Hudson River
Fishermen’s Association
March 8th
Meeting starts at 7:30 PM

Ridgefield Park Elks Lodge
21 Cedar St
Ridgefield Park, NJ
Meet Emily McGuckin
Guest Speaker: Emily McGuckin

Bio: Emily McGuckin is the new Director of the American Littoral Society's Fish Tagging Program.

Summary: Naturally, Emily will speak about the tagging program that she now leads. She will also "dig into" (aka "research") tagging data looking for stripers captured and/or released in the Hudson River estuary and the NY Bight. She will also be checking the records of proficient taggers who are HRFA members. Including guys like Sergio Radossi, Tony Evangelista, Glen Blank, Pete Orenzo, Kevin Morgan, Howard Lehman & John Francesconi.

Emily promises to bring some American Littoral Society swag to raffle off to benefit our club. She will also bring a few items and tagging kits for sale. So bring cash money.
To join remotely using Zoom go to:
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All are invited to join the meeting 
& share their fishing stories.
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Why Donate?

  • 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.
  • Support our Youth Angler Program so we can continue to get 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 March 8th
Emily McGuckin
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. 
Click HERE to become a member of the HRFA or to renew your membership today.
Why join?

  • Fellowship with other anglers.
  • Learn valuable fishing tips from experts.
  • We are a conservation minded club with a shared passion for fishing.
  • Discounts at select sporting goods stores.
  • We do good works. :)
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From our President
Greetings HRFA Members and Friends,

I hope that as of this writing, we find you all well and safe and enjoying the fishing opportunities of the pre-COVID-19 days. We are all looking forward to enjoyable 2022 fishing challenges and rewards.

The Annual Awards/Fundraising dinner will be held on Sunday, 3rd of April. I urge you to attend and recognize the prestigious HRFA Pete Barrett awardee, The Friend of the Hudson award winner and the 2021 Fishing and Photo contest winners. Your participation and support will be greatly appreciated.

We need volunteers to staff our booth at the March 18-20 Saltwater Fishing Expo in Edison, NJ.

At upcoming HRFA board meetings we will be reviewing our plans and strategies for the 2022. As always, we appreciate your suggestions for meeting topics and fishing events. We plan to initiate Fishing Clinics as part of the Youth Angler Program, to be held once or twice per month. Please check scheduling for when you can participate.

The general meetings are being held, at the Elks Lodge. At the last meeting we had two presentations. The first, by Dave Vollenweider, was an eyeopener. Greenwood lake is one of the largest in the area and there is very disturbing trend of the local marinas charging exuberant boat launching fees, increasingly serving the residents only. Eventually their goal is privatizing the lake/shore areas. The local communities receive government funds but restricting access for the recreational fishermen.

The second speaker was Tony Dubeck, who presented very valuable and useful information of how to care for and maintain fishing reels. HRFA also received a very generous donation of a Van Staal, won by Carl Bruger. Thank you Tony! Your donation raised much needed funding for our programs.

We are receiving invitations to participate in youth fishing activities from our friends & other organizations. As the schedules are confirmed, we will be reaching out for volunteers. Look for schedules in the newsletter.

Please note that we are planning several Fishing Contests. Please follow the announced schedules in River Views, and plan to participate or volunteer, accordingly.
We Love Volunteers

We are still faced with the current difficulties, because of the COVID-19 conditions. Nevertheless, our organization continues to function successfully, thanks to our dedicated members. 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 expect from them to continue their efforts and contribution, to the best of their abilities. We are 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 2021 President

Fight for the Hudson
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Upcoming Events
March 13, 2022
The Saltwater Fishing Expo
Edison, NJ
March 18-20, 2022
Starts: Mar 18 @ 12:00 pm
Ends: Mar 20 @ 5:00 pm

Volunteers needed!
If interested, contact Dave Mercer
NJOA's 2022 Wild Game Dinner Fundraiser
March 20, 2022
The NJOA will once again team up with the renowned Aichem family of chefs at the Black Forest Inn to host a traditional springtime huntsman’s dinner of venison, wild boar, pheasant, turkey, freshly caught fish and more. 

To show its support for the NJOA the HRFA is encouraging its members to attend by offering them $25 off the $100 ticket price.

In order to take advantage of this HRFA members-only discount you must purchase tickets from Arnie Ulrich. Call 1-201-304-4691 or email him at  

Reserve your seat and preserve our outdoor legacy. 
NJOA logo


Where: The Black Forest Inn, 249 Hwy 206, Stanhope, N.J
When:  Sunday March 20, 2022 (Cocktails starting at 4:00 PM)
Contact: Arnie Ulrich or call 1-201-304-4691
THE HRFA's Annual Awards Dinner 
Sunday April 3, 2022
4:00-8:00 PM

641 Piermont Ave 
Piermont, NY 10968. 

Mr. Poseidon will be
our Guest Emcee.
HRFA General Meeting
April 12, 2022
Meet Tracy Brown
The Fred Rung Memorial Catch & Release Striped Bass Derby
April 16 - May 15, 2022
The HRFA’s annual ‘Catch & Release’ and ‘Catch, Tag & then Release’ Striper Derby returns to the Hudson River and any of its tributaries south of the Troy Dam. Major tributaries include the East River, the Hackensack River, the Passaic River, Newark Bay and the Meadowlands.  The Hudson River boundaries for the derby range from the Verrazano Bridge north, all the way up to the dam in Troy, NY. 

Starts: 7:00 am Saturday April 16th
Ends: 12:00 pm Sunday May 15th

This year the cash prizes for those who tag at least 10 stripers will be significantly higher. For those who don't tag 10 or more stripers the cash prizes remain the same as last year.

For Taggers Only (10 or more)
1st Place (boat or shore) - $1,000.00
2nd Place (boat or shore) - $500.00
3rd Place (boat or shore) - $250.00
4th Place (boat or shore) - $125.00 
5th Place (boat or shore) - $75.00
1st Place from shore - $250.00 
2nd Place from shore - $100.00
3rd Place from shore - $50.00
Most tagged stripers - $300.00 
Largest tagged striper - $150.00
Calcutta - $300
50:50 Raffle - TBD

For Non-Taggers (less than 10)
1st Place (boat or shore) - $600.00
2nd Place (boat or shore) - $300.00 
3rd Place (boat or shore) - $150.00 
4th Place (boat or shore) - $75.00
5th Place (boat or shore) - $50.00 
1st Place from shore - $125.00 
2nd Place from shore - $50.00
3rd Place from shore - $25.00
Most tagged stripers - $0.00    
Largest tagged striper - $0.00 
Calcutta - $150
50:50 Raffle - TBD

More Ways to Win
There will also be weekly prizes (yet to be determined) awarded for best photo posted to Instagram and largest striper caught & released.

Send your photos for Instagram to our Social Media Chair Alex Spindelman:

Another way to win this year is to enter the 50:50 raffle for $10. Proceeds benefit the HRFA and (of course) the lucky winner.
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).

Among his many valuable contributions to our organization he created a unique, dedicated and sophisticated, web-based fishing contest program that registered, logged the catch and evaluated the results. Many such computer programs were first and one of a kind designed for the HRFA Contests such as the Striped Bass Derby and Surf Fishing tournaments. 

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 2020 President
Your participation in the derby supports scientific studies on stripers by:
  1. Monmouth University (acoustic tags),
  2. The Fisherman magazine's collaboration with Gray FishTag Research (satellite tags),
  3. The Save a Million Bass project and
  4. The American Littoral Society whose data is shared with scientists around the world.

All NJ & NY fishing regulations in place at the time of the Derby will apply. That includes the use of circle hooks when fishing for stripers with bait.
Derby participation is open to both HRFA members and non-members who have personal
email accounts. Deep discount for HRFA members. Same discount for those who take this opportunity to join the HRFA or renew their membership. Annual membership is still only $25. On-line registration opens February 15th. Registration closes at midnight April 13th. Your own unique derby number will be emailed to you Friday evening April 15, 2022. 

  • HRFA members: $40
  • New or renewing members: $65 ($40 entry fee + $25 1-year annual membership
  • Non-members: $80
  • Calcutta for largest striper: $25
  • 50:50 Raffle: $10
  • Tagging kit: $15 We will mail an American Littoral Society tagging kit to your address. Allow 5-days for delivery. Includes 10-tags with instructions, needle & postcards. May also be purchased at a monthly meeting from Kevin Morgan for only $10.

Chart House Fishing Trip
April 16th
from 7 am to 12 pm
NOTE: This is a free event!
Kickoff The Fred Rung Memorial Catch & Release Striped Bass Derby with Michael Sardinas & his son Noah over at the Chart House in Hoboken.

What better place to kick off the annual striped bass derby than in the shadow of the capital of the world, NYC?
The Chart House is an excellent location to wet a line, and every year this area produces outstanding-sized striped bass. All are invited to participate.
This is a kid-friendly event. Our Youth Angler Program volunteers will have rods/reels and bait available. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided to all participants too!!

Adults: There will be a mystery prize for the largest Striper landed in length.
Kids: There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prices for kids.

The chart house offers a unique angling experience, so mark your
calendars and see you on 4/16/2022!

The Chart House address is 1700 Harbor Blvd, Weehawken, NJ 07086.
Ample parking is available.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Michael Sardinas. He can be reached at or 201-232-5988
Hooked on the Hudson
April 30, 2022
NOTE: This is a free event!
Located at Ross Dock again.

Fishing contest 9AM-2PM. Prizes awarded from 2PM-4PM. Hot dogs and burgers and drinks ... oh my.

Questions? Just ask Pete.
Phone: 201-233-3119
Supported by . . .
ShopRite Inserra Supermarkets
HOH Stop n Shop
HRFA General Meeting
May 10, 2022
Meet Jim Hutchinson
A Jersey Shore native, Jim Hutchinson, Jr. was hired in 2002 as managing editor of The
Fisherman’s New Jersey edition, moving to New York in 2006 to take over as executive
editor following the retirement of his mentor, Pete Barrett.

Having covered saltwater fisheries issues extensively, Hutch left The Fisherman in 2009 for a six-year stint as managing director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance, a national political organization dedicated to safeguarding the rights of saltwater anglers and the recreational fishing industry.
He returned to The Fisherman in early 2015 as New Jersey edition managing editor where he hopes to spend the rest of his writing career. A lifelong hunter, angler, and freelance writer, he’s been actively involved in state organizations including New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, the Tuckerton Seaport Museum, and the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Tournament, and also sits on the national advisory board for Gray FishTag Research. When not at his desk, he can often be found on The Road (the name of his small center console he keeps in South Jersey) or surfcasting the beaches near his home in Brick, NJ.
The HRFA's 2nd Annual Saltwater Fly Fishing Derby
May 14, 2022
7 AM - 11 AM Sandy Hook, NJ
All members and their guests are invited to join the HRFA's Fly Fishing Derby. The Derby intends to inspire the interest and growth of saltwater fly fishing within the HRFA.

Meet up: Sandy Hook NJ – Lot C – 6:30 AM for a quick rundown of rules and answers to
questions if you have any.

Awards: 11:15 AM – Lot C

Entry Fee $25.00
Payment option: in person at the beach or online at; online registration opens on April
The Prizes
 Striped Bass: Cash Prize for largest fish in length
 Bluefish: Mystery prize for largest fish in length
 Weakfish: Mystery prize for largest fish in length
 Sea robin: Mystery prize for largest fish in length
The Rules
 A photograph of your catch is to be submitted by text to 201-232-5988 / The
photo of your catch must have the ruler below the fish with no portion
of the ruler covered by the fish or anything else.
 Please include your first and last name in the text
 Time of entry will break any ties.
 Shore/wade fly fishing only. No boats.
 The boundaries are anywhere on Sandy Hook

For more information, contact Michael Sardinas at 201 232 5988 or
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 is a wonderful opportunity to get kids "hooked on fishing, not on drugs" and to raise awareness of the HRFA. In order for this to be a success . . .

Want to volunteer?
Just call our Youth Angler Program Chair
Wayne Geider at
(201) 384-8046.
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Submit fishing photos & news of interest to Alex Spindelman.
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Past Events
General Meeting
February 8, 2022
The meeting highlighted the return of guest speaker Tony DuBeck. Tony is the Reel Services Manager for Pure Fishing. The Pure Fishing company includes Penn and many other brands as well. (See front & back of Tony's business card.) Tony gave valuable tips on reel maintenance. He also shared how to have reels repaired by the pros at Pure Fishing where they will do a complete breakdown and rebuild of your reels to get them just like new again.
Tony brought with him a range of fishing reels to show & tell. Including the newest Van Staal X-Series.

The VS X-SERIES Bail-Less Reels are constructed of aircraft grade aluminum and have a fully sealed construction that so many anglers love. Updated with a new patented waterproof sealed drag system that puts out a wider range of pressure, they also have a drag knob that clicks so that you have more control of your drag while you are on the beach. The new X-Wrap™ oscillation system results in an ideal line lay for braid or mono.
The happy man in the middle is Carl Bruger. Tony Dubeck is on his right and HRFA President Capt. Aram Setian on his left.
Tony surprised us all with a most generous gift of the Van Staal. Yes, he donated it to the club! At his request, the winner of the evening's 50:50 raffle would take home the reel IF he/she gave 100% of the money raised to the club.

The drawing was held and the lucky winner was Carl Bruger. I'm guessing that the only happier person will be his wife Pat when she sees him come home with yet another fishing reel.

This really was Carl's evening because he also won the pot of free money which he immediately donated to the HRFA in celebration of his good fortune in winning the reel.

Heck, this really was a good WEEK for Carl. On Sunday he won $50 in the H&H Ice Fishing Derby.
HRFA Free money (split 50/50) for February 8th meeting was $260. From the bucket of HRFA paid members, a name was picked at the meeting by guest Capt Pete Grimbilas.
HRFA member Carl Bruger’s name was picked and announced to all present three times. Carl Bruger was there, and wins the HRFA Free money. Carl decided the $260.00 is to be donated back to the HRFA Youth Angler Program. Carl Bruger also won the 50/50 ($90.00) and donated that back to the HRFA in trade for a Van Staal reel, as per Tony Dubeck's request.
Fighting for Greenwood Lake Access
Capt. Dave Vollweider President of the UFANJ (Uniter Freshwater Anglers of New Jersey) and Lou Martinez made us aware of pending restrictions on anglers' access to Greenwood Lake. They called on us to take action, requesting we write to NJ representatives and sign their petition. let's help disrupt the actions of local communities trying to privatize the lake! Details below.
The NJ Fish and Game Council voted unanimously in support for a public boat launch ramp on Greenwood Lake with the designated area to be the Brown's Point section of the lake. They stated that if public access is not restored quickly, Greenwood Lake would be considered a private waterbody that is not eligible to be stocked with state-raised fish. Brown's Point had been leased to the town of West Milford. This year the lease expired and the land reverted back to the STATE. Recently a new bill was drafted by supporters: Senators Joseph Penacchio and Steven Oroho, Assemblymen Jay Webber, Harold Wirths, Parker Space, and Assemblywoman Aura Dunn Bill S-987 / A-1047. Briefly stated, the bill requires the DEP to provide public access for boats to certain State-owned lakes; appropriates $1 million.

See what you can do to promote this bill under the "Calls for Action" section below. Just keep on scrolling down.
And furthermore . . .
In a recent development, the Village of Greenwood Lake now requires non-residents have a fishing permit to fish from shore or access the lake from shore for ice fishing. The law does not require a permit for the following: residents of the town of Warwick, anyone who works in the Greenwood Lake School District Boundary/Greenwood Lake Community, those staying at legal rentals, bed and breakfasts, motels. hotels, as well as guests of any resident of the Village of Greenwood Lake. Permits are $10 a day and are good for the same day purchased. Permits may only be picked up from Village Hall between the hours of 8am-4pm Monday through Friday.
The H&H Ice Fishing Derby
February 6
Fun on the Ice
Scott Havner

The H&H Invitational Ice Derby was held at Superior
Lake in Bethel, NY. We had some great weather that day and many fish hit the ice. There were catches of perch, crappie, blue gills, bullheads, and pickerel. Lloyd Castillo had the winning perch at 12.75” beating Stephanie Hess by an eighth of an inch. Mark Braun had the winning crappie at 13.25”. Craig Braun had the winning blue gill at 8.5” edging
out Linda Havner by a quarter of an inch. Carl Bruger caught a 20.75” pickerel to take the $50 cash prize. There were also some great raffle prizes with most taking home some new tackle. Everyone had a great time on the lake that day and the derby raised $217 for the HRFA.
Carl Bruger $50 Winner
Joe Albanese
Stephanie Hess
In the News
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 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.
Sale Days
by Joe Albanese
Carl reported that his sale of fishing gear went extremely well. He sold many items at great prices from his basement asylum. He thanks everyone for helping him downsize for the sale of his home and raise money to benefit the HRFA.

Unfortunately, we also learned from Carl
that a couple of his prized fishing reels "disappeared" in the throng of bargain hunters. There was no "five-finger discount" on any items. In fact, these treasured reels were NOT for sale at any price. If anyone knows the whereabouts of these reels please let us know. Any lead will be appreciated.

Complete confidentiality will be assured.
From the Internet
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Calls for Action
Support Bills S-987 / A-1047
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At the present time, S-987 / A-1047 is in the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committess. United Freshwater Anglers of NJ (UFANJ) has reached out to all committee members asking for support and to send the bill through the legislature. They hope more fishing clubs and individual anglers will do the same.

Click on the image below to read more, get contact information for state representatives and to sign their petition.
NJ Public Access: Greenwood Lake Launches Update 2/18/22

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The JCAA would like to continue our efforts to increase funds for NJ HOFNOD. We are asking you write to your legislators. The importance of properly funding NJ HOFNOD is essential to provide needed funds to expand NJ HOFOD. The bill appropriates $450,000 to the Department of Environmental Protection to fund the cost of implementing the Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program. The money would be appropriated from the "Drug Enforcement and Demand Reduction Fund," a statutory account established to receive fines and penalties from convicted drug offenders that are used to support state-authorized drug and alcohol abuse abatement programs. The bill encourages the Legislature to appropriate sufficient funding annually from the "Drug Enforcement and Demand Reduction Fund" or any other appropriate source to maintain the operation of the program in future years.

If you would like to become a certified NJ HOFNOD instructor, please contact Liz Jackson, NJ DEP Division of Fish & Wildlife, Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs, 605 Pequest Road, Oxford, NJ 07683 908-637-4125 x122 Visit the NJ HOFNOD website to view a group near you. NJ HOFNOD>>
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From our Membership Chair
HRFA Members stuff
2022 HRFA membership cards are available now. Plan to pay your dues at the March meeting or fill out the membership form below and send it in or renew on line. Grace period ends March 30. Fight for the Hudson.

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.

For The February meeting the speaker was Tony Dubeck from Penn , and Lou Martinez and Dave Vollweider from UFANJ (Uniter Freshwater Anglers of New Jersey).
HRFA Free money (split 50/50) for February 8th meeting was $260. From the bucket of HRFA paid members, a name was picked at the meeting by guest Capt Pete Grimbilas.
 HRFA member Carl Bruger’s name was picked and announced to all present three times. Carl Bruger was there, and wins the HRFA Free money. Carl decided the $260.00 is to be donated back to the HRFA youth angler program. Note: Treasurer holds the HRFA free money whatever the amount.

Will you be there at the March HRFA meeting to collect the HRFA free money?
Arnie Ulrich Membership Chair
HRFA Membership Information
Pay your dues. Get your 2022 membership card at the next meeting.
Grace period ends in March.
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 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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NOTE: To get the New York Saltwater Registry you must first register for a free Citizen Access account, then log in and Buy Sporting License(s) (the Saltwater license is free)
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.
Wayne Geider
Scott Havner
Joe Albanese
Andrew Ward
Drill Baby Drill
The Prequel
By Anonymous
December 13, 2021 Wayne Geider & Jeff Christie went north to do a little ice fishing on Wayne's birthday. The ice wasn't thick enough to be safe on the first lake that they checked-out. So, back into the van to drive to a lake further north and at higher altitude.

Arriving at the new location Jeff told Wayne that he will head down the hill at Little Pond to see if the ice was safe or not. No point in both of them going.

In a short while, Jeff came hobbling back to the van clutching his shoulder in obvious agony. Through clenched teeth and painful shallow breaths Jeff tells Wayne he fell awkwardly on the icy slope and never made it as far as the lake. Off to the Catskill Regional emergency room, where they waited and waited. X-rays and/or cat-scans would reveal that Jeff had broken three ribs, each in multiple places. Not only that, he also had broken his collarbone. They could not keep him there. So, an ambulance took him to Middlesex hospital.

Joe Albanese knew nothing about any of this until several days after the incident. That's when he met Mike Quevedo in the checkout line at Ramsey Outdoor Store who tells him the whole story above. BTW, ROS gives HRFA members a 10% Discount. :)

Afterwards, Joe called to talk to Jeff and wish him a speedy recovery but ended up leaving him only a message. Joe was able to follow Jeff's recovery; getting occasional updates from Scott Havner.

When Jeff called Joe back to thank him for his 'get well quick' call he said he was finally feeling much better. He also said that, coincidentally, it was 3 weeks to the day when he fell and broke his bones. During the call he filled Joe in on many of the details that he hadn't already heard from others.

Coincidently, is right. Here Joe was talking with Jeff on the phone and ice fishing with his cohort on that fateful day. Yes, exactly 3 weeks to the day when Jeff was with Wayne Joe is with him on Superior Lake in Bethel, NY. Then Joe told Jeff what happened this morning - cars sliding down the icy hill, him doing a "Jeff Christie" but lucky enough not to break any bones, JEEP being towed out of the woods and then making it out onto the ice to fish anyway.

See "Drill Baby Drill" in the February issue of River Views for all of those details. Here at least are a couple of photos and an excerpt from that article.
Eventually, close to noon, holes were drilled here and there out on the lake. The weather turned warmer under the sun and there was zero wind. Enjoying the beautiful weather, exercise and fresh cold air the guys settled in to await the first bite.

Before they could get too comfortable Joe's phone rang. It was Jeff Christy on the line. He is a fellow HRFA member and an excellent ice fisherman. The conversation Jeff had with Joe really is the prequel to the story you are reading now and it will be published in the next issue of River Views.

As Joe & Wayne reflected on how lucky they are to be physically able to enjoy the great outdoors Joe's cell phone pinged. It was a text from Pat (Carl's wife). Obviously still concerned about her husband, her text read:
"Is Carl okay? Does he need anything?"
"Oh, he's fine. He's ice fishing."
"I'm not surprised."

As Joe said his goodbyes and was hanging up the phone he heard Jeff call to his wife, "Honey, you are not going to believe this ..."

It was not long after that phone call with Jeff, that he just couldn't stand being cooped up in the house any longer. Against his Doctor's advice, he returned ahead of schedule to join the gang on the ice. With one arm pretty much out of commission, he was happily catching fish through the ice on Lake Welch. When a nice crappie came unhooked and fell back into the hole from which it exited the lake, Jeff instinctively dove for it; and landed on his bad side. Luckily he was wearing enough winter layers to provide protective padding to cushion the blow. Jeff's behavior is confirmation that he belongs in the certifiable category along with the others. Just saying, "I'm not surprised."

The bottom line, ice fishing (and winter in general) can be hazardous to your health. So, let's be careful out there.
From Fish to Dish
Pete Musse
Baked Or Grilled Whole Tautog With Lemon
Shared from On the Water Magazine
1 whole black sea bass or tautog weighing 4 to 5 lbs.
Salt and pepper
5 bay leaves
1/2 lemon plus juice of two lemons
1/4 cup olive oil
5 cloves garlic, crushed

Preheat oven to 370 degrees. Score the fish 10 times on each side, salt and pepper generously on both sides, and brush both sides with olive oil. Put lemon slices and bay leaves in alternate slits on top side of fish. Place crushed garlic on top of fish between the lemon and bay leaf slits. Drizzle with lemon juice.
If you are using an oven, place fish on baking dish and put crushed garlic close around it. Put in oven, and baste after 15 minutes, cook 15 minutes more and check for doneness. It will be opaque at the backbone when done. Remove fish from oven, and serve on a platter covered with lettuce leaves, or surround with curly parsley. Garnish with quartered lemons.

If you are using a grill to cook your tautog, put charcoal on one side, and after preheating covered grill, put fish on grill on side not directly over the coals, and cook covered, basting every 15 minutes.

The fish should be done and delicious after about 45 minutes. You may not believe how good this dish is – do it. What is there to lose?

Raffle Me This
Grilling for a crowd? Then, we have a special deal for you. See the photos of a unique custom made grill with a spacious 39" x 19 3/4" cooking area, grate, generous work shelf in front and cover with heat resistant wood handle. Suitable for large family or neighborhood gatherings, church group, Boy Scout Troop, etc. Only 100 chances at $10.00 a pop will be sold. Winner will be drawn once all the chances are taken. Possibly at the Annual Awards Dinner.

Interested? See Dirk VanEverdingen at a monthly meeting. You can also contact him at or by phone 201-983-2402. Dirk arranged the donation of the grill to raise money for the HRFA. If for no other reason why not chip in $10.00? If you don't need it, you can always sell it to the right buyer for much more! Or, donate it to your favorite charity.
Grill Raffle - $10 a chance.
Slightly above average model
Dave Tunis not included.
Probably anyway.
(You'll have to ask him.)
Grill Raffle - $15 a chance
Same grill. Different model.
Supermodel Cheryl Tiegs not included.
(Images not to scale.)
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
We are so grateful for the very generous donation by Patricia and Thomas Alexander in the name of Priscilla Lasher Alexander in the sun of $1000 for the HRFA Boat Restoration Project. We appreciate this timely contribution to our organization. As always, we thank all our members and friends for your help and appreciate your donations.

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
2021 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 2021 HRFA Fishing Contest Winners
Saltwater Species
Striped Bass Released
Caught From Boat
(leaders determined by length)
50" Joe Marchese
Striped Bass Kept
Caught From Boat
(leaders determined by weight)
26 lbs. Aram Setian
Striped Bass Released
Caught From Shoreline
(leaders determined by length)
40" Sandy Federico
Striped Bass Kept
Caught From Shoreline
(leaders determined by weight)
18 Lbs. Carl Hartmann
11.0 Lbs. Mona Mak
4 Lbs. 1.4 oz. Butch Pawson
10 Lbs. 12 oz. Bill Fish
Black Sea Bass
1 Lb. 8 oz. Charlie Spindelman
Scup (Porgy)
1 Lb. 12 oz. Alex Spindelman
Open Category 
Salt Water
Halibut: 105 Lbs. Joe Marchese
Freshwater Species
5 Lbs. 13 oz. Bill Greene
13lbs. Bill Greene
Trout  - Local
3lbs. Christian Hoops
Trout - Great Lakes
Boris Maltsev 18 Lbs. 8oz.
Smallmouth Bass
4 Lbs. 15oz. Scott Havner
Largemouth Bass
5.0 Lbs. Aram Setian
33 Lbs. Heather Baez
Striped Bass from Shoreline Kept: 25” Noah Sardinas
Bluefish: 6 Lbs. 9 oz Noah Sardinas
Open Category 
Fresh Water
Bowfin: 7Lbs. 8 oz. Scott Havner
Partial list of Friends & Supporters of the HRFA
(Click on any image below to visit their website.)