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The South Jersey Bass Club Association presents a number of awards each year to recognize excellence in the areas of tournament bass fishing and organization of youth fishing activities.  Nominations for these awards are accepted at the December and January meetings.  The award plaques are presented at the February meeting.  (Photos of the winners since 2000 are located in the Annual Awards Photo Gallery .)

Following are the awards presented and the past winners:

TOURNAMENT BASS FISHING EXCELLENCE
Must be caught by members of an active SJBCA club and must be caught in a member's club tournament or in an open tournament hosted by a member club or the SJBCA.  Contact the SJBCA secretary for complete rules.

Lunker of the Year:  Heaviest bass caught by a fisherman.
2013
Mike Pfancook, Swimming River Bassmasters, Lake Champlain (NY), 6.64 lbs
2012
Mark Edmeads, South Jersey Hawg Hunters, Bargaintown Lake, 6.66 lbs
2011
Mike Sims, Tidewater Bassers, Bohemia River (Md), 7 lbs 6 oz
2010
Chris Oeser, South Jersey Hawg Hunters, Davis Mill Pond, 7.48 lbs
2009 Lynn Sprigg, South Jersey Hawg Hunters, Parvin Lake, 6.33 lbs
2008
Dave Walukiewicz, South Jersey Bass Stalkers, Davis Mill Pond, 5 lbs 12 oz
2007
Jim Giardinelli, South Jersey Bassers, Davis Mill Pond, 7 lbs 10 oz
2006 Jason Tuttas, Rising Sun Bassmasters, Merrill Creek Reservoir, 7 lbs 14 oz
2005
Dino Edmonson, 4th Ward Bass Anglers, Sunset Lake, 6.94 lbs
2004
Gene Cardaci, Happy Hooker Bassers, Rainbow Lake, 6 lbs 4 oz
2003 Pete Antoniewicz, Del River Fishermen's Assoc, Susq Flats (Md) (Bass Bowl), 6.60 lbs
2002 Al Davis, Tri-State Bass Assassins, Salem Canal, 6 lbs 8 oz
2001 Ken Merlock, SJ Hawg Hunters, Rainbow Lake, 6.70 lbs
2000 Emerson Hill, Garden State Bassmasters, Lake Anna (Va), 8.16 lbs
1999 Jodi Petrilli, Cedarwater Bassmasters, DOD Lake, 7.42 lbs
1998 Tom Holt, SJ Bassers, Rainbow Lake, 6 lbs 6 oz

3-Bass Limit of the Year - Individual:  Heaviest three bass caught in one tournament at a NJ Trophy Bass Lake (Parvin, Assunpink & Delaware Lakes) by a fisherman.
2013
Bill Leach, South Jersey Hook This!, Lake Assunpink, 9.03 lbs
2012
Jay Niessan, South Jersey Hook This!, Lake Assunpink, 9.45 lbs
2011
Marc Maguire, South Jersey Reel Burners, Parvin Lake, 9.60 lbs
2010
Bill Leach, South Jersey Hook This, Parvin Lake, 10.00 lbs
2009
Jeff Caldarulo, Cumberland County Bassmasters, Parvin Lake, 12.34 pounds
2008
none
2007
Dennis Tolentino, South Jersey Hook This, Lake Assunpink, 13.36 lbs
2006
Dave Butenewicz Sr, Top Rod Bassmasters, Lake Assunpink, 8 lbs 1 oz
2005
Dave Butenewicz Sr, Top Rod Bassmasters, Parvin Lake, 7 lbs 15 oz
2004
Bill Cadle, South Point Bassers, Lake Assunpink, 8 lbs 6 oz
2003
Joe Cubernot, South Point Bassers, Parvin Lake, 9.38 lbs
2002
Rick Phelan, Rising Sun Bassmasters, Parvin Lake, 5 lbs 13 oz.

5-Bass Limit of the Year - Individual:  Heaviest five bass caught in one tournament by a fisherman.
2013
Greg Dipalma, Tidewater Bassers, Susquehanna Flats (MD), 21.09 lbs
2012
Mike Pfancook, Swimming River Bassmasters, Lake Champlain (NY), 21.75 lbs
2011
Mark Musso, 4th Ward Bass Anglers, Sassafras River (MD), 17.51 lbs
2010
Jack Justice, 4th Ward Bass Anglers, Potomac River (MD), 15.68 lbs
2009
Mark Musso, 4th Ward Bass Anglers, Potomac River (MD), 14.25 pounds
2008
Craig Townsend, Bucketmouth Brigade, Merrill Creek Reservoir, 16 lbs 0 oz
2007
Mike Poli, Rising Sun Bassmasters, Merrill Creek Reservoir, 19 lbs 0 oz
2006 Mitch Smith, Bucketmouth Brigade, Susquehanna Flats (MD,) 17 lbs 13 oz
2005
Bryon Powell, Top Rod Bassmasters, Davis Mill Pond, 13 lbs 4 oz
2004
Jeff Caldarulo, Cumberland County Bassmasters, Rainbow Lake, 12.99 lbs
2003 Mike Poli, Rising Sun Bassmasters, Deal Lake, 19 lbs 1 oz
2002 Bob Russell, Tidewater Bassers, Rainbow Lake, 17.05 lbs
2001 Mike Poli, Rising Sun Bassmasters, 14 lbs 7 oz
2000 Bill Webster, Rising Sun Bassmasters, 14 lbs 12 oz
1999 Dennis Hunsberger, Tidewater Bassers, Lums Pond (DE), 16.90 lbs
1998 Anthony D'Alonzo, Bucketmouth Brigade, Manasquan Reservoir, 18 lbs 8 oz

5-Bass Limit of the Year - Buddy Team:  Heaviest five bass caught by a two-fisherman team in a buddy format, five bass limit tournament.
2013
Scott West & Ron Brown, Kickin Bass Fishing Club, Susquehanna Flats (MD), 19.94 lbs

6-Bass Limit of the Year - Buddy Team:
  Heaviest six bass caught by a two-fisherman team in a buddy format, six bass limit tournament at a NJ Trophy Bass Lake (Parvin, Assunpink & Delaware Lakes).
2013
none
2012
Zeke Zellman & Wade Schoonover, South Jersey Hawg Hunters, Lake Assunpink, 8.85lbs
2011
Scott Bowen & Bill Ridel, South Jersey Hawg Hunters, Lake Assunpink, 9.79 lbs
2010
Scott Bowen & Bill Ridel, South Jersey Hawg Hunters, Lake Assunpink, 10.46 lbs
2009
Al Franchetta & John Franchetta, South Jersey Hawg Hunters, Parvin Lake, 9.07 pounds
2008
Al Franchetta & John Franchetta, South Jersey Hawg Hunters, Parvin Lake, 15.43 lbs
2007
Chris Smith & Craig Townsend, Bucketmouth Brigade, Lake Assunpink, 16.22 lbs
2006
Scott Bowen & Bill Ridel, South Jersey Hawg Hunters, Lake Assunpink, 7.77 lbs
2005
none
2004
none
2003
Bill Vota & Butch Backus, South Point Bassers, Parvin Lake, 18.09 lbs
2002
Newell 'Porky' Forvour & Dan Bradbury, Pine Cone Anglers, Lake Assunpink, 14 lbs 11 oz

10-Bass Limit of the Year - Buddy Team:  Heaviest ten bass caught by a two-fisherman team in a buddy format, ten bass limit tournament.
2013
Zeke Zellman & Wade Schoonover, South Jersey Hawg Hunters, Cedarville Lake/Shaw's Mill Pond  (one day tournament), 9.54 pounds
2012
Reno Regalbuto & Joe Tobolski, 4th Ward Bass Anglers, North East River (MD), 28.80 lbs
2011
Keith Cowan & Zach Cowan, Rippin Lipz Bassmasters, North East River (MD) (Bass Bowl), 33.51 lbs
2010
Spencer Hatton & Joe Reiss, Top Rod Bassmasters, Elmer Lake, 18 lbs 13 oz
2009
Dave Lloyd & Jerrod Lloyd, South Jersey Hawg Hunters, Cedarville Lake/Clark's Pond  (one day tournament), 19.51 pounds
2008
Mike Poli & Rob Rovenski, Rising Sun Bassmasters, Spruce Run Reservoir, 26 lbs 2 oz
2007
Al Franchetta & John Franchetta, South Jersey Hawg Hunters, Susquehanna Flats (MD) (Bass Bowl), 12.93 lbs
2006 Jerrod Lloyd & Dave Lloyd, South Jersey Hawg Hunters, Rainbow Lake, 10.82 lbs
2005
Bill Duckardt & Orie Summers, South Jersey Hawg Hunters, Salem Canal, 14.56 lbs
2004
Butch Backus & Bill Vota, South Point Bassers, Davis Mill Pond, 18 lbs 0 oz
2003 Steve Steinmetz & Rick Phelan, Rising Sun Bassmasters, Susq Flats (MD) (Bass Bowl), 25.20 lbs
2002 Ron Smith & Mike Poli, Rising Sun Bassmasters, Merrill Creek Reservoir, 24 lbs 15.5 oz
2001 Mike Laughlin & Jim Harper, South Point Bassers, Sunset Lake, 25.61 lbs
2000 Jim Harper & Mike Laughlin, South Point Bassers, Newton Lake, 27.25 lbs
1999 Butch Backus & Joe Cubernot, South Point Bassers, Union Lake, 20 lbs 12 oz
1998 Dan Power & Eric Anderson, Rising Sun Bassmasters, Lake Hopatcong, 24 lbs 7 oz

Bass Bowl Lunker:  Heaviest bass weighed in by a participant in the annual SJBCA "Bass Bowl".
2013
Bob Morison, Kickin' Bass Fishing Club, Potomac River, 3.91 lbs
2012 Rick English, South Jersey Reel Burners, Lake Hopatcong, 3.99 lbs
2011 Warren Wolk, Rippin' Lipz Bassmasters, Susquehanna Flats, 6.53 lbs
2010 Steve Steinmetz, Pine Cone Anglers, Delaware River, 3.05 lbs
2009
Steve Colella, Top Rod Bassmasters, Nanticoke River, 5.44 lbs
2008 Adam Mihara, Riverside Bass Club, Potomac River, 3.64 lbs
2007
C.J. Blank, Gloucester County Bassmasters, Susquehanna Flats, 6.09 lbs
2006
Chris Oeser, South Jersey Hawg Hunters, Union Lake, 2.87 lbs
2005
Roy Henry, Cumberland County Bassmasters, Susquehanna Flats, 4.92 lbs
2004 Chris Smith, Bucketmouth Brigade, Potomac River, 4 lbs 0 oz
2003 Pete Antoniewicz, Delaware River Fishermen's Assoc, Susquehanna Flats, 6.60 lbs
2002 Dave Albertson, 4th Ward Bass Anglers, Union Lake, 4 lbs 15 oz
2001 Mickey Evans, Pine Cone Anglers,  Susquehanna Flats, 4 lbs 10 oz
2000 Newell 'Porky' Forvour, Pine Cone Anglers, Potomac River, 4 lbs 14 oz
1999 Jerry Conley/Tony Carrelli, Garden State Bassmasters, Susquehanna Flats, 3.59 lbs
1998 Al Fennimore, Garden State Bassmasters, Lake Hopatcong, ? lbs
1997 Harry Coblentz, 4th Ward Bass Anglers, Susquehanna Flats, 4.35 lbs
1996 Doug Haynes, Tidewater Bassmasters of SJ, Susquehanna Flats, 4.94 lbs
1995 Tex Gosline, Bucketmouth Brigade, Susquehanna Flats, 5.14 lbs

Bass Bowl Winning Team:  Six-man club team that finishes first in the annual "Bass Bowl".
2013 - Potomac River, MD
Tidewater Bassers - Jason Burger, Bob Potts, Pete Ingremi, Rich Snyder, Mike Volpe, Joe Franzwa - 28.64 lbs
2012 - Lake Hopatcong, NJ
Riverside Bass Club - Chris Norris, Eric Anderson, Jackson Fu, Dan Fitzpatrick, Bob VanSciver, Steve Hershkowitz - 19.14 lbs
2011 - Susquehanna Flats/North East, MD Rippin' Lipz Bassmasters - Keith Cowan, Zach Cowan, Brian Brooks, Darren Brooks, Warren Wolk, Jeff Hudson - 55.56 lbs
2010 - Delaware River, PA Top Rod Bassmasters - Spencer Hatton, Mike Monte, Mike Sentore, Art Rosario, Tim Fitzgerald, Mike DelMonico - 23.06 lbs
2009 - Nanticoke River, MD/DE
Top Rod Bassmasters - Spencer Hatton, Steve Colella, Mike Sentore, Mike Wiley, John Heck, Mike Monte - 36.19 lbs
2008 - Potomac River/
Mattawoman, MD
Tidewater Bassers - Dominic Simone, Adrian Avena, Barry Steiner, Charvel Johnson, Bill Patton, Joe Franzwa - 18.57 lbs
2007 - Susquehanna Flats/North East, MD
Bucketmouth Brigade - Chris Smith, Mitch Smith, Craig Townsend, Tim Roach, Dan Boslet, John Milchanoski - 25.33 lbs
2006 - Union Lake, NJ
South Jersey Hawg Hunters - Dave Lloyd, Ken Merlock, Paul Haley, John Boland Sr, Rod Blomdahl, Chris Oeser - 8.02 lbs
2005 - Susquehanna Flats/North East, MD
Cumberland County Bassmasters - Albert Franchetta, John Franchetta, Roy Henry, Jerrod Lloyd, Steve Cram, Fred Saltzman - 42.34 lbs
2004 - Potomac River/
Mattawoman, MD
Bucketmouth Brigade - Chris Smith, Mitch Smith, Fred Tomarchio, Tim Roach, Craig Townsend, Kevin Gray - 29 lbs 7.5 oz
2003 - Susquehanna Flats/North East, MD Rising Sun Bassmasters - Rick Phelan, Steve Steinmetz, Mike Poli, Jason Tuttas, Jim Rossell, Ron Smith - 48.95 lbs
2002 - Union Lake, NJ Bucketmouth Brigade - Roy Henry, Eric Woodward, Chris Smith, Mitch Smith, Gary D'Alonzo, Mike Kates - 28 lbs 11.5 oz
2001 - Susquehanna Flats/North East, MD Bucketmouth Brigade - Chris Smith, Mitch Smith, Gary D'Alonzo, Mike Lauria, Don Hamer, Mike Burpee - 13 lbs 6 oz
2000 - Potomac River/ Mattawoman, MD South Point Bassers - Butch Backus, Joe Cubernot, Jim Harper, John Thompson, Bill Vota, Scott Crull - 17 lbs 15.5 oz
1999 - Susquehanna Flats/North East, MD Bucketmouth Brigade - Gary D'Alonzo, Mike Kates, Eric Woodward, Mike Burpee, Dan Boslet, Mike Lauria - 36.66 lbs
1998 - Lake Hopatcong, NJ Bucketmouth Brigade - Eric Woodward, Bill Singer, Mike Burpee, Tim Roach, Larry Giberson, Mike Kates - 15.4 lbs
1997 - Susquehanna Flats/Havre de Grace, MD SJ Bass Busters - Pete Favario, Bruce Benson, Dan Gehrman, Rich Shaub, Joe Luce Jr, Herb Gissler - 40.53 lbs
1996 - Susquehanna Flats/Havre de Grace, MD Top Rod Bassmasters - 26.18 lbs
1995 - Susquehanna Flats/Havre de Grace, MD Atlantic County Bass Anglers - 24.37 lbs

YOUTH FISHING ACTIVITIES
Major Youth Activity Award:  Must provide youth fishing activities, involve at least 20 kids (at least half of whom are not relatives of club members), be at least two hours in duration, have pre- and post-event media coverage and provide a learning experience for accompanying parents.  The winner also receives a $50.00 award to go towards future youth fishing activities.  Contact the SJBCA secretary for complete rules.
2013
Kickin' Bass Fishing Club - Woodbury Heights Kids Fishing Derby @ Glen Lake
2012
Kickin' Bass Fishing Club - Woodbury Heights Kids Fishing Derby @ Glen Lake
2011
Kickin' Bass Fishing Club - Woodbury Heights Kids Fishing Derby @ Glen Lake
2010
Kickin' Bass Fishing Club - Woodbury Heights Kids Fishing Derby @ Glen Lake
2009
Kickin' Bass Fishing Club - Woodbury Heights Kids Fishing Derby @ Glen Lake
2008
Kickin' Bass Fishing Club - Woodbury Heights Kids Fishing Derby @ Glen Lake *
2007
Rising Sun Bassmasters - Mt. Holly Kids Fishing Youth Day (kids fishing tournament)
2006 Rising Sun Bassmasters - Mt. Holly Kids Fishing Youth Day (kids fishing tournament)
2005
none
2004
none
2003 Rising Sun Bassmasters - 1st Annual Mt. Holly Kids Fishing Tournament (at Mill Dam Park)
2002 none
2001 Bucketmouth Brigade - youth tournament trail (Milliennium)
2000 South Point Bassers - kids fishing tournament
1999 South Point Bassers - kids fishing tournament
1998 South Point Bassers - kids fishing tournament
  * we had two very successful major youth activities nominated for the 2008 award, so we voted to give one the major activity award and one the minor activity award.

Minor Youth Activity Award:  Must provide youth fishing activities, be at least two hours in duration, have some post-event media coverage and provide a learning experience for accompanying parents.  The winner also receives a $25.00 cash award to go towards future youth fishing activities.  Contact the SJBCA secretary for complete rules.
2013
none
2012 none
2011
none
2010 none
2009
none
2008
Rising Sun Bassmasters - Mt. Holly Kids Fishing Youth Day (kids fishing tournament) *
2007
Bucketmouth Brigade - "Millennium" Junior Bass Chapter
2006 Bucketmouth Brigade - "Millennium" Junior Bass Chapter
2005
Bucketmouth Brigade - "Millennium" Junior Bass Chapter
2004
Tri-State Bass Assassins - Fathers' Day Children's Tournament
2003 Tri-State Bass Assassins - Fathers' Day Children's Tournament
2002 Tri-State Bass Assassins - Fathers' Day Children's Tournament
2001 none
2000 Bucketmouth Brigade - kids casting contest
1999 Bucketmouth Brigade - kids casting contest
1998 South Point Bassers - kids casting contest

PARTICIPATION AWARDS
The South Jersey Bass Club Association presents awards to those individuals who demonstrate their dedication to the success of the Association and its activities by serving as an officer and/or volunteering to participate in Association events.  Points are awarded for each activity.  A very nice hooded SJBCA fishing jacket is presented to individuals who accumulate at least 10 points.  Individuals who accumulate 60 points earn a more prestigious second jacket.  All jackets have two SJBCA logos embroidered on them, as well as the owner's name & club (or Association office).  Individuals who accumulate 110 points earn a custom made fishing rod with the owner's name on it. Following are the recipients of jackets & rods to date:  
Bruce Allen Tex Gosline
Butch Backus Mike Graham
Carmen Bersani ** Jim Harper
Scott Bowen (2014)
Joe Hoban
Tim Bucher Ray Husko (2014)
Brian Camp Rob Kunze
Greg Carter Fred Lentz *
Gary Corliss Rashawn Lewis (2014)
Al Davis Rick Lentz
Russ DeCamp Mike Poli
Charles DeGaetano Bob Russell *
Joe DiDomenico Steve Steinmetz **
Al Franchetta * (2014) Dave Walukiewicz (2014)
MaryAnne Franchetta Al Zara
* awarded second jacket                               ** awarded custom fishing rod

EVENT VOLUNTEER AWARDS

The South Jersey Bass Club Association presents apparel awards to those individuals who volunteer to work at our five major events (Fishermen's Flea Market, June Open Buddy Tournament, South Jersey Youth Outdoor Day, Sportsmen's Jamboree, Bass Bowl).  Working at two events earns an SJBCA hat.  Working at four events earns an SJBCA staff shirt.

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