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

Ridgefield Park Elks Lodge
21 Cedar St
Ridgefield Park, NJ
Tracy Brown
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Guest Speaker: Tracy Brown

Title of Talk: Restoring A Living River

Bio: Tracy Brown became President and Hudson Riverkeeper in 2021. A recognized leader in clean water advocacy, Brown brings a multidisciplinary approach to Riverkeeper, prioritizing data-driven, community-oriented strategies to realize our mission. She previously served as Regional Director of Water Protection at Save the Sound, establishing their New York office which delivers science-based projects that protect Long Island Sound and increase community resilience. Prior to joining Save the Sound, Brown worked at Riverkeeper for seven years. She was instrumental in developing Riverkeeper's water quality monitoring programs and was an architect of New York's Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law. A resident of Sleepy Hollow, Brown is a founder of the Peabody Preserve Outdoor Classroom, a nature preserve for hands-on, outdoor education for the students of the Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow public schools.
Summary: For over half a century, the environmental organization Riverkeeper has been protecting and restoring the Hudson River from source to sea. What started as a small group of fishermen has grown into one of the region's leading voices for clean water. In the fall of 2021, Tracy Brown took the helm as Riverkeeper's new President, bringing her scientifically-grounded and community-driven approach to bear in meeting the challenges of pollution, habitat loss, and climate change. In this talk she will share stories, lessons learned, and information about Riverkeeper's current priorities, and how you can get involved to support the cause of clean water.
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.
  • Our Youth Angler Program ontinue 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 April 12th
Tracy Brown
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?

  • To do good works.
  • 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.
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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 Pandemic. I am happy to hear that our members have begun this year’s fishing challenges and appreciating the rewards.

From our last board meeting, I would like to bring to your attention a few items. Our Annual Awards/Fundraising dinner will be held on Sunday, 3 rd of April. I urge you to attend and recognize the prestigious HRFA Pete Barrett awardee, and the 2021 Fishing and Photo contest winners. Your participation and support will be greatly appreciated.

The Outdoors/Sportsmen Shows is postponed to August 2022. We need your help: looking for volunteers and a chair position for these events.

At the upcoming HRFA board meeting we will be reviewing our plans and strategies for the this year. As always, we appreciated your suggestions and for meeting topics and fishing events.

We are planning to initiate Fishing Clinics as part of the Youth Angles Program, to be held once or twice per month. Please look for the scheduling for when you can participate.

The General meetings are being held, at the Elks Lodge. I would like to express our thanks to the presenter, Emily McGuckin. She is the new Director of the American Littoral Society's Fish Tagging Program. She talked about the tagging program and the tagging data, research based on the stripers captured and/or released in the Hudson River estuary and the NY Bight. She also recognized HRFA members, taggers Sergio Radossi, Tony Evangelista, Glen Blank, Pete Orenzo, Kevin Morgan, Howard Lehman & John Francesconi. Please note that with the help of our VP, Joe Albanese, the monthly meetings are also live streamed, allowing members to participate remotely.

After a long delays and postponements, we were able to participate in the Saltwater expo in Edison New Jersey. We as well as the public finally met in a long anticipated friendly event. I would like to thank the volunteers that helped to make this show a success. David Mercer and Janet Soto, our VP, Joe Albanese, Arnie Ulrich, Marvin Oresky, Miguel Sardinas and Scott Havner.

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

Please note that we are planning several Fishing Contests. Please follow the announced schedules in the River Views, and plan to participate or volunteer, accordingly.
We Love Volunteers
As the restrictions of COVID-19 pandemic are fading out, our organization continues to function successfully, and our activities are increasing are 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

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Upcoming Events
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.
Can't make it to the event this year? The next best thing is to catch it on Mr. Poseidon's YouTube Chanel. He & Mrs. Poseidon will livestream the event starting at 4:00 PM. CLICK HERE to be with us. Virtually, anyway.
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
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.
HRFA General Meeting
June 14, 2022
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
Facebook: Dave Vollenweider
Live to Fish Guide Service, LLC

Live to Fish Guide Service offers a variety of multi-species guided fishing adventures with Captain Dave Vollenweider.

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Past Events
General Meeting
March 8, 2022
Emily McGuckin shared some data garnered from the participation of 14 HRFA members in the American Littoral Society's fish tagging program. The data was from fish tagged between the years 1988-2022. In those 32 years 10,598 fish were tagged from 17 different zones from hundreds of unique locations. Twenty-five different species were tagged including stripers (8,419), tautog and fluke. Of all of those thousands of fish 'we' tagged, only 647 were reported recaptured and the scientific data shared. The largest was an 86" sand tiger shark caught in Sea Girt, NJ. The largest striper was 42.5", caught at Liberty State Park, NJ.
The Saltwater Fishing Expo
March 18-20

The show was a success and our volunteers raised money for the HRFA. We gave away 100 "Save a Million Bass" bumper stickers. Scanning the QR Code on the sticker teaches recreational anglers the 10 Best Practices to reduce the mortality rate of stripers that are caught & released. Remember, practice makes perfect.
NJOA's Wild Game Dinner Fundraiser
March 20
A contingent of HRFA members showed up at the annual fund raiser to support the NJ Outdoor Alliance.
The HRFA's Membership Chair Arnie Ulrich stands behind Past NJOA President Capt. Pete Grimbilas and Senator Bob Smith.
Janis Soto chatting with
NJ Senator Bob Smith. That's Gil
Hawkins' head of hair in the foreground. :)
Past President of the HRFA, Gil Hawkins, with NJOA's Honored Guest
NJ Senator Bob Smith.
Mona Mak & Joe Albanese
In the News
If You See Something Say Something
At the Federation's March Zoom meeting Linda Ann Quirk of the NJDFW presented the "Operation Game Thief" Call Summary for 2021 as follows:
  • The OGT tip line received 239 calls
  • 29 of these calls resulted in prosecutions
  • 10 additional calls resulted in written or verbal warnings
Endangered Atlantic Right Whales Next Victims of...

The endangered Atlantic Right Whale appears to be the wind industry's next victim; it already has plenty of offshore industrial activity to contend with. But oil and gas extraction, international shipping, and commercial fishing have obvious...

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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.
Anglers Are Just a Batch of Big Babies
by Carl Bruger
We fishermen and women are not far from the womb in our behaviors when you really think about some of the ironic and humorous parallels. My intensive
research has resulted in a baker’s dozen close ties between angler and infant behavior with my favorites being:

1) The crying that goes on when frustration sets in. Baby loses favorite toy and much crying ensues. Nimrod loses trophy fish, the crying over this lost bass could last for a lifetime! The fact that a net, gaff, person
or the fish itself is “responsible” can become a legendary tale of woe that is woven into the family tapestry of history told endlessly to many who would prefer not to hear.

2) Anglers often tend to lie around doing
nothing waiting for a bite. Watch babies supine in their cribs the vast majority of time spent sleeping and therefore doing nothing but growing.

3) Rod and reelers keep crazy hours just like babies. We can pop up before dawn or stay up way past midnight to catch the right tide or hatch. Of course infants have their cockamamie hours controlled by their
irritable and finicky stomachs which leads to….

4) Timing- Babies often get on a feeding
schedule and fall into habits. How many anglers are up before dawn every opening day to get the best spot and be “the early bird that got the fish”? A sunrise over Cape
Cod Canal is only bettered when some linesiders are landed as well.

5) Quite a few of us still enjoy a “bottle”
except instead of milk or formula most of us eschew the white stuff for beer, wine, or alcohols with a higher proof on the bottle label.

6) Babies and fishermen can hold their breath, get red in the face, and explode in a tantrum. This is cute in a toddler and sad to see when an angler breaks an #8 weight fly
rod over his knee and with a loud #@&amp, throws the wreckage into the river after losing a trophy Chinook at his feet. Other emotional explosions happen when a gaff job is botched, lines are crossed and fish lost, and foul weather drowns out eagerly and extensively planned trips.

7) Babies fall down and slip as they try to
navigate in their surroundings. Many an angler, this writer in particular, has slipped countless times on slimy rocks in pursuit of target salmonids.

8) Babies learn fast from experiences such as crawling before walking and we nimrods also had to crawl in our angling development before we could cast a fly rod or tie a quality knot or a viable fly. We often evolve from spin casting to spinning to bait casting to fly rodding as skills and techniques increase.

9) Infants have very sensitive skin while
fishermen have often proven they didn’t care for their epidermis by all the sunburns windburns and sadly skin cancers that many of us encountered on our journeys
under the harsh elements in pursuit of the big catch. Many of us are also “thin skinned” when we are reminded of how many times we have been skunked!

10) Babies have to be taught to break bad
habits that they’ve developed. Thumb sucking is nothing compared to some of the awful habits displayed by too many slob fishermen who litter, poach, and cheat
on the game laws.

11) All infants must go through the stage of
having wet diapers and pants Between ordinary rainy days and waders shipping water due to rogue waves or a slip and dunk, wet pants are a common bane afflicting many anglers.

12) Babies often have a favorite toy to play
with. Pick out any avid fisherperson and he or she will quickly point out their favorite rod, reel, lure and type of fish to seek.

My favorite bonus parallel is the following:

13) Babies often leave their diapers full of &$!+ while many an angler, after spinning a whopper of a fish story has been told by his buddies that he also is full of
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.
HRFA Tagging - Boating on the Hudson Articles

In 1975 I sat in the living room of Robert Boyle's home on Finny Farm Road in Croton, N. Y. along with roughly 25 other "locals" as the very core of the Hudson River Fishermen's Association was being created! READ FULL ARTICLE

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Tagged Stripers - On The Water

Pictured: The late Captain Al Anderson began tagging fish for the American Littoral Society in 1967. Over more than 50 years he tagged more than 60,000 fish, providing valuable insights into the movements and growth rates of striped bass, bluefin ...

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Calls for Action
Striped Bass Draft Amendment 7
The deadline for public comment is April 15th.
It's not too late to make your voice heard!
Comments should be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on April 15, 2022 to:
Emilie Franke
Fishery Management Plan Coordinator
1050 N. Highland St, Suite A-N
Arlington, VA 22201
703-842-0741 (FAX)
 or at (Subject line:Draft Amendment 7)
Please contact Brendan Harrison, NJ DEP Marine Fisheries Administration, with any questions at or 609-748-2066.
Flash Sale
These reels are in new or like new condition and were donated to the Croton Yacht Club to raise money for our college scholarship program with 10% of sales being donated to the HRFA's Youth Angler Program. If interested call Dennis Kooney at 914-907-3622
with spare spool        $125
Penn 5500SS
with spare spool                   $75
with spare spool       $95                                         
DAIWA Advantage TDA S3000A with spare spool  $100
That's Entertainment!
Sled Fishing
By Joe Albanese
With the ice fishing season coming close to an end some people just don't know when it is time to quit. An example of two die-hards is captured in the 2 videos below.
Catching Big Fish Till My Arms Want to Fall Off
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.

HRFA Free money (split 50/50) for March 9th meeting was $15.00. From the bucket of HRFA paid members, a name was picked at the meeting by guest speaker Emily McGuckin.
 HRFA member Dennis Fuch’s name was picked and announced to all present three times. Dennis Fuchs was not there, so the HRFA free money goes back into the bucket.

Will you be there at the April 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 will be removed from the membership rolls.
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.

Click on the buttons below for the:
NOTE: To order your NY State Fishing License by phone call 866-933-2257
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.

Striper season for NJ's back bays and rivers opened March 1st. Here are some early photos shared by our members.
Cover Boy
Carl Hartmann
36" striper March 6th
Dirk VanEverdingen with a nice
Hacky striper.
Dave Tunis also got in some early season success on the Hacky.
From Fish to Dish
Pete Musse
Portuguese Braised Fish Stew - On The Water

Make this Portuguese-inspired dish with tautog, which is a delicious bottom fish with firm, white filets that is well suited for braising. Tautog is not the only fish that can be used in this recipe-a mild white fish can also be substituted.

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Raffle Me This

Grill Raffle - $10 a chance.
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.
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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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
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)
Striped Bass Kept
Caught From Boat
(leaders determined by weight)

Striped Bass Released
Caught From Shoreline
(leaders determined by length)

Striped Bass Kept
Caught From Shoreline
(leaders determined by weight)

Black Sea Bass
Scup (Porgy)
Open Category 
Salt Water

Freshwater Species
Trout  - Local
Trout - Great Lakes
Smallmouth Bass

Largemouth Bass
33 Lbs. Heather Baez
Open Category 
Fresh Water

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