Hudson River
Fishermen’s Association
August 9th
Meeting starts at 7:30 PM

Ridgefield Park Elks Lodge
21 Cedar St
Ridgefield Park, NJ
Ross Kushner Surfrider Foundation
TOPIC: NJ's beach replenishment by the Army Corps of Engineers

SPEAKER: Ross Kushner

BIO: As the former director of a watershed protection group in northern New Jersey Ross 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.

SUMMARY: 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, click HERE to visit the
NJ Coastal Alliance Facebook page.
Time: August 9, 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.
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  • 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 August 9th
Ross Kushner
Executive Meeting
1st Tuesday of every month Ridgefield Park Elks at 7:30 pm
21 Cedar St, Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
HRFA Officers
Aram Setian
Vice President
Joseph Albanese
Frank Wisniewski
John Malool
Membership Secretary
Arnold Ulrich
Board Members
Chairman Youth Anglers
Wayne Geider 
Hooked on the Hudson
Pete Musse
Gil Hawkins
Miguel Sardinas
Fishing Contests
Aram Setian
Scott Havner
Outdoors Shows
Dave Mercer
Janice Soto
Dan Harrison
Director Emeritus
Tony Evangelista
Antony Carbone (2020)
Ivan Garcia (2021)
Marius Bahr (2022) 
Nominating Committee:
John Golon
Gil Hawkins
Aram Setian
Social Media Committee:
Alex Spindelman
Editor River Views:
Joseph Albanese
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The Hudson River Fishermen’s Association is a group of recreational fishermen who make active use of the N.Y. Bight and the surrounding water system and are concerned with the present and future state of these fisheries. Our objectives are to encourage the responsible use of aquatic resources and protection of habitat. We assist where possible in efforts to abate pollution and promote sportfishing and the management of that recreation. We are a IRS recognized nonprofit 501c3 organization . All donations are welcome and maybe tax deductable. 
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From our President
Greetings HRFA Members and Friends,

I hope that as of this writing, we find you all well and enjoying the fishing opportunities of the pre-COVID-19 Pandemic. I am happy to hear that our members are enjoying the fishing challenges and appreciating the rewards.

As to our events, we are exceeding the pre-Pandemic levels.
The BASS fishing contest, organized by Alex Spindelman is over. Thank you to the participants and congratulations to the winners, reported below. The fluke season is on and many of our members are using their skills to catch that “Floormat”, both from boat and from the shoreline.

On the personal note, I had one of my more memorable fishing days, landing a Bluefin Tuna, 66” approximately 150 Lbs. in collaboration with Jerry Crean. This was another successful trip thanks to Dirk Van Everdingen, on the XTC Sportfishing vessel with Captain Scott.
On Friday, 19th of August, we will hold our second inter-club HRFA Invitational fishing challenge. It will be against the Saltwater Anglers of Bergen County. We are looking forward to this social interaction and friendly competition.

We were happy to support Hoboken's City of Water Day & the Fund for Better Waterfront. Participating HRFA volunteers familiarized participants with our activities (Joe Albanese, Janice Soto & Dave Mercer), as well as conducted the fishing clinic, (Miguel and Noah Sardinas, Wayne Geider, Tony DiModugno, Arnie Ulrich & Edward Delapp).

At the HRFA board meetings, we are reviewing our plans and strategies. As always, we appreciated your suggestions for meeting topics and fishing events. 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.

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.

Regretfully, the Outdoors/Sportsmen Show that scheduled for this month was canceled. However, we are looking for volunteers and a chair position for the upcoming events in 2023.

We have successfully initiated the HRFA Fishing Clinics as part of the Youth Angler Program. Please look for the scheduling for when you can participate. We are receiving invitations to participate in Youth Fishing Programs & Clinics from our friends and organizations. As the schedules are confirmed, we will be reaching out for volunteers. Look for schedule in the newsletter.
Want to volunteer?
Just call our Youth Angler Program Chair
Wayne Geider at (201) 384-8046.
As the restrictions of COVID-19 pandemic are fading out, our organization continues to function successfully, and 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 2022 President

Fight for the Hudson
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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.
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.
Garden State Outdoor Sports Show
August 11-14, 2022
The HRFA Invitational
Friday August 19, 2022
The HRFA will take on the Bergen County Saltwater Anglers. There will be 7 anglers on each team. We will all be fishing aboard The Last Lady Fishing Charters with Capt. Ralph Leyrer at 302 S Concourse, Neptune City, NJ 07753
Phone: (732) 988-8907
Cost: $120, includes the gratuities.

Questions? Contact the event organizers:
  • Capt. Aram Setian at or, (201) 755-3331
  • John Toth, SWABC coordinator, at
Catfish Chaos Derby
August 20, 2022
Proceeds from the Catfish Chaos Derby will benefit the HRFA and support Eric Allen in his recovery.

Got questions? Contact the new Derby organizer Past HRFA President Dan Harrison by phone at 551-265-3460 or email at
Click HERE to make an online donation to the HRFA's Drive to Benefit the Allen Family. 100% of these special donations will be directed to them. Just be sure to mention the purpose is to support the family of Eric Allen during his recovery.
New Derby Donor/Sponsor
Thank you Capt. Bill Schlette, of Two Thumbs Up Sportfishing charters, for your gift of 6 catfish rods & reels made by your friend Spiro of Ancient Mariner rods & reels in Long Island. We will give them as prizes in the Derby as you requested.

"Spiro’s stuff is top notch and I’d like to see more of his rods (lighted tips too) on the river. He also is sponsored and used by catfish guy the charter guy. Talk soon,
Capt Bill Schlette"
The HRFA is continually grateful for all sponsors and donations to our special events. Thank you to these other fine sponsors of the Catfish Chaos Derby:
  • Art's Tackle & Fly Shop
  • Ramsey Outdoors
  • Lee's Sporting Goods
  • Westerly Marina
  • Daiwa
Annual Fluke Tagging Trip
Saturday September 3rd
9:00am - 2:00pm
Join Emily McGuckin, the Society’s fish tagging director, for a day of fishing and tagging aboard the Mi-Jo II in New Jersey waters. For experienced taggers and novices alike. If you’ve never tagged fish before, this is a great opportunity to learn from experienced taggers. Just don't bother to tag any legal fluke that's going home for dinner.

Mi-Jo II Charters, Simon Lake Dr, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716. Ample parking on site. The American Littoral Society will send directions and other details to those who register.
$80 for members, $100 for non-members (includes boat, all tackle, bait and tags).

For more information, please email
Hudson River Day
Saturday September 10th
11 AM - 4 PM
The Croton Yacht Club is happy to announce it is resuming its annual “Hudson River Day” at the Croton Yacht Club located at 6 Elliott Way in Croton-on-Hudson.  The mission of the event is to promote interest in the history and ecology of the river, to cultivate future local environmental leaders and to promote, enhance and protect river related recreational resources.
Events and exhibits will include: a seining exhibition where local marine life will be captured, displayed and later released; viewing tanks where local marine life can be identified and observed; hands-on exhibits for children such as toy sailboat making, fossil making; sail boat rides, and local artist displays and sales.
Free sailboat rides, will be offered by Ferry Sloops aboard their 22’ sloop-rigged Catboat the “Whimbrel” on a first come first served basis. The sails will depart at 11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM and 3PM. Guests can sign up at the Ferry Sloops table in the tent beginning at 10:00AM for any of the day's scheduled sail times. Limit of 4 passengers per sail. Passenger age requirement: must be at least 12 years old, under 18 years old must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian.
There will also be a youth fishing clinic and contest sponsored by the Hudson River Fisherman’s Association and the Yacht Club.  Volunteers will be present during the hours of 11:30 AM and 3:30 PM and provide the use of fishing equipment and bait, free of charge. Fishing rod and reel combinations will also be awarded as prizes. All youths wishing to fish at the Yacht Club must be accompanied by an adult.
The Croton Yacht Club looks forward to coordinating this event because it provides the membership and local exhibitors the opportunity to share their river related knowledge and expertise with the community, especially the children. The organization realizes that only through this transfer of knowledge can it safeguard the future of this great resource, the Hudson River. 
Food and beverages will be available including the best fish chowder on the Hudson. Admission is free so please come and join us in a fun filled, educational and family focused event you will surely enjoy. Environmental organizations, local craft vendors and artists are welcome. For additional information please contact Dennis Kooney at or call 914-271-6384.
General Monthly Meeting
September 13, 2022
Tony Maja Jr. will be our Guest Speaker.
Tony Maja Products
tony maja jr
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
General Monthly Meeting
November 8, 2022
BLURB: Less than an hour by train from New York City, Croton Point Park encapsulates the history, beauty and promise of the Hudson Valley. The Westchester County Park encompasses miles of Hudson River shoreline with astonishing views and remnants of the region's past. Incredible shell mounds shed light on the Native peoples who inhabited the area generations prior to European colonization. The remains of the first commercial vineyards in the Northeast are just steps away from historic brickyards that helped build Manhattan. The Point served as a dumping ground for years until local efforts restored the park into a model of environmental conservation. Today, bald eagles have returned to nest alongside visitors exploring remarkable landmarks, sailing the waters of the Hudson or enjoying a scenic picnic.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Scott Craven is a former Ossining police captain whose master's thesis focused on an environmental history of the area. As the historian of the Town of Ossining and an avid fisherman, paddler and cyclist, he knows the Point better than most. Over the years, he has naturally connected with many people whose passion and expertise regarding different aspects of the Point have helped us weave its history into a compelling story.

Caroline Ranald Curvan is professional researcher and writer. She recently led the research team for a critically acclaimed American Masters/PBS documentary entitled Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page. A writer with popular local blog ( and an adjunct professor of research and composition, she is a deep and passionate student of history.
General Monthly Meeting
December 13, 2022
Guest speaker & topic to be determined. Or will it be the return of our annual fishing stuff auction? You decide.
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Past Events
Fresh Water Bass Derby
June 18 to July 9, 2022
"The HRFA Bass Derby finished up in July with 18 anglers fishing for their biggest 5 bass limit. Scott Havner was able to put up over 90 inches in the 1st week and never looked back. He also caught the biggest bass of the derby, a 19.5'' smallmouth. 2nd and 3rd were highly contested but Matt Rivera (2nd) and Joe Duemmer (3rd) edged out Llyod Castillo and Richard Duemmer at the end. Overall, eight 5 bass limits on the leaderboard with 5 fish breaking the 19 inch mark. It was a great derby and we look forward to our next Derby on August 20th, the Catfish Chaos Derby." - Alex Spindelman, Derby Organizer
Stephanie Hess
The final standings
Largest single bass
Largest 5-bass stringer
Rich Duemmer
Llyod Castillo 
Joe Albanese
Scott Havner
Joe Duemmer
On the last day of the Derby Scott, Stephanie and Linda tried to better their scores but all they kept catching were these pesky walleye. A nice problem to have.
General Monthly Meeting
July 12, 2022
The dynamic fishing duo, minus one, spoke about angling for all the "other" game fishes of the Hudson River. Unfortunately, Scott Havner was called in to work but Andrew Ward did a swell job entertaining and educating the audience about the many varied angling opportunities available in the Hudson River. Andy is also a wonderful photographer and he donated a couple of his works to perhaps the club's youngest members - Sarah & her big brother Noah Sardinas.
City of Water Day
July 16, 2022
City of Water Day is an annual event along the Hoboken waterfront. This year Fund for a Better Waterfront invited The HRFA to be a part of Water Day. FBW was founded on the belief that the Hudson River waterfront belongs to the people. We share that belief.
The day was full of activities, hands-on environmental science with Resilience Adventures, Tours of the Hoboken waterfront with Ron Hine, kayaking or stand-up paddle-boarding with the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse, and of course, fishing.

The HRFA held a fishing clinic off the Castle Point fishing pier (just south of the Union Dry Dock site). Dozens of Hoboken residents showed up to fish. The majority were first-timers. The HRFA had rods, bait, and members ready to assist those that wanted to wet a line. I am sure that those that attended are now Hooked on the Hudson. In the end, it was a fantastic event and a great time along the river, and looking forward to next year’s City of Water Day event.

Special thanks to Arnie Ulrich, Edward Delapp, Tony DiModugno, Wayne Geider, Joe Albanese, Dave Mercer, and Janice Soto. Your dedication as a volunteer is an inspiration to others.
In the News
Legendary Sportsman Mark Sosin Has Passed
Mark Sosin Dead at 88 - The Fishing Wire

Legendary fishing writer and television fishing personality Mark Sosin died on Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Boca Raton, Florida. He was 88 years old. Mark Jessurun Sosin was born on July 7, 1933, in Highland Park, New Jersey.

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Mark Sosin - IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame
Mark Sosin - Saltwater Journal 1986 On ESPN
Tagging Reports
"I was lucky enough to receive notice of a recapture of one of my tags by the ALS. The striper was caught and tagged 5/1/22 on the Hackensack River at 26.5” and recaptured from the Cape Cod Canal on 6/5/22 - a nice trip for a little fish. It seems to me that the ALS is working hard cataloging the tagging program. I’ve been involved with two other tags. I caught one ALS tagged striper from a central NJ location and the other from the mid Hudson River. Great to see these programs working." - Dirk VanEverdingen

NOTE: This is the second reported recapture of a striper tagged during our Fred Rung Memorial Striped Bass Catch, Tag & Release Derby. Last year Keith Baez tagged a striper in the Hudson River and it too found its way to the Cape in one month's time where it was recaptured. The ALS letter to Dirk says the angler who caught the bass released it. That means, if it gets caught again, it could provide additional info for science. For a fish that's a purpose full life. - The Editor
Arnie remembers catching that tagged fish:

"I was fishing the end of the outgoing tide with fellow HRFA members Al White, Wayne Geider and Barry Davis aboard Al's "Sparky". I was drifting a chrome ball jig with spearing under the bridge when I caught this 19.5" fluke. Isn't it amazing that the fish grew 3 inches in one year!

It was a productive area with 4 or 5 boats all hooking up. We caught 5 keepers with many throwbacks. The largest being 25" but I forget who caught that one. I filleted all the keepers.

Btw, did you know that the commercial guys are allowed to keep fluke as small as 14-inches? The "flounder" you see in fish markets are actually fluke."
Dobbs Ferry Free Docks Open

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BIG Fish
 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.
Fishing Adventures with Abigail
by Carl Bruger
Encounter a six year old girl who has never fished before and has an intense desire to catch her first fish. Combine her exuberant enthusiasm with an old coot who Gil Hawkins dubbed “The Johnny Appleseed of getting kids to fish.” (Me). What do you have? The perfect storm of kid’s angling nirvana.

A dear friend, Ruth, from my wife, Pat’s long ago Girl Scout days came to visit us at our Lake Ontario home with her youngest six year old granddaughter, Abigail. From the onset she vociferously and pleadingly asked to go fishing as the most important aspect and goal of her brief three day visit. Was old man Bruger ever prepared! I gifted her with a new pink pushbutton spin cast reel matched with an appropriate balanced two piece spin cast rod.

Abigail turned out to be a quick learner combining excitement, excellent coordination and
remarkable patience as she absorbed the rudiments of casting a line. Within three practice casts she was already tossing the worm baited hook line and sinker in the general direction straight away from our pontoon boat.

The first day was challenging fishing as strong winds hindered all of our casts and tangled the dangling lines enough to frustrate anyone. She still managed to catch a white perch for her first fish ever and then reeled in a fat yellow perch that I’d hooked on a Mepps spinner with my rod. A few mini sized fish were also released as was my anchor which lodged itself in an immovable shelf rock. The arctic tern that grabbed the wounded release was an added birding bonus.

Abigail handled the worms with nonchalance and watched with curiosity, focus and glee as I cleaned and filleted what she was excited to eventually eat for her first self-caught fish dinner. She even fed the turtles with the entrails and was totally indifferent to the blood and slime on her hands, washing them in lake water like a deft little surgeon after an operation.

Her enjoyed recipe that resulted in a clean plate and desire for next nights’ meal consisted of drenching the fillets in whipped egg, dipped them into Japanese Panko crumbs, and frying the fish in canola oil. Simple condiments included Old Bay, onion powder and pepper. The golden brown crispy result vanished quickly.
Our second repast was a better repeat of the first night as we caught a dozen keepers up to a foot long and provided plenty of white perch to journey home for future meals. The five of us relished every bite of perch, homemade French fries and fresh corn on the cob.

Added adventure occurred overnight when we baited my large Ugly stick spinning rods with perch heads to catch potentially huge channel cats. To our chagrin the cats were coy and did not bite. Abigail still had the thrill of hauling in two large catches. The first night yielded a five pound bowfin that swallowed the bait and the next evening saw her crank in a monster snapping turtle with my help that weighed over 25 pounds and filled the bottom of my salmon net. Some of the catches can be seen in the accompanying pictures.

Abigail, the ardent angler, went home with a shore rock fern fossil, several bags of perch fillets, plenty of cell phone photos enough to fill a mini album, and hopefully fond memories of “getting hooked on fishing” for the rest of her life. She planned on going to her lake based day camp the next day to show off her gear and maybe catch some fish there. This old scribe
never the less may have had more fun than she did!

If you really enjoyed this article as much as I did penning it, seriously consider doing your part to involve young people in youth angling, It’s even better if a young child in your family or a close friends has a yen to fish. There are millions of potential neophyte fishermen and women out there that are waiting for folks like you to teach them. Maybe volunteer with Wayne Geider and the HRFA Youth Anglers for starters. We need a next generation of enthusiastic anglers because if we don’t, PETA types will certainly be brainwashing more
children to eschew the fishing opportunity.

Get those kids away from the #@%$ing computer video games and take them into the glorious God given outdoors! - CB
From the Internet
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"My Dirty Stream"
Pete Seeger - "My Dirty Stream (The Hudson River Song)"...

Listen to the official audio for Pete Seeger "My Dirty Stream (The Hudson River Song)" from 'Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection.''Pete Seeger: ...

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Offshore Wind Industry Wiping Out Crucial Fish Breeding...

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Calls for Action
Greenwood Lake Public Launch Ramp S987/A1047
Contact Your NJ State Legislator
Your NJ tax dollars go to stock fish and other programs to support Greenwood Lake and yet there are precious few spots accessible to the general public to fish. Perhaps we can force change by supporting the bills that would at least create a public boat launch. Let's all get on this!! Your email or phone to the NJ Legislature call might go something like this ...
Name and Title of person you're sending this to.
I hope I can count on your sponsorship, support and endorsement of S 987 or A 1047. Public areas need to have public access for all to enjoy, not just a select few. 
Thanks for you consideration and I look forward to hearing your position on this. 
I Fish and I vote. 
Your first and last name 
Your mailing address  
Your email 
Your phone number 
New Jersey Legislature

Directory of members of the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly, listed by district. Includes alphabetical indices by legislators' names, party and house designation, and county composition of each district

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Or simply click HERE to sign the United Freshwater Anglers of New Jersey's online petition for public boat launch(es) on Greenwood Lake.
If You See Something Say Something
NJ Operation Game Thief
Best Practices for Striped Bass Catch & Release
That's Entertainment!
Wave Tank Demonstration
Very educational. And that's okay. Doesn't scare us.
Love on the Rocks
with Mr.Poseidon
The Artist's Eye

Savio Mizzi might be considered a newcomer in the world of marine artists, but he has been a creative force in fine arts for more than 40 years. He is passionate about his art, but like everything else in his life, it takes a back seat to fishing.

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From our Membership Chair
HRFA Members stuff
HRFA Welcomes new Member Paul Tinghino from Brick NJ.
 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 the July 12th HRFA meeting was $113.00. From the bucket of HRFA paid members, a name was picked at by member Sarah Sardinas.
The HRFA paid member picked from the bucket by Sarah Sardinas was Meadows Ryan, and was announced to all present three times. Member Meadows Ryan was not there, so the HRFA free money goes back into the bucket. Note: Treasurer holds the HRFA free money.
Will you be there at the August 2022 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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HRFA Photo Gallery
Got tuna? The XTC Sportfishing 6-pack charter headed offshore from Shark River with a full complement of HRFA members. President Aram Setian, Joe Marchese, Dirk VanEverdingen, Jerry Crean, Mike Mitt & the club's newest member Paul Thinghino did well on the July 27 trip.

There is enough red in the some of the photos to make even Quentin Tarantino proud. Rest assured nothing went to waste. The gang is going to eat well.
From Fish to Dish
Pete Musse
Clam up!
Last month I mentioned two dishes without providing recipes. So, here are my wife Michele's Manhattan Clam Chowder (from and Joe Albanese's Drunken Clams recipes (from Joe said he first had a version this dish at Tommy's Tavern in Sea Bright with a beer, or two, and fell in love with it.
Fresh or Canned Clams? Use Either in This Manhattan Clam ...

According to food historian and blogger Janet Clarkson, the very first printed recipe for chowder appeared in the Boston Evening Post in 1751. Written as a poem, it described a stew with onions, pork, fish, herbs, and biscuits (hardtack, I think).

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  • 50 little neck clams
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt (iodized will kill the clams)
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped.

  1. Mix kosher salt and cornmeal in cold water. Then add clams and refrigerate for a couple of hours to purge sand, mud etc.
  2. Remove clams and scrub shell under cold running water
  3. Melt butter in large stockpot to saute garlic for a few minutes
  4. Add wine. lemon juice, lemon zest and pepper flakes to taste
  5. Gently add clams
  6. Bring to boil cover and lower heat to gently simmer. Steam until clams open. Discrd any that did not opnn.
  7. Use crusty French bread to sop up the deleicious broth

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.
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