Hudson River
Fishermen’s Association
November 9th
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.
$20 bills money
The pot is now at a cool $143.00.
You must be present to win!
Offshore Fishing
Guest Speaker: Capt. Scott Klaszewski
Summary: The good Captain will speak about offshore & deepsea fishing fishing. He knows his stuff and he is highly successful. Just ask any club member that's been out fishing with him and his First Mate "Joe"
Bio: Capt. Scott is a lifetime resident of Ocean County. He has been a charter boat Captain since 1999.

In the photo: Capt. Scott with a 305 Lb. Bigeye Tuna caught on his XTC Sportfishing charter boat out of the Belmar Marina.
All are invited to join the meeting 
& share their fishing stories.
Want to write an article for this newsletter?
If so, contact:
Happy Thanksgiving
Next General Meeting
7:30 PM November 9th
Capt. Scott Klaszewski
Executive Meeting
1st Tuesday of every month Ridgefield Park Elks at 7:30 pm
21 Cedar St, Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
HRFA Officers
Capt. Aram H. Setian
Vice President
Joseph Albanese
Frank Wisniewski
John Malool
Membership Secretary
Arnold Ulrich
Board Members
Chairman Youth Anglers
Wayne Geider 
Hooked on the Hudson
Pete Musse
Gil Hawkins
Miguel Sardinas
Fishing Contests
Aram Setian
Scott Havner
Outdoors Shows
Dave Mercer
Janice Soto
Dan Harrison
Director Emeritus
Tony Evangelista
Antony Carbone (2020)
Ivan Garcia (2021)
Marius Bahr (2022) 
Nominating Committee:
John Golon
Gil Hawkins
Aram Setian
Social Media Committee:
Alex Spindelman
Editor River Views:
Joseph Albanese
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The Hudson River Fishermen’s Association is a group of recreational fishermen who make active use of the N.Y. Bight and the surrounding water system and are concerned with the present and future state of these fisheries. Our objectives are to encourage the responsible use of aquatic resources and protection of habitat. We assist where possible in efforts to abate pollution and promote sportfishing and the management of that recreation. We are a IRS recognized nonprofit 501c3 organization . All donations are welcome and maybe tax deductable. 
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From our President
Greetings HRFA Members and Friends,

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

Our Annual Awards and fundraising dinner took place on Sunday, 17th October 2021. We enjoyed a great meal in
the company of our members that we have not met in a long time. Very appropriately we dined on the shores of the
scenic Hudson River at the upper level of the Cornetta’s restaurant.
Cornetta's dinning room faces the beautiful Tappan Zee Bridge on the Hudson.
Steve Liesman
Mr. Steve Liesman takes charge as our Emcee for the event. Thank you Steve!
I would like to thank all members that attended and the volunteers. Special thanks and congratulations to Dan Harrison, the chairman of the event and his family for another successful event. Our special guest and MC Steve Liesman, entertained members with his witty, personal, fishing experiences and emphasized the importance of sustaining a healthy Striped Bass population and how his Save a Million Bass project can help.

We were also entertained by Noah Sardinas with his latest memorable fishing experience. Congratulations to Noah for the winning the HRFA Photo Contest, that was chaired by Miguel Sardinas. Congratulations also to both Friends of the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association Awardees: 2020 Chris Letts and 2021 Paul Gallay. Next, Scott Havner, HRFA Fishing Contest co-chair announced the 2020 winners (prizes were sent out already).

The high point of the evening was the recognition of Joe Albanese’s contribution to the HRFA, by awarding him with the well-deserved Pete Barrett Award. Scott Havner, the 2020 awardee presented the award. Among Joe’s fishing activities, he is serving as the HRFA vice president, (my right hand) seeking, and engaging the monthly speakers and his relentless work on the HRFA, River Views, newsletter and reaching out to all HRFA subscribers. Congratulations Joe Albanese and keep up the good work.

From our last board meeting, I would like to bring to your attention a few items. 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 are 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, even though the scheduled speaker was unable to attend. Instead, we shared valuable fishing experiences.

The HRFA's month-long “Pan Fish” derby, organized by the newest EBoard Member, Alex Spindelman, using the mobile App “FishDonkey” is finished. Read the results below.

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

Hurricane IDA caused considerable damage on the lower Hudson riverfront. So, we are postponing the “Family” event that was to be held near the Hudson (PIP) combined with a “Care for the environment” activity.

We are still faced with challenges to our programming 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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New American Littoral Society Sticker Available
To memorialize Jeff and his contributions, one of his former interns (Sam Glover) created a sticker that can be purchased online. $2 from each sale will be donated to the Society in support of the Fish Tagging Program. Stickers can be purchased from the Scaled Up shop on Etsy. Click the link or image to purchase. 
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Upcoming Events
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:

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

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

Bluefish Prizes
1st Place – Mystery prize $75
2nd place – Mystery prize $50
3rd place – Mystery Prize $25
Past Events
The HRFA Panfish Tournament
October 2-30, 2021
Here are the final results as per the report submitted by the
Tournament organizer Alex Spindelman:

The 2021 month-long HRFA Panfish derby finished up Halloween weekend in the rain. We had fish submitted from PA, NJ and NY. 16 fishermen entered with Stephanie Hess taking first prize. She had an impressive 69.00 inch limit of crappie, biggest being 14.125. Scott Havner's limit of crappie took 2nd place at 66.625 and Charlie Spindelman took 3rd with a limit of yellow perch at 65.625. Andy Ward took the lunker sunfish division with a big bluegill measuring 10 inches. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the size and variety of fish submitted with 12 inch crappie and yellow perch being caught by nearly half the participants, a 12.75 white perch caught by Joe Albanese, and an 8.625 pumpkinseed caught by Alex Spindelman. Even saw photos of bicatch ranging from walleye to smallmouth and largemouth bass, even carp and catfish.

Cash prizes went to the big winners. 1st Place (Stephanie) $200, 2nd Place $75 + $25 gift card to Art's Tackle & Fly Shop (Scott), 3rd Place $50 (Charlie). Largest bluegill won a $50 gift card to shop online at the Brooklyn Fishing Club (Andy).

Great to see saw many people getting out and fishing the end of the Freshwater season. Time to break out those surf rods for the fall run now.
The Top Six Finalists in Each Category
(from the FishDonkey App)
Largest Sunfish
Largest stringer of 5 Crappie, Yellow and/or White Perch
In the next to the last week in October, Stephanie Hess took a commanding lead with an impressive stringer of crappies; a few of which are in the photos below.
Tournament organizer Alex Spindelman, who could not catch a decent largemouth when it counted, got one now.
Joe Albanese with a fat 12+ inch white perched jigged up from an undisclosed location.
Sorry Charlie. Not a panfish.
Chart House Fishing Trip
October 9th
From L to R: Michael Sardinas, Gabriel Garcia and his dad Ivan, President Aram Setian and Noah Sardinas, Tony Carbone and Ed DeLapp.
On October 9th, a group of HRFA members met up at the Chart House Pier to cast a line and see if they could catch a few stripers. October is an excellent month to target stripers along the lower Hudson, with bunker and sea worms the preferred bait to use, but on this outing, we had neither. The local tackle shop was all out of bait. Members had shrimp and clams as the following best baits.

Unfortunately, on this date, no HRFA members hooked into a fish. But that did not stop
members from having a good time; hearing fishing stories, sharing tactics and just being
outdoors casting baited hooks into the Hudson still counts as a great outing.

If you have never fished off the pier, the time is now to land that big bass you've been after all season; bring at minimum a nine-foot rod rigged with a fish finder rig, big bunker chunks, and a bridge net if you want to give the Chart House a try.

If you have any questions on fishing the CH pier, shoot me a message: or give me a call 201 232 5988

Good luck and Tight Lines
Annual Awards Dinner
October 17, 2021
"Friend of the Hudson River Fishermen's Association" Award Winners
Congratulations to Paul Gallay, winner of the Friend of the HRFA Award for 2021. He is flanked by pat President of the HRFA Gil Hawkins (L) who presented the Award and Capt. Aram H. Setian (R) the current President of the HRFA.
Congratulations also go to Chris Letts, winner of the Friend of the HRFA Award for 2020 who, because of the pandemic, never got a dinner. We are all delighted that he was able to join us this year so we could honor him in person. Past HRFA President Dan Harrison (L) presented the award. Our current President Capt. Aram H. Setian is on the right.
Past Winners of the "Friend of the Hudson River
Fishermen's Association" 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
Congratulations to Joseph Albanese winner of the Pete Barrett Award. Last year's recipient Scott Havner (L) presented the Award. That "other guy" is HRFA President Capt. Aram H. Setian.
Joe Albanese surrounded by his adoring fans. I mean past winners of the club's prestigious Pete Barrett Achievement Award. Joe couldn't be amongst a greater group of amiable, conservation-minded and charitable anglers.
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 Setian
2016 - John Golon
2017 - Butch & Pat Pawson
2018 - Skip Wisniewski
2019 - Pete Musse
2020 - Scott Havner
Annual Photo Contest Winner
Everyone who attended the Annual Dinner had an opportunity to check out all the great 5"x7" photographs entered into the contest and vote for their favorite. The winner was Noah Sardinas. That's the Emcee for the event, MSNBC's financial reporter Mr. Steve Liesman, on the left. To the right of Noah are his proud parents Lydia and Michael Sardinas and, of course, Capt. Setian. Congratulations Noah!
The Best Fishing Report Ever!
If we had an award for the Best Fishing Story Ever Told it would go to Noah Sardinas for the one he shared at the Awards Diner. (Plus he dressed sharp as a tack.) Just don't ask him where his striper was caught because ... "That's personal." Try as you might, a true striped bass angler like Noah will never, ever, give away his favorite haunts.
Annual HRFA Fishing Contest Winners for 2020
  • Striped Bass Released (boat) - Rick Englesby 50.5"
  • Striped Bass Kept (boat) - Aram Setian 12lbs.
  • Striped Bass Released (shore) - Joe Albanese & Carl Hartmann both 41"
  • Striped Bass Kept (shore) - Charlie Spindelman 20lbs. 8oz.
  • Bluefish - Alex Spindelman 4lbs. 5oz.
  • Fluke - Rick Englesby 9lbs.
  • Blackfish - Wayne Geider 6lbs. 4oz.
  • Flounder - Butch Pawson 1lb. 12oz.
  • Porgy - Al Miller 3lbs. 3oz.
  • Black Sea Bass - Wayne Geider 4lbs. 8oz.
  • Open Category - Halibut Joe Marchese 36lbs.
  • Catfish - Carl Hartmann 12lbs. 8oz.
  • Carp - Bill Greene 8lbs. 8oz.
  • Trout (local) - Scott Havner 3lbs. 14oz.
  • Trout (Great Lakes) - 0 entries
  • Largemouth Bass - Austin Havner 6lbs. 10oz.
  • Smallmouth Bass - 0 entries
  • Salmon - Todd Schmitt 21lbs. 13oz.
  • Open Category - Northern Pike Aram Setian 6lbs. 8oz.
Name that Tarpon Contest Winner
Jeanne Ross (who, BTW, worked years ago with Serg Radossi to start our annual "Hooked on the Hudson" event at the Palisades Interstate Park) was selected by the EBoard as the winner of the Name that Tarpon contest. The contest ran in the last few month's of River Views. Jeanne received a $25 check from the HRFA for her entry of "PIP" the tarpon. That's PIP in the photograph. It was discovered washed ashore by a crew cleaning up the PIP's Shore Trail near Huylers Landing. Gil Hawkins received the photo from Christina Fehre.
Details of PIP's journey into the Hudson River remain an unsolved mystery. However, detective Tom Lake is on the case. If you have any clues, or a photo of an unidentified, unusual or invasive fish species found anywhere in the Hudson River email them to Tom Lake (
More Photos from the Annual Dinner
Joe Albanese with invited guests: His sons (Joseph & Elliott) his sister Janice and her husband Joe, and his adorable constant companion Ms. Mona Mak.
From L. to R.: Past HRFA President Gil Hawkins, Carl Bruger, emcee Steve Liesman, HRFA President Capt. Aram H. Setian & Hackensack Riverkeeper William "Captain Bill" Sheehan.
Mr. & Mrs. Musse with HRFA President Capt. Aram H. Setian.
 Carl's Corner
Carl Bruger has been a writer for this newsletter educating and entertaining us who read River Views for a long time. Here is his latest gem.
A Super Salmon Season Ends Lake Ontario Homesteading for 2021
By Carl Bruger
My favorite fishing month of October has almost passed and as I write this missive to make the November River Views, the good Lord has placed me in what Al White and I long ago code named “heaven”. This refers
to a creek that sometimes runs through neighboring Sackets’s Harbor and as a tributary to Lake Ontario gets a fall run of kings, cohoes, browns and steelhead.

For the few HRFA members who have joined me here already, they know that a well placed Bruger nurple fly or simple egg sack can yield a monster salmon over forty inches and thirty pounds in weight! THE
AVERAGE FISH WILL RUN 15 TO 20 POUNDS IN WEIGHT! All it takes is heavy September/October rains to spur the spawning run that leads to legendary FAST
limit catches. Wayne Geider nailed three fish on three casts a few years back and I dragged home over 60 pounds of Chinooks for the smoker with three fly rod tosses under optimal sight fishing conditions! I had a five day streak of limits! One day I landed eleven kings then slept ten hours! My best king for the year was over forty inches and weighed 27 pounds, a kype jawed male that nailed a nurple fly in the foam of the short falls that are the “dead end” of upstream migration on Mill Creek.

As of this writing I exceeded last year’s haul of 34 kings captured with most released to spawn upstream or end up on another anglers hook. A quick visit by HRFA members Dan Davis and Wayne Geider
resulted in them going home with a cooler full of kings and my old high school track buddy Dan taking his limit on a fly rod on the last day. Other anglers and beginners
are my other priority as always with my rod donation count for 2021 currently at 110 and counting with the vast majority of poles going to local church fund raisers
to get rods in kids hands in the North Country. The most exciting folks I’ve given gear to have been the soldiers and nurses who I’ve met fishing the local streams this
year such as vet, and construction business owner Chazz from Pennsylvania, whose mom, it turned out, Mrs. Cornelius lives a few blocks away from us in Dumont! I
also had the honor of netting his first king.

Another vet, Nick’s wife, a nurse, got her first spinning rod ever from me to start salmon fishing. The couple live right in the homes built next to Mill creek where the salmon are running! Last year a local nurse
from the same buildings got her start with gear I donated and she landed the second king she hooked, a 23 pounder! First
responders up here are truly deserving of
angling time because Covid has ravaged the North Country, filling the few hospitals to capacity and making these folks put in many hours of risk filled overtime. Just
before I left Wayne and Dan Davis at the Bait house creek, I met a family of six with four young boys trying for late season kings. Their bass rods were no match so
the latest donation salmon rod and reel (#110) went to the whole crew to share and have success.

Folks fishing from boats have also reaped a
bountiful harvest of salmonids and my neighbor Fred Lamon took me up to the Perch River cave rocks to catch a couple of spawners. We had a blast as twenty pound kings rocketed under the boat trying to snap our rods but my trusty old Saber Stoker blank held true again and I released the “squirting uncle miltie” so he could
finish his “business”.

The October rains are actually too much as of Halloween with high water murky and tough to fish compared to the easy “sight fishing” earlier in the month. I will be using egg sacks to augment my nurple fly strategy in the hopes of also landing a steelhead or brown that are also in the mix of trophies feeding on the millions of salmon eggs floating in all the estuaries.

When the water is high like this there are five spots that often produce in rushing water. 1) Large boulders and shelf rocks that block flow have “rest areas” behind them for fish to stage and pause. 2) Huge mats of dead or dying weeds and grasses conceal fish especially during sunny midday periods. 3) Undercut banks or rock ledges often hold fish that are not visible but undoubtedly present. 4) The crack and clefts deep in the deepest pools have current sweep right over them and “shelter” the fish from the aggressive current. 5) Waterfalls and rapids
hide fish in the foam where they can aerate better and remain concealed simultaneously.

My new electric smoker that my dear wife, Pat bought me as an early birthday present has been pressed into doing yeoman service and already smoked salmon
orders at my local Methodist church and in our shoreline community have totaled well near $200. I will bring smoked king salmon samples to the November meeting
if you would like to donate to our Youth angler fund @ $12 per pound for king salmon hickory smoked. Try a
sample and get ”hooked”.
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.
Lawyers Line Up to Smash Atlantic Coast Wind Power Projects
The lack of answers to so many critical questions is a direct result of BOEM releasing a “Final Environmental Impact Statement” just nine days after accepting the developer’s permit request. BOEM has provided a target-rich arena for litigation.
Offshore Offside: Lawyers Line Up to Smash Atlantic...

Big-spending Joe Biden wants to squander untold $billions of taxpayer's hard-earned on wind power, including thousands of turbines to be planted across the pristine and productive fisheries situated off the New England and mid-Atlantic coasts....

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That's Entertainment!
A documentary from the Riverkeeper
From our Membership Chair
HRFA Members stuff
Four new HRFA members are Ryan Hunter from Chester , NY, Walter Lypowy from
  Nutley, NJ, Dan Marfino and Anthony Stellato, both from Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. Welcome aboard. Fight for the Hudson
$20 bills money
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 October 12, 2021 was $143.00 ($123.00 plus, the split 50/50 of $20.00)
From the bucket of HRFA paid members, a name was picked by HRFA member Noah Sardinas at the meeting.
 HRFA member Angel Cruz’s name was picked and announced to all present. Angel Cruz was not there, so the $143.00 HRFA free member's money goes back into the jar with the names of all HRFA paid members for the November in person meeting. Will you be there at the November 9, 2021 HRFA meeting to collect $143.00?

Arnie Ulrich Membership Chair
HRFA Membership Information

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.
What's that?
HRFA member Dirk VanEverdingen landed this 16" fish in the Hackensack River. We sent the photo off to Tom Lake. Tom ID'ed it as a Gizzard Shad. Tom said he once put a Gizzard Shad in his smoker only to find it unpalatable.

Have a fish captured in the Hudson River or one of its tributaries and you don't know what it is? Just ask Tom.
Northwest to Alaska / Southeast to Texas
Pete Musse and son Dalas traveled to Alaska to fish for grayling. They report that the water they waded in was COLD. Note in the photos that they are displaying the impressive dorsal fin that easily identifies the species.

Then off to Texas for some largemouth bass fishing. Not quite so successful there though.
Off you go little fishies. Swim away ... free.
More Fishing Photos
Dave Tunis with a 26" Hackensack R. striper caught during the October full moon. Dirk VanEverdingen in the background.
Andy Ward with a nice Greenwood Lake (?) walleye.
Scott Havner with a real nice N. Pike.
Member Jerry Crean with a nice 44" cow caught on Saturday October 23rd in Raritan Bay. Or, so he says.

Wink, Wink. Nudge, Nudge. Know what I mean?
On October 24th, a 200+ Lb. sturgeon was caught on the East End of the Cape Cod Canal, just past Pipes Rip. It was caught by one of HRFA member Sandy Federico's buddies. As one can easily imagine, this was a very unusual event. Sandy sent in the photo.
Barrier Island beach Brawl and American Angler tournament
Stephanie Hess nailed down Third Place finish in the Barrier Island Beach Brawl.
Joe Albanese gets an Honorable Mention in the American Angler tournament for this surprise 22" schoolie caught on a piece of bloodworm intended for a hungry kingfish (4 of which went home with hungry Joe).
The return of the Helium Balloon Fairy. Always a good omen.
From Fish to Dish
Pete Musse
Out to Lunch
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 Spring 2022 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 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
11.0 Lbs. Mona Mak
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
Heather Baez: 33 Lbs.
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.)