Hudson River
Fishermen’s Association
October 12th
Meeting starts at 7:30 PM

Ridgefield Park Elks Lodge
21 Cedar St
Ridgefield Park, NJ
Don’t forget all members are eligible for the HRFA free dollars at the end of the meeting. We remember one fellow getting up and leaving during the meeting only to have his name picked for the HRFA free $ at the end of the meeting.
The pot is now at a cool $123.00
TITLE: The Amusing History of Iona Island
Guest Speaker: Doc Bayne

Bio: Environmental Educator / Historian at Sterling Forest State Park

All are invited to join the meeting 
& share their fishing stories.
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Next General Meeting
7:30 PM September 12th
Guest Speaker
Doc Bayne
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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From our President
Greetings HRFA Members and Friends,

I hope that as of this writing, we find you all well and have enjoyed the summer fishing opportunities of the pre-COVID-19 Pandemic. Fall fishing challenges and rewards are just ahead.

We have scheduled our postponed Annual Awards and fundraising dinner for Sunday, 17th October 2021. (See details below.) Please consider volunteering and
fundraising. We rely on charitable donations to support our good works.

The good news is that Outdoors/Sportsmen Shows are returning in 2022. We are looking for volunteer(s) to chair these events:
  • January 6-9 . . . The Garden State Outdoor Sports Show at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison, NJ
  • March 3-6 . . . The World fishing and Outdoor Expo at Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY.

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

The General meetings are being held, at the Elks Lodge. The last meeting was well attended. Those that missed the meeting, lost the opportunity to be pleasantly entertained by the freshly, homegrown Surf Fishermen, sharing their first-hand experiences and expertise. Joe Albanese and Pete Musse, the well-prepared
duo, made the time fly by. We also attended to fishing rods, reels and tackle that were donated by Richard Malizia in the name of Ronald Fletcher. I am happy to report that also the attendance continues to be increasing.

The next HRFA sponsored event is the “Pan Fish” derby, organized by Alex Spindelman. It will be again, using the mobile App “FishDonkey”. Details have been posted. I am looking forward for the reports.

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

We will be participating in supporting local Youth Angler programs. The first one is with Hackensack Riverkeeper. I would like to thank all the volunteers that participated in The Oradell Reservoir Challenge, ensuring its success.

Consequently to the latest hurricane IDA, there was a considerable damage on the lower Hudson riverfront. We are still considering a “Family” event to be held near the Hudson (PIP) combined with a “Care for the environment” activity.

As of this date, I have passed the halfway of my term as the HRFA president, I am still faced with the current difficult, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, conditions. Nevertheless, our organization continues to function successfully, thanks to our dedicated members. I would like to take this opportunity the express my sincere
appreciation. Also, I would like to remind those members, especially the 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 you for your help and appreciate your donations.

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

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

Fish Tagging Program Director

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

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

Feel free to spread the word and direct questions to:

Melissa K Cohen
Regional Fisheries Manager, Region 2
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
P: (718) 482-4022 | F: (718) 482-4502 |
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Upcoming Events
The HRFA Panfish Tournament
October 2-30, 2021
Butch Pawson - white perch
Scott Havner - yellow perch
Alex Spindelman - crappie
Brooklyn Fishing Club

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

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Chart House Fishing Trip
October 9th
from 7am to 11am
The Chart House is located at 1700 Harbor Blvd, Weehawken, NJ 07086. Ample parking is avaible.

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

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

Join us. It's going to be Good!
Annual Awards Dinner
October 17, 2021
4-8PM at Cornetta's restaurant Piermont, NY. Paul Gallay, retiring President and Hudson Riverkeeper, will receive our Friend of the Hudson River Award. The recipient of the Pete Barrett Award will be announced at the dinner. Mr. Steve Liesman, TV Personality, avid striper fisherman and co-founder of Save a Million Bass has accepted our invitation to Emcee the event.
Past Winners of the HRFA'S "Friend of the Hudson River" Award

2016 - Capt. Bill Sheehan ..... Exec. Director, Hackensack Riverkeeper
2017 - John Vargo ................ Publisher, Boating on the Hudson
2018 - Dennis Kooney .......... Commodore, Croton Yacht Club
2019 - Bob Walters ............... Director, Yonkers Science Barge
2020 - Chris Letts ................. Educator, Hudson River Naturalist
Paul Gallay will be honored with the HRFA's Friend of the Hudson River Award for 2021
Steve Liesman will Emcee the HRFA's 2021 Annual Awards Dinner
Past Winners of the HRFA’s Pete Barrett Award
1984 - Sergio Radossi
1985 - Edward Domkofski
1986 - Rick Englesbe
1987 - George J Graf
1988 - Arnold Ulrich
1989 - Don Anderson
1990 - Tony Evangelista
1991 - Don Bontemps
1992 - Kevin Morgan
1993 - Pete Orenzo
1994 - Ray Marione
1995 - Charles F Stamm
1996 - Carl Bruger
1997 - Walter Maier
1998 - Tom Paciorkowski
1999 - Jack Lipton
2000 - Dan Harrison
2001 - Jim Campbell
2002 - Glenn Blank
2003 - Robert Mallory
2004 - Tim Burden
2005 - Carl Hartmann
2006 - Wayne Geider
2007 - Al White
2008 - Darren Cardinal
2009 - Gil Hawkins
2010 - Anthony DeMunduno
2011 - Bruce T Halstater
2012 - Mike Cargill
2013 - Fred Rung
2014 - Robert H Boyle
2015 - Capt Aram H Setian
2016 - John Golon
2017 - Butch & Pat Pawson
2018 - Skip Wisniewski
2019 - Pete Musse
2020 - Scott Havner
The HRFA Bass & Blues Surfcasting Derby
November 6, 2021
6 AM – 11:00 AM Sandy Hook, NJ
All members & their guests are invited to join the HRFA's Surf Casting Derby.

Entry Fee: $25.00

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

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

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

Bluefish Prizes
1st Place – Mystery prize $75
2nd place – Mystery prize $50
3rd place – Mystery Prize $25
In Memorium
Raymond Anthony Zampino
Remembering a Quiet but Influential HRFA Member

It is my sad duty to report the passing of Ray Zampino. Those who were regular attendees at the monthly HRFA meeting are sure to remember Ray. He regularly volunteered to man the door to greet both members and visitors. Together with Kevin Morgan, they handled the 50/50 and door prize tickets, as well as entrance fees for non-members.

As noted above, Ray was the definition of the quiet but Influential HRFA member . . . always ready to help, but never seeking the spotlight.

One thankless yet key job is that of Trustee. Ray volunteered to take on this challenge and bring his experience as Trustee of the Education Fund for the International Union of Operating Engineers to the task. Ray quietly pushed to get the job done correctly. While not in the spotlight his efforts where very influential to a well administered organization.

In addition to his tenure as an HRFA Director, Ray was also a regular volunteer at our Hooked on the Hudson event, kids fishing trips and other HRFA events.

Needless to say, Ray also found time to fish. He caught his share of bragging size fish, but
typical of Ray, seldom bragged about them…. Except to close friends.

While Quarterbacks make the rear cover of the NY Post, the linemen give them the means to be the hero. Raymond Anthony Zampino was an HRFA lineman and great example for all members. He will be missed.

I wish to thank Ken Morgan for helping me with this article/obituary. Ray’s obituary can be found @ ; or just click the link below.

Thank You for listening,
Sergio Radossi
Obituary for Raymond Anthony Zampino at...

Raymond A. Zampino, 72 of Schwenksville, PA formerly of Cresskill, NJ peacefully passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at home. He was the husband of Linda Maxwell Zampino, with whom he shared almost 48 years of marriage. Born in Weehawken,...

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In this photo Ray is sitting
next to Arnie Ulrich
Event: HRFA Fishing contest run to support the Croton Marina/Boat Club
Date: 04/26/2014
Fred Golofaro, Rest in Peace - The Fisherman

It's with our deepest sympathy that we announce the passing of The Fisherman's Senior Editor, Fred Golofaro. Our deepest condolences...

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Past Events
September 12th - The HRFA volunteers at the Hackensack Riverkeeper's Reservoir Challenge
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Volunteers at work
Mona Mak & Pete Musse
Tony D. Wayne G. and Pete M. take a break
Pete Orenzo measures an entry
Kevin Morgan & Pete M. say hello to the camera
Tony D. lends a helping hand
Wayne G. helps an angler
Joe A. smiling for no apparent reason
September 14th - September General Meeting
Pete & Joe Show = Laughs & Learning
By Carl Bruger
The September general meeting of the HRFA at the Ridgefield Park Elks Club was truly highlighted by the twin speaker presentations done by super popular active
members Peter Musse and Joe Albanese. It was “no fluke” that the funniest time this scribe ever had at a meeting since joining in 1991 was Tuesday’s laugh fest.

While both guys joked and admitted not to being sharpies and expert anglers, the discerning listener could glean plenty of pearls of angling wisdom from their banter. Their endorsement and advice on Berkley Gulp! products related to catching fluke reinforced many folks belief in that popular brand. The importance of the proper teaser and jig fluke rigs were shown and gear was passed around for all to see.
Bergen County Pete and the Fort Lee Flop, as their angling monikers resound, regaled the rapt audience about how they went about catching summer flounder mostly in Island Beach State Park.
Key quotes stuck in my head like "West wind is worst." (Especially because it unfurls the fury of the biting green head flies!) Another rhyme, "If it ain’t chartreuse, it ain’t no use.", makes sense with the only possible objection to offer being white. All that aside, the hottest Gulp! color this summer was Pink Shine. Finally the statistic that 85% of the hits come on the teaser make the reader realize how vital the size, color, shape and placement of this part of the rig really is.

You could tell what good friends these chop busting buddies really are both by their work together this night and the video evidence present in their presentation.

Plan a visit to IBSP next year to take advantage of the 16 inch fluke size limit (2 fish max) and excellent odds of success both in the ocean and the back bay. You can also do some crabbing, clamming, and hook-up with other edibles like blowfish to round out a menu. Crossing angling paths with Joe and Pete will be a special bonus.
September 17th - The annual fishing trip aboard the Bunny Clark.
A small crew of offshore fisher persons traveled to Ogunquit Maine; the trip being organized by like the 30th year by Arnie Ulrich. Carl Bruger attended almost everyone of those trips too. These two guys did the best in our group. Their years of experience paid big dividends for them. Arnie's biggest cod was 11.5 pounds; 3.5 pounds shy of winning the pool. Carl's biggest catch of the day was stolen right in front of his eyes by a big shark. Same thing happened again to another angler a short while later. It was not a great white (probably a blue shark) but it was about 6' long. Joe Albanese needed some charity from Arnie or he would have gone home without a single fillet. Janice Soto, sitting right next to Joe, caught a couple of keepers, on her own. Dave Mercer was ill most of the day. Mona Mak enjoyed walking the scenic seaside path, visiting the town and dinning on fine seafood dinners with the group but did not fish.

Disappointedly, the primary catch of the day for everyone was smooth dogfish. Which, by the way, is what is used in Europe to make fish and chips. Next time we might try keeping one and giving it a taste test. Read the Ship's Log below.
Ship's Log
 Friday, September 17, 2021
Captain Ian Keniston and David Girard ran the extreme day trip today.
At 5:00 AM EDT/AST the air temperature was 58°F, the sky was overcast, the wind was blowing out of the northeast at ten knots and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. Ashore, the wind blew out of the northeast all morning. The wind never did get over ten knots. The sky stayed overcast all day. Later in the afternoon, we had a, sort of, misting rain. This was intermittent enough that it only got the road wet once and not nearly enough to create a puddle. This happened after dark as well. The visibility was very good in some haze. The highest air temperature that I saw was 68°F. In Boston, Massachusetts (Logan International Airport) the high was 70°F with a low of 65°F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 70°F (with a low of 53°F). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 67°F (with a low of 53°F).

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the east northeast at ten to fifteen knots and then diminished on the ride back to Perkins Cove. Seas were chops of two feet with the occasional three footer, very similar to yesterday's chop in the strongest wind of the day. The air temperature was mid 60s. The sky was overcast. The visibility ranged from fifteen to twenty miles. The tide (current) was moderate. The surface water temperature reached a high of 64°F.

The fishing was mired with dogfish yet again. The fishing couldn't struggle above the good category because of this and the period of choppy weather. The catching and landings were fair to good overall, slow at times and very good at other times. Most legal fish landed were pollock again. There seem to be a few around. Legal landings also included twenty haddock, ten cod, four redfish, six cusk, six whiting, thirty mackerel and a monkfish. Released fish included over two hundred dogfish, sixteen short cod, twelve sub-legal haddock, a few small pollock and a mackerel or two. Drifting was the method. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Joe Columbus (MA), Tim Rozan (ME) and Jack Judge (CT/ME) all shared high hook status with twelve or thirteen legal fish each. Jack Judge and Tim Rozan shared in the second largest fish of the trip, both with fish of 12 pounds. Tim's was a 12 pound pollock. Jack's was a 12 pound cod. Kendall Cobb (VT) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 15 pound cod. This is the Bunny Clark's fifth largest cod of the fishing season to date.

Other Angler Highlights: Arnie Ulrich (NJ) caught an 11.5 pound cod. Colin Cunningham (NY) caught a 10.5 pound cod. Steve Schecter (NY) landed the hard luck award for being the most sea sick of the anglers aboard today. There weren't many anglers who were sick. But, as anyone knows, even one is too many.

I received two donations sponsoring me in the Pan-Mass Challenge today, a cycling event that took place earlier this year, where I raise money for cancer research. Joe Columbus gave me another generous $50.00 while Carl Bruger (NJ) gave $25.00. Thank you both so very much for your support and generosity. It means so much to me but more to those who need the funding for cancer research and, of course, those with the disease.
L to R: Carl Bruger, Arnie Ulrich, Janice Soto & Joe Albanese
L to R: Dave Mercer, Janice Soto, Arnie Ulrich & Carl Bruger
Janis Soto is happy with a keeper to bring home for the dinner table.
HEADLINE: Dogfish Dog Maine Trip
By Carl Bruger

The annual fall fishing trip to Maine was marred by too many fish of the wrong kind. We were super well fed the night before leaving at a famous local restaurant named Mike’s Clam Shack. Once we started our drifts organizer Arnie Ulrich, Joe Albanese, Janice Soto and this writer each hauled up over a dozen line twisting dogfish an overpopulating shark species supplanting thedecimated cod populations. Unless you adore cheap fish and chips this was not a fish to take home. So, every time we cranked up another spiny devil from 275 feet there were unchristian words muttered and ugly creatures tossed angrily back in the rough waves.

This scribe never the less was fortunate to land four haddock and a whiting to provide some fine future dining. Janice Soto earned the nickname “nurse Haddock” from Arnie as
she persistently and tirelessly stayed at the rail the entire day landing several keeper haddock. Arnie Ulrich normally would have won the pool with his 11 1/2 pound cod but another lucky fare boated a 15 pound winner. Arnie also took home a pollock just a tad lighter. This scribe as with Joe and others who fished that day had to release undersized cod and pollock, which usually ended up down the gullet of marauding seagulls.

Finally I hooked a cod that looked to weigh between 7 or 8 pounds. He was so close to the boat that I was ready to lift him out or call for the gaff. Not so fast! A blue shark about seven feet long flashed out from under the boat and nailed my cod, broke the fifty pound
test leader and made off with my entire rig. If you were there and found the sight hard to believe, not an hour later a guy, Derek, two spots up from me was bringing up an even bigger cod and the same #@!% blue shark obliterated his whopper and snapped his line too!

RULE OF THE SEA: Sharks weighing over 100 pounds with teeth like that take what they want when they want.

Captain Ian and mate Dave really worked hard all day moving to multiple different spots to avoid the “doggies” and did yeoman work untangling the Gordian knots caused by the whirling hooked sharks. I still enjoyed my sojourn (and all my sandwiches) so when we reached the shore and met with owner and captain Tim Tower I was happy to purchase
a souvenir Bunny Clank Team T-shirt that supported Massachusetts cancer drives and put Tim’s personal raised total to almost $400,000 over the last two decades. We cancer survivors have to stick together!

I look forward to the spring trip with Arnie and any intrepid souls who love cod, haddock and other tasty morsels from the waters of Maine. I hope some of you HRFA readers choose to be among them.
 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.
Half a Century of Savy Salmon Stream Tips
By Carl Bruger

My favorite fishing month of October has almost arrived and the good Lord has placed me just miles from what Al White and I long ago code named “heaven”, a local tributary called Mill Creek flowing into Lake Ontario out of Sacket’s Harbor. Why the title? After heavy autumn rains this creek gets potentially huge runs of Coho and Chinook salmon allowing wading anglers to accrue legendary catches with limits in under an hour as HFRA member Wayne Geider has done and can readily attest.

In 2020 Wayne, Al Miller and I met a woman who had never fished for salmon and who asked our help in getting started. She was a local nurse who lived right above the creek in the new Barracks apartments and never knew such a fishery existed at her feet! Ten
minutes after I gave her a salmon rod and reel of her own she hooked into a king and lost it making typical beginner errors. In the next twenty minutes, following my coaching and guidance, she hooked, fought and landed her first Chinook, a 23 pounder!

For the couple dozen member of the HRFA who make the trek north each fall for Great Lakes salmon this article should provide a helpful summation of tricks and techniques gleaned over the years that will up your odds of success when you arrive streamside. On the ESLO (East Side) side of Lake Ontario there are 42 separate rivers, streams, creeks, and other tributaries that experience salmon runs in the fall based on past records over the years. Even if just one idea helps you hook up with a king in one of the spots you chose to fish it will be worth the read! You can certainly meet with hook-ups and battles based on what you are about to peruse.

The Number one simple rule is to dress like your environment. Camo and colors that are dark brown and green which match the topography behind you will make your visual presence muted to wary fish. Eschew fishing next to the idiot dressed in his yellow raincoat or orange hunting vest because salmon and especially steel head will be giving him a wide berth! You should be utilizing a hook sharpener, wader belt, polarized sunglasses, and a long billed hat to facilitate easy spotting of fish. Walk softly and don’t splash or go into
the midstream when fish are often right along the bank right at your feet! Salmon do not seek the deepest rushing water to go upstream because that current is too strong. Instead they use undercut banks, huge boulders, scooped out crevasses and other advantages in their quest for easy upstream access that doesn’t sap their diminishing energy.

Sight casting to fish headed upstream is so much more likely to result in hook-ups. Cast your line up and ahead of the target fish so the fly or egg sack drifts right into his/her mouth. Often you will generate a strike, sometimes the fish will simply get hooked by inhaling the offering, while still other times an angry spawner will slash its head and get hooked in the jaw anyway, making it a legal catch.

The amount of weight used on your line is just enough split shot on the four foot or less leader to tick the bottom. Too much will hang you up more than necessary and too little will swing your offering over the fish swimming at the bottom. I hate losing my favorite
purple nurple fly on an Gamagatsu Octopus 1/0 hook to the bottom rocks, but just like in rock strewn salt water tog fishing there is a price a salmon angler must be willing to pay.

If you are using egg sacks for bait it is wise to tie several sack colors like blue for the salmon river and yellow, pink, purple, orange, red and chartreuse as variety to find what the fish are hitting best. Scents also may help. I have done well with shrimp, garlic and anise
scented egg sacks as well as those that I hand tied fresh from a hen taken a day before. Use your cell phone to find out from local tackle stores what flies and egg sack colors have been hot on the rivers and streams in the most recent days.

If you can get to bays where the fish are spawning like Fairhaven, Sodus, False Sodus and parts of Black River & Chaumont Bay there are land based casting areas where you can reach the redds of the kings even when fishing is allowed at night. These gravel beds
often have pairs of fish that will strike with their mouths to carry off anything invasive that crosses their nesting territory. This allows you to use highly visible and annoying ¾ ounce glow Cleo spoons. I especially like to add ladderback glow decals plus glow eyes as enticement. I also have a small felt furniture pad glued to the base above the hook which I soak in either fresh caught egg scent or milt from a kype jawed male. This serves to arouse the opposite gender into striking at the lure. If you want females to gather during peak spawning frenzy, snow mixed with milt tossed into the water acts as chum and draws female attention. Cotton balls tied to a stone dipped in milt squeezed from a fresh aught male can be tossed in with the same effect if snow is not present. Just cast your scented Cleo spoon into the gathered hens and brace for action!

Every tip here works! Try them with the expectation of success!
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.
It's a good thing that this is just routine maintenance (that started inJanuary 2020) ???????
Danes Dissemble: Offshore Wind Farm Operator Covers Up...

The wind industry was built on lies and myth and runs on subsidies. So, if you're looking for a straight answer, don't bother quizzing a wind farm operator. Sure, the usual corporate PR spin can be expected from any commercial outfit.

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Block Island Wind Turbines Motionless Due to 'Routine...

The wind turbines off the coast of Block Island - known to many as the crown jewel of the burgeoning U.S. offshore wind energy industry - have gone still. The Block Island Wind Farm turbines, 3 miles southeast of Block Island, have been mostly in ...

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Report on Offshore Windmills
Arnie Ulrich participated in a open public survey on offshore windmills the results of which are part of the Final Report (below) issued by scientists at Rutgers University which hosted the event.

Report for 2021 Partners in Science Workshop
Now Available On-line

The Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RUCOOL) and Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) have issued the final report for the 2021 Partners in Science Workshop, which was hosted virtually on January 28, 2021. This workshop, Identifying Ecological Metrics and Sampling Strategies for Baseline Monitoring During Offshore Wind Development, included both a pre-workshop participant survey and “world café” format workshop discussions. The event was co-hosted by RUCOOL and RCE, sponsored by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, and moderated by the Consensus Building Institute.
The survey and workshop aimed to gather community input to define the parameters required to quantify baseline ecological variability that will enable the evaluation of potential impacts from offshore wind development. The report details results from the pre-workshop survey, presentations from several workshop participants, and the multiple breakout sessions held during this half-day workshop. 
The full report, along with a 2-page Executive Summary, can be found online at
Final Report

"Ecological Metrics and Sampling Strategies for Baseline Monitoring During Offshore Wind Development" Authors: Joseph Brodie, Ph.D. (RUCOOL) Josh Kohut, Ph.D. (RUCOOL) Douglas Zemeckis, Ph.D. (NJAES)

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That's Entertainment!
Let's Talk Fishing
Mr. Poseidon
The "Let's Talk Fishing" YouTube video below starts with an entertaining coverage of all things Mr.Poseidon; including his mid-October striped bass fishing derby in Montauk. His interview of HRFA VP Joe Albanese begins around minute 27.

His Livestream is every Sunday at 7:00PM. Listen live each week or wait for it to be posted on YouTube. Be sure to subscribe to his livestream, follow him on Facebook (Poseidon Fish), Instagram (@Mr_Poseidon_Fishing) and YouTube. His over-the-top enthusiasm for fishing is contageous. Mr. Poseidon is a member of the HRFA.
Thanks to all for joining Mr. Poseidon for this evening's LiveStream of Let's Talk Fishing!

A big thanks to tonight's guest, Joseph Albanese, Vice President of the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association! "Fight for the Hudson"

There is a lot of information on their website. Here are the highlights mentioned on the show.

The HRFA has a Monthly meeting: 2nd Tuesday every month.
They issue a Digital Newsletter called “River Views”

Contacts: You can email Joe at his email:
Other contact emails are: and

Their UPCOMING EVENTS Joe Albanese mentioned:

  • September 17th - The annual fishing trip aboard the Bunny Clark. Pollack, haddock and cod - Oh my! Ogunquit, Maine.
  • October 2nd-30th - NEW EVENT! The "2021 HRFA Panfish" tournament
  • October 9th - HRFA Chart House Fishing Trip
  • October 17th - The post-pandemic return of the HRFA Annual Awards Dinner. 4-8PM at Cornetta's restaurant Piermont, NY. Paul Gallay, retiring President and Hudson Riverkeeper, will receive our Friend of the Hudson River Award. The recipient of the Pete Barrett Award will be announced at the dinner. Mr. Steve Liesman, TV Personality, avid striper fisherman and co-founder of Save a Million Bass has accepted our invitation to Emcee the event.November 6th - HRFA Bass & Blues Surfcasting Derby
From our Membership Chair
HRFA Members stuff
New HRFA members are Stephen Morgan, Hillsdale, NJ. and Bill Tristram, Park Ridge NJ, who joined the HRFA on National Hunting and Fishing Day. Fight for the Hudson
What is HRFA Free Money?
 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 Sept 14, 2021 was $123.00
From the bucket of HRFA paid members, a name was picked by a non HRFA member at the meeting.
 HRFA member Phillip Moliere’s name was picked and announced to all present. Phillip Moliere was not there, so the $123.00 HRFA free member's money goes back into the jar with the names of all HRFA paid members for the October in person meeting. Will you be there at the October 11, 2021 HRFA meeting to collect $123.00????
Arnie Ulrich Membership Chair
HRFA Membership Information
The grace period is over for HRFA annual dues. Thank You to those members that have already paid the 2021 HRFA dues. For the rest of us ,please scroll down to the membership application below and renew on line or print out the membership form and mail it in. Any questions please email me or call me @ 201 304 4691.

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

If you have any questions, suggestions, or want to help (time, skills, or financially) on any particular club projects or events, feel free to email me, Arnie Ulrich ( or call me at 1-201-304-4691.
Fishing Licenses and Saltwater Registry for NJ & NY, Hudson River Regulations, etc.

Click on the buttons below for the:
NOTE: To order your NY State Fishing License by phone call 866-933-2257
NOTE: To get the New York Saltwater Registry you must first register for a free Citizen Access account, then log in and Buy Sporting License(s) (the Saltwater license is free)
HRFA Photo Gallery
Have a photograph and/or fishing story you would like to share with the club? If so, we'd love to hear from you. After all, no one wants to see the same members over and over again. Email it to and we will do our very best to squeeze it into an upcoming issue of River Views.
Name that Fish Contest
At this time we do not know the name of either the PIP employee or the fish in the photo emailed to Gil Hawkins by Christine Fehre. However, we have positively identified the fish as a tarpon. Details of its journey into the Hudson River remain an unsolved mystery. However, detectives like Tom Lake are on the case.

If you have a photo of an unidentified, unusual or invasive fish species found anywhere in the Hudson River email them to Tom Lake (
Name That Tarpon Contest

Best entry wins $25.

Email your proposed name to:

Judges' decision (HRFA Board Members) is final.
On page 87 of their seminal book Fishes of the Gulf of Maine Bigelow & Schroeder, of the US Fish & Wildlife Service, gave the tarpons' general range as: "Tropical and subtropical coasts of America, from Brazil to Long Island . . . " At the time of the book's publication in 1953 there was only one record of a tarpon found in the Gulf of Maine. That specimen was 5 1/2 feet long and it reached there as ". . . an accidental straggler from the south."
"Bergen County Pete" shows off a nice IBSP flatty.
That's the "Fort Lee Flop" rushing in to photobomb the shot.
Pete Orenzo with a nice hybrid striper caught in the Oradell Reservoir. Pete says they fight "like a bluefish", or saltwater striper on steroids.
Joe Marchese and friend with a large halibut caught on a recent trip top Alaska.
Michele Musse, the better half of a fluke fishing duo, with a nice IBSP keeper.
Greetings from Lake Champlain
Scott Havner & Stephanie Hess trailered their boat up to Vermont to do a little fishing this past Labor Day weekend.
Scott with a 33" northern pike. Average size 18-30"
Steph with a nice smallie.
Scott with a nice smallie.
Greetings from Black Lake
Scott Havner and his son Austin traveled north to fish with Andy Ward in the "Dash for Cash" bass tournament. Lots of fun and fish caught just no qualifying bass the day of the tournament.
Scott fishing in the "Dash for Cash" tournament with what looks like a bass.
Zooming in on the fish in question we can confirm it is a bass. The only one the three of them caught in the tournament. Seriously? Yep.
Andy with a crappie instead of a bass
Andy with a perch instead of a bass
Austin with a nice bass (the day before the tournament)
Scott with a nice bass (the day before the tournament)
From Fish to Dish
Joe Albanese with sous chef Mona Mak
Labor Intensive Fluke Recipe
Now, who wants to make a recipe touted as being "labor intensive"? Anyone who likes to try a delicious twist - battered & fried onion rings instead of potatoes as the chips (although we had those too), lemon slices and fluke instead of cod (or the smooth dogfish they use in the UK) - on the traditional fish & chips, the British classic. The recipe comes from The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins. See scanned page 354 shared below.
Mona and I made this dish with a freshly caught 20" fluke (1.25" shy of Bergen County Pete's) and were pleased with the results. When finished I looked around and I swear I never saw so many dirty bowls, plates and kitchen implements used to make one dinner. I know I want to try this again though. The perfect compliment to the dish is a nice dark Guinness stout or Boddingtons Pub Ale, of course. Cheers mate! See photos below.
fries frying
battered onion rings & lemon slices frying
The light yet crispy coating was great!
Drink like a fish.
HRFA Calendar
Calendar | Hudson River Fishermen's Association

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

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

To get in on the fun, learn from experienced surf anglers and compete for valuable prizes contact Joe Albanese or Pete Musse
  • Oct. 2 "The 66th Annual Pennsauken Surf Fishing Club Tournament" North Wildwood, NJ Dan Ladik 122 Lenape Rd. Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 856-261-4521
  • Oct. 9 "The 36th Annual Women's Surf Fishing Club of NJ Tournament" Brigantine, NJ Reggi Vasta 13058 Townsend Rd. Phila., PA 19154 215-901-2474
  • Oct. 16 "4th Annual Merchantville Fishing Club Surf Fishing Tournament" Long Beach Island, NJ Gene Aikens 30 Merion Lane Maple Shade, NJ 08052 609-440-6994
  • Oct. 23 "The 52rd Annual Ocean City Fishing Club Surf Fishing Tournament" Ocean City, NJ Ed Parkinson PO Box 1215 Ocean City, NJ 08226 215-680-6652
  • Oct. 30 "The 3rd Annual American Angler Surf Fishing Tournament" Long Beach Island, NJ Carl Hartmann 31 Colonial Pky. Dumont, NJ 07628 201-481-4390
HRFA Youth Angler Program
Youth Angler Program
By Wayne Geider
Want to volunteer?
Just call Youth Angler Program Chair Wayne Geider at
(201) 384-8046.
H.R.F.A. Merchandise

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

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