Club News


January 28, 2018

2018 Big Bass Annual Meeting Scheduled for 11:30 start at the Black Bear Inn on 54 Ridge Road in Oak Ridge. At the meeting members can pay 2018 dues, join side pools, vote on any proposed rule changes, and congratulate 2017 winners for Angler of the Year and Lunker of the Year.



September 24, 2017

Congratulations to the team of Rob Catelli & Chris O'Neill for setting a new club record today during the club classic on Monksville Reservoir for heaviest bass. Their lunker largemouth bass weighed in at 4.79 lbs beating a 10 year old club record from April of 2007. Congrats to Chris & Rob!


September 3, 2017

Congratulations to the team of Mark Trongone & Rob Meidisner for setting a new club record today on Cranberry Lake for heaviest bag. Their 5 bass weighed in at 15.00 lbs beating the old record from 2013 that was caught by Bill Griffett & Brian Grant. Congrats to Mark & Rob!


July 2, 2017

With the cancellation of the Monksville tournament, the club will change the required tournaments fished needed to qualify for the club classic on September 24th. The number will be reduced from 5 tournaments needed to 4 tournaments needed for this season.


June 18, 2017

Congratulations to the team of Rick and Frank Morici for setting a new club record today on Pompton Lakes for heaviest bass. Their lunker largemouth weighed in at 5.65 lbs beating the record of 4.57 from September of 2015 that was caught by Dan and Lori Kornacki. Congrats Morici Brothers!


April 9, 2017

Congratulations to the team of Giovanni Martino and Gianni Marano for setting a new club record today on Swartswood Lake for heaviest bag. Gio & Gianni weighed in a 5 bass limit of 16.85 beating the record of 16.02 that stood for five seasons.


February 26, 2017

There were several new rule changes proposed, voted on and passed today at our annual Big Bass meeting. They include:

* Change to the Big Bass optional side pools (lunker of the year and 6 pound pool) - The club has voted that the optional side pools are avaible to paid members only and that members may join at any time throughout the season.

*Change to how Classic Votes are cast - The club has voted to change the way the winning team votes for the Classic location. Starting with club tournament #1 in the 2017 season, the team that wins the tournament will receive 3 choices per envelope. First, second and third choice. At the end of the season, Angler of the Year will now pick only one envelope. If for some reason, we can’t hold the classic on the first choice, the second or the third choice will be picked from that envelope.

*How points are awarded in a club tournament where no fish are caught - The club has decided in the event that no fish are caught during a club tournament, winners will be determined by raffle drawing and no additional standings points will be awarded to the winners of the raffle. All anglers will receive 1 participation point. A tournament with no fish caught will NOT get a classic vote.

* 50/50 Raffle Tickets - The club has decided that the club president will pick the 50/50 Raffle Ticket winner before the tournament begins, rather than after the weigh-in as it was done in the past.


September 25, 2016

Congratulations to the team of Donnie Hawk & Bruce Fox for winning the 2016 Club Classic held today on Merrill Creek Reservoir. They weighed in a 5 bass bag for 13.29 along with the lunker for their first classic win.

September 18, 2016

Congratulations to the Danza brothers, Charlie and John, on their 2nd Angler of the Year win in the last 3 seasons. They finished 2nd today on Lake Aeroflex, with a 5 bass bag for 10.10, enough to secure the victory. In only our second year using the point standings system to determine the winner, the club had a tie atop the standings. Going to the tie-breaker of total weight, the Danza's narrowly defeated reigning AOY Bill Griffett by only .76 of a pound.

January 31, 2016

There were several new rule changes proposed, voted on and passed today at our annual Big Bass meeting. They include:

* Classic Vote Change Regarding Guest Teams That Win A Club Tournament - The club has voted that in the event that a team of guests wins a club tournament, the vote for location of Club Classic will be awarded to the highest placing member. Previously, there was no vote cast.

* 6 LB Pool, Lunker of the Year Pools, Lake Records & The Club Classic - The club has voted to extend the Lunker of the Year contest to now include the Club Classic. The winner of LOY and the LOY side pools will now be determined at the end of the Club Classic. Also, the 6 LB POOL can now be won during the Club Classic. Additionally, if a club record is set for heaviest bass or heaviest bag during the Classic, it will now count as the new club record for that lake.

* Equipment Breakdown Which Results In Loss of Use of Electric Motor on Electric Only Waters - The club has voted that in the event of fishing an electric only tournament and a contestant has an equipment breakdown resulting in loss of use of their electric motor, the team must notify a club official for assistance. If you start your gas motor, you will be DQ'D.

* Entry into the Optional Pools (LOY and 6 LB) - The club voted to require members to pay entry into the optional pools on or before the 1st club tournament of the season, or they forfeit their eligibility for that season.




September 27, 2015

Congratulations to the team of Bill Griffett & Brian Grant for winning their 3rd consecutive Classic on Swartswood Lake today. They weighed in 4 bass for 11.25 pounds. Also on Swartswood Lake today, a new lunker record was set by the team of Jimmy and Harry Lindner with a 5.31 pound largemouth. Congrats to the Lindners.

September 20, 2015

Congratulations to new members Tim Daffick and Chris Ring for setting a new club record for heaviest bag weight today on Pompton Lakes. They weighed in 5 bass for 16.23 pounds. Another record was broken on Pompton today when the team of Lori and Dan Kornacki weighed in a new lunker bass at 4.57 lbs. Congrats to Tim, Chris, Dan & Lori.

August 30, 2015

Congratulations to Bill Griffett for winning the Angler of the Year title today after finishing in second place on Carnegie Lake. This is Bill's second AOY win, his other victory in 2012.

August 9, 2015

Congratulations to the team of Donnie Hawk & Bruce Fox for setting a new club record for heaviest bag weight today on Lake Musconetcong with 5 bass for 15.12 pounds.

January 25, 2015

New rule changes were proposed, voted on and passed today at our annual Big Bass meeting. They include:

* Life Jackets - Waist Band (pfd) Personal Float Devices will no longer be accepted in any Big Bass tournaments. Out of concern for the safety of our members, it will be mandatory to wear a vest type (pfd) and they must be worn properly, meaning zipped up or snapped properly.

* New Point System to award AOY - Starting with the 2015 season, a new point system will replace total weight to determine our AOY winner (or winning team). Total weight will still be tracked here on our website as this will be the tie-breaker if we end up with a tie in points. The new point system will work as follows:

1st place = 11 points
2nd place = 9 points
3rd place = 8 points
4th place = 7 points
5th place = 6 points
6th place = 5 points
7th place = 4 points
8th place = 3 points
9th place = 2 points
10th place = 1 point

Each member who fishes a tournament will receive 1 participation point. No additional points will be awarded for lunker.

September 21, 2014

Congrats to the Danza brothers, Charlie and John, for winning AOY honors by bringing in an impressive 14.74 bag on Swartswood Lake on the final day of the season. The .28 winning margin over the Morici brothers was the closest AOY finish in club history.


July 27, 2014

Congrats to the Morici brothers, Rick and Frank, for setting a new club record for lunker out of Merrill Creek Reservoir with a 5.89 pound largemouth.


January 1, 2014

Big Bass Association will have new leadership as we head into the 2014 season. Mike Concato will be serving as Club President, replacing founding member Vinnie Pier who has served as Club President for the last 12 years. Mike is also President of the Ramapo College Bass Fishing Club. Joining Mike will be Giovanni Martino, who will serve as Club Vice President. Special thanks to Vinnie for running a great fishing club and also to Charlie LoSchiavo and Kenny Walters for helping out with many of the tournament responsibilities. Good luck to Mike and Giovanni.




October 6, 2013

Bill Griffett and Brian Grant won the 2013 Classic on Spruce Run Reservoir with a club record breaking catch. They established new records weights for largest bag and lunker on their way to winning the $800 classic payout. Congratulation to Bill and Brian on their big win on Spruce Run.

September 22, 2013

Congratulations to Albie Pallavicini & Clarence Hollenbeck who have won the 2013 Angler of the Year with an incredibly strong and consistent season. In the 8 club tournaments, they finished 1st (once), 2nd (twice), 3rd (four times) and 4th (once). This is their 4th AOY title, a club record.

July 28, 2013

Congrats today to Bill Griffett and Brian Grant who set a new club record on Cranberry Lake for heaviest bag with 5 bass weighing in at 14.53 lbs. With today's win this is the 3rd time in 4 club tournaments that Bill & Brian have placed (1st twice and 2nd place once). Congrats also goes out to Albie & Clarence who have placed in 3 out of the first 4 club tournaments (2nd and 3rd place twice).

January 27, 2013

New to the 2013 season, ALL anglers must complete the insurance waiver & release agreement to fish in club tournaments.


September 23, 2012

Congratulations today to Bill Griffett for finishing in the top spot in the angler of the year race. The win on Waywaynda today secured Bill's 1st place position with his partner Brian Grant finishing 2nd in the AOY race.

September 22, 2012

Congratulations today to Bill Griffett and Brian Grant who hit the 6 pound pool on Waywayanda with a 6.24 lb largemouth bass, while on their way to winning the 2 day Waywayanda tournament. This is the 3rd time the 6 pound pool has been won on Waywayanda (August 2010 & July 2008).

September 9, 2012

Congrats today to Bill Griffett and Brian Grant who set a new club record on Cranberry Lake for heaviest bag with 5 bass weighing in at 12.50 lbs. With today's win this is the 4th time in 7 club tournaments that Bill has placed. He finished 1st three times and took a 2nd place once. Three of the times were with his partner Brian Grant.

The race for angler of the year is on. With only the 2 day tournament left, Bill Griffett is in the lead with 67.11 lbs. Brian Grant is close behind in 2nd with 64.40 lbs. Ricky Morici is in 3rd with 63.29 lbs, and Frankie Morici is in 4th with 61.24 lbs. With Bill Griffitt catching up and taking the lead in the last 2 tournaments of Merrill Creek and Cranberry will he be able to hold on to it? The Morici brothers have the knowledge of Waywayanda, will it be enough to catch Bill and Brian and win AOY?

August 26, 2012

Special Congrats today to Bill Griffett who set 3 new club records today fishing by himself in Merrill Creek. Bill caught the heaviest bag in club history with 5 largemouth bass weighing 21.09. This bag also sets the new club record on Merrill Creek. Bill also broke his own lunker record which he had set last year with a 5.71. Congrats to Bill on his record setting day and for a bag topping 21 lbs which should be very difficult record to beat.

July 8, 2012

Chris Rizzo & Anthony Della Salla set a new Club Lake Record for Musconetcong with a LMB of 5.15 lbs. Congrats Guys.

June 17, 2012

Congrats to the team of Bill Griffett and Brian Grant for setting a new lake record for Spruce Run with a big bag of 5 smallmouth bass weighing 16.53. Congratulations also goes out to the team of Rick Faulkner and Travis Pizzulo for a new lake record on Spruce Run for the lunker category weighing in a bass at 4.73. Great job both teams!

Currently the 6lb pool is at $1490.00, The annual lunker pool is at $320 which is split between LMB & SMB.
Leaders of the lunker pool for the largemouth category are Mark Filippini & Bill Peer with 5.23lbs.
Leaders of the lunker pool for the smallmouth category are Mark Filippini & Bill Peer with 3.39lbs.

April 1, 2012

Mark Filippini & Bill Peer set new lake records for Swartswood with a 16.02 bag and 5.23 LMB Lunker. Congrats guys!




December 19, 2011

Starting for 2012, each point tournament will be $70, $10 of the entry fee is going towards a cash award for lunker of the year and AOY. It will be a 60% payback for AOY & 40% payback for LOY. Based on the last 2 years with just over 100 boats entering all point tournaments, payout could be $600/$400.

September 11, 2011

Current lunker for LMB is now 5.48 lbs caught by Ken Walters at Waywayanda. Current lunker for SMB is 4.14lbs caught by Bill Griffett at Merrill Creek. The club lunker is currently 5.48lbs Ken Walters/Rich Rulli.

August 26, 2011

Due to Hurricane Irene the Monksville Tournament for Sunday 8-27 is cancelled. This late into the season will not allow for a make up tournament, so members will only need to fish 4 point tournaments instead of 5 to qualify for the Classic.

August 15, 2011

The 6lb pool is up to $940.00. Lunker of the year for LMB is now 4.72lbs and SMB is 4.14lbs. Powers/Sullivan caught the 4.72lb LMB, placed 1st in the T and also set the new mark for Lake Record lunker for Swartswood. Congrats guys.

July 12, 2011

The 6lb pound pool is currently up to $860. The lunker of the year pool (heaviest LMB & SMB) is currently $270. You can still get in on either of these pools at the table before any tournaments. Current leaders are LMB 4.38 lbs & SMB 4.14 lbs.

January 31, 2011

The Invitational has been replaced with the Club Classic. The Wild Card will no longer be held and has been replaced with an Open Tournament. See rules for the Classic & how to qualify.


August 20, 2010

Congratulations to the team of Albie Pallavicini and Clarence Hollenbeck for winning the 6 lb pool on Waywayanda. Albie caught a largemouth weighing in at 6.05 lbs winning $1960.00 (This is the second time the 6 lb pool was won on Waywayanda in the last 2 years). Nice job guys!



June 22, 2009

Congratulations to Mark Filippini and Bill Peer for setting a new club record on 6/21/09 at Merrill Creek with a winning bag of 20.73. A great Father's Day Gift, i'm sure it will be a hard record to beat.

January 18, 2009

Be sure to check the updated schedule for the 2009 year, as well as the new Wild-Card rules page.


July 21, 2008

Congratulations to Dana Kissack and Mike Lynch Jr. for winning the 6 LB pool 7/20/08 on Waywayanda with a 7.53 Largemouth, winning $2510.00. Great job guys.

April 15, 2008

The original date for the Swartswood tournament has been changed. Due to a change in scheduling, the date has been moved from June 15th to June 22nd.



September 6, 2007

Please be advised that the Watershed opened Oak Ridge Tuesday 9-4, that means the tournament on the 16th will be held on Oak Ridge as scheduled - not Merrill Creek. If you have any questions please call or e-mail me, thanks.

August 20, 2007

Congratulations to Jimmy Powers for fishing 5 out of 6 tournaments this year placing 3 times, great job Jim. Also, attention members, Merrill Creek was picked to replace Oak Ridge. Members are responsible for calling the watershed office (973-697-2850) on Saturday, Sept 15th to make sure Oak Ridge is still closed. If it is open the tournament will be there as scheduled, if its closed we will be at Merrill Creek with the same start time 6:15. Please watch for any updates.

August 1, 2007

Please be advised that Clinton Rd is closed at the dam. Instead get off at the Union Valley Rd exit, pass the nursing home on your right. The second left will be Van Orden Rd make that left, go to the end make a right - that will be Clinton Rd.

July 24, 2007

Congratulations to Kenny (Hot Streak) Walters for winning two out of four tournaments this year fishing with a different partner in each one.

July 19, 2007
Please be advised as of Friday July 13th. the watershed office closed Oak Ridge Reservoir due to low water levels. Hopefully we get enough rain before our tournament there on Sept 16th. If not Ii'll put all the names of the places we fished this year in a hat, the boat owner of the Echo tournament will pick a name to replace Oak Ridge, please watch for any updates.