Hudson River
Fishermen’s Association
May 10th
Meeting starts at 7:30 PM

Ridgefield Park Elks Lodge
21 Cedar St
Ridgefield Park, NJ
Jim Hutchinson
Topic: HRFA May Meeting
Guest Speaker: Jim Hutchinson of The Fisherman Magazine
Time: May 10, 2022 07:15 PM

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Guest Speaker: Jim Hutchinson

Title of Talk: TSAT Tag Stripers

Summary: The Fisherman & Gray Fishtag Research have been doing an annual tagging project on big striped bass since 2019 using high-tech MiniPAT technology, thanks to the gracious support of clubs like the HRFA. The Fisherman's Jim Hutchinson, Jr. talks about the project, how it was born, the results yielded from 2021 tagging efforts and what's in store for 2022.
Bio: A Jersey Shore native, Jim Hutchinson, Jr. was hired in 2002 as managing editor of The Fisherman’s New Jersey edition, moving to New York in 2006 to take over as executive editor following the retirement of his mentor, Pete Barrett.

Having covered saltwater fisheries issues extensively, Hutch left The Fisherman in 2009 for a six-year stint as managing director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance, a national political organization dedicated to safeguarding the rights of saltwater anglers and the recreational fishing industry.
He returned to The Fisherman in early 2015 as New Jersey edition managing editor where he hopes to spend the rest of his writing career. A lifelong hunter, angler, and freelance writer, he’s been actively involved in state organizations including New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, the Tuckerton Seaport Museum, and the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Tournament, and also sits on the national advisory board for Gray FishTag Research. When not at his desk, he can often be found on The Road (the name of his small center console he keeps in South Jersey) or surfcasting the beaches near his home in Brick, NJ.
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& share their fishing stories.
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The last few boxes for the charcoal grill raffle will be sold by the time the meeting rolls around. So, the winner will be drawn at the meeting. Good luck to all that entered!
Why Donate?

  • The HRFA was arguably the first and most successful group to find polluters of the Hudson River and hold them accountable. We continue our mission to "Fight for the Hudson" to this very day.
  • The HRFA is a 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization. You need another charitable tax deduction don't you?
  • All of our members are volunteers. No member of the Elected Board of Directors earns an income for all their hard work. Every penny donated goes to support our programs.
  • Our Youth Angler Program ontinue to gets kids "Hooked on fishing, not on drugs." Help support us so that we can give America's veterans opportunities to go fishing too.
  • Let us continue to offer scholarships for worthy college-bound high schoolers.
  • Support the restoration of the world's first Riverkeeper vessel so it may take its rightful place in history. Perhaps, in a museum on the Hudson River; the river it protected for decades before its decommissioning.
  • Help us realize our dream of having our own museum and meeting place in the Palisades Interstate Park. A beautiful historic place, one that can be shared with the public to enjoy as well.
  • Shall we continue?
Next General Meeting
7:30 PM May 10th
Jim Hutchinson
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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Why join?

  • To do good works.
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We Love Volunteers
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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.

The long anticipated HRFA Fred Rung Memorial Striped Bass Derby is now underway, thank you to all participants. Please review below on the current status.

The fishing trip at the Chart House, held on Saturday, 16th April, organized by Miguel Sardinas, was well attended by HRFA members, even though the weather was not favorable.

I would like to thank all that attended the Annual Awards/Fundraising dinner, held on Sunday, 3rd of April. I appreciate their continuous support of our Association. Congratulations to Jeanne Ross the winner of our Friend of the Hudson River award.
Congratulations to the 2021 Fishing contest winners. Congratulations also to Miguel Sardinas for receiving, the well-deserved, prestigious HRFA Pete Barrett award. The event was well attended and entertained by the MC “Mr. Poseidon” as well as the fishing experiences of Noah Sardinas. Thank you to Dan Harrison, the event chairman and all that helped.

The Outdoors/Sportsmen Shows are scheduled for: Garden State, Edison NJ: 10-13 August 2022. We need your help: looking for volunteers and a chair position for these events.

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

We are initiating Fishing Clinics as part of the Youth Angles Program and are held in conjunction with the respective events. Please look for the scheduling for when you can participate.

The General meetings are being held, at the Elks Lodge. I would like to express our thanks to the presenter, Tracy Brown, who became President and Hudson Riverkeeper in 2021. She presented details of the goals, challenges, and accomplishments of the organization.

The HRFA traditional Hooked on the Hudson event will take place after 2-year delay, on 30 th of April. The chairman Peter Musse and the volunteers are working hard in preparation for the event

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

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

As the restrictions of COVID-19 pandemic are fading out, our organization continues to function successfully, and our activities are increasing are thanks to our dedicated members. I would like to take this opportunity the express my sincere appreciation. Also, I would like to remind those members, especially the recipients of the HRFA prestigious “Pete Barrett” award, that is expect from them to continue their efforts and contribution, to the best of their abilities. We are charitable organization, we provide our services to many, and we expect our members to participate and support us, accordingly.

As always, we thank all our members and friends for your help and appreciate your donations.

Capt. Aram Setian
HRFA 2021 President

Fight for the Hudson
In this month's issue of River Views
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Upcoming Events
The Fred Rung Memorial Catch, Tag & Release Striped Bass Derby
April 16 - May 15, 2022
The HRFA’s annual ‘Catch & Release’ and ‘Catch, Tag & then Release’ Striper Derby continues until May 15th. Here are the early returns.

Don't forget there will also be weekly prizes awarded for best photo posted to Instagram and largest striper caught & released. Send your photos for Instagram to our Social Media Chair Alex Spindelman:

Participation in the derby supports conservation efforts and scientific studies on stripers by:
  1. Monmouth University (acoustic tags),
  2. The Fisherman magazine's collaboration with Gray FishTag Research (satellite tags),
  3. The Riverkeeper's Save a Million Bass project and,
  4. The American Littoral Society whose tagging data is shared with scientists around the world.
Tag for Jeff sticker
Mr. Fred Rung
For over 20 years, Fred Rung was a very dedicated HRFA member. He served as HRFA Vice President with Gil Hawkins (President 2014-16) and a Director. He was an educator and his experience and skills helped pioneer the HRFA website together with his mentor Charles Stamm (President 1996-98). 

For his dedication and valuable contributions, he received the highest HRFA honor, the Pete Barrett Award, in 2013.

Fred Rung passed away in March 2020. We still miss his friendship, dedication and wisdom,

Capt. Aram Setian
HRFA President 2020-2022
Laura Cooper
Jerry Crean
Masked Crusader
Chris Palmer
Chris Palmer
Doug Dean
Doug Dean
Daniel Keyser
For free gift for everyone in the Derby . . .
Mr. Steve Liesman, Riverkeeper Board Member and leader of their “Save a Million Bass” initiative, is donating bumper stickers and ARC 16” Sportsman De-hookers to the HRFA. We hope to get enough for everyone registered in the Derby. You can arrange to get one from me, as soon as they become available. You can also pick yours up at an HRFA monthly meeting. First come, first served.
A Save a Million Bass sticker
ARC 16" Sportsman De-hooker
Supported by . . .
Davis Sport Shop
Hoboken Hooker
Take a lesson . . .
Join Emily McGuckin, Littoral Society Fish Tagging Director, for a day of surf fishing and instruction on the beach. She'll cover the basics of casting, knot tying, lure/bait selection, and “reading” a beach.

All skill levels are welcomed. Rods, reels and tackle will be provided, but bring your own if you have it. Children under 18 are welcome with a supervising adult. Meet at 8 a.m. at building 18. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided for the early morning gathering but please bring your lunch.

For more information contact
The HRFA's 2nd Annual Saltwater Fly Fishing Derby
May 14, 2022
7 AM - 11:30 AM Sandy Hook, NJ
All members and their guests are invited to join the HRFA's Fly Fishing Derby. The Derby intends to inspire the interest and growth of saltwater fly fishing within the HRFA.

Meet up: Sandy Hook NJ – Lot C – 6:30 AM for a quick rundown of rules and answers to
questions if you have any.

Awards: 12:00 PM – Lot C

Entry Fee $25.00
Payment options: in person at the beach or click here to pay online with PayPal.
The Prizes
 Striped Bass: Cash Prize for largest fish in length
 Bluefish: Mystery prize for largest fish in length
 Weakfish: Mystery prize for largest fish in length
 Sea robin: Mystery prize for largest fish in length
The Rules
 A photograph of your catch is to be submitted by text to 201-232-5988 / The
photo of your catch must have the ruler below the fish with no portion
of the ruler covered by the fish or anything else.
 Please include your first and last name in the text
 Time of entry will break any ties.
 Shore/wade fly fishing only. No boats.
 The boundaries are anywhere on Sandy Hook

For more information, contact Michael Sardinas at 201 232 5988 or
Ridgefield Park Earth Day/ Green Fair
May 21, 2022 (10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Steve Quinn, Chairman of The Ridgefield Park Environmental Commission invited us back to their annual event. Why? Because the kids and community love the fishing derby we run. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to get kids "hooked on fishing, not on drugs" and to raise awareness of the HRFA. In order for this to be a success . . .

Want to volunteer?
Just call our Youth Angler Program Chair
Wayne Geider at
(201) 384-8046.
JCAA Presents its 26th Annual Fluke Tournament
June 11, 2022
JCAA 26th Annual Fluke Tournament

Eventbrite - Jersey Coast Anglers Association presents JCAA 26th Annual Fluke Tournament - at Coastal New Jersey, Toms River, NJ. Find event and registration information.

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HRFA General Meeting
June 14, 2022
Capt. Dave Vollenweider
TOPIC: Musky Fishing in the Garden State
SPEAKER: Capt. Dave Vollenweider  Live to Fish Guide Service
BIO: Biology teacher (high school level for 25 years) newly retired. Interested in all fishing, fisheries related topics. Multi-species angler but specializes in musky fishing. Freelance writer with articles appearing in The Fisherman, Esox Angler, On the Water, Mid-Atlantic Game and Fish magazines. 
Chartered trips focus on foot (stream trout) to many of NJ's major lakes (Hopatcong, Greenwood, Round Valley, etc.) More info at Live to Fish Guide Service, LLC
Facebook: Dave Vollenweider
Live to Fish Guide Service, LLC

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

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We Love Volunteers
Come out to help out. You'll have a great time!

Interested? Contact Capt. Aram H. Setian at
Catfish Chaos
August 20, 2022
Proceeds from the Catfish Chaos derby will benefit the HRFA and support Eric Allen in his recovery.
Follow the HRFA on Social Media
Submit fishing photos & news of interest to Alex Spindelman.
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Click on the logos below to visit our FaceBook and Instagram pages.
Past Events
The HRFA Annual Awards Dinner
April 3, 2022
The winner of the Pete Barrett Award Michael Sardinas surrounded by his family - wife Lydia and children Sarah and Noah. Noah was a winner in the club's fishing contest. HRFA President Capt. Aram H Setian and Vice President Joe Albanese, both past winners of the prestigious award, are L and R bookends respectively.
Past HRFA Presidents Dan Harrison (L) and Gil Hawkins (R) surround Michael Sardinas & his son Noah.
Previous recipients of the prestigious Pete Barrett Award. From L to R: Capt Aram H. Setian, Dan Harrison, Scott Havner, Gil Hawkins, Al White (seated), Pete Musse, Arnie Ulrich, Pete Orenzo, Joe Albanese (kneeling), Kevin Morgan, Wayne Geider and Tony DiModugno. Center stage is this year's winner Michael Sardinas.
Our Friend of the Hudson River Award went to Jeannie Ross. Jeanne started the HRFA's annual Hooked on the Hudson event with Sergio Radossi way back when. We are thrilled to be working with her again now that she has returned to the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. Presenting the Award was Gil Hawkins (R). That's HRFA President Aram Setian on the left.
Some of the HRFA Annual Fishing Contest winners. From L to R: Mona Mak, Aram Setian, Noah Sardinas & Scott Havner
Noah & Sarah Sardinas helping give the raffle and silent auction prizes to the winners.
Let's talk fishing!
Mr. Poseidon & Noah Sardinas talk fishing. Possibly Mr. P was trying to get Noah to share the location of his fishing spot. Did he succeed? Not a chance!
Chris Vargo sharing a fishing story that involved his Dad who was able to track him down in dense fog on the Hudson River. John Vargo is Publisher of Boating on the Hudson.
That's honored guest Capt. Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper, with Mr. Poseidon and Joe Albanese
ON THE AIR! Mr & Mrs P chatting with their weekly Livestream "Let's Talk Fishing" audience. It starts 7:00 PM every Sunday.
Aram Setian
Dan Harrison
Dirk VanEverdingen
Monthly Meeting
April 12, 2022
We were happy to welcome Tracy Brown Riverkeeper and learn about all the wonderful good works that organization is doing on behalf of the Hudson River and surrounding communities. We hope to find ways to work together on future projects.
The meeting was also broadcast live & recorded on ZOOM. It can be watched by following the link and password provided below.

Passcode: ^1jL7G@^
VP Joe Albanese & P Aram Setian
with Tracy Brown
Chart House Fishing Trip
April 16th
M. Sardinas
The Chart House fishing trip was set for April 16, and that was also the start of the 2022 Fred Rung Memorial Striper Derby. With both events coinciding with each other, we decided to have a Striper Derby Kickoff Event.

HRFA members showed up excited and enthusiastic as the Striper Derby has become one of the most popular spring fishing events. And for good reasons, not only are the prizes amazing, but the derby helps The
American Littoral Society by providing scientific data by tagging stripers.
We are the champions! Noah Sardinas & Conor Harrison with Michael Sardinas.
As always, Pete Musse did a great job on the grilling out the back of his JEEP. The hot
dogs were delicious.

We did have a separate fishing contest on the pier with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for largest Striped Bass in length.

First place went to Noah Sardinas with a last-minute catch, literary with only a minute
left before the 12 o'clock deadline, Noah reels in striped bass that beats leading fish by one inch. (Talk about luck!) Second place goes to Conor Harrsion. Third Place went to Ryan Sullivan.

Thanks to all who came out to support the event and tight lines.

M. Sardinas
We had a great turnout this year! The Chart House is an excellent location to wet a line, and every year this area produces outstanding-sized striped bass. What better place than in the shadow of the capital of the world, NYC?
From L to R: Tony Carbone, Master Chef Pete Musse and Wayne Geider over at the Chuck Wagon. Oops, that's Dan Harrison too.
From L. to R. Aram Setian, Michael Sardinas, Dirk VanEverdingen, Wayne Geider with Pete Musse mugging Skip Wisniewski
That's Eileen Harrison flanked by Wayne Geider (L) and Pete Musse (R).
Raffle winners Aram Setian, Tony Carbone and Noah Sardinas with Pete Musse & Sarah Sardinas.
3rd Place finisher Ryan Sullivan with his dad John.
That's Noah with the winning fish. No joke. A 7.5" striper. That's his sister Sarah taking a photo.
Andrew Zimmerman and wife
One of those 3 new guys. This one is Anthony Stilletto.
Some passersby that stopped to fish with us.
Earth Day Fest
April 20, 2022
The HRFA was happy to accept the invitation extended to us by student Jade Tollis, who started the Bergen Community College Outdoors group, to participate in their Earth Day Fest. Also at the on-campus event in Paramus were the Hackensack Riverkeeper and other like-minded organizations. Our table drew visitors interested in learning about us, our mission and fishing. We may have won over some new members as well.
From L. to R. Volunteers Joe Albanese, Arnie Ulrich, Capt Aram Setian and Dan Harrison.
We Love Volunteers
Hooked on the Hudson
April 30, 2022
Pete Musse & Skip Wisniewski pulled it all together at Ross Dock with a lot of help from their friends. Namely, all the volunteers who showed up early, worked throughout the event and/or stayed late to clean up.

We had great weather. We had a fishing contest with some catfish caught and prizes awarded. Eat bacon & egg sandwiches with coffee for breakfast and hot dogs, burgers and drinks for lunch.

More coverage of the event will be in the June issue of River Views.
Working together. From L to R: Emily McGuckin (Amer. Lit. Soc. Tagging Director), Kevin Morgan (HRFA's Tagging Chairman), Linde Ostro (Riverkeeper VP of Development) Gil Hawkins, Christina Fehre (PIP Trails & Outdoor Program Director) and Capt Aram Setian
How many HRFA volunteers does it take to put up the big top? Asking for a friend.
The calm before the storm. Jeff Christie and Youth Angler Program Chairman Wayne Geider
Dave Tunis and Wayne Geider
Show & Tell with Andrew Ward
Show & Tell with Scott Havner
Three happy winners
Thank you to our sponsor ...
Shout out to Chris Tahmoosh over at the Stop & Shop in Ridgewood, NJ for the charitable donation of all the food for the event.
HOH Stop n Shop
In the News
Obituary: Mr. Thomas Siciliano
Obituaries in Neptune, NJ | Asbury Park Press

Thomas Siciliano Jr Little Egg Harbor - Thomas Siciliano Jr, 79 of Little Egg Harbor, NJ passed away on Saturday April 23, 2022. Born in Taunton, MA, he lived in Clifton, NJ before moving to Little Egg Harbor 19 years ago. He was a past member of ...

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If You See Something Say Something
The 2022 Striped Bass Bonus Tag Program
Opens for NJ Anglers
NJDEP Fish & Wildlife - Striped Bass Bonus Program

The Striped Bass Bonus Program The 2022 Striped Bass Bonus Program will reopen on May 15, 2022. Please use the application link below to apply for a 2022 permit. Permits issued for 2021 are not valid in 2022. To receive notification of SBBP...

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NJ's Fishing Regulations
 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.
Not Bad For My First Cast
by Carl Bruger
I’ve recently read several fishing articles that compared the fighting abilities of striped bass to those of large fresh water carp. The bottom feeding brutes over
twenty pounds have verified the assertions.
Since I live most of the time on Lake Ontario now, these brawlers have to be my substitutes for the Linesiders left to HRFA readers in the Hudson and Atlantic area.

Friday, April 22nd, was the first day at our Lake Ontario home that I finally had time to drown a worm. Truthfully my target species was perch with the outside option of bullheads or channel cats cruising off our
Black River Bay wall. 50 mph winds and heavy rain and sleet plus two days of spring cleaning to open our house had left me anxious and impatient to see what was

Did I ever connect fast!

One heave of my night crawler loaded rod landed the offering a solid distance from my shoreline base at the top of my wall. Nothing hit for a while as I raked leaves and observed the pole nestled in the deeply imbedded metal spike rod holder Timmy Burden had gifted me years ago.

Thank God the holder was well anchored because when the first bite came the fish ran like the Amtrak Acela express all the
way down Black River Bay towards Lake Ontario! She seemed to be a non-stop as my 20lb. test Power Pro was singing off my reel so fast that I feared getting spooled.

After a moment where I saw the bare metal and a couple turns left on the reel spool, I finally turned the fish. It was still stop and go with a perfect drag setting wearing out
the surging fish. Careful pumping and
retrieve worked the behemoth back to my waiting salmon net.

I finally got a gander at my adversary, a
hippo-fat spring carp gravid with so many eggs she resembled a pregnant rugby ball!My small circle hook was in the gummy corner lip and popped right out when I gripped it with my pliers. My wife, Pat took two quick cell phone photos, (check out the accompanying evidence), after which I measured and weighed the
Hoover-mouth. She tipped the scales at 24½ pounds and reached a length of 34½ inches.

Despite a 15-20 minute tug of war and a few more moments out of the water for the above delays, this big momma was released and swam off like I had merely created a rude delay to her spring spawning ritual.

What a thrill! You never know what will bite next in the early spring mayhem! It might be a churning channel cat over
twenty pounds, a pugnacious pike in double figure poundage, shocking sheep heads in the same weight class, wonderful tasty walleye or simply plenty of pan fish to fill the frying pan many times over.

In the next few days of angling that’s exactly what further fishing produced. My HRFA readers and friends can understand
why we live the “nicer half” of the weather year in Dexter, New York.

A Hawaiian fishing technique is quickly in
position to be outlawed by its state legislature as anglers have come up with an advanced fishing technique that lands huge fish normally out of reach from shoreline
casters. It entails remote controlled drones carrying bait offerings far offshore, normally unreachable by even the finest surf casters. Fish can not only be spotted and identified but pursued by the drone to present the bait right over them. A hooked fish may even then be filmed from above while the rod holder hauls in his catch.

This could spread to every state where distance casting off shore is needed and further distance can be achieved with drone applications. As usual the wealthy few have the big bucks to invest in this newest type of “fish catching”, not sport fishing.
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.

A Freediving movie by NJ local Art Nelson depicting the intensity of fish and marine life around Monmouth County's rock groins and jetties, and the impact of...

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Gearing up for American Shad in the Delaware River

On The Water's Jimmy Fee breaks down how to fish for American Shad.Rods: http://fish.shim...

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Calls for Action
Striped Bass Draft Amendment 7
The deadline for public comment was April 15th.
However, it's not too late to make your voice heard!
The April 15th deadline for public comment on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Striped Bass Draft Amendment 7 has passed. However, there is still a petition circulating trying get the commission to reach a decision favorable to the recreational angler and the sustainability of the biomass. Speak now or forever hold . . . you know, the thing. The HRFA took a stand to support a decision that would maintain the Status Quo.
Comments should be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on April 15, 2022 to:
Emilie Franke
Fishery Management Plan Coordinator
1050 N. Highland St, Suite A-N
Arlington, VA 22201
703-842-0741 (FAX)
 or at (Subject line:Draft Amendment 7)
Please contact Brendan Harrison, NJ DEP Marine Fisheries Administration, with any questions at or 609-748-2066.
Powering Down: Wind & Solar ‘Transition’ Mean End of Reliable & Affordable Power.
Once upon a time, governments strived to ensure their citizens had access to reliable and affordable electricity. That was then. This is now
Pennacchio, Webber Bill Would Ensure Boat Access to...

The fees New Jersey recreational fishermen pay for freshwater fishing licenses help pay for the stocking of public lakes with game fish, but anglers are finding it increasingly difficult to get their boats into public waters.

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For Sale
These reels are in new or like new condition and were donated to the Croton Yacht Club to raise money for our college scholarship program with 10% of sales being donated to the HRFA's Youth Angler Program. If interested call Dennis Kooney at 914-907-3622
with spare spool        $125
Penn 5500SS
with spare spool                   $75
with spare spool       $95                                         
DAIWA Advantage TDA S3000A with spare spool  $100
That's Entertainment!
From our Membership Chair
HRFA Members stuff

HRFA welcomes the following new members   Fight For the Hudson  
William  Bernart, Staatsburg, NY,
Michael DuBois, Newburgh,  NY,
Dan Englishman, Garnerville,  NY
Jason Heffler, Pleasant Valley, NY
Mark Miller, Hopewell Junction,   NY
Joseph Mobilia, Montrose,   NY
Robert Netzel, Jersey City,  NJ

If anyone would like a current JCAA newsletter please click here >
$20 bills money
What is HRFA Free Money? Are you a paid member.?
 At every HRFA in person meeting, half of the HRFA portion of the 50/50 money goes into a virtual jar. At the end of the meeting, a paid HRFA members name is picked (from a jar of all paid HRFA members) to receive the money. The name is announced three times. If the HRFA paid member is not present, the money goes back into the jar for the next months meeting. The process continues and is repeated at the next HRFA meeting.

HRFA Free money (split 50/50) for April 12th meeting was $36.00. From the bucket of HRFA paid members, a name was picked at the meeting by the guest speaker.
 HRFA member Andrew Zimmerman’s name was picked and announced to all present three times. Andrew Zimmerman was not there, so the HRFA free money goes back into the bucket.

Will you be there at the May HRFA meeting to collect the HRFA free money?
Arnie Ulrich Membership Chair
HRFA Membership Information. If you dont have a 2022 or lifetime member card you are losing out on great HRFA member benifits.
Pay your dues. Get your 2022 membership card.
The generous grace period ended for renewals on March 31st. Those not renewed are on the stale list and are removed from the membership rolls. Note , If you do not have a 2022 or life time membership card , you are not a HRFA member.
For those people who join(ed) the HRFA in October (or later) of a given year, their new or renewal membership also is covered for the following new year. There is also a generous grace period (3 months) for those who are unable to update their membership in January, however paying your dues late puts a strain on the records maintenance and consequently the ability of the executive board’s planning of activities and events.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or want to help (time, skills, or financially) on any particular club projects or events, feel free to email me, Arnie Ulrich ( or call me at 1-201-304-4691.

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Fishing Licenses and Saltwater Registry for NJ & NY, Hudson River Regulations, etc.

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.
Trifecta. Joe Albanese, Austin Havner,
Scott Havner
Austin Havner and the ship's Captain
in the background.
Stephanie Hess
Austin Havner
Scott Havner
From Fish to Dish
Pete Musse
Clams Three Ways
  1. Raw - The hardest part is opening them. It's easy to make your own cocktail sauce with ketchup, horseradish and Tabasco to taste. Serve with lemon squeeze too if desired.
  2. Steamed - Put raw clams in colander hung over a pot of water. Bring water to boil. (Discard any clams which do not open. They are not safe to eat.) Mix olive oil, white wine, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, chopped onions and shallot. Simmer in saucepan. Put opened clams in serving dish, pour the sauce on top and enjoy.
  3. Stuffed (aka Clams Oreganato)- Steam clams open, let them cool and remove them from the shell. Chop them into fine pieces. Blend them into a combination of bread crumbs, olive oil, chopped onion, diced red/green bell peppers, sticks of butter, red wine and lemon to make a thick paste. Stuff into the clam shells. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and paprika. Bake for 15 mins.
I started clamming last year and I love it! This one's just the perfect size!
Clam Boat
The Day's Haul
Eat 'em up - yum!
Raffle Me This

Grill Raffle - $10 a chance.
Grilling for a crowd? Then, we have a special deal for you. See the photos of a unique custom made grill with a spacious 39" x 19 3/4" cooking area, grate, generous work shelf in front and cover with heat resistant wood handle. Suitable for large family or neighborhood gatherings, church group, Boy Scout Troop, etc. Only 100 chances at $10.00 a pop will be sold. Winner will be drawn once all the chances are taken. Possibly at the Annual Awards Dinner.

Interested? See Dirk VanEverdingen at a monthly meeting. You can also contact him at or by phone 201-983-2402. Dirk arranged the donation of the grill to raise money for the HRFA. If for no other reason why not chip in $10.00? If you don't need it, you can always sell it to the right buyer for much more! Or, donate it to your favorite charity.
HRFA Calendar
Calendar | Hudson River Fishermen's Association

Our calendar system is currently being developed. Please check out the most recent River Views newsletter for for our upcoming events.

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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
We are so grateful for the very generous donation by Patricia and Thomas Alexander in the name of Priscilla Lasher Alexander in the sun of $1000 for the HRFA Boat Restoration Project. We appreciate this timely contribution to our organization. As always, we thank all our members and friends for your help and appreciate your donations.

Due to the restrictions imposed on our lives by the CV19 pandemic our plans are on hold. We hope and pray that in the Spring of 2021 volunteers may start working to refurbish Riverkeeper to her former days of glory when she was the world's first and only riverkeeper vessel. To offer your time and talents contact Dan Harrison at
2022 Fishing Contest Leader Boards
(only listing 1st, 2nd & 3rd place)
The HRFA hosts an annual fishing contest which runs from January through December and is open to all HRFA members. You have 30 days from the day you catch a fish to send in your entries. So, the deadline for submissions is January. As a member of the HRFA you and your immediate family are eligible to enter fish in any of our categories. Various divisions are available for prizes presented at our Annual Awards Dinner in March of the following year. Website updated daily. River Views newsletter updates below are done around the first the month. * indicates a new club record.
The 2022 HRFA Fishing Contest
Saltwater Species
Striped Bass Released
Caught From Boat
(leaders determined by length)
Striped Bass Kept
Caught From Boat
(leaders determined by weight)

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

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

Black Sea Bass
Scup (Porgy)
Open Category 
Salt Water

Freshwater Species
Trout  - Local
Trout - Great Lakes
Smallmouth Bass

Largemouth Bass
33 Lbs. Heather Baez
Open Category 
Fresh Water

Hudson River Boat and Yacht Club Association

The Hudson River Boat and Yacht Club Association (HRBYCA) has been the advocate for 33 local boat and yacht clubs from Raritan Bay, New Jersey to Port Ewan, New York. For 47 years, our goal has been to protect the environment of the Hudson River...

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Partial list of Friends & Supporters of the HRFA
(Click on any image below to visit their website.)
Davis Sport Shop