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

Ridgefield Park Elks Lodge
21 Cedar St
Ridgefield Park, NJ
Don’t forget all members are eligible for the HRFA free dollars at the end of the meeting. We remember one fellow getting up and leaving during the meeting only to have his name picked for the HRFA free $ at the end of the meeting.
FYI, the pot is now at a cool $105.00.
TITLE: Fluking from Shore
Guest Speakers: Pete Musse & Joe Albanese
Summary: Joe & Pete have put in the time to learn to fish for fluke from the shore. Be it from the sod banks of Barnegat Bay, the jetties in Monmouth & Ocean Counties or the ocean surf. Come learn the tricks of the trade from a couple of guys who learned them first hand and applied them with good results.
Bio: Joe & Pete both serve on the HRFA Board of Directors. They volunteer their time to the club in many other ways as well - cooking, writing for the newsletter, judging fishing contests, helping with the Youth Angler Program, etc.
All are invited to join the meeting 
& share their fishing stories.
Next General Meeting
7:30 PM September 14th
Guest Speaker
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 safe and enjoying the summer fishing opportunities of the pre-COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Outdoors/Sportsmen Shows plan to open early next year. We are looking for volunteers to chair these

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

We would like to inform you that the following resolutions were approved at the last HRFA Executive Board meeting:
  1. The HRFA will formally oppose the Offshore Windmill program, citing both Economic and Environmental concerns.
  2. The complete HRFA newsletter, River Views, is no longer for members only. It will be e-mailed to all on the distribution list, which includes friends of the HRFA.

In case you missed it, our General monthly meetings are being held at the Elks Lodge again. The last meeting was well attended, and I am happy to report that also the attendance continues to be higher. At the last meeting we also presented the HRFA Sponsored Scholarship to the well-deserved young students. Congratulations! We are looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday, the 14th of September 2021.

The Annual “Catfish Chaos” was another successful event – Scott Havner Chair. As always, the HRFA volunteers and their contribution is appreciated. Congratulations to the winners, see the listing below in this newsletter.

The next HRFA sponsored event is the “2021 HRFA Panfish” derby, organizer – Alex Spindelman. It will be using the mobile App “FishDonkey”. See details below.

The Fluke season is ON and the action is HOT. I am receiving reports of very successful catches, also from the HRFA boat and surf fishermen.

I have been receiving photos of your catches. Please note that these are to be sent to Alex Spindelman at to be posted on Instagram.

We have scheduled our postponed Annual Awards and fundraising dinner for Sunday, 17th October 2021. Please consider volunteering and fundraiser donations to make this our most successful one ever. Tickets ($60 each) available from any of the following HRFA Directors:
  • Dan Harrison 551-265-3460,
  • Pete Musse 201-233-3119,
  • Scott Havner 845-300-1562, 
  • Arnie Ulrich 201-438-3094,

This year you can also buy your Annual Awards Dinner tickets on-line using PayPal by clicking HERE

Our Youth Angler Program volunteers will be at Hackensack Riverkeeper event Sept. 12th then at the Yonkers Riverfest event Sept 18th. We have a few more commitments for the months of September and October, pending confirmation.

We are also planning a “Family” event to be held on the Hudson (PIP) combined with a fishing and “Care for the environment” activity.

As of this date, I have passed the halfway mark of my term as the HRFA president. I am still faced with the current difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, conditions. Nevertheless, our organization continues to function successfully, thanks to our dedicated members. I would like to take this opportunity the express my sincere appreciation. Also, I would like to remind those members, especially the past recipients of the HRFA's prestigious “Pete Barrett” award, that we expect them to continue their efforts and contributions, 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.

I would like to personally acknowledge and thank Richard Malizia who recently donated a large collection of saltwater rods & reels in good condition to the club. He asked us to use them for our Youth Angler Program or sell them as a way to raise funds. As always, we thank everyone for their help and appreciate donations.

Lastly, don't forget to enter the Name That Fish contest below; $25 goes to the winner.

Be well and stay safe,
Capt. Aram Setian
HRFA 2021 President

Fight for the Hudson
In this month's issue of River Views
Help Wanted
Jeff R. Dement
The passing of Jeff Dement has left a void at the Littoral Society. We are still looking to fill his Fish Tagging Program Director job. The job is up on if you want to refer anyone interested.
Tim Dillingham
Executive Director
American Littoral Society
18 Hartshorne Drive
Highlands, NJ 07732

Fish Tagging Program Director

The American Littoral Society has engaged anglers in tagging fish in support of marine science and management for over 50 years. We work in partnership with public resource management agencies, conservation and angler organizations and the...

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Open Position
The NYDEC is hiring an Environmental Education Assistant to implement the I FISH NY program in NYC: StateJobsNY - State Employees: Review Vacancy

Feel free to spread the word and direct questions to:

Melissa K Cohen
Regional Fisheries Manager, Region 2
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
P: (718) 482-4022 | F: (718) 482-4502 |
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Upcoming Events
Charter Now Forming
September 8-9
All aboard the XTC sailing out of Belmar marina; heading offshore targeting yellowfin tuna and tilefish. With the HRFA discount the price for the overnight trip comes down to $750 per angler which includes tip for the mate. Currently there still remains one open spot in the 6-angler charter.

If interested, contact Dirk VanEverdingen at (201) 983-2402 or
The HRFA is looking forward to partnering once again with The Hackensack Riverkeeper on two great events they have scheduled for 2021

The Reservoir Challenge (the Fishing Derby at Oradell Reservoir) Sunday, September 12th.
If you want to volunteer to give kids a chance to fish in this youth-oriented derbies just call our Youth Angler Program Chair Wayne Geider at (201) 384-8046.
NJBBA's 27th Annual Children’s Surf Fishing Tournament
September 18, 2021


If you have any questions please contact Ken at:
Yonkers Riverfest
September 18th
Volunteers needed!

Contact Capt. Aram H. Setian at
Festival | Yonkers Riverfest | Downtown Yonkers

Riverfest is Downtown Yonkers Music Festival including music entertainment, arts, crafts, delicious food for all over the world, exhibits, and children's activities.

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The HRFA Panfish Tournament
October 2-30, 2021
Registration Deadline: October 1st 11:59 PM
Fishing Begins: 12AM October 2nd
Fishing Ends: 1PM October 30th

  • Fish anywhere in NY, NJ, CT or PA.
  • Top 3 cash prizes for biggest stringer of 5 perch (yellow or white) and/or crappie (white or black) combo. No white bass or rock bass please.
  • Fish scored to nearest 1/8 inch
  • Biggest sunfish wins $50 to Brooklyn Fishing Club Apparel online. See the link below.
  • Fish length/Pictures must be recorded on FishDonkey App

There is a $25 entry fee for HRFA Members or friends of HRFA members. Non-members must get recommended by HRFA member as friend. For full rules and updates, search "2021 HRFA Panfish" on FishDonkey App or visit us on Facebook @Hudson River Fishermen's Association,, or Instagram@thehrfa

For further info, text or call Alex Spindelman 845-548-0003 or email him at

Proceeds to benefit the HRFA Scholarship and Youth Angler Programs
Butch Pawson - white perch
Scott Havner - yellow perch
Alex Spindelman - crappie
Brooklyn Fishing Club

Ask any member of our club what the best part of being involved in is, and they'll tell you the community. With chapters in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, and Manhattan, anglers are able to connect with one another on a regular basis. From pro...

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Spot Burn
This spot burn comes curtesy of the NY DEC. If you are fishing in the "2021 HRFA Panfish" tournament you might want to try over at Sleepy Hollow Lake where a new NY State Record was recently landed.

Oops! Scott Havner just informed me that it's a private lake. Never mind, unless you know somebody!
Second State Record Fish Established in 2021

It's "o-fish-al!" New York has it’s second state record fish caught in 2021. On August 21st after catching several large crappie from Sleepy Hollow Lake in Greene County, Roy Isaac’s persistence paid off when he hooked into a 19 inch, 4 lb. 7 oz. white crappie using a live minnow. The new record breaks the previous state record tie by 10 oz. Congratulations Roy!

Roy entered his state record entry as part of New York’s Angler Achievement Awards Program, which recognizes anglers that catch sizable sport fish in three categories – Catch & Release, Annual Award (kept fish), and State Record. For more information on this fun program visit DEC’s website.
Chart House Fishing Trip
October 9th
from 7am to 11am
The Chart House is located at 1700 Harbor Blvd, Weehawken, NJ 07086. Ample parking is avaible.

The Charthouse is a popular destination for pier fisherman and for a good reason. Over the years of
there have been many trophy bass landed. October is an excellent month to fish for stripers along the Chart House pier; bunker and bloodworms
baits produce the best results.

There will be a mystery prize for largest Striper landed in length.

Join us. Its going to be Good!

NOTE: This is a free event!
Annual Awards Dinner
October 17, 2021
4-8PM at Cornetta's restaurant, 641 Piermont Ave, Piermont, NY 10968. Paul Gallay, retiring President and Hudson Riverkeeper, will receive our Friend of the Hudson River Award. The recipient of the Pete Barrett Award will be announced at the dinner. Mr. Steve Liesman, TV Personality, avid striper fisherman and co-founder of Save a Million Bass will Emcee the event.

2016 ... Capt. Bill Sheehan ..... Exec. Director, Hackensack Riverkeeper
2017 ... John Vargo ................ Publisher, Boating on the Hudson
2018 ... Dennis Kooney .......... Commodore, Croton Yacht Club
2019 ... Bob Walters ............... Director, Yonkers Science Barge
2020 ... Chris Letts ................. Educator, Hudson River Naturalist
Paul Gallay will be honored with the HRFA's Friend of the Hudson River Award for 2021
Steve Liesman will Emcee the HRFA's 2021 Annual Awards Dinner
After opening remarks and the introduction of guests we have an outstanding dinner (to suit all dietary needs) planned for you. All awards, including the Pete Barrett Award, fishing contest winners, and photo contest for the past year will be presented at this event. There will be loads of door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

This annual HRFA event should not be missed. For reservations, questions or directions contact any one of the HRFA officers selling tickets ($60 each):
  • Dan Harrison 551-265-3460
  • Pete Musse 201-233-3119,
  • Scott Havner 845-300-1562, 
  • Arnie Ulrich 201-438-3094
The HRFA Bass & Blues Surfcasting Derby
November 6, 2021
6 AM – 11:00 AM Sandy Hook, NJ
All members & their guests are invited to join the HRFA's Surf Casting Derby.

Entry Fee: $25.00

Payment options: online registration (starting soon) or in person at the

Meet up: Sandy Hook NJ – North
Beach Parking Lot – 5:45 AM

Awards: 11:15 AM – North Beach
Parking Lot
Striped Bass Prizes
1st Place -- Cash Prize
2nd place – Mystery prize $50
3rd place – Mystery Prize $25

Bluefish Prizes
1st Place – Mystery prize $75
2nd place – Mystery prize $50
3rd place – Mystery Prize $25
Past Events
June 12/13 HRFA Volunteers Give Fishing Clinic
Current issue - Boating on the Hudson Articles

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Catfish Chaos Derby 2021 Wrap-up
The 5th annual HRFA Catfish Chaos Derby was held Saturday August 14th this year. The derby ran from midnight Friday to 3pm Saturday. The day started with thunder storms up and down the river but the 124 participants toughed it out and got out there to fish. The fishing was slow up and down the river, most likely due to the hot weather driving up the water temperature. Many of the more experienced fishermen were telling the same story, that catch rates were way down for this year's derby. But in lieu of that, some big fish did make their way to the measuring board this year.

The winning fish this year was the biggest in derby history coming in at 31”. The lucky fisherman was Jesse Brody who caught his fish around 2:30pm and had to make a couple of phone calls to the derby director, Scott Havner, to find the check-in at Westerly Marina. He fortunately was able to find it and checked his fish in at 2:53pm to take first place and $500.

Most of the larger fish this year were caught in the Albany area of the river with 4 out of the top 5 fish coming in from there. Gordon Winn boated a 30” fish shortly after midnight and held the top spot until the end of the day when the 31” was checked in. Chris Walter and Jeff Winn, who were fishing with Gordon, came in 4th and 5th place with a 28.25” and 28” fish. An impressive stringer of fish for their boat. Two time champ Kevin Peter landed in 3rd place this year with a 29.25” channel cat. The rest of this years top 20 fish were caught up and down the river. Winning fish were checked in at the Piermont Pier, Westerly Marina Ossining,NY, Safe Harbor Marina Haverstraw, NY, Riverview Marina Newburgh, NY, and Coeymans Landing Marina Coeymans, NY.
First Place - Jessie Brody
Second Place - Gordon Winn
Third Place - Kevin Peter
Youth Division
This year's youth winner was 14 year old Logan Schwan of Valhalla, NY who caught a 23” channel catfish to take first place. Here is the story in his own words:

"The day before my 14th birthday, I received a Ronco Pocket Fisherman and decided to give it a try at the Hudson River Catfish Chaos Derby. With only leftover corn and wheat bread, I went to Croton Yacht Club to fish alongside the
Wounded Warriors and their families. The first catch of the day was a small catfish I caught with a full-sized rod. It got stuck in the net and as we were cutting it out, I got a bite on the Ronco rod and when I started to reel it in, I felt how big it was. We quickly cut the first fish out of the net and put the big fish in. Thankfully, the Croton Yacht Club had a check-in station where they measured my 23-inch channel catfish. It was a great day to be on the river and a great event overall."

Coming in at a close second place in the youth division was Jayden Hilland with a
22.75” channel catfish. Third place was taken by Liam Robinson with a 20.5”
catfish. Great job by our youth participants.
Isabella Taliaferro - 1st place youth at Piermont
First Place Youth - Logan Schwan
Second Place Youth - Jayden Hilland
Third Place Youth - Liam Robinson
We also had a large contingent of veterans and their families fishing at the Croton yacht Club this year. The Wounded Warrior Project has sponsored the veterans and their families the past four years. It is made possible by Nancy Beestra Schilitro of Wounded Warrior
Project and volunteers of our club. This year Jeff Christie and Gil Hawkins of the HRFA braved the heat to help make a great day for our veterans. Also a big thank you to the Croton Yacht club for the use of their facilities. Especially Dennis Kooney and others whom netted a cooler full of bunker for bait and chummed the area prior to the derby. A great was had by all thanks to WWP and all the volunteers.
1. Jesse Brody 31" 
2. Gordon Winn 30" 
3. Kevin Peter 29.25" 
4. Chris Walters 28.25 
5. Jeff Winn 28" 
6. Stan Drezek 24.5" 
7. Cody Shutter 24" 
8. Dan Narzymski 23.75" 
9. Bill Klippel 23.5" 
10. Winston James. 23.25" 
11. Kevin Whelan 23"
12. C. Spindelman 22.25"
13. Pat Murray 22"
14. Bill Walsh 21.75"
15. Edwin Sanabria 21.75"
16. Wayne Geider 21.75"
17. Anthony Dell 21.5"
18. Bill Hazen 21.25
19. Alex Spindelman 21"
20. Greg Van Wormer. 20"

1. Logan Schwan 23"
2. Jayden Hilland 22.75"
3. Liam Robinson 20.5"
Alex Spindelman
Anthony Dell keeping Joe Albanese honest
Charlie Spindelman
Wayne Geider
The HRFA would like to thank all of this years volunteers Joe Albanese, Mona Mak, Pete Musse, Wayne Geider, Dan Harrison, Arnie Ulrich, Jeff Christie, Gil Hawkins, Linda Havner, and Marius Behr.

The HRFA would also like to thank all of our sponsors that help make the derby a success each year. A big thank you to Daiwa, Ramsey Outdoors, Arts Tackle and Fly Shop, Lee’s Sporting Goods, Katfish Clothing Co, and Hoboken Hooker. A special shoutout to HRFA member Roger J Muller Jr who purchased and donated rod and reel combinations for youth prizes.
Hoboken Hooker
Lee's Sporting Goods
 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.
Successful Salmon Season Stream Strategies
By Carl Bruger

September means salmon start to head upstream in the larger rivers that feed into Lake Ontario. The East side biggies like the Black, Salmon, and Oswego already have had preliminary fish advance upstream due to prolific early August rains that have kept the rivers high and inviting. Later spillover fish into smaller tributaries might come earlier this year if the heavy rains keep the waters high in these normally marginal waters.

This scribe has always caught huge numbers of Chinooks during the last weeks of October, but my old fish logs show kings and Cohoes taken all through September and October during the years when rainfall was steady and plentiful. 2021 might just be one of those
years so you HRFA salmon aficionados should take note and prepare to do battle!

Get up here for a few days when you can and try to book time during mid week if possible when there are far less anglers on the water. Avoid the insane shoulder to shoulder hot-spots near Pulaski or Oswego where fishermen outnumber fish and the joys of fishing quickly vanish amidst the profanity and rude nimrods desperate to land a trophy at any cost.

On the ESLO side of the lake (East Side Lake Ontario) there are multiple small and medium sized tributaries that attract Coho and king salmon runs. Some years these creeks, streams, inlets, and tiny brooks are too dry to attract a single fish yet in the very next season hundreds of twenty to thirty pound kings might be wallowing in the shallow gravel beds competing to spawn! It all depends on when and where and how much rainfall the watershed receives.
  1. Get there before the sun is up at the spot you know is full of fish and be ready to cast your line the minute it is legal. The early bird really does get the worm, (or fish in this case).
  2. Have all the right gear you need for a successful day on the water. Fluorocarbon leader, split shots spare line, extra 1/0 octopus hooks or extra nurple flies, Quality salmon rod & reel (your call on fly or spinning).Waders with felts or claws and belt, salmon net. Wear a long brimmed hat and polarized sunglasses so you can sight cast to fish and up your odds of catching incrementally!
  3. Personal needs also are vital such as insect protection, suntan products, and most of all H20 on a regular basis. It’s easy to dehydrate sweating in waders when the action is hot and you never think to hydrate. Quality granola energy bars offer grab and eat caloric replenishment active anglers must have.
  4. Know where the fish will be. Not every water body has each of these spots but finding such areas gives you an edge at locating salmon. Fish coming upstream often will be found pausing behind huge boulders, in deep holes, under banks, beside current lulls, in large calm gravel flats, inside logs or tires, just below small waterfalls for oxygenation and before they jump.
  5. Wear Camo type clothing that matches the background of the fishing environment. Do not fish next to the idiot in the bright yellow raincoat who will wonder why he got skunked.
  6. If you can sight fish never cast right at a salmon but cast above and beyond the fish and let the current lead your fly or egg sack right into the maw of the fish! Often they will strike out of habit or even simply inhale your offering if your cast is presented well.
  7. On tough days when the water is running high and/or murky and you need extra weight to bounce bottom and feel for fish. be willing to lose rigs to hook up. You will also foul hook some fish and have to break off or release the fish after landing.
  8. Don’t be too proud to carry a wading stick for safety when the going is slippery and rocky. I just use an old ski pole to great success.
  9. Be sure to buy a season license that is good from that day to the same day of 2022 and pick up the compendium booklet that contains all the rules especially those pertaining specifically to Great Lakes fishing.
  10. Utilize the knowledge of the local bait shops and their daily reports of where it’s hot and what to use for bait. The color of your egg sack can make a difference in hook-ups so a selection of colors might be worth the extra couple bucks. Try night fishing where it is legal by using glow ¾ 0z. Cleo spoons as another awesome attack method of salmon strategy that this writer used with his high school club. It enabled the boys to limit out with Chinooks and go home with a cooler full of fillets. I hope this column does the same for those who apply the advice therein.

Go catch a trophy!
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.
Massive Subsidies For Wind & Solar 'Industries': The...

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Improving Public Access at Sandy Hook, NJ

I recently wrote an article about the closure of the False Hook at Sandy Hook, NJ and it detailed how the Army Corps of Engineers surprisingly showed up to dredge this area resulting in the closure of this prime fishing area for surf fishing...

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Lionfish Hunting

Lionfish - Beautiful but Invasive Roger J. Muller, Jr. is spreading the word about how lionfish are destroying the underwater marine world. Lionfish are eating all the small tropical fish, small shrimp and lobsters. If

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That's Entertainment!
Let's try this again . . .
"I was out fishing with friends last week and experienced such a cool sight. We saw three whales feeding on the surface near Sandy Hook, NJ, and boy it was totally amazing!
I got some great video and also a big thank you to some video my friend Todd Chandler took with me from the front of my boat. Captain Viktor Popov drove us very close to the whales and did a great job!" - Roger J Muller Jr.
The Tarpon that Broke the Internet
The Fisherman magazine
From our Membership Chair
HRFA Members stuff
No new members joined in August. Look at what they are missing below...
HRFA Free money (split 50/50) for August was $68.00. 
From the bucket of HRFA paid members, a name was picked by one of the scholarship award winners at the meeting.
(Blaze). Steve Plake’s name was picked and announced to all present. Steve Plake was not there, so the $68.00 HRFA free membership money goes back into the bucket with the names of all HRFA paid
members for the September in person meeting. An additional $37.00 was donated back to the HRFA Free money bucket totalling $105.00. Will you be there at the September HRFA meeting to collect $105.00 HRFA free money ????
Arnie Ulrich Membership Chair
HRFA Membership Information
The grace period is over for HRFA annual dues. Thank You to those members that have already paid the 2021 HRFA dues. For the rest of us ,please scroll down to the membership application below and renew on line or print out the membership form and mail it in. Any questions please email me or call me @ 201 304 4691.

For those people who join(ed) the HRFA in October (or later) of a given year, their new or renewal membership also is covered for the following new year. There is also a generous grace period for those who are unable to update their membership in January, however paying your dues late puts a strain on the records maintenance and consequently the ability of the executive board’s planning of activities and events.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or want to help (time, skills, or financially) on any particular club projects or events, feel free to email me, Arnie Ulrich ( or call me at 1-201-304-4691.
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.
Name that Fish Contest
At this time we do not know the name of either the PIP employee or the fish in the photo emailed to Gil Hawkins by Christine Fehre. However, we have positively identified the fish as a tarpon. Details of its journey into the Hudson River remain an unsolved mystery. However, detectives like Tom Lake are on the case.

If you have a photo of an unidentified, unusual or invasive fish species found anywhere in the Hudson River try emailing them to Tom Lake (
Name that tarpon. Email your proposed name to Best entry wins $25. Judges' decision (HRFA Board Members) is final.
On page 87 of their seminal book Fishes of the Gulf of Maine Bigelow & Schroeder, of the US Fish & Wildlife Service, gave the tarpons' general range as: "Tropical and subtropical coasts of America, from Brazil to Long Island . . . " At the time of the book's publication in 1953 there was only one record of a tarpon found in the Gulf of Maine. That specimen was 5 1/2 feet long and it reached there as ". . . an accidental straggler from the south."
DATE: Thu, Jul 22, 2:58 PM
TO:,, me

Hi Christina,

Hope you are well..

Joe Albanese told me about the fish in this photo. It may be a species that has never been reported in the Hudson River. We would very much appreciate some details, if you can provide them.

- Can you tell me where the photo was taken?
Who found it and when (date)?
- Was it floating in the water, or ...
- Did you (PIPC) measure the fish?
- Any forensics on the fish to determine cause of death?
- Was the fish left there as is? 
- We would have loved some scales. If the fish is still there, maybe someone could retrieve a handful? 

Any details you can provide would be very much appreciated.


Tom Lake
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Estuary Naturalist, Region 3, Hudson River Estuary Program
21 South Putt Corners Road New Paltz NY 12561—1696
Big Deal!
(Who cares?)
Fishing "The Ditch"
Last month two HRFA members traveled up to the Cape Cod Canal (aka "The Ditch") to target BIG stripers taking that route on their northern migration. It was the second year that the American Angler club camped alongside the canal at the Bourne Scenic campground. The trip was scheduled by club members familiar with fishing there to coincide with the moon phase predicted to provide the best chances of success . We fished at all hours of the day and night - whenever the tide, speed and direction of current flow were expected to be best. The biggest striper was 44" with two anglers catching one that big. Several 40" fish were landed. Plans are already in place to return again next year.
Lifetime HRFA member Carl Hartmann with a nice cow. Photo by Joe Albanese.
HRFA VP Joe Albanese with a not so big 'stripah' caught on a Derek Ashcroft made Lights Out Lures topwater plug gifted to him by American Angler Dave Kreuzer. Up until that point, Joe was the only one in the group without a fish. So, naturally, he credits the lure with saving the trip for him.
More club photos taken recently at The Ditch
Michael Sardinas
Noah Sardinas
Sandy Federico
From Fish to Dish
Pete Musse
Simple Fluke Recipes
Sharing two simple recipes for fluke. The first is from Mona Mak, the second from Aram Setian.
From Mona's Kitchen
Baked summer flounder fillets atop sliced potatoes. Garnished with thinly sliced ginger and scallions. So easy and so good tasting.
From Aram's Grill
Clean the fish. Cut a couple of slits in the side. Put it on the grill. Done. Cooking the fish with bones-in adds to the flavor.
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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The HRFA Surf Fishing Team is now forming to compete in the Fall 2021 ASAC tournaments.

To get in on the fun, learn from experienced surf anglers and compete for valuable prizes contact Joe Albanese or Pete Musse
  • Sept. 11 "58th Annual H.W. Shaner Tournament by the Association of Surf Angling Clubs" Avalon, NJ. Lynda Greaves 310 Perry Rd. Petersburg, NJ 08270 609-214-0939
  • Sept. 18 Open
  • Sept. 25 "The 74th Annual Long Beach Island Fishing Club Tournament" Harvey Cedars, NJ Frank D’Ambrosio 1 Fairhill Ct. Marlton, NJ 08053 856-839-1550
  • Oct. 2 "The 66th Annual Pennsauken Surf Fishing Club Tournament" North Wildwood, NJ Dan Ladik 122 Lenape Rd. Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 856-261-4521
  • Oct. 9 "The 36th Annual Women's Surf Fishing Club of NJ Tournament" Brigantine, NJ Reggi Vasta 13058 Townsend Rd. Phila., PA 19154 215-901-2474
  • Oct. 16 "4th Annual Merchantville Fishing Club Surf Fishing Tournament" Long Beach Island, NJ Gene Aikens 30 Merion Lane Maple Shade, NJ 08052 609-440-6994
  • Oct. 23 "The 52rd Annual Ocean City Fishing Club Surf Fishing Tournament" Ocean City, NJ Ed Parkinson PO Box 1215 Ocean City, NJ 08226 215-680-6652
  • Oct. 30 "The 3rd Annual American Angler Surf Fishing Tournament" Long Beach Island, NJ Carl Hartmann 31 Colonial Pky. Dumont, NJ 07628 201-481-4390
HRFA Youth Angler Program
Youth Angler Program
By Wayne Geider
Want to volunteer?
Just call Youth Angler Program Chair Wayne Geider at
(201) 384-8046.
Thank you Richard Malizia for donating a large collection of saltwater rods & reels in good condition to the HRFA Youth Angler Program. As always, we thank everyone for their volunteerism and appreciate donations.
Surf HD conventional custom 10’
Surf HD spinning custom 10’
Surf Garcia spinning fast taper 10’
Surf Sea Strike spinning 10’ w/ Penn 704Z reel
Jetty custom 8’ spinning w/ Penn 710
Boat conventional 7’6”w/ Penn Squidder
Master Spectra 9’ spinning
Boat conventional 6’
Spinning 8’6”
Jetty custom spinning 9’
Jetty Airwave Tsunami 10’ 15-30# line
Penn Spinfisher 700
Penn Spinfisher 700 
Penn Spinfisher 710
Penn Squidder w/ extra spools
Penn Senator 4/0
Penn 155 w/ wire line
Penn Spinfisher 706
Mitchell 306
Mitchell 302
H.R.F.A. Merchandise

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

Other apparel with our logo are also available. Like this handsomely designed and practical UPF shirt. Wear it proudly when fishing and save a little on the sunscreen too. For members only. Ask Ivan Garcia for one. 
Front & Sleeve
The Pride of the HRFA
Project to Save our Historical Heritage
Due to the restrictions imposed on our lives by the CV19 pandemic our plans are on hold. We hope and pray that in the Spring of 2021 volunteers may start working to refurbish Riverkeeper to her former days of glory when she was the world's first and only riverkeeper vessel. To offer your time and talents contact Dan Harrison at
2021 Fishing Contest Leader Boards
(only listing 1st, 2nd & 3rd place)
The HRFA hosts an annual fishing contest which runs from January through December and is open to all HRFA members. You have 30 days from the day you catch a fish to send in your entries. So, the deadline for submissions is January. As a member of the HRFA you and your immediate family are eligible to enter fish in any of our categories. Various divisions are available for prizes presented at our Annual Awards Dinner in March of the following year. Website updated daily. River Views newsletter updates below are done around the first the month. * indicates a new club record.
Fishing Contest Leaderboard as of August 28, 2021
Saltwater Species
Striped Bass Released
Caught From Boat
(leaders determined by length)
50" Joe Marchese
Striped Bass Kept
Caught From Boat
(leaders determined by weight)
26 lbs. Aram Setian
Striped Bass Released
Caught From Shoreline
(leaders determined by length)
40" Sandy Federico
Striped Bass Kept
Caught From Shoreline
(leaders determined by weight)
18 Lbs. Carl Hartmann
3lbs. 12oz. Alex Spindelman
4 Lbs. 1.4 oz. Butch Pawson
Black Sea Bass
Black Seabass: Charlie Spindelman 1 Lb. 8 oz.
Scup (Porgy)
Scup: (Porgy) Alex Spindelman 1 Lb. 12 oz.
Open Category 
Salt Water
Black Sea Ray: 45" Carl Hartmann
Joe Marchese Halibut 105 Lbs.
Freshwater Species
4.4 Lbs. Alex Spindelman
13lbs. Bill Greene
Trout  - Local
3lbs. Christian Hoops
Trout - Great Lakes
Boris Maltsev 18 Lbs. 8oz.
Smallmouth Bass
4 Lbs. 15oz. Scott Havner
Largemouth Bass
5.0 Lbs. Aram Setian
Boris Maltsev: 22 Lbs. 8 oz.
Striped Bass from Shoreline Kept: 25” Noah Sardinas; Bluefish: 6 Lbs. 9 oz Noah Sardinas
Open Category 
Fresh Water
Bowfin: 7Lbs. 8 oz. Scott Havner
Partial list of Friends & Supporters of the HRFA
(Click on any image below to visit their website.)