Hudson River
Fishermen’s Association
July 12th
Meeting starts at 7:30 PM

Ridgefield Park Elks Lodge
21 Cedar St
Ridgefield Park, NJ
TOPIC: The Other Gamefish of the Hudson River
SPEAKER: Scott Havner and Andrew Ward
BIO: These two know how to fish the river. That's all you need to know. Don't look so surprised.
Time: July 12, 2022 07:30 PM

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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.
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  • 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 July 12th
Scott Havner & Andrew Ward
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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  • To do good works.
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From our President
I hope everyone is well and safe. I am happy to hear that our members are enjoying the fishing challenges and appreciating the rewards.

I would like to join you all in the upcoming 4th of July, Independence Day, celebration. As a naturalized citizen,
for the last 50 years, I have tried to show my appreciation for the Freedom we have in this great country by contributing my most for the betterment of all. Joining and now leading “The HRFA”, has given me that opportunity.
The number of our events are exceeding pre-Pandemic levels.

The second, shoreline Fly Fishing contest, organized by Miguel Sardinas had a very good turnout and it seems more members are interested in fly-fishing. As a result, we are planning to expand the HRFA Fishing Contest beginning 2023, to include new Fly-Fishing Categories for both Freshwater and Salt water.

Currently, we are running the Freshwater BASS fishing contest, organized by Alex Spindelman. This is the third time we are using the “FishDonkey” app to enter your catch and monitor the contest.

The fluke season is on and many of our members are using their skills to catch that “Doormat”, both from boat and from the shoreline.

I also took a “vacation”, a traditional trip to Lake Champlain. This was another remarkable year, where the fishing was plentiful. We targeted both, Smallmouth and Largemouth bass, as well as Northern Pike. The fishing in that area is rewarding, the scenery spectacular, full of wildlife, undisturbed (only a few boats in the vast area). Anthony Carbone, Wayne Geider and Marvin Oresky accompanied me and showed their skills.

We have successfully initiated the HRFA Fishing Clinics as part of the Youth Angles Program. June 8th there was a clinic for special needs children at Darlington County Park. The 25th of June was also a busy weekend. One successful Fishing Clinic was held in Mechanicville, New York, thanks to our volunteers, Wayne Geider, Scott Havner and Marius Behr. The other one was together with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, held at the Riverside Park in New York City. Both events were very well attended and gave the opportunity to all attendees to learn about our organization, the HRFA, as well as fishing technics and tips. I was joined by Arnie Ulrich, Mona Mak and Joe Albanese, who assisted with the gear and the “newbies” but enthusiastic fishermen. Please look for the scheduling for when you can participate.
Want to volunteer?
Just call our Youth Angler Program Chair
Wayne Geider at (201) 384-8046.

At the HRFA board meetings, we are reviewing our plans and strategies. As always, we appreciate your suggestions and ideas for meeting speakers/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 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. It will run from August 10-13, 2022. We desperately need your help: looking for volunteers and a chair position for these events.

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.

As the restrictions of COVID-19 pandemic are fading out, our organization continues to function successfully, and our activities are increasing - all thanks to our dedicated members. I would like to take this opportunity the express my sincere appreciation. I would especially like to remind the recipients of the HRFA's 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 2022 President

Fight for the Hudson
In this month's issue of River Views
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Upcoming Events
Be sure to also check out the H.R.F.A. Events Calendar below for this month's member birthday notices, holidays and events.
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 7:00AM - 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
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.
Ross Kushner Surfrider Foundation
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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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.
Dave Lilly
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Past Events
June 5 - Hackensack Riverkeeper's Fishing Derby
Wayne Geider and his band of Youth Angler Volunteers (Scott Havner, Linda Havner, Kevin Morgan, Andy Ward and Aram Setian) supported the Hackensack Riverkeeper's event at Laurel Hill Park, Secaucus.
June 8 - HRFA's Fishing Clinic at Darlington
Wayne Geider and his Youth Angler Program volunteers (Linda Havner, Al White, Jeff Christie, Marius Behr and Joe Albanese) gave Bergen County special needs children and their adult leaders an opportunity to enjoy fishing the lake at Darlington County Park. Though some algae growth on the water along the shoreline was a bit of a challenge the sunnies were cooperative and all participants caught one or more.

Only one photo was taken. But it's a good one of Crocodile Geider sporting a new blue hat from his son Jimmy. That's Linda admiring the hat and Al's in the background.
June 11 - JCAA's 26th Annual Fluke Tournament
The HRFA team of Dirk VanEverdingen, Rich Wheeler & Joe Albanese finished in 6th Place at the Shark River weigh-in station. Sounds good right? Yeah, except there were only 7 boats checking in their fluke there. Capt Scott & Mate Joe of the XTC rounded out the 6-member team. Good thing too as the Mate caught the winning fish. The Team will donate the rod & reel combo they won to the HRFA. BTW, a lucky angler won more than $50,000 for a 12.45 lb. doormat caught up around Atlantic Highlands.
June 14 - HRFA's General Meeting
Capt. Dave Vollenweider was unavailable to talk about musky fishing in NJ. So, we muddled through by sharing photos and fishing stories. We heard reports from Michael & Noah Sardinas who fished up at the Cape. Noah's 33" striper (released) is in the lead in our Annual Fishing Contest Youth Division. Jerry Crean told of his group's epic day with BIG stripers (a.k.a. "cows") slamming topwater plugs for almost two hours! Dirk VanEverdingen shared his story fishing with other HRFA members aboard the XTC out of Belmar Marina - another day of BIG bass. Here are some of the photos substantiating their claims.

We also heard from Pete Musse and Dan Harrison. Ya gotta scroll down to the HRFA Photo Gallery to see their story and photos.
June 25 - Mechanicville Fishing Clinic
Up by Albany, NY Wayne Geider, Marius Bahr & Scott Havner had a fishing clinic at the Mechanicville City Docks.

The kids (about 11 of them) caught a couple of fish on their own and got to reel in a few hooked by Scott including a few smallmouth bass and a walleye. It was a scorching hot day.

The following article from Boating on the Hudson, written by Pete Bardunias, covers both of our fishing clinics in Saratoga County. The one on May 21-22 at the Waterford Canal Festival and this one in the City of Mechanicville.
18 Kids Fishing the Hudson - Boating on the Hudson Articles

Thanks to the amazing volunteers of the Hudson River Fishermen's Association, dozens of upstate children got a chance to sharpen their angling skills, at two fishing clinics held courtesy of the Association... READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

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June 25 - Summer on the Hudson
The HRFA's President Aram Setian, Arnie Ulrich, Joe Albanese & Mona Mak held a fishing clinic at West Harlem Piers on 125th Street. There were at least 40 anglers during the 10AM to 1PM event. The only thing caught was a feisty blue claw crab that would not let go of its prized clam bit; caught by a visiter from Ohio. Photos by Mona.
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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.
by Carl Bruger
Weird and giant catches have been made in the
past month that are awesome, amazing and admirable.

A twelve year old girl broke the black marlin record, two guys caught and released the largest sturgeon ever hooked (estimated 700 pounds and over ten feet in length) from the Fraser River in British Columbia. A southern angler hooked a 200 pound alligator snapping turtle estimated well over 100 years old! The latter two were released alive after various snapshots and measurements.

Every event was recorded for posterity on the
internet with corroboration by scientists, witnesses, and guides who were part of the events. It inspired me to pen this article because even an old HRFA member also encounters some strange fishing adventures simply by fishing in the Northeast.

My most recent catch in this category was a three foot gar that hit a home made spoon and white trailer grub just off my Perch River dock. The fish fought like a rabid torpedo slashing and squirming just under the surface for a few tumultuous minutes. When I finally brought her to net the single hook was imbedded outside the eye and the line was looped several times
around the toothy skinny bill. You can see that the photo in the article backs up my statements. The fish swam off after refusing to smile when my wife, Pat took the picture.
Last month I wrote at length about catching a large bowfin on the perch chunk channel catfish bait that fought like a pike but ended up an eight pound 26 ½ inch specimen. Two more “mudfish” have hit my offerings since with equally excellent fights before release.
Many channel cats in the teens have still been biting with some whoppers fighting hard and taking drag enough that I thought my bait had been sucked up by one of our local three digit sturgeons. Maybe next year?

What has been on my line more than once is not a fish, but a reptile! No, it’s not a Caiman, a released pet that was caught recently in a Colorado lake but rather a foot long plus snapping turtle that got his nostril hole hooked with the worm loaded offering. She was probably headed to our gravel boat launch to lay a clutch of eggs. The entire driveway has been dug up by painted, mud and snapping turtles this year. Over the years each of these species has felt the sting of a worm loaded hook as I fished from a boat, off our dock or some inviting shoreline. Other than bloody noses I think every turtle lumbered off to lay eggs or enjoy turtle life.

A couple years ago my overnight fishing strategy resulted in a huge eel ingesting the fish chunk I was aiming at the channel cats. The slimy three foot creature was writhing around the line and sliming everything it touched like that green creature from Ghostbusters! This was one of those situations where I simply cut the line and let the thing digest the hook with the rest of his meal.

One day fishing under the Perch River Bridge I cast a Jitterbug lure for bass when a huge water snake nailed the surface lure and ironically swam straight at the boat my neighbor Fred and I were sitting in. Fear won out over kindness and I am sorry to admit that seconds
later my machete left just the head impaled on the hook.

That was 20 years ago. Now I would have tried to throw my wet fish rag over the snake and maybe got the hook out without being bitten. Sorry snake.

Twice in my life I have hooked a mammal. Thank God it was not a treasured pet or other human but for some reason a demented muskrat that got hooked in the paw after grabbing at the crawfish or worm baits that had a sharp single hook inside. Both events happened in New Jersey on Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake a few years apart. The end result was also the same, a writhing struggling creature in a long handled net escaping before I had to make the choice of throwing a towel over the rodent to yank the hook. Fortunately.

I hope all you angler/readers keep catching target fish but as these events prove, many other
possibilities lurk in the waters you fish. Maybe get ready for some surprises. Have fun either way! CB.
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That's Entertainment!
Heaven on Earth
by Michael Sardinas
My favorite place to spend my free time has always been the beach as far back as I can remember. And it's not only the fishing that draws me to the water's edge—hearing the waves crash, the salt in the air. The bird watching and the overall feeling I get by being by the ocean is something I love.

As a surfcaster, I have my preferred beaches (spots). Some are special because they bring back memories of fishing with my father as a kid; other stretches remind me of caching my first bluefish, fluke, or kingfish. And some spots are unique because the fishing is just fantastic. (Well, at least sometimes).
About a decade ago, while on vacation and looking for a spot to cast a pencil popper, I came across a small sandy parking lot. I parked my car and went for a walk with my rod in hand—the goal: to find some fishy-looking water.

While marching along, I came across dunes that looked like small mountains. These dunes were not the same artificial ones I see on the beaches back home in NJ. You can tell the blowing winds of mother nature created them. The whole area felt different - peaceful and wild simultaneously.
After walking over the dunes, I came across the most
magnificent beach I have ever seen. Amazing views of
land, sky, and ocean mixed as one. And there were stunning cliffs with an array of colors; what a sight!

"I found Heaven on Earth," I mumbled to myself.

There was no soul in sight; I could not believe my eyes. This stretch of beach looked rugged and had everything a striped bass fanatic would want—giant boulders and then some. And with the right winds, all I can say is, "Oh, my God! This is Striped Bass paradise."

I made my first cast using a Gibbs white pencil popper, and after a couple of seconds of working my lure, the line went tight; FISH ON! It was that easy. The first keeper of my trip but not my last. This perfect scenario played out for the next few days and has ever since.
For all the non-believers, Heaven does exist. I've been there. Amen!
From our Membership Chair
HRFA Members stuff

HRFA welcomes the following new members   Fight For the Hudson  

 Dalal Kanan, Little Ferry,NJ, & Alec Melmam, Leonia, 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 June 14th meeting was $83.00. From the bucket of HRFA paid members, a name was picked at the meeting by new member Justin Morgan.
The HRFA paid member picked by Justin Morgan was announced to all present three times. The paid member 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 July 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.
Pete's & Michele's and Dan's & Eileen's Most Excellent Kayak Adventure
Pete & Michele cooked their dinner on the beach the night before they met up with the other couple. The aforementioned foursome launched their kayaks at IBSP for some clamming and fluking in Barnegat Bay. As Wayne Geider would say, "The fishing was good but the catching not so much."

However, the clamming was great & provided many a meal. Including all of the baked stuffed clams Pete shared with us at the June meeting. WHAT A GREAT GUY!

At home Joe Albanese (the beneficiary of some gifted clams) made drunken clams, Dan made linguine with clam sauce and Michele Musse's Manhattan Clam Chowder will be shared in an upcoming issue.

Danny told us he is thinking of suggesting to the Catholic church that they replace their pre-Cana preparation for marriage program with a day in a kayak with one's betrothed. If they're still talking to one another at the end of the day the marriage will endure.

Pete thought the Harrison's had a camouflaged kayak. Turns out it was just dirt from being outside under the deck for years. Now that they experienced clamming for the first time its bound to get cleaned up and used over and over again.
Michele preparing dinner on the beach
Steaks on the grill with a side of clams (of course) to be topped with butter and lemon squeeze
The look of a die hard Mets' fan when the beer he is offered comes in a can emblazoned with the Yankee logo
From Fish to Dish
Pete Musse
A Quick & Easy Fluke Sandwich!
Step one: Catch & proudly display a keeper fluke measuring precisely 16". This can only be done in IBSP by the way.

Step two: Bleed the "doormat" (haha) keep it on ice until you get it home then fillet the fish and rinse with fresh water.

Step three: Lightly salt and pepper the fillets.
Step four: Combine the prescribed amounts of packaged beer batter and lager to make a frothy paste that's not too thick or too thin but just right. Cut the larger fillets to fit the bun. Dredge the fillets in the batter.
Quick & easy!
Step five: Fry in peanut oil (or oil of your choice) until 148 degrees (get out your thermometers) okay until golden brown.
Step six: Spread store bought or homemade remoulade sauce on a brioche bun then insert fish topped with lettuce & tomato. Sometimes I substitute my own tartar sauce made with mayo, relish, red wine vinegar & lemon juice. Enjoy with an icy cold Yuengling.
HRFA Calendar

Click here to download a Calendar of Events for the entire PIP Park System (both NY and NJ)!

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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 COVID 19 pandemic our plans are on hold. We hope and pray that one day 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
as of June 27th
(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.

To be posted on Instagram, photos of your catch should be emailed or texted to Alex Spindelman: (845) 548-0003,
The 2022 HRFA Fishing Contest
Saltwater Species
Striped Bass Released
Caught From Boat
(leaders determined by length)
Jerry Crean 52”
Rick Englesbe 41"
Joe Albanese 41"
Striped Bass Kept
Caught From Boat
(leaders determined by weight)
No Entries

Striped Bass Released
Caught From Shoreline
(leaders determined by length)
Scott Havner 42.25"
Carl Hartmann 36"
John Francesconi 30"
Striped Bass Kept
Caught From Shoreline
(leaders determined by weight)
No Entries
No Entries
Bill Fish 2 Lbs. 6 oz.
Joe Albanese 3 Lbs. 8 oz.
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
Aram Setian 6 Lbs. 3 oz.
33 Lbs. Heather Baez
Noah Sardinas Striped Bass 33” Released
Open Category 
Fresh Water
Mona Mak - Sheepshead 14lbs. 8oz.
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Partial list of Friends & Supporters of the HRFA
(Click on any image below to visit their website.)
Davis Sport Shop