooks, cast and reel, weight fish, keep score, serve food/drink, help people on the hayride, join the cleanup — or just be a companion to a guest.

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This video is from last year’s event:

The Bergen Bassmasters was formed in 1986 and has since grown into the largest NJ Bass Federation Chapter and one of the most respected bass fishing clubs in the state — with nine chapter of the year awards.

Bergen Bassmasters has received several awards from the state for the club’s contibutions to the disabled and has been named the ESPN/Bassmasters “National Chapter of the Year for the Special Events Category.”

Club tournaments are held in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

The club sends its top finishers to the annual New Jersey Top Six Team Tournament and conducts numerous buddy tournaments — some open only to club members and observers — along with an Open Event Night Tournament each year for non-members.

Fishing derbies for both the local Cub Scouts and the handicapped are also held.

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