Hudson River
Fishermen’s Association
June 14th
Meeting starts at 7:30 PM

Ridgefield Park Elks Lodge
21 Cedar St
Ridgefield Park, NJ
Capt Dave Vollenweider
TOPIC: Musky Fishing in the Garden State
SPEAKER: Capt. Dave Vollenweider  Live to Fish Guide Service
BIO: Biology teacher (high school level for 25 years) newly retired. Interested in all fishing, fisheries related topics. Multi-species angler but specializes in musky fishing. Freelance writer with articles appearing in The Fisherman, Esox Angler, On the Water, Mid-Atlantic Game and Fish magazines. 
Chartered trips focus on foot (stream trout) to many of NJ's major lakes (Hopatcong, Greenwood, Round Valley, etc.) More info at Live to Fish Guide Service, LLC
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  • The HRFA was arguably the first and most successful group to find polluters of the Hudson River and hold them accountable. We continue our mission to "Fight for the Hudson" to this very day.
  • The HRFA is a 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization. You need another charitable tax deduction don't you?
  • All of our members are volunteers. No member of the Elected Board of Directors earns an income for all their hard work. Every penny donated goes to support our programs.
  • Our Youth Angler Program continues to gets kids "Hooked on fishing, not on drugs." Help support us so that we can give America's veterans opportunities to go fishing too.
  • Let us continue to offer scholarships for worthy college-bound high schoolers.
  • Support the restoration of the world's first Riverkeeper vessel so it may take its rightful place in history. Perhaps, in a museum on the Hudson River; the river it protected for decades before its decommissioning.
  • Help us realize our dream of having our own museum and meeting place in the Palisades Interstate Park. A beautiful historic place, one that can be shared with the public to enjoy as well.
  • Shall we continue?
Next General Meeting
7:30 PM June 14th
Capt. Dave Vollenweider
Executive Meeting
1st Tuesday of every month Ridgefield Park Elks at 7:30 pm
21 Cedar St, Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
HRFA Officers
Aram Setian
Vice President
Joseph Albanese
Frank Wisniewski
John Malool
Membership Secretary
Arnold Ulrich
Board Members
Chairman Youth Anglers
Wayne Geider 
Hooked on the Hudson
Pete Musse
Gil Hawkins
Miguel Sardinas
Fishing Contests
Aram Setian
Scott Havner
Outdoors Shows
Dave Mercer
Janice Soto
Dan Harrison
Director Emeritus
Tony Evangelista
Antony Carbone (2020)
Ivan Garcia (2021)
Marius Bahr (2022) 
Nominating Committee:
John Golon
Gil Hawkins
Aram Setian
Social Media Committee:
Alex Spindelman
Editor River Views:
Joseph Albanese
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The Hudson River Fishermen’s Association is a group of recreational fishermen who make active use of the N.Y. Bight and the surrounding water system and are concerned with the present and future state of these fisheries. Our objectives are to encourage the responsible use of aquatic resources and protection of habitat. We assist where possible in efforts to abate pollution and promote sportfishing and the management of that recreation. We are a IRS recognized nonprofit 501c3 organization . All donations are welcome and maybe tax deductable. 
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From our President
Greetings HRFA Members and Friends,

We have many wonderful events & exciting guest speakers planned for the coming months. Scroll down through the newsletter to see what's ahead.

As covered in last month's issue, the HRFA's Hooked on the Hudson event took place after a 2-year hiatus due to COVID-19, on 30th of April. I would like to thank Peter Musse, the chairman of this year’s HOH, and all the volunteers that worked relentlessly and ensured the success of the event. This month we share some additional photos.

The 4th annual HRFA Fred Rung Memorial Catch, Tag & Release Striped Bass Derby is now over. I would like to sincerely thank the Derby Organizer, all participants and congratulate all the winners. Please see the detailed report & photos below.

The General meetings are being held, at the Elks Lodge. We are making the effort to also reach out to those not able to travel by live streaming the meetings. I would like to express our thanks to the May 10th presenter, Jim Hutchinson, the publisher/editor of The Fisherman magazine. He shared his experiences and satellite tagging program to help with better understanding of fish behavior, migration, etc. Jerry Crean & Joe Albanese were blessed with an invitation to participate in the Gray FishTag Research Northeast Striped Bass Tagging Expedition on May 12th.

The 2nd annual HRFA Saltwater Fly Fishing Derby, organized by Miguel Sardinas was a success. As a result, we are planning to expand the Annual HRFA Fishing Contest in 2023, to include new Fly Fishing Categories for both Salt & Freshwater.

We have successfully initiated the HRFA Fishing Clinics as part of the Youth Angler Program. We already had already two fishing programs for children with special needs organized by Wayne Geider and assisted by Tony DiModugno and Jeff Christie. At least two more similar events are scheduled in the coming weeks. Please look for the scheduling for when you can participate. We need YOU.
We Love Volunteers
Earth Day was celebrated on a number of occasions. Back in April Arnie Ulrich, Dan Harrison, Joe Albanese and I represented the HRFA at the event organized by Bergen County Community College. Then on May 15th Marvin Oresky and I represented HRFA similarly at the Hackensack Riverkeeper's EarthFest event at the Overpeck Park. We took advantage of these events to introduce our organization to attendees and solicit new membership.

However, the weekend of May 21st and 22nd was the busiest of all:
  1. Wayne Geider, Arnie Ulrich, Kevin Morgan, and Pete Orenzo, participated in the Ridgefield Park celebration of Earth Day. It was reported that the children enjoyed a very rewarding fishing day. 
  2. Janice Soto, Dave Mercer, and Antony Carbone joined me for the Waterford River Festival, a two-day event on the Hudson River at Lock #2 and Peebles Island. We conducted the Fishing Clinic to more than 30 families. They learned about fishing as well as the role and contributions of our organization. And of course, there were some notable fish caught.
  3. Past President Dan Harrison, his wife Eileen, Pete Musse and his wife Michelle, all represented the HRFA at the annual fair organized by the Liberty Landing Marina with our member/liaison Ivan Garcia. A fun day, introducing our organization to the attending guests and vendors.

During that weekend there was also some time for play. Stephanie Hess, Mona Mak, Scott Havner, Joe Albanese, Carl Bruger and Al White did some remarkable fishing on the Niagara River and Lake Erie. Some noteworthy catches were submitted in the HRFA Fishing Contest from that excursion by Stephanie, Mona and Carl. See the updated standings at the end of the newsletter. Click HERE to check all the standings or to enter your catch.

At the HRFA board meetings we continue to review our plans and strategies. As always, we appreciated your suggestions for meeting topics and fishing events. From our last board meeting, I would like to bring to your attention a few items.

We have been discussing the status of our volunteers. We are in an increased need for dedicated members to participate and take lead in our activities. Sadly, we have lost some of the most reliable, and others like me, are getting up in age. We appeal to our general membership to step-up and help.
V O L _ N T E E R
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Reviewing our current financial status, we came to the realization that the HRFA funding is in need. We appreciate the donations, and fund-raising efforts, but to help support the numerous commitments and programs we have to consider increasing the membership dues. At the last General Membership meeting we presented the suggested membership dues of $35, $40 or $45, for consideration and feedback. We will be finalizing and deciding at the upcoming HRFA Board meeting. Please note that the HRFA dues have not changed for over 30 years.

The Outdoors/Sportsmen Show is scheduled for: Garden State, Edison NJ: 10-13 August 2022. We need your help fo this single event and are seeking some volunteer(s) to head a committee for these events.

I would like to thank Dirk van Everdingen who relentlessly worked to raffle off custom-made outdoors grill and raised $1000 for our organization. We appreciate the Grill donation by Chris Limbardo, of the Engineering Devices Corporation.

We are receiving invitations to participate in Youth Fishing Programs/clinics of our Friends/organizations. As the schedules are confirmed, we will be reaching out for volunteers. Look for schedule in the newsletter.

Want to volunteer?
Just call our Youth Angler Program Chair
Wayne Geider at (201) 384-8046.

As the restrictions of COVID-19 pandemic are fading out, our organization continues to function successfully, and thanks to our dedicated members activities are increasing. I would like to take this opportunity the express my sincere appreciation.

Also, I would like to remind those members, especially the recipients of the HRFA prestigious “Pete Barrett” award, that is expected from them to continue their efforts and contributions, to the best of their abilities. We are a charitable organization, we provide our services to many, and we expect our members to participate and support us, accordingly.

As always, we thank all our members and friends for your help and appreciate your donations.

Capt. Aram Setian
HRFA 2022 President

Fight for the Hudson
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Upcoming Events
JCAA Presents its 26th Annual Fluke Tournament
June 11, 2022
JCAA 26th Annual Fluke Tournament

Eventbrite - Jersey Coast Anglers Association presents JCAA 26th Annual Fluke Tournament - at Coastal New Jersey, Toms River, NJ. Find event and registration information.

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General Monthly Meeting
July 12, 2022
The dynamic fishing duo of Scott Havner and Andrew Ward will speak about angling for all the "other" game fishes of the Hudson River.
Fluke Fest
August 6, 2022
The event will run on Saturday from 6:00AM - 3:00PM in Island Beach State Park. Pay entry fee at the gate then meet up on the beach at Fishermen's Walkway. See map. Entry fee of $25 will cover cost of food & prizes. Plus support the HRFA.
Organizer: Pete Musse
Ross Kushner Surfrider Foundation
General Monthly Meeting
August 9, 2022
We will hear from Ross Kushner of the NJ Coastal Alliance. He is leading more than 20 environmental, conservation and land preservation groups in the opposition to beach replenishment along the New Jersey oceanfront.
As the former director of a watershed protection group in northern New Jersey he is familiar with conservation issues and campaigns. As an avid saltwater angler and surfer, the health of the ocean and coastline is important to him.

The Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment projects have caused great damage to marine ecosystems, and created dangerous conditions for anglers, swimmers, surfers, and other beachgoers. Over several decades these projects have piled almost 130 million cubic yards of sand on the NJ beaches. Migratory species like striped bass, following the coast on their way to the Hudson River, are deeply impacted by the devastation of ocean life.

A number of organizations, including HRFA, have banded together to form the New Jersey Coastal Alliance in opposition to these coastal projects. Kushner’s presentation will cover this joint opposition, why it is so necessary, and how HRFA and its members can help.

For more information, visit the NJ Coastal Alliance facebook page at
We Love Volunteers
Come out to help out. You'll have a great time!

Interested? Contact Capt. Aram H. Setian at
Catfish Chaos Derby
August 20, 2022
Proceeds from the Catfish Chaos derby will benefit the HRFA and support Eric Allen in his recovery.
Breaking News

Stay tuned. Information, rules and updates coming soon!

Can't wait? Contact the new Derby organizer Past HRFA President Dan Harrison by phone at 551-265-3460 or email at
General Monthly Meeting
September 13, 2022
Tony Maja Jr. will be our Guest Speaker.
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Dave Lilly
General Monthly Meeting
October 11, 2022
Dave Lilly will present "Fluke Fishing Culture" at our October meeting. That's Dave in the photo with a Fluke-a-saurus measuring 35.5 inches and weighing in at 15lbs. 4oz. caught in Raritan Bay in 2018. How about that Bergen County Pete? I think we should listen to what this guy has to say.
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Past Events
The Fred Rung Memorial Catch, Tag & Release Striped Bass Derby
April 16 - May 15, 2022
The HRFA’s annual ‘Catch & Release’ and ‘Catch, Tag & then Release’ Striper Derby ended at noon on May 15th. Thank you to all who participated. The Derby supports the HRFA and the scientific studies on stripers by:
  1. Monmouth University (acoustic tags),
  2. The Fisherman magazine's collaboration with Gray FishTag Research (satellite tags),
  3. The Riverkeeper's Save a Million Bass project and,
  4. The American Littoral Society whose tagging data is shared with scientists.
Tag for Jeff sticker
We had more anglers tagging fish than ever before. The combined total of the 11 taggers was 154 stripers. Chris Palmer had the most tags again with 76 this year. We will offer a prize for the angler who reports the first recapture of a striper tagged in this year's Derby.
Mr. Fred Rung
For over 20 years, Fred Rung was a very dedicated HRFA member. He served as HRFA Vice President with Gil Hawkins (President 2014-16) and a Director. He was an educator and his experience and skills helped pioneer the HRFA website together with his mentor Charles Stamm (President 1996-98). 

For his dedication and valuable contributions, he received the highest HRFA honor, the Pete Barrett Award, in 2013.

Fred Rung passed away in March 2020. We still miss his friendship, dedication and wisdom,

Capt. Aram Setian
HRFA President 2020-2022
This year we had many more large fish entered. The prolonged winds made fishing the river difficult and the water murkier than usual. Anglers fishing further north seemed to be doing better. Especially in the final week. The Derby paid out a total of $2,875.00 in cash prizes to eight winners. The big winner this year was Douglas Dean. Douglas entered the largest fish all but the last week. Scott Havner's 2nd Place finish won that week. It also was largest from shore. Doug was entered into the Calcutta, tagged more than 10 stripers (14) AND he tagged the largest striper too! So, his 1st Place finish wins a combined total of $1,450.00 along with other prizes. See the table below for all the results.
Derby Photos
Scott Havner with his best bud in the whole wide world - the striper that won him 1st Place from Shore and 2nd Place Overall. Credit his net man Andrew Ward with the assist.
Some people will stop at nothing to win a damn derby. Don't be that person.
Scott Havner with another big shore caught striper a day later. It was not entered into the Derby because it was not as large as the first. Charles Spindelman helped.
Sorry Charlie!
The Ballon Fairy
Chris Palmer
Chris Palmer was the top tagger (again)
Oldest trick in the book. Your arms are not long enough to make that one look large Charles Spindelman.
Stephanie Hess with the release. Photo by Andrew Ward
Dazed & confused for so long it's not true. Scott Havner & Andrew Ward
13-year old Justin Morgan (a.k.a. Angler# 325) with a 38" 24 lb. striper that he caught in the Derby. A rod & reel combo is coming your way Justin!
Photo by Douglas Dean
Chris Palmer took a day off from fishing the Derby when his friend caught this beauty. It was not entered into the Derby because his friend was not in the Derby.
Doug Dean
For Douglas Dean nighttime was the right time.
Daniel Keyser
Andrew Ward
Laura Cooper
Jerry Crean
Mr. Poseidon was entered into the Derby but didn't get this Hudson River beauty until a couple of days after it ended. You can follow his fishing adventures on:
Derby Winners
2022 Striper Derby Winners
* PLUS a basket of fishing stuff from The Fisherman AND a striped bass tagging trip with Prof John Tiedemann of Monmouth University
** $25 gift card from Art's Tackle n Fly in Nanuet, NY
*** $25 gift card Ramsey Outdoors in Ramsey, NJ
**** $25 gift card from Lee's Sporting Goods in Haverstraw, NY
***** $50 gift card from Ramsey Outdoors in Ramsey, NJ
****** Cooler bag with coffee mug, hat and bucktails from Hoboken Hooker
******* Fluke tagging trip for 2 persons from the American Littoral Society. Needed to tag 10 or more stripers to be entered to win 
******** Rod & Reel Combo 9' Tsunami Shockwave Pro & Daiwa Sweepfire 4000 B
********* Quantum SM30XPT Spinning Reel
Derby Sponsors
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Hoboken Hooker
Monthly Meeting
May 10, 2022
We were so happy to have Jim Hutchinson, Editor of The Fisherman spend time with us this past month. As a bonus, Roxane Wilner and Bill Dobbelaer, both of Gray FishTag Research, tagged along. Pun intended. Roxanne & Bill also provided additional insight on the northeast striped bass study that Jim presented. The trio made a good tag team. (There I go again!) Gray FishTag Research (GFR) is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization.
From L. to R.: Roxanne Wilner, Bill Dobbelaer, Capt. Aram Setian, Jim Hutchinson and Joe Albanese.

We recorded the meeting that went out live via ZOOM. See the link & password below.

You can bypass HRFA club business, fish stories and upcoming events by fast forwarding to minute 1:27:00 to listen and learn about the tagging efforts of The Fisherman and the northeast striped bass tagging study run in concert with Gray FishTag Research. Mr. Hutchinson also gives us a brief update on the ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board Amendment 7 proposition.
The Northeast Striped Bass Tagging Expedition
May 13, 2022
It was a pleasant surprise to be invited by event organizer Roxanne Wilner to actually go out and tag stripers aboard one of the boats participating in the tagging expedition. While none of the stripers caught by Jerry Crean or Joe Albanese received a satellite tag ($5,000 each) they did get to use Gray FishTag Research's short dart-style green spaghetti tags inserted under the scales above the lateral line and below the dorsal fins.
Jerry Crean with Frank Criscitelli
Joe Albanese caught this 41" bass with a large metal lip swimmer fishing with Gary Caputi and Terry Sullivan in Raritan Bay in about 18' of water. It tied for the largest of the 'competition with a cause' event.
Each of Joe's 3 stripers (36", 36" and 41") all tagged & released for Gray FishTag Research.
The HRFA's 2nd Annual Saltwater Fly Fishing Derby
May 14, 2022
7 AM - 11:30 AM Sandy Hook, NJ
We invited all members and their guests to join the HRFA's Fly Fishing Derby. The Derby intends to inspire the interest and growth of saltwater fly fishing within the HRFA. The Derby was a catch-photo-release, fly-fishing-only
The second annual derby was on May 14th at Sandy Hook NJ. The predicated temps for the day were low 60’s with the wind blowing SW and overcast. Perfect conditions for casting flies in back bay waters of Sandy Hook. Joe Albanese wins the derby. The fish was a healthy beautiful 22” striped bass. Great job Joe! and keep up the good work.
Thank you to all that came out to support the event. 

Miguel A. Sardinas
Ridgefield Park Earth Day/ Green Fair
May 21, 2022 (10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Steve Quinn, Chairman of The Ridgefield Park Environmental Commission, invited us back to their annual event. Why? Because the kids and community love the fishing derby we run. This was a wonderful opportunity to get kids "hooked on fishing, not on drugs" and to raise awareness of the HRFA.

Youth Angler Program Chair Wayne Geider, Arnie Ulrich, Kevin Morgan, Pete Orenzo, Tony DiModugno. and Skip Wisniewski were on hand.

HRFA Treasurer Skip Wisniewski snapped this photo of his grandson Sam's first ever fish. Caught during the Ridgefield Park Earth Day event on an HRFA rod & reel.
The Waterford Canal Festival
Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22.
The festival lined Tugboat Alley in Waterford, with live music, craft food vendors, kids activities and dance. Boat rides were hosted from the visitor center and Lock E2 Park on both days. A kids’ fishing clinic was run by the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association.

Members Janice Soto, Dave Mercer and Antony Carbone joined President Aram H. Setian at the event. 
Liberty Landing Marina
May 21, 2022
The marina hosted their annual vendor showcase from 11:00am – 3:00pm. Dan Harrison & Pete Musse were there to represent the HRFA. That is Dan Harrison with Jeff Sublett of Boating on the Hudson in the photo. Jeff homeschooled his daughter who went on to graduate at the top of her class at Yale!
In the News
New Arrival!
On the morning of May 25th Pete & Michelle Musse's little girl Marissa delivered a beautiful baby boy into the world. Giovanni Luca Viera (now THAT'S Italian) will be treasured by everyone. Mother & child are doing well. Congratulations to all - his parents Dan Viera and Marissa, grandparents & uncles Peter & Dalas Musse.

Now, get that boy a fishing pole. What? Too soon?
HRFA Scholarship
Congratulations to Cara Tahmoosh for winning the 2022 HRFA Scholarship. Cara will attend the State University of New York at Stony Brook, to study optometry.
A New Tunnel Under the Hudson River
What it takes to dig a new tunnel beneath the Hudson

If you've ever taken an Amtrak train in the Northeast Corridor into New York City from New Jersey or further north, then you went through a tunnel beneath the Hudson River. There's also a chance that while traveling through this tunnel your train ...

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The 2022 Striped Bass Bonus Tag Program
Opens for NJ Anglers
NJDEP Fish & Wildlife - Striped Bass Bonus Program

The Striped Bass Bonus Program The 2022 Striped Bass Bonus Program will reopen on May 15, 2022. Please use the application link below to apply for a 2022 permit. Permits issued for 2021 are not valid in 2022. To receive notification of SBBP...

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NJ's Fishing Regulations
 Carl's Corner
Carl Bruger has been a writer for this newsletter educating and entertaining us who read River Views for a long time. Here is his latest gem.
by Carl Bruger
All sorts of fish are biting during the April to May feed fest that anglers will encounter on Lake Ontario. Delectable white and yellow perch filled half my bucket with 26 fish over nine inches and up to seventeen in
under an hour of worm fishing off my dock.

More than half the time I had double headers and the catch was far less time than it took to fillet and pass the delectable
morsels to grateful neighbors.

I saved some smaller specimens for cut chunk bait and the next evening was rewarded with four huge channel cats that tipped the scales at 15, 18 and twins of 22 pounds each!

Just this month the new state record was set in Black River Bay within sight of our home by a Watertown native, Bailly Williams. He also made the haul by using a perch head to land the record monster
weighing 35 pounds 11 ounces! Good news for my four captured cats! Every whopper was side looked in its blubbery lip by size 8 Gamagatsu circle hooks enabling a quick and efficient release after a quick photo of the twins. Williams also freed his state record after all data was recorded.

Other monster sized fish are in the lake waiting to be caught. I have landed carp, salmon, and Lake trout well over thirty pounds. With pike, walleye, sheepshead,
bowfin and steelhead all reaching double digit amounts and sturgeon topping 100 lbs. (they must be immediately released). Anglers better be sure their tackle is in perfect working order.

The weirdest catch off my dock this spring so far was the eight pound bowfin that I thought was a gargantuan pike. This 200 million year old dinosaur descendant has two layers of skull, an armored body and
gulps air when it needs extra oxygen. I never heard of a fish with more local names. Researched articles told me that you would only eat this creature if you were close to starving.

The Latin name Amia Cava locks the
identification but local folks all over the country have been known to call them spot fish, mud trout, mud pike, swamp Muskie, spot tail, freshwater barracuda, grinnel
and grindel. It looks almost like the invasive snakehead but can easily be distinguished by the false “eye spot” near its tail. My thrashing specimen stretched 26 ½ inches and was four pounds under the NY state record. The world record was caught in South Carolina and stretched the scales to 21 pounds!
On the other side of Ontario stretching into Lake Erie, all six HRFA members experienced quality sized smallmouth bass fishing with the Chris Cinelli charter group.
Organizer Scott Havner, Stephanie Hess, Joe Albanese, Mona Mak, Al White and this scribe landed many lunker bronze backs over two windy days on the water.

My best beauty, a rugby ball thick with eggs
female, measured twenty inches and was released with all the other fish we caught. Our second day Lake Erie guide, Peter Goretti, estimated it could push six pounds.

The day before on the Niagara River below the falls my dozen landings had a couple of cows at 19 inches. Our guide that day was Connor Cinelli, son of Chris who we’ve known since the early 90’s fishing with the late great HRFA member and dear friend,
Darren Cardinal. I was paired with my old friend since the 1970’s, Al White, and we landed nothing but quality smallmouths with almost every fish over three pounds.

The ladies in the group caught the biggest fish with Stephanie landing a 13lb. 8oz. lake trout and Mona tackled a huge 14lb. 8oz. sheepshead!

We are eager to return for walleye this summer if not steelhead in the fall.

Thanks Scott!
From the Internet
Be sure to check out the H.R.F.A. Events Calendar below for this month's member birthday notices, holidays and events.
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TOMS RIVER, NJ - The New Jersey Coastal Alliance today said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment work at the Jersey Shore is causing more harm than good as mayors up and don't the coast clamor for another round of sand this week.

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Striped Bass, Shad, and Herring Population Surveys...

DEC's Hudson and Delaware Fisheries crews are out on the Hudson River for annual spawning stock surveys of key migratory fish. Adult striped bass, American shad, and river herring (blueback herring and alewives) are anadromous fish that spend...

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Calls for Action
If You See Something Say Something
NJ Operation Game Thief
Best Practices for Striped Bass Catch & Release
That's Entertainment!
From our Membership Chair
HRFA Members stuff

HRFA welcomes the following new members   Fight For the Hudson  

Nathan Taylor, Brooklyn, NY, 
Alec Melmam, Leonia, NJ,
Frank Romero, Englewood, NJ, 
Daniel Ekmekjian, Palisades Park, NJ, 
Darnell Stith, Irvington, NJ
Greg Hazley, Waldwick, NJ

If anyone would like a current JCAA newsletter please click here >
$20 bills money
What is HRFA Free Money? Are you a paid member.?
 At every HRFA in person meeting, half of the HRFA portion of the 50/50 money goes into a virtual jar. At the end of the meeting, a paid HRFA members name is picked (from a jar of all paid HRFA members) to receive the money. The name is announced three times. If the HRFA paid member is not present, the money goes back into the jar for the next months meeting. The process continues and is repeated at the next HRFA meeting.

HRFA Free money (split 50/50) for May 10th meeting was $61.00. From the bucket of HRFA paid members, a name was picked at the meeting by brand new member Daniel Ekmekjian.
 HRFA member name Ricky Taliaferro was picked and announced to all present three times. Ricky Taliaferro was not there, so the HRFA free money goes back into the bucket. Note: Treasurer holds the HRFA free money, whatever the amount.

Will you be there at the June HRFA meeting to collect the HRFA free money?
Arnie Ulrich Membership Chair
HRFA Membership Information. If you dont have a 2022 or lifetime member card you are losing out on great HRFA member benifits.
Pay your dues. Get your 2022 membership card.
The generous grace period ended for renewals on March 31st. Those not renewed are on the stale list and are removed from the membership rolls. Note , If you do not have a 2022 or life time membership card , you are not a HRFA member.
For those people who join(ed) the HRFA in October (or later) of a given year, their new or renewal membership also is covered for the following new year. There is also a generous grace period (3 months) for those who are unable to update their membership in January, however paying your dues late puts a strain on the records maintenance and consequently the ability of the executive board’s planning of activities and events.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or want to help (time, skills, or financially) on any particular club projects or events, feel free to email me, Arnie Ulrich ( or call me at 1-201-304-4691.

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Fishing Licenses and Saltwater Registry for NJ & NY, Hudson River Regulations, etc.

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HRFA Photo Gallery
Have a photograph and/or fishing story you would like to share with the club? If so, we'd love to hear from you. After all, no one wants to see the same members over and over again. Email it to and we will do our very best to squeeze it into an upcoming issue of River Views.
More Photos from Hooked on the Hudson
Scott Havner
Gyuchang Sim, Dave Tunis & Wayne Geider
Jeff Christie & Wayne Geider
Pete Musse
Beeware of Dan Harrison
Kevin Morgan
Tony Stellato
Pete Musse with the winners
Fish on!
Skip Wisniewski
Dirk VanEverdingen & Arnie Ulrich
Scott Havner & Marius Behr
The kitchen
Pete Musse, Aram Setian & Scott Havner
Wayne Geider
HRFA Member Photos
Tony Stellato with an opening day keeper
Don Marantz
Don Marantz with a couple of behemoths. Spot burn ahead. When asked where he caught them Don replied, "Canada".
Carl Bruger with 22lb 36" channel catfish from his Lake Ontario home shoreline --- livin' da dream.
Dirk VanEverdingen with a 47" cow caught May 18th fishing with Capt. Scott on the XTC out of Belmar.
Nice catch Sam!!!
HRFA President Setian with a big 11 lb. Lake Trout.
Lewiston, NY Fishing Trip
On May 21 & 22 HRFA members Carl Bruger, Joe Albanese, Mona Mak, Stephanie Hess, Scott Havner, & Al White fished Lake Erie and the Niagara River. The trip included a couple of wine tastings at local vineyards. Fishing & wine - perfect together!

If you are interested in going with the HRFA on its next trip to Lewiston, NY contact Scott Havner. 845-300-1562.
Worse than a couple of 'kids'. Put down the cell phones already.
An Epic Day at Sea
Members Dirk VanEverdingen, Aram Setian, Marvin Oresky, Rich Wheeler and the newest new guy Dan Ekmekjian fished May 26th on the XTC out of Belmar. It was epic!

The action was HOT trolling Bunker Spoons & Mojos. At one point they had 3 fish on the lines at the same time. The group caught over 35 stripers all between 42-45". So no keepers. Boo hoo. Around 11 AM a GIANT tuna over 400 lbs. grabbed a lure and broke off soon after with no problem. Exciting to witness though. Especially considering that they were well within the 3-mile limit. They rounded out the day targeting sea bass, ling and cod for the dinner tables.

Want to join the next XTC adventure? Contact Dirk at or (201) 983-2402.
"Fish on!" Correction, make that "Three fish on!"
From Fish to Dish
Pete Musse
On grandparental leave!
Check back again next month!
HRFA Calendar
Calendar | Hudson River Fishermen's Association

Our calendar system is currently being developed. Please check out the most recent River Views newsletter for for our upcoming events.

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Please consider promoting your business in River Views. Click here to make a $120 donation and we will publish your larger size ad, with a link to your company website, for 12 full months of River Views

Your donation will support the mission of the HRFA to “Fight for the Hudson”, our Youth Angler Program, College Scholarship Fund, etc.

The HRFA Surf Fishing Team is now forming to compete in the 2022 Spring ASAC tournaments.

To get in on the fun, learn from experienced surf anglers and compete for valuable prizes contact Joe Albanese or Pete Musse
HRFA Youth Angler Program
Youth Angler Program
By Wayne Geider
Want to volunteer?
Just call our Youth Angler Program Chair Wayne Geider at
(201) 384-8046.
H.R.F.A. Merchandise

Newly redesigned HRFA baseball caps are now available. Pick one up at the next monthly meeting. Or, click on the photo to order yours today. Wear it proudly!

Other apparel with our logo are also available. Like this handsomely designed and practical UPF shirt. Wear it proudly when fishing and save a little on the sunscreen too. For members only. Ask Ivan Garcia for one. 
Front & Sleeve
The Pride of the HRFA
Project to Save our Historical Heritage
Due to the restrictions imposed on our lives by the CV19 pandemic our plans are on hold. We hope and pray that in the Spring of 2021 volunteers may start working to refurbish Riverkeeper to her former days of glory when she was the world's first and only riverkeeper vessel. To offer your time and talents contact Dan Harrison at
2022 Fishing Contest Leader Boards
(only listing 1st, 2nd & 3rd place)
The HRFA hosts an annual fishing contest which runs from January through December and is open to all HRFA members. You have 30 days from the day you catch a fish to send in your entries. So, the deadline for submissions is January. As a member of the HRFA you and your immediate family are eligible to enter fish in any of our categories. Various divisions are available for prizes presented at our Annual Awards Dinner in March of the following year. Website updated daily. River Views newsletter updates below are done around the first the month. * indicates a new club record.
The 2022 HRFA Fishing Contest
Saltwater Species
Striped Bass Released
Caught From Boat
(leaders determined by length)
Rick Englesbe 41"
Joe Albanese 41"
Chris Palmer 40"
Striped Bass Kept
Caught From Boat
(leaders determined by weight)
No Entries

Striped Bass Released
Caught From Shoreline
(leaders determined by length)
Scott Havner 41.25"
Carl Hartmann 36"
John Francesconi 30"
Striped Bass Kept
Caught From Shoreline
(leaders determined by weight)
No Entries
No Entries
No Entries
No Entries
No Entries
Black Sea Bass
No Entries
Scup (Porgy)
No Entries
Open Category 
Salt Water
No Entries

Freshwater Species
Carl Bruger 22lbs.
John Francesconi 10 lbs.
Carl Bruger 24lbs. 8oz.
Trout  - Local
No Entries
Trout - Great Lakes
Stephanie Hess 13lbs 8oz.
Smallmouth Bass
Carl Bruger 5lbs 8oz.
Largemouth Bass
No Entries
33 Lbs. Heather Baez
No Entries
Open Category 
Fresh Water
Mona Mak - Sheepshead 14lbs. 8oz.
Hudson River Boat and Yacht Club Association

The Hudson River Boat and Yacht Club Association (HRBYCA) has been the advocate for 33 local boat and yacht clubs from Raritan Bay, New Jersey to Port Ewan, New York. For 47 years, our goal has been to protect the environment of the Hudson River...

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Partial list of Friends & Supporters of the HRFA
(Click on any image below to visit their website.)
Davis Sport Shop