Hudson River
Fishermen’s Association
October 11th
Meeting starts at 7:30 PM

Ridgefield Park Elks Lodge
21 Cedar St
Ridgefield Park, NJ
Speaker: George Jackman

Bio: George is the Sr Habitat Restoration Manager at Riverkeeper

Title: "Full of Fish!"

Summary: The physical environment is the foundation upon which the biological world has been established. Accordingly, anthropogenic changes to the Hudson River have affected many of the estuaries’ signature species. In addition human exploitation and 200 years of industrial activity have synergistically altered the biological output of the second largest estuary on the East Coast of the United States. In this discussion, we will explore the current status of the Hudson River and its most iconic species as well as actions that being undertaken to heal the Hudson and restore its role as an engine of life.

George Jackman, PhD
Senior Habitat Restoration Manager
Office: (914) 478-4501
Mobile: (718) 736-3991

Riverkeeper, Inc.
20 Secor Road
Ossining, New York 10562
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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 continues to gets kids "Hooked on fishing, not on drugs." Help support us so that we can give America's veterans opportunities to go fishing too.
  • Let us continue to offer scholarships for worthy college-bound high schoolers.
  • 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?
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 or 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.
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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 are enjoying the fishing challenges and appreciating the rewards.

As to our events, we are exceeding the pre-Pandemic levels.
My last, very rewarding trip was on the XTC with Capt. Scott. We laded 11 yellow fin tuna, mine were 65 Lbs. and 70 Lbs. Jerry, Paul, Dirk and Dan did their share. Thank you, Dirk, for setting up this trip.

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.

I am happy to report a very demanding, but successful River Day event at the Croton Yacht Club Marina. Over 70 children attended, enjoying a great day for fishing. By the way, the Yacht Club is raffling a outboard motor to support their Scholarship program. See the ad below.
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The HRFA was represented at the National Hunting and Fishing Day in Congers, New York. Arnie and I attended sharing information and exhibits, while Scott and Andy demonstrated the art and opportunities of Ice Fishing.

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

From our last board meeting, I would like to bring to your attention a few items:
  • Dan Harrison proposed, and the Board approved, to assist the “Spectrum for Living” $2500 contribution. The long-term benefits will include support for outdoor activities, including fishing, for the residents and the local community.
  • The Board also agreed to extend the current Scholarship program to include “Career Advancement Award”
  • 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.

Our presence is very important at the outdoors shows because they provide an opportunity for the general public to become aware of our organization, our activities and solicit new members. We need your help. Please consider giving time to volunteer and/or chair a position for one of the upcoming events in 2023:
  • Garden State Outdoors Sports Show 11-14 January 2023
  • World Fishing & Outdoor Expo 2-5 March 2023
  • Saltwater Fishing Expo March 17-19, 2023

We are receiving invitations to participate in Youth Fishing Programs/clinics of our Friends/organizations. As the schedules are confirmed, we will be reaching out for volunteers. Look for schedule in the newsletter.
V O L _ N T E E R
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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.
"Reflections on the Hudson" Art & Photo Exhibit & Competition
October 15 - November 12
Reflections on the Hudson

Blue Door Art Center Presents Reflections on the Hudson River in Collaboration with Beczak Juried exhibition and competition of art and photography. Curated by Julie Cousens and Bob Walters (guest curator). Celebrating the beauty and majesty of...

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Entry Fee $25.00
Payment options: 
  • In person at the beach
  • Or, online with PayPal by clicking HERE 

Meet up: Sandy Hook NJ 
Parking Lot B
Awards: 11:15 AM – Parking Lot B

The Prizes
Striped Bass:
1st Place – $100 value
2nd Place – $50 Value
3rd Place – $25 Value

1st Place – $75 Value
2nd Place – $50 Value
3rd Place –  $25 Value
The HRFA's 2nd Annual Bass & Blues Surfcasting Derby
November 5, 2022
Event runs from 6 AM – 11:00 AM Gateway National Park at Sandy Hook, NJ. All members & their guests are invited to join the HRFA's Surfcasting Derby.

The Rules
The photograph of your catch must have the ruler below the fish with no portion of the ruler covered by the fish or anything else.  Entries with fish-covering rulers will not be accepted.

  • The largest fish in length wins in each category – Striped Bass and Bluefish
  • A photograph of your catch is to be submitted by text to 201-232-5988
  • Please include your first and last name in the text
  • Time of entry will break any ties. 
  • Shore/wade fishing only. No boats
  • The boundaries are anywhere on Sandy Hook
If you have any questions or need help with selecting the right gear for the derby, contact Michael Sardinas:
Phone: +1 (201) 232-5988

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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.
Past Events
The 2022 Catfish Chaos Derby
Derby Organizers, Dan Harrison and Scott Havner, coupled this year's Catfish Chaos Derby event to a fundraiser for a special person on the river. The Derby may be over and the winners previously announced, but it recently made good on its promise to deliver some financial relief to Eric Allen and his family. Unfortunately, Eric is still in the hospital recovering from the explosion at Coeymans Landing Marina that left him with severe burns almost 6 months ago.

This fundraising effort brought in a total of $2,034 for which his wife Lori, daughter Heather and father Carl are extremely grateful. Whether you made a stand alone donation to the cause or just registered for the Derby you did a good deed in supporting the Allen family in its time of great need.

The HRFA remains the only true fishing club dedicated to caring for the Hudson River and doing good works for many people & communities along its path.
Past President Dan Harrison presenting the check from the HRFA to Carl Allen, Eric's father. Mr. Allen was moved by the efforts we made to help his son. He later informed us that "Eric had a fantastic day today. When they saw the check the ever strong Lori broke down and Eric said to thank the HRFA right now. THANK YOU SO MUCH!"
The American Littoral Society's
Annual Fluke Tagging Trip
Saturday September 3rd
During the HRFA's 2022 Fred Rung Memorial Striped Bass Derby Daniel Keyser and his son Daniel tagged more than 10 stripers. Thus they were eligible to be in the raffle for the fluke tagging trip donated by the Society. They were the lucky winners of the drawing and had a beautiful day fishing this past Labor Day weekend. They caught fluke, skate, sea robin and a chub mackerel; but mostly fluke. In fact, they tagged multiple fluke and had 3 keepers. The Mi-Jo II, out of Atlantic Highlands, sailed over 1-hour to reach a spot offshore of Atlantic Beaches, NY where there was a fleet of boats fishing that area of the ocean. Paying their own way, on the other side of the boat from the Keyser's, were Joe Albanese & Mona M. who also were into fluke but did not catch one that could be stretched to reach the 17" size limit.

Emily McGuckin, the Society’s Fish Tagging Director, said the 61 anglers (from NY, NJ & PA) on board tagged and released 120 fluke and could have tagged many more had they not run short of tags! Swag from the Society & Tak Waterman went to the anglers who had the largest (18+") and the most (10) fluke tagged and released. In addition to tons of fluke, participants also caught Black Sea Bass, Chub Mackerel, bluefish, Northern and Striped Sea Robins, Clearnose Skate, a dogfish, tautog, Bergall, porgy, sundial, and a bullnose ray.
Our club members have been tagging fish (mostly striped bass) for the Society for many years. In fact, HRFA members have tagged well over 10,000 fish for the Society. Would you like to become a tagger too? Check with Kevin Morgan or Joe Albanese. Or, contact the American Littoral Society directly:
Hudson River Day
Saturday September 10th
I want to take this opportunity to thank the Croton Yacht Club membership, and all others, who participated in the preparation and execution of the most successful Hudson River Day since its inception in 2009. I would also like to thank the community for supporting this important event. 

The model of providing a full educational and interactive experience centering around the history and ecology of the river coupled with our partnership with the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association (HRFA) has evolved into the most unique and successful event of its kind on the river.
Thanks to the HRFA, the youth fishing contest was again a home run. Seventy-one children registered and participated in the event throughout the day with a variety of fish caught. First place was awarded to Lila Nicholson who caught a 20” channel catfish, second place went to Isabella Sehnall and third place to John Bracciante. Fifteen fishing rod and reel combinations were awarded throughout the day to participants, which were donated by the Croton Yacht Club. The happiness and excitement of those receiving awards were dwarfed by those children who caught the first fish of their lifetime.
The food was outstanding and the chowder pot was drained to the last drop. Special thanks to representatives from the Department of Environmental Conservation, Riverkeeper, Clearwater, Scenic Hudson, the Croton Historical Society, Village of Croton Police Department, Ferry Sloops, the Hudson River Boat and Yacht Club organization and again the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association for their participation and for their engaging and educational exhibits.
Chris Letts, renowned naturalist, once again captivated the audience at the “touching table” where the children could see, touch and smell some of the river’s two hundred thirty-six different fish species. Our viewing tanks provided a unique look into the underwater world of the river. Thank you to Croton Police Department Officers who exhibited the Village Police Boat and provided boat rides and also to members of “Ferry Sloops” for providing a free sailing experience on a picture-perfect day. 
As Croton Yacht Club members, we take pride in providing this experience to the community. As parents and grandparents, we take comfort in knowing our children and grandchildren are being afforded an opportunity to make a life changing connection to the river we all love. 
Dennis Kooney
Croton Yacht Club, Inc.
General Membership Meeting
September 13th
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With the fall striper season just getting underway, Tony Maja, Jr. new products geared towards trolling and now light tackle striped bass fishing are now featured. Anthony will review the gear he uses, and will provide the best tips and strategies for striped bass trolling. He is prepared to answer all questions so that you can have a successful run at New Jersey’s favorite Spring and Fall fishery.
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Tony donated a bunch of stuff to the club. Lucky raffle winners Aram, Dave and Sandy. Maja bunker spoons, flutter spoons, Maja Magic Mojo lure, trolling safety line and a Maja Mojo rod - oh my.
Michael Sardinas and his beautiful daughter Sara presented Joe Albanese with a special trophy for catching his first ever striper on a fly rod. If his winning streak keeps up Joe's gonna need a bigger hat size.
Sorry, I just couldn't help sharing this closeup of the trophy. That's Sara doing celebratory cartwheels in the background. Apparently she's overjoyed with Joe's victory in the Fly Fishing Derby. - The Editor
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In the News
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 Carl's Corner
Carl Bruger has been a writer for this newsletter educating and entertaining us who read River Views for a long time. Here is his latest gem.
A Baker’s Dozen Risks and Dangers in Angling
by Carl Bruger
This scribe has been wetting a line for over seventy years and has fallen victim to almost every one of the fishing accidents and occurrences that I am about to share. I’m both a klutz and lucky to still be able to write this article since many of the topics covered offered the possibilities of severe injury and even death! It’s my hope that the reader will be able to avoid such future pitfalls through awareness, care, and common sense, especially with this list of risks and dangers at your disposal.                                                                        

Let’s start with the fish itself. Most piscine species have natural defenses that can injure their captors in many ways, From lionfish to jellyfish (I know they’re not fish), a painful sting (1) can burn and even sicken the “stingee” when handled incorrectly or inadvertently. Line brought through jellyfish infested water often picks up the stinging cells on the tentacles! How many of us have been cut or stabbed by sharp gill plates (2) or catfish spines (3) as we mishandled a writhing catch? Even the dorsal spines on  pan fish like bluegills and perch can poke a hole in eager grasping fingers and palms. Learn early to slide your hand from head down with a firm grip to flatten those needle sharp fins while unhooking.                                                      

Then there are tails (4) on some species that also can injure from nasty spiny dogfish wrapped in your line to leg breaker thresher sharks that can snap a human femur with one lethal swipe. Even nausea or poisoning from certain fish skins (5) unwisely consumed are needless experiences when one knows that certain fish like barracuda, blowfish, and other denizens carry such potentials. Bites from fish teeth (6) are exaggerated in gory shark week Jaws hyperbole, but even a puncture wound or slight laceration from a pike fang can easily result in infections and pain. Learn early that you can lip a largemouth but not a walleye with the same rule going for a striper vs. a bluefish. When in doubt, use a net!                     

Anglers put themselves in precarious and life threatening situations in many ways. Most basic is ignorance of the sun’s potential; a painful severe burn (7) on unprotected uncovered skin in the short run and dangerous skin cancers for us thin-skinned old timers with way too many hours exposed to old sol. Frost bite (8) is also due to neglect plus improper clothing and footwear. (I still say the loss of the tip of my left big toe was a fair trade for the best day ever of winter Niagara steelhead fishing).                                                       

Proper care in walking streams and rocky terrain to reach fish has downed many a nimrod. Have felts or spikes on your wader shoes and also use a wadding staff to act as a third leg, “depth finder,” and key source of balance. An awkward fall (9) can result in broken bones and a lost season of angling. Minor spills and dousing are part of the game and last year I was blessed with bringing several salmon to net after slipping on slimy rocks or shifting boulders. It was totally worth the purple bruises on my legs and butt. Drowning (10) is another story! Cold weather fishing from a boat mandates the use of a quality PFD. Falling in over your head or in a rushing cold stream or winter surf wave is a risk you don’t want to take. Protect yourself and your group.             

The obvious injury of being impaled by a hook (11) is ameliorated by your reactions after the fact. Any hook not past the barb can be backed right out and fishing should resume. Medical attention is obviously needed if the barb is under a tendon or near an eye. Barbs can be push through and snipped in many cases with peroxide or alcohol treating the puncture wound and angling usually resuming.                                                          

Usually less painful but so common especially with the new spider wire/power pro threads that cut fingers with ease is the classic line cut (12). This can ruin fishing for days, especially if it affects heavily used fingers vital to casting and retrieving. Avoid this by never wrapping line against fingers and yanking or pulling haphazardly.                                                    

The bonus warning is to avoid the acute dangers of Mother Nature such as flash floods, killer lightning and severe winds (13) that can do much more than hurt an unsuspecting angler. We just experienced an in line “tornado’ at Lake Ontario that took out 30 local trees, flipped six docks and damaged cars, windows and roofs all over our local settlement. I was lucky to be driving home from dinning out with my wife and neighbors because our dock was blown into 14 pieces with one found in the swamp 300 feet away. A single branch popped my wheelbarrow tire like a spear!  Had we been home someone could have been impaled! 
Salmon Season is Here & Fit for a King!
by Carl Bruger
The autumn run of Chinook and Coho salmon has begun in the tributaries of Lake Ontario. Thousands of Pacific salmon, bred mostly at the Altmar hatchery at the head of the Salmon River, will swim upstream to spawn on their redds and then die after a two to five year
life cycle. Small males called “jacks” are the two year old fish while the vast majority of fish have a lifespan of four years.

The more it rains the more it pours; fish that is! Cold fresh running water incites the spawning urge of the thousands of fish clustered around the mouth of each tributary to Lake Ontario. If September and / or October see significant rainfalls, anglers can rest assured that
major runs of fish will charge upstream with every upwelling of water. The King salmon migration and spawn can last from late August all the way into November depending on weather and water conditions.

Use your cell phone to get daily reports from the major rivers so you can plan trips wisely. If you intend to do battle with a king try to allow for fishing during the week rather than on weekends when every salmon fever victim with a job will salvo north in an explosion of
desperate anglers hoping to connect with a trophy Chinook. Conversely small stream fly fishing on a Wednesday sometimes means you can have a pool to yourself and friends!

Newbies please be aware that awesome by-catch sport fish are available in the form of steelhead and brown trout that are feeding on the billions of eggs released by their larger salmonids relatives. If and when you are blessed with one of these fine fish at the end of
your line consider releasing it to fight another day because it could live and spawn for years to come unlike the Chinook and Coho, who are making their last trip upstream.

The situation as we enter October is varied as local streams have filled with rain run-off in some locations much more than others. Four inches of rain made North and South Sandy creeks fill up with salmon while further North where this scribe resides, has runs only in the large Black River Bay. Small tributaries will get stuffed with spawners as soon as another heavy rain hits any area.

Due to my busted ribs from our car accident I have not yet tried to fish, but after this article
is submitted my fly rod and spinning gear are going to get a workout! Call me at 973-704-4845 to get current reports if you want to fish the area in October. If you time it right some great fishing awaits you!
From the Internet
A stink of dead stripers

Take a good look at the picture below. It shows a mass of dead striped bass left to rot by the Consolidated Edison Company on a dump near its Indian Point power plant on the Hudson River.

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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.
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Net-Zero Nonsense: Nothing Cheap About Mandated CO2 Emissions Reduction Targets
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From our Membership Chair
HRFA Members stuff

New Members this month are Paul F. Murray New City NY, Chris Amato Sparta NJ, and Jeffrey Grabowski East Rutherford, NJ
 Fight For the Hudson

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$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 September 13th meeting ($22) was picked at the end of the meeting. From the bucket of HRFA paid members, a name was picked from the bucket at the meeting by member Joe Albanese.
The HRFA paid member picked from the bucket by Joe Albanese was Alister Symon and was announced to all present three times. Member Alister Symon was not at the meeting, so the HRFA free money goes back into the bucket till next month. Note: Treasurer holds the HRFA free money.
Will you be there at the October 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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Name this masked angler and get 2 free hot dogs and a drink of your choice at the October General Meeting. Email your guess to
HRFA member Tim Burden with yet another short fluke, of which there were plenty all up and down the Jersey coast the last couple of weeks of the season which closed on September 27th.
Tim Burden's KNIPEX bolt cutters. Not a bad thing to carry in your beach buggy alongside a First Aid Kit. Just in case you must cut a heavy gauge hook. Be prepared. See Carl Bruger's article above.
The XTC Sport-fishing Charter
The guys on the September 12 outing scored some impressive yellowfin tuna catches fishing with Capt. Scott and Mate Joe who always take good care of us. In the group photo going from L. to R. are Aram Setian, Jerry Crean, Dirk Van Everdingen, Paul Thinghino, Dan Harrison & soon to be new member Jeff Grabowski. If you are interested in making an upcoming trip contact Dirk and get your name added to the list. Phone: 201-983-2402 or Email:
From Fish to Dish
Pete Musse
Fish Tacos
Sweet Kale Fish Tacos | Eat Smart

ENG 4 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp balsamic vinegar 1/2 tsp garlic salt 3 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice, divided dash lemon pepper 4 8-oz cod¬llets, fresh or thawed frozen 1 12-oz package Eat Smart Sweet Kale Salad 1 tsp adobo sauce from can of chipotle...

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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
Carl Hartmann 3.2 Lbs.
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