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Fishermen have been known to tell some mighty tall tales. I wonder what the story behind this sketch is. Any ideas?
SUMMARY: The HRFA is first and foremost a fishing club. So, let's talk fishing!
That's right YOU be the speaker. This is your opportunity to spin a tall tale or share a fishing report.
Next General Meeting
7:15 PM October 13
Guest Speaker
Executive Meeting
Date TBD
Under normal times we always meet the 1st Tuesday of every month Ridgefield Park Elks at 7:30 pm
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.

As the COVID-19 situation continues and the Elks lodge is still closed, we are conducting the HRFA General
meetings using video teleconferencing. I would like to express our thanks and appreciation to our, September meeting presenter, Douglas Zemekis, who gave remarkably interesting scientific view of the Cod fishing/fisheries in our, Northeast, waters. Coincidentally, shortly after, the annual HRFA organized fishing trip to Maine took place, headed by Arnie Ulrich. This was a particularly challenging experience. Nine members survived the very rough trip and even we caught some fish, including Cod. More is told by the Joe Albanese below.

Latest indications are that we will be able to resume our E-Board meetings at the Elks Lodge. We were able to conduct the last meeting outdoors and in person, in the Allison Park, Englewood Cliffs NJ. At that meeting the executive board passed a resolution, considering the current COVID 19 situations, to extend the current slate
for one more year.

Unfortunately, the Lodge is not opened to allow to conduct the general meetings at this time. One of the traditional activities, the HRFA Year End Auction is being instigated to be conducted virtually.

For those that know Sergio Radossi, he will be relocating to South Carolina. A few friends & acquaintances gathered at Cornetta's in Piermont for a farewell luncheon.
Masks on. From L to R: ???
Masks off. From L to R: Joe Albanese, Rick Englesbe, Mike Cargill, Arnie Ulrich, Pete Musse, Pete Orenzo, Wayne Geider, Antony Carbone, Tony DiModugno, Sergio Radossi, Al White, Capt. Aram Setian, Dan Harrison
Sergio was HRFA President 1982-1984, successfully reorganizing our organization. New rules, By-Laws, regulations and Mission Statement were introduced. He started the monthly newsletter – River Views. Running the HRFA like a business, he raised the dues to $12/yr. In the following years, the membership increased from 30 to 600. Another tradition was started, Sergio Radossi was awarded the "First" Pete Barrett Award. Sergio was also the “First” HOH Chairman. He spearheaded Public awareness, Education, Conservation and Access. He expanded his role as Representative to the Jersey Coast Anglers Association. He also became a Representative to the New Jersey Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs. For his contributions and dedicated involvement with the JCAA he was awarded the “JCAA 2013 Sportsperson-of-the-Year", that I had the honor to attend. In the coming issues, you will be able to read articles about the rich history, the influence and achievements of our organization and leading members.

At this time, still, many of the HRFA activities continue to be suspended or postponed. As we are closely following the current safety and health recommendations on the COVID-19 and reassessing our planned activities.

Having said that, we will have a beach BBQ & intra-club surf derby Sunday October 11th for members only. During which we will remain vigilant to ensure proper precautions are taken to prevent the spread of CV-19. Details to follow.

Be well and stay safe

Capt. Aram Setian
HRFA 2020 President
Fight for the Hudson
Support the HRFA with a $10 donation and you will be entered to win this Mad River Canoe.

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we postponed the Annual Awards Dinner and the canoe raffle until a date yet to be determined in the Fall. So, tickets are still available for purchase.
To get raffle tickets for a chance to win a beautiful Mad River Canoe in outstanding condition donated & autographed by naturalist Chris Letts contact Dan Harrison or Joe Albanese to get your raffle ticket(s).


To purchase tickets ($10 each) by check make it to "HRFA Canoe Raffle" and mail to HRFA, P.O. Box 421, Cresskill, NJ 07626.
In this month's issue of River Views
Lots to cover in this month's issue. In order they are:

A recap of our September ZOOM meeting with Rutgers' Professor Douglas Zemeckis on research of cod fish in the Northeast Atlantic.

Upcoming events. October 10 - HRFA SURF DAY, October 25 - Sound Bound Charters Rhode Island for Blackfish and November 7 - Castle Point T-Pier in Hoboken.

That's Entertainment presents a couple of one-minute videos, photos and recap of the annual Bunny Clark fishing trip. Included is the Captain's Log for the day, copied from their website.

Carl Bruger's column for the month gives us the lowdown on October salmon fishing on The East Side of Lake Ontario.

The HRFA Photo Galley. We always share our fishing stories at the start of HRFA monthly meetings. Although we are not meeting together at the Elks Lodge these days, that tradition stays alive in the pages of this newsletter. Let's keep it going by emailing your angling adventures and photos with the editor for others to enjoy.

Resident chef Pete Musse's "From Fish to Dish" column includes a second recipe submitted by Joe Albanese.

The HRFA calendar for the month of October. Followed by notes from our membership chair.

Our Youth Angler Program volunteers helped make the Hackensack Riverkeeper's "Pirates of the Hackensack" event a big success. Read all about it.

Amanda Bello, a senior at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, is majoring in Marine Affairs. She reached out to us for help in completing her thesis. Her letter to President Aram Setian is below. Here is the link to her "Hudson River Angler Questionnaire". Please take the survey and help the young lady earn her degree.

As always we hope you enjoy this month's issue. Please email comments, photos, articles, news and other things of interest to members to care of The Editor.

The Editor
River Views
IMPORTANT NOTE: The full version of River Views is for members only. HRFA Members, if your emailed copy of River Views ends abruptly look for this quote "[Message clipped]  "View entire message" at the bottom of the page. Clicking there will open up the full issue.
September's General Meeting
Rutger's Professor Douglas Zemeckis joined us via ZOOM teleconferencing again. This time he educated us on what scientists (and fishermen) know about Atlantic Cod. This includes cod population assessments from past, present & future projections that are shown on the slides that follow. The population of cod remains in decline for many years even though they have been fished responsibly by recreational and commercial endeavors.

Yes, scientists do value input from fishermen. From interviews of many cod fishermen (with an average of 34-years and a collective 1,373 years-of-experience targeting cod on Georges Bank) scientists learned there are 210 separate spawning grounds. Tagging studies revealed that cod have a high fidelity for theses areas and will return year-after-year to the same spot to spawn. This diversity makes cod management extremely challenging for scientists.

After its first year a cod will reach about 12" in length. Cod mature and spawn after 2-years of age when they are about 16-17" long. Generally speaking, scientists want fish to reproduce at least once before harvesting. On average, a three-years old will measure just over 21" in length. Current regulations are a minimum size of 21" for recreational catch. Most cod caught now are less than 6 years old. This suggests that possibly there are not enough BOFFS (Big Old Fat Fecund Females) to sustain the species.

Since the mid-1980's harvest quotas have not been exceeded. A major issue is the "retrospective pattern" of stock assessments every two years. Scientists were overly optimistic based on high numbers of juvenile cod. Many factors may contribute to the decline - predation, ocean temperatures, reduced numbers of phyto- and zooplankton, etc. Young cod feed on copepods. Damned rivers keep herring from reaching their spawning grounds which in turn removes an important forage fish for larger cod. It is believed that cod stocks had already been critically depleted by the 1940's.
Upcoming Events
FALL 2020: The ASAC surf fishing tournaments will not return until Spring 2021. Contact Joe Albanese or Pete Musse if you want to join the HRFA team.

OCTOBER 6: NYSDEC Virtual Fishing Opportunity Info Session (2pm-1pm) Login: 
OCTOBER 10: NYSDEC Virtual Fishing Opportunity Info Session (11am – 12pm) Login:

OCTOBER 11: NEW HRFA EVENT!!! HRFA SURF DAY is an intra-club surf fishing derby. It will run from dawn to dusk on Sunday the 11th. Hang together (maintaining social distancing of course) on Island Beach State Park fishing with fellow HRFA members. Lunch (burgers & dogs etc.) will be cooked up by Pete Musse & Joe Albanese. Donation of $10 to the club is suggested. Details to follow.

OCTOBER 15: NYSDEC Virtual Fishing Opportunity Info Session (6pm – 7pm) Login:
OCTOBER 25: NEW DATE!!! ACT NOW! there's only one-spot left! Travel to Rhode Island to target blackfish aboard Sound Bound Charters. If interested contact Peter Musse

NOVEMBER 7: Castle Point Pier Fishing Trip, Hoboken. Contact Michael Sardinas.
OCTOBER 25: "SOUND BOUND CHARTERS!" cried Peter Musse in his outdoors' voice. Check with him at
Castle Point Pier Fishing Trip
November 7, 2020
The Hudson River is one of the most productive and diverse fisheries on the northern coast. And it’s no secret that the lower part of the Hudson River is the excellent location to catch a trophy striped bass.

On November 7 th , all HRFA members are invited to come and fish off Castle Point Pier in Hoboken, NJ. The pier stretches out 125 feet into the river, has the best possible view of Manhatten from the Jersey side and provides excellent fishing structure. Striped bass is not the only fish on the menu. You will have the opportunity to fish for blackfish, ling, tomcod, and more.

This trip is a must for those that have never cast a line towards The New York City Skyline. (The Captial of the world).

Fishing time: 8 am – 12 pm??
Save the date because you don’t want to miss this event.
If anyone has any questions on tackle, baits, etc. reach out to: Michael Sardinas at 201-232-5988 or,

GPS Address:: Castle Point Skatepark, 9 Castle Point Terrace, Hoboken, NJ 07030
The HRFA encourages tagging fish for science.

American Littoral Society tagging kits can be purchased from Kevin Morgan at the monthly general meeting. Tags may also be purchased from the American Littoral Society by clicking here.
Be sure to check out the H.R.F.A. Events Calendar below for this month's member birthday notices, holidays and events.
There will be three opportunities to participate, the same session will be offered each time:

NYSDEC Virtual Fishing Opportunity Info Sessions Scheduled
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Bureau of Fisheries is pleased to invite new or current anglers to a Fishing Opportunity Information Session.

We are here for you! Join a virtual discussion with DEC Fisheries staff to learn about: freshwater fishing locations in NYC, fishing rules and regulations, web resources to help anglers get started freshwater fishing and to have your questions answered!

Fishing is a recreational activity that can be done safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is easy to socially distance yourself and enjoy time outdoors with a fishing rod in hand.
Melissa K. Cohen
Regional Fisheries Manager, Division of Fish & Wildlife
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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That's Entertainment!
Do you have a favorite fishing related video(s) that you would like to share with members? If so, send them to PG rated only please. Okay, if you insist, maybe we can accept PG-13 too. But that's it. Okay, maybe ...
All Aboard the Bunny Clark
Our Membership Chair, Arnie Ulrich, led a squad of intrepid* HRFA member anglers to fish aboard the Bunny Clark .

The word intrepid is used in all seriousness as the decision was made to go out to sea fishing despite the small craft warnings.

*Synonyms for intrepid - boldbravecourageousdauntlessdoughtyfearlessgallantgreatheartedgutsyguttyheroic (also heroical), lionheartedmanfulstalwartstoutstouthearted, undauntable, undauntedvaliantvalorous

An 8-hour day fishing in 25-35 mph winds, 4-6 foot waves offshore. Intrepid indeed. Or, just plain stupid? :) You make the call.
Making the trip to Ogunquit, ME this year were squad members (from left to right in the photo) Arnie Ulrich, Chuck Routar, Pete Musse, Dalas Musse, Carl Bruger and Wayne Geider. Not in the photo are HRFA President Capt. Aram Setian, Tony Carbone and the photographer Joe Albanese.

Arnie Ulrich organizing this trip for an incredible stretch of 36-years. Thank you Arnie!
An ocean sunfish, aka Mola mola, was alongside the vessel for a while. It appeared to be struggling to remain upright in the turbulent seas. No one bothered to look for a cellphone/camera because everyone aboard was also struggling to remain upright. So, here is a photo of one that Arnie took this past August.
Captain's Log for Friday, September 18, 2020
Captain Ian KenistonPhil Walton and Andy Kidd ran the extreme day trip today. 

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 57°F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the northeast at fifteen knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. Ashore, the wind blew out of the north or north northeast at ten to fifteen knots, dying out after noon. It was cool all day with the air temperature only topping out at 65°F in Perkins Cove. The sky was partially overcast or thinly overcast with an available sun most of the day. There were more clouds in the morning than in the afternoon. The visibility was excellent. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 66°F with a low of 51°F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 69°F (with a low of 45°F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 68°F (with a low of 50°F). 

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the northeast at fifteen to twenty knots. Seas were chops of three to six feet. It's hard to denote a ground swell with a chop that large. The highest air temperature that Ian saw was 56°F under the shade top. The visibility ranged to over twenty miles. The tide was moderate. The sky was overcast for the whole time fishing. The surface water temperature reached a high of 61°F.
The fishing was good at best. The surface water conditions were too much for some, it was hard to hold a line still enough for effective bait fishing or jigging. The catching was very good. Landings were good or a little better than that. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included twenty-seven haddock, eighteen cod and five cusk. Released fish included one blue shark, thirty dogfish, six small cod, three sub-legal haddock, a few small pollock and a sculpin. Drifting was the method. All terminal gear worked equally well but cod flies caught the most pollock.

Ian couldn't find an individual who was high hook with the most legal fish today. Of the anglers who were not sick, the catch was pretty even.  Peter Griffin (NY) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 9.5 pound pollock. Wayne Geider (NJ) and Randy Clark (VT) tied for second place, both with pollock of 9 pounds each. 

Other Angler Highlights: Joe Trestick (NJ) landed an 8 pound pollock.  Pete Musse (NJ) landed the hard luck award for being the most sea sick!
Carl's Column for October
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. Perfectly timed to get you through these trying times of "social distancing" necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Carl Bruger
This is the time of the year when fishing is the most heart pumping for this old septuagenarian due to the chaotic autumn salmon runs on Lake Ontario. Hordes of Coho and Chinook salmon surge up the rivers to spawn and provide awesome sport for spin and fly rod anglers alike.

This year is an incredible drought time
compared to last year’s opposite all time flood year! Small creek beds are arid dusty cracked arroyos like a scene from a New Mexican Desert. Even the crayfish are
dead under the parched rocks of the streambeds! Medium sized streams like North and South Sandy creeks, typically hotbeds of salmon during heavy rains,
are currently sad clumps of low puddles filled with thousands of bleached white rocks poking out like old cemetery tombstones. Does that mean we should cancel our season’s plans like all the other crap we’ve had to put up with during 2020 and Covid 19?


Even now some salmon are meandering into the main rivers feeding into the Great Lake. Fish are being caught every day from the Black, Salmon, Oswego Genesee, Oak Orchard, Irondequoit and Niagara.
Thousands more are staging at the mouths of these major waterways just waiting for a massive downpour to send them surging upstream in a gigantic spawning binge.

As I write this article at the end of September there has been no appreciable rain for two full weeks on the ESLO (East Side of Lake Ontario). Lake Ontario
itself has dropped almost a foot in depth. Rain is finally in the forecast. What will get the fish really moving is a change in the 80 degree sunny daytime weather to normal chilly frosty mornings, and some one or two inch cold rains to stimulate these Alaskan genetic coded fish to start moving upstream.

If you can plan your trips North right after the rains have fallen, you will be assured of action, since the spawning instincts will have been triggered in most of those thousands of salmon that were staging in the mouths of all the rivers waiting for just such a trigger from Mother Nature. You should have the best shot at filling your three fish limit with green, feisty, battling
There are three great ways to fill your limit with Kings and Cohoes that each has their devotees. You can decide for yourself which you enjoy the most after a few years of mayhem, chaos, and bedlam losing gear, fish, tempers, and the best time you could ever “waste”. Number one is pursuing moving fish with either spinning or fly rod. Flies or egg sacks do the trick and a light split shot keeps the offering just ticking the bottom in front of the always upstream facing salmon. My purple nurple fly in that color or orange, red, yellow, and
chartreuse, has hooked thousands of salmon since the 80’s.

Trying to nail salmon on redds or spawning beds often allows the use of spoons. I’ve limited out dozens of times using ¾ oz. Cleo spoons in blue silver or glow and blue with glow ladder back stencil and glow eyes.
Both are lethal dragged slowly across the gravel nest because the fish always grabs the lure in the mouth to kill it and is almost never foul hooked.

At waterfalls or other end points of water runs spawning salmon can be caught in the coolest way. Well weighted egg sacks filled with fresh eggs from trout or salmon plus a few floaters, often draw strikes from angry
fish in the roiled, poor visibility, highly oxygenated, water. These fish always give an incredible battle and often swim far downstream from where you hooked them. Have your net ready and be careful as you tread nimbly over the slippery rocks to secure your trophy catch!

The prime dates for stream and river fishing usually are from Columbus Day through Halloween. The later you go the less quality you will find in the flesh of
the average fish you fillet. This is a quick checklist of essentials that you MUST have to survive salmon fishing on Lake Ontario. Your waders must have either felts or
corkers or claws or you will fall in and drown! No kidding! Rubber bottomed waders on Lake Ontario slimy rocks is a total death wish. So is not having a wader belt. To be safer yet I use a wading staff made from an old ski pole. Don’t forget your license, a good hat with wide brim, quality sunglasses, foul weather gear, plenty of line, tackle, flies, spoons, swivels, split
shot, leader, egg sacks, etc. Fly rods range 7-9 wt spinning rods 7ft to 12ft noodles.

From our Membership Chair
HRFA Members stuff

HRFA free money (split 50/50) and the HRFA meeting.
  Currently there is $34.00 HRFA free dollars sitting in the jar for the next HRFA Meeting, whenever that will be.  

 The HRFA Welcomes the following new members Fighting for the Hudson: Welcome aboard, 
Steve Cook, Bergenfield, NJ
Nicholas Kelly, New York, N.Y.,
Shivon Pardasie, Cresskill, NJ
Ashton Pastore, Oradell, NJ,
Steve Plake, Nyack, NY
Antonio Tamborra, Hoboken
                                                                                                                   Arnie Ulrich
Membership Chair
HRFA Membership Information
If you are one of the folks who still have not yet renewed your HRFA membership the 90 day grace period is over, however due to the coronavirus circumstance we will still be sending the River Views to our 2020 still unpaid members until we meet again. HRFA expenses to operate STILL go on! Please renew your dues for 2020 if you have not done so.
Many thanks to those HRFA members who have already renewed their membership for 2020. This helps tremendously. The membership list and the information you fill out on the membership form is completely private. The HRFA does not make its membership list available to anyone. You need a current card (or life time membership card) in order to take advantage of the great local area discounts at local tackle shops and stores that are HRFA members themselves, and HRFA member benefits.

Membership dues are renewed annually at the beginning of each year.

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:
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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)
H.R.F.A. 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.
Labor Intensive
Several members did a little fishing this past Labor Day weekend and then took the time to share some of their photos. First up, Scott Havner and Stephanie Hess trailered the boat up to the St. Lawrence River and did okay with a range of freshwater species.
Scott with a hefty northern pike
Some HRFA members are getting hooked on XTC. With every trip it becomes harder and harder to get the monkey off their backs because Capt. Scott and Mate Joe find the fish and provide excellent customer service.

The Friday starting the Labor Day weekend was another example. Dirk Van Everdingen, Pete Musse, Mike Cargill, Mona Mak and Joe Albanese had a BLAST! Everyone caught lots of fish - albies, bonito, Spanish, Chub and King Mackerel, fluke, bluefin tuna, sea robin, Mahi Mahi, and even a cow-nosed ray that quickly peeled line off the spool of Joe's spinning reel. On light tackle it battled for quite a while before being brought alongside the boat and unhooked without taking it out of the water. It was estimated to be about 40 lbs. Once again a woman out-fished the men. Mona had the largest fluke AND the only bluefin.
Mona had the biggest fluke of the day 24.5" (about 5 lbs)
Tony Carbone, Marvin Oresky, Wayne Geider and Aram Setian did some fishing up on Lake Champlain over the long holiday weekend. Photos submitted by Tony.
From L to R: Marvin, Wayne and Aram
Tony Carbone
Tony Carbone
Over at Island Beach State Park
On a mid-week getaway HRFA members Pete & Michele Musse, Joe Albanese & Mona Mak fished IBSP together on Sept 10 & 11. On the 10th it rained very hard off and on. Luckily the threat of thunderstorms never materialized and the foul-weather forecast meant we mostly had the beach all to ourselves. We caught dogfish, croakers, northern kingfish and a few small fluke. One fluke measured 17" and he got to go home with us. Unlucky for him. (On IBSP you can take two of 16+". Elsewhere in NJ the regs for fluke is three at 19+". Don't ask me why.) The sun was out on the 11th but the wind was blowing hard from the east at 18-20 mph making for choppy seas. The catch was much the same as the day before but minus a keeper sized fluke and the addition of a nice sized northern puffer and a surprise catch by Michele which was later identified for us by Rutger's Professor Douglas Zemeckis as a banded rudder fish.
From Fish to Dish
Two for Tuna 
By Pete Musse & Joe Albanese
Recipe No. 1
It's easy to make blackened tuna. Simply take two pieces of tuna fillet. Heat a cast iron skillet and add a little butter or oil. Rub both sides of each fillet with Chef Paul Prud'homme's famous Blackened Redfish Magic seasoning. Cook on each side for a couple of minutes or until flaky. Serve on top of a bed of risotto and sautéed garlic spinach as sides.
Recipe No. 2
This second recipe comes from the pages of the late Dave "Pops" Masch's Cooking the Catch Vol. II cookbook. It is an On The Water publication. Since we didnt have tuna steaks I cut the fillets into 2 inch cubes and marinated them before grilling. Dipped in melted butter was an added but decadent treat. - Joe Albanese
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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ASAC Fall 2020 Tournaments Cancelled

The HRFA Surf Fishing Team is now forming to compete in the ASAC tournaments anticipated to return in Spring 2021.

To get in on the fun, learn from experienced surf anglers and compete for valuable prizes contact Joe Albanese or Pete Musse
H.R.F.A. Youth Angler Program
Youth Angler Program
By Wayne Geider
Currently, due to the CV19 pandemic, there are no planned outings.

Want to volunteer?
Just call Youth Angler Program Chair Wayne Geider at
(201) 384-8046.
On Saturday Sept. 12 HRFA's Youth Angler Program volunteers participated in the Hackensack Riverkeeper's "RiverFest: Pirates of the Hackensack Fishing Derby". The event was at Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus. President Aram Setian, Wayne Geider, Al Miller, Kevin Morgan, Jeff Christie & Scott Havner enjoyed the weather and satisfaction of helping others wet a line to catch a few fish. Kudos for a job well done.
C'mon help a kid out, will ya?
From Bello, Amanda L <>
To <>
Date 09-09-2020 1:49 pm

Good Afternoon,

My name is Amanda Bello, I am currently a senior at the University of New Haven in Connecticut and am majoring in Marine Affairs. I am currently conducting my Senior Thesis on the fishing habits of recreational fishermen across the Hudson River and its tributaries. I have conducted a short 10-15-minute survey, that I have been distributing to local fisherman and wanted to branch out to other parts of New York and the Hudson River which has led me to your Yacht Club. It would be greatly appreciated if you are able to distribute my survey to your members via email. The surveys are in depth but all members will remain anonymous. I will be attaching the link to the survey below and am willing to share my results with you and your members once I complete my thesis.

If you or your members have any questions please feel free to email me at with the subject header "Marine Thesis". Thank you in advance!

Hudson River Angler Questionnaire

Warm Regards,
Amanda Bello
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 H.R.F.A.
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
2020 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.
Saltwater Species
Striped Bass Released
Caught From Boat
(leaders determined by length)
Rick Englesbe 50.5"
Striped Bass Kept
Caught From Boat
(leaders determined by weight)
Wai Lui 42"
Striped Bass Released
Caught From Shoreline
(leaders determined by length)
Carl Hartmann 41"
Striped Bass Kept
Caught From Shoreline
(leaders determined by weight)
Howard Pawson 10lbs 14oz
Alex Spindelman 4lbs 5oz
Butch Pawson 1lb 7oz
Rick Englesbe 9lbs 0oz
Carl Hartmann 4lbs 13oz
Black Sea Bass
No Entries
Scup (Porgy)
No Entries
Open Category 
Salt Water
Joseph Marchese 36lbs
Freshwater Species
Carl Hartmann 12lbs 8oz
No Entries
Trout  - Local
Scott Havner 3lbs 14oz
Trout - Great Lakes
No Entries
Smallmouth Bass
No Entries
Largemouth Bass
Austin Havner 6lbs 10oz
Todd Smith 21lbs 13oz

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Northern Pike
Capt Aram Setian 6lbs 8oz
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