Hudson River
Fishermen’s Association
November 8th
Meeting starts at 7:30 PM

Ridgefield Park Elks Lodge
21 Cedar St
Ridgefield Park, NJ
Many HRFA Members know a thing or two about fishing the Hudson River in the vicinity of Croton, NY. Legend has it that some of our members would stay in a lodge in the park right on the waterfront. Perhaps that opportunity still exists. Come to our October General meeting to learn about Croton Point Park from the authors of the recently released book by the same name. Hope to see you there in person, or at least join us remotely via ZOOM.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Less than an hour by train from New York City, Croton Point Park encapsulates the history, beauty and promise of the Hudson Valley. The Westchester County Park encompasses miles of Hudson River shoreline with astonishing views and remnants of the region's past. Incredible shell mounds shed light on the Native peoples who inhabited the area generations prior to European colonization. The remains of the first commercial vineyards in the Northeast are just steps away from historic brickyards that helped build Manhattan. The Point served as a dumping ground for years until local efforts restored the park into a model of environmental conservation. Today, bald eagles have returned to nest alongside visitors exploring remarkable landmarks, sailing the waters of the Hudson or enjoying a scenic picnic.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Scott Craven is a former Ossining police captain whose master's thesis focused on an environmental history of the area. As the historian of the Town of Ossining and an avid fisherman, paddler and cyclist, he knows the Point better than most. Over the years, he has naturally connected with many people whose passion and expertise regarding different aspects of the Point have helped us weave its history into a compelling story.

Caroline Ranald Curvan is professional researcher and writer. She recently led the research team for a critically acclaimed American Masters/PBS documentary entitled Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page. A writer with popular local blog ( and an adjunct professor of research and composition, she is a deep and passionate student of history.

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  • The HRFA was arguably the first and most successful group to find polluters of the Hudson River and hold them accountable. We continue our mission to "Fight for the Hudson" to this very day.
  • The HRFA is a 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization. You need another charitable tax deduction don't you?
  • All of our members are volunteers. No member of the Elected Board of Directors earns an income for all their hard work. Every penny donated goes to support our programs.
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  • Let us continue to offer scholarships for worthy college-bound high schoolers.
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  • Help us realize our dream of having our own museum and meeting place in the Palisades Interstate Park. A beautiful historic place, one that can be shared with the public to enjoy as well.
  • Shall we continue?
Executive Meeting
1st Tuesday of every month Ridgefield Park Elks at 7:30 pm
21 Cedar St, Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
HRFA Officers
Aram Setian
Vice President
Joseph Albanese
Frank Wisniewski
John Malool
Membership Secretary
Arnold Ulrich
Board Members
Chairman Youth Anglers
Wayne Geider 
Hooked on the Hudson
Pete Musse
Gil Hawkins
Miguel Sardinas
Fishing Contests
Aram Setian
Scott Havner
Outdoors Shows
Dave Mercer
Janice Soto
Dan Harrison
Director Emeritus
Tony Evangelista
Antony Carbone (2020)
Ivan Garcia (2021)
Marius Bahr (2022) 
Nominating Committee:
John Golon
Gil Hawkins
Aram Setian
Social Media Committee:
Alex Spindelman
Editor River Views:
Joseph Albanese
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The Hudson River Fishermen’s Association is a group of recreational fishermen who make active use of the N.Y. Bight and the surrounding water system and are concerned with the present and future state of these fisheries. Our objectives are to encourage the responsible use of aquatic resources and protection of habitat. We assist where possible in efforts to abate pollution and promote sportfishing and the management of that recreation. We are a IRS recognized nonprofit 501c3 organization . All donations are welcome and maybe tax deductable. 
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From our President
Greetings HRFA Members and Friends,

I am proud to announce the JCAA chose our long-time member, Wayne Geider as their Sportsman of the Year. While Wayne is indeed an avid outdoorsman, this is primarily in recognition of his invaluable contributions to the education of young people, through his Chairmanship of our Youth Anglers Program. You can read more later in the newsletter

Our upcoming events and programs include the November 5th “Blues and Bass” surf casting derby chaired by Miguel Sardinas & the December 13th “HRFA Fishing Gear Green Market Bargains” Participants fee $25 per table.

At the HRFA board meetings, we are reviewing our plans and strategies. As always, we appreciate your suggestions for meeting topics and fishing events. From our past board meeting, I would like to bring to your attention a few items:
  • Dan Harrison proposed, and the Board approved, to assist the “Spectrum for Living” $2500 contribution. The long-term benefits will include support for outdoor activities, including fishing, for the residents and the local community.
  • The Board also agreed to extend the current Scholarship program to include “Career Advancement Award”
  • Please note that we will be announcing the nominees for the 2023 HRFA officers. We are also seeking nominations from our general membership.
  • We have been discussing the status of our volunteers. We are in an increased need for dedicated members to participate and take lead in our activities. Sadly, we have lost some of the most reliable, and others like me, are getting up in age. We appeal to our general membership to step-up and help. We need your help: looking for volunteers and a chair position for the upcoming events in 2023.
  • Reviewing our current financial status, we came to realization that the HRFA funding is in need. We appreciate the donations, and fund-raising efforts, but to help support the numerous commitments and programs we have to consider increasing the membership dues. Therefore, at the last General Membership meeting we presented the suggested annual dues of $35, $40 or $45, for consideration and feedback. We will be finalizing and deciding at the upcoming HRFA Board meeting. Please note that the HRFA dues have not changed for over 30 years.
V O L _ N T E E R
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The following are the scheduled shows for 2023. Our presence is very important, because they provide opportunity for the general public to become aware of our organization, our activities and solicit new members.
  • Garden State Outdoors Sports Show 11-14 January 2023
  • World Fishing & Outdoor Expo 2-5 March 2023
  • Saltwater Fishing Expo March 17-19, 2023

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

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

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

Capt. Aram Setian
HRFA 2022 President

Fight for the Hudson
In this month's issue of River Views
Please consider promoting your business in River Views. Click here to make a $120 donation and we will publish your larger size ad, with a link to your company website, for 12 full months of River Views

Your donation will support the mission of the HRFA to “Fight for the Hudson”, our Youth Angler Program, College Scholarship Fund, etc.
Upcoming Events
Be sure to also check out the H.R.F.A. Events Calendar below for this month's member birthday notices, holidays and events.
Entry Fee $25.00
Payment options: 
  • In person at the beach
  • Or, online with PayPal by clicking HERE 

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

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

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

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

  • The largest fish in length wins in each category – Striped Bass and Bluefish
  • A photograph of your catch is to be submitted by text to 201-232-5988
  • Please include your first and last name in the text
  • Time of entry will break any ties. 
  • Shore/wade fishing only. No boats
  • The boundaries are anywhere on Sandy Hook
Contact Michael Sardinas if you have any questions or need help with selecting the right gear for the derby: Email: Phone: +1 (201) 232-5988
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Fund for a Better Waterfront Annual Fundraiser
November 10, 2022 7:00-9:00 PM
FBW's Annual Fundraising Party Connect the Waterfront 2022

This year's Connect the Waterfront Annual Fundraising Party features an open bar, live music and hors d'oeuvres. It will be held on Thursday, November 10, from 7 - 9 PM at the Antique Loft, 33 Newark Street, Hoboken.

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Jersey Coast Anglers Association
Sportsperson of the Year Dinner
5 PM November 12, 2022
Wayne Geider named as the JCAA's 2022 Sportsperson of the Year
This year the JCAA Sportsperson of the Year dinner will be at the Captain's Inn in Forked River. Cocktail hour with hand passed Hors d'oeuvres will begin at 5 PM with sausage kabobs, teriyaki chicken sticks, mini- Maryland crab cakes, beef satay, three cheese artichoke hearts and bacon wrapped scallops. That will be followed by a sit-down dinner beginning with cheese tortellini w/vodka sauce and a salad. Then you will have your choice of 4 Entrees, prime rib, baked Norwegian salmon, herb roasted chicken, or a broiled seafood combo. All entrees will come with potatoes and vegetables. Finally, dessert will consist of Tartufo & mini pastries. Coffee, tea and soda are also included and there will be a cash bar.

As always, we will have gift and silent auctions along with a 50/50. We are requesting that our member clubs donate something for our raffle and/or our silent auction, or perhaps a bottle for our basket of cheer. To make a donation please contact Paul Haertel at (973) 943-8201. Tickets are $90 per person or $800 for a table of ten. Mickey Sherri will be handling the ticket sales as well as the seating arrangements this year. He can be reached at (732) 421-6668.

HRFA Members who want to attend should notify the
Board of Directors and arrangements will be made
to secure your place at the table at a discounted cost.
JCAA’s Sportsperson of the Year Award
Nomination Letter to the JCAA from the HRFA EBoard

The Hudson River Fishermen’s Association nominates Mr. Wayne Geider for the 2022 Jersey Coast Anglers Association’s Sportsperson of the Year Award to be presented at the Saturday November 12th dinner. 

Robert H. Boyle and others founded the HRFA in 1966, mainly to stop pollution of the river and conserve its natural resources, most notably the striped bass, for future generations to enjoy. While Wayne was not a founding member, he did join back in the early 90’s. From the very beginning he was, and continues to be, one of our club’s most omnipresent members and reliable volunteers. 

Giving more of his time and talents than most, he has been a proactive participating member of the HRFA’s Board of Directors for at least 20 years. He has led our Youth Angler Program for many years too. The Program is for everyone but is especially dedicated to helping underprivileged/underserved children and America’s veterans with disabilities. He rounds up his steady corps of volunteers, without cell phone or computer, for an average of 20-30 youth fishing events & clinics a year. He also stores and maintains all the fishing gear at his home and loads everything into his van to bring to each event. He completed NJ’s Hooked-on-Fishing-not-on-Drugs course to better guide children away from drugs, computer games, and to ‘develop positive life skills’ by introducing them to the great outdoors through fishing. He volunteers constantly in other club events too – Hooked on the Hudson, acting as a Judge in our Catfish Chaos Derby, etc. 

In 2006 Wayne received the HRFA’s most prestigious Pete Barrett Achievement Award which was given in appreciation of his efforts to protect & conserve the resources of the Hudson River and in recognition of his devoted and outstanding service to the entire membership. Wayne is not one to rest on his laurels either. Even though he is now in his 80’s his level of contributions has hardly slowed. Like the Energizer Bunny he just keeps going, and going and . . .

Wayne remains the consummate outdoorsman. Besides his love of fishing, he was also an avid hunter. He is a lifelong fisherman, enjoying all kinds of fishing. He fishes from shore and boat in fresh and saltwater. He is especially passionate about fishing on hard water in winter; for the uninitiated that’s ice. He fishes from party and charter boats but perhaps his greatest joy was that for many years he and his friends Al Miller and Marvin Oresky shared a boat and loved being out on the lower Hudson River fishing together for blackfish, seabass, fluke – you name it. He has fished or hunted in many places across the globe – China, Granada, Canada, Alaska, etc. When asked if he caught anything he sometimes must reply, “The fishing was great – the catching not so much.” A response which typifies his positive outlook. 

He is also very active in his church & gives thanks for all God’s blessings every Sunday. He loves his large backyard garden. He is practically a sustenance farmer raising all kinds of crops for the table.  He still heats his house with a wood burning furnace - splitting logs and chopping wood for the purpose himself.  Getting exercise and warmth from the physical activity and then again when the wood burns in winter. While his home has a phone AND electricity if anyone could live life off the grid in the middle of modern suburbia it is Wayne. 
"Reflections on the Hudson" Art & Photo Exhibit & Competition
Ongoing until November 12
Reflections on the Hudson

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

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General Monthly Meeting
December 13, 2022
The HRFA's First
Fishing Gear Green Market

A rewarding opportunity to dispose of your fishing equipment that you no longer use and give it an extended life while having a shot at great bargains.
Open to all, members bring your friends. Vendors are welcomed.

Reserve a table (or two) for displaying your equipment Fee:$25 per table.
Donations are always appreciated.

Set-up, come early—6:30 PM
Past Events
National Hunting & Fishing Day
September 24, 2022
HRFA Members Aram Setian, Arnie Ulrich, Scott Havner and Andrew Ward represented the club at the event held at Rockland Lake in Congers, NY. Scott even trailered his boat to the event. Scott & And
General Meeting
October 11, 2022
George Jackman with
HRFA President
Capt. Aram H. Setian
Guest Speaker
George Jackman
"It was this big I tell ya." George was enthusiastic and demonstrative in his presentation.
We were fortunate to get George Jackman, Sr Habitat Restoration Manager at Riverkeeper, to travel to give his presentation entitled "Full of Fish!". As an avid fisherman, biologist, passionate conservationist and historian George knows the past and current state of the Hudson River fishery better than most. His forecast for the future wasn't always a rosey one.

The impact of man's industrialization and exploitation of its natural resources and fishes has made a long-lasting impact that is difficult to recover. Fortunately, many organizations (HRFA & Riverkeeper are two) are helping to heal the Hudson and restore its role as what George calls "an engine of life". For example, George is deeply involved in the removal of dams that block the egress of species seeking to move upstream into the Hudson's many tributaries to spawn and propagate their species. With perhaps some rare exceptions, this is an effort the HRFA can wholeheartedly support.

We have already asked George to return in the spring of 2023 to speak about striped bass in the river.

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

Riverkeeper, Inc.
20 Secor Road
Ossining, New York 10562
In Memoriam
Francis Wisniewski Obituary

October 1, 2022 - October 28, 2022, Francis Wisniewski passed away on October 28, 2022 in North Bergen, New Jersey. Fune...

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Dear Members,

With great sorrow and sadness I am writing to inform you that our Treasurer, Frank "Skip" Wisniewski, passed away on 28th of October.

Our preyers are with the family. May his soul rest in peace.


Capt. Aram Setian
Lifetime Member
HRFA 2022 President
Mobile: 1+ (201) 755-3331


Wednesday, November 02 2022 
04:00 PM - 08:00 PM 

Vainieri Funeral Home
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North Bergen, NJ 07047
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In the News
AdmiralsWalk Press Release 2022-1012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 10, 2022 The Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy Inc. brought legal action today against the Admiral's Walk Condominium Association, Inc. in Bergen County Court to gain access to the waterfront for the general public ...

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NOAA Proposes 10-Knot Speed Restriction
to Save Right Whales

Right whales are in danger of becoming extinct with approximately 350 of them left. Many of them are killed by entanglement with fishing gear and especially being hit by ships.

To prevent the killing of these endangered whales, NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) has proposed a new regulation banning boats from 35 feet to 65 feet long from traveling more than 10 knots (or approximately 11 miles per hour) and stretch from the coastline out to almost 100 miles.

Many fishing organizations have spoken against this regulation since it would limit where these boats could fish in a day. Also, boats operate more fuel-efficient when they are planning at speeds about 15 knots or so. This regulation would be in effect about 7 months of a year to coincide with the migration patterns of Right Whales. Violators could receive fines of up to $50,000.

NOAA did not consult the fishing industry prior to proposing this regulation. The model used by NOAA assumes a 10-meter draft depth when most boats in the 35 to 65 feet have approximately a 2 to 3 foot draft depth making their collision with a Right Whale extremely unlikely!

If NOAA had consulted the fishing industry
before coming up with this flawed regulation, it would have developed regulations more compatible to save Right Whales. The fishing industry is asking NOAA to delay the implementation of this regulation until it is more practical for the boating industry.

Contributed by John Toth
North Atlantic Right Whale

The North Atlantic right whale is one of the world's most endangered large whale species; the latest preliminary estimate suggests there are fewer than 350 remaining. Two other species of right whales exist: the North Pacific right whale, which...

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What's a knot?
A knot is a measure of speed at sea, equal to one nautical mile per hour (approximately 1.15 statute miles per hour). Thus, a ship moving at 20 knots is traveling as fast as a land vehicle at about 23 mph (37 km/hr). The term knot derives from its former use as a length measure on ships’ log lines, which were used to measure the speed of a ship through the water. Such a line was marked off at intervals by knots tied in the rope. Each interval, or knot, was about 47 feet (14.3 metres) long. When the log was tossed overboard, it remained more or less stationary while its attached log line trailed out from the vessel as the latter moved forward. After 28 seconds had elapsed, the number of knots that had passed overboard was counted. The number of knots that ran out in 28 seconds was roughly the speed of the ship. SOURCE:
 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.
Salmon Season's Here & Fit for a King!
By Carl Bruger
The autumn run of Chinook and Coho salmon has begun in the tributaries of Lake Ontario. Thousands of Pacific salmon, bred mostly at the Altmar hatchery at the head of the Salmon River, will swim upstream to spawn on their redds and then die after a two to five year life cycle. Small males called “jacks” are the two year old fish while the vast majority of fish have a lifespan of four years.                                                                    

The more it rains the more it pours; fish that is! Cold fresh running water incites the spawning urge of the thousands of fish clustered around the mouth of each tributary to Lake Ontario. If September and / or October see significant rainfalls, anglers can rest assured that major runs of fish will charge upstream with every upwelling of water. The King salmon migration and spawn can last from late August all the way into November depending on weather and water conditions. Use your cell phone to get daily reports from the major rivers so you can plan trips wisely. If you intend to do battle with a king try to allow for fishing during the week rather than on weekends when every salmon fever victim with a job will salvo north in an explosion of desperate anglers hoping to connect with a trophy Chinook. Conversely small stream fly fishing on a Wednesday sometimes means you can have a pool to yourself and friends!

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

The situation as we enter October is varied as local streams have filled with rain run-off in some locations much more than others. Four inches of rain made North and South Sandy creeks fill up with salmon while further North where this scribe resides, has runs only in the large Black River Bay. Small tributaries will get stuffed with spawners as soon as another heavy rain hits any area. Due to my busted ribs from our car accident I have not yet tried to fish, but after this article is submitted my fly rod and spinning gear are going to get a workout! Call me at 973-704-4845 to get current reports if you want to fish the area in October. If you time it right some great fishing awaits you! CB
Sharing a Vast Selection of Boat Names
By Carl Bruger
Many of the members in the HRFA and additional readers of River Views are owners of all sorts of boats ranging from slick kayaks to cabin cruisers that could potentially serve as a second home.. Most all of these craft have probably been given names by their owners. This column will delve into the myriad monikers boaters bestow on their beloved craft. The source of names is a result of years of entries into my fishing logs where I noted the names of observed shipping in proximity to where I fished. People perusing this prose may get a Yuk or a chuckle over some choices or just maybe you will be inspired to select one of the names for a future unnamed vessel in your eventual boating days. Just remember the sage advice that a boat is a hole in the water that you will pour money into.                 

Let’s start with the most popular choice for a boat’s name; that of a wife, mother, sister, or girlfriend that inspired the selection. Ships as female is an old tradition that covers the gamut of every feminine possibility. Notables seen on Lake Ontario this year include from A to Z; ALICIA to ZELDA. My ironic pick was, THE OTHER WOMAN, which in a way is a compliment to the female spouse or relative since it’s saying the only completion she faces is a water craft.       

Another category of highly applicable names come from mythology/astrology such as NEPTUNE, ZEUS, ODIN, ORION, NORTH STAR, BIG DIPPER, SIRIUS, SIREN SONG, etc. They all make for a cool nameplate that often has worldwide duplication.               Birds get into the picture with findings such as FISH EAGLE, FISH HAWK, DUCK HUNTER, OSPREY, FLYING GOOSE and my favorite, LOOSE LOON, gracing the side or stern of observed craft,                

Other animals get into the act creating quite the menagerie of boat identifications. Obvious winners include SEA TIGER, OTTER, MOBY DICK, SEA LION, SEA DOG, and my best in class; FAT CAT. My bet is some Russian Oligarch is the possible owner and hopefully it was seized by the proper authorities.                                

People’s names pop up too as Captain HOOK, AHAB, NEMO, and BILL’s BOAT all get equal if not famed billing on the back. Famous ships get repeated too with TITANIC II, POSEIDEN II, and LUSITANIA II all getting dubious credits.                                                       

My own list of boat names has never wavered from a common theme. Every watercraft that I owned was named after one of my loyal canine companions over a seventy year period! My first rowboat, a Ted Williams fiberglass special from Sears, was purchased as a teen with my lawn mowing and snow shoveling savings. My beloved mutt named PEPPER fished in it with me for over a decade back in 1960-1970. When my wife Pat and I were married she had a poodle named PEPPI and that pup lent her name to our first canoe and all those similar subsequent craft. DIAMOND, a huge adored black lab, became the listing on all our pontoon boats over the years. My tiny duck boat sports the name of BERNIE another beloved lab mix who was with us for 16 years. SCOUT, a stray we found freezing at a Girl Scout camp, SHADOW, a squirrel catching Jack Russell. And PATCHES, an affectionate pointer lab mix, labeled our three kayaks that our Grandchildren and others enjoy using. My late son Pete’s pit bull ODIN aptly lists the side of my salmon seeking 12 foot aluminum rowboat where he often tried to eat the catch as soon as it flew into the boat!                                                  

Eclectic selections are fun to document. SEAS THE DAY & CARPE DIEM play on flip sides of a concept. VITAMIN SEA and SHIP HAPPENS provided joyous observation. GREAT ESCAPE is self explanatory while PUG BOAT would definitely endear the tugs’ name to my friend and past HRFA president, John Golon.  KID’S INHERITANCE and REEL-LY RETIRED appealed to this old scribe while MASTER BAITER seemed a bit risqué but who’s to censure.                     

Fish related naming are common choices with SALMON MAGNET, MUSKY MANIA, PIKE PICKER, PERCH, TROUTER and STEELHEAD STAR proving to be Great Lakes picks. Head for the Ocean and you will find ALBACORE ANNIE, TUNA TAKER. WEAKFISH WEEKEND, plus my ultimate favorite owned by actor Brian Cranston, [BR]EAKING [BA]SS. That’s labeling just the way a chemist would want it!  CB. 
From the Internet
Perfect Patterns

A stiff easterly mashes sets of frothy green waves into the sand of Island Beach State Park in New Jersey. To our right, beach grasses dance in the breeze atop 30-foot dunes that the wind has scrubbed for a millennium.

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Calls for Action
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Endorses
Bob Healey for Congress From District 3
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The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Board of Trustees voted unanimously to support Bob Healey for the 3rd District seat in the United States House of Representatives.
We found that Bob has an excellent grasp of the issues that are paramount to New Jersey’s sportsmen and women.  He would carry our needs to Washington and be our voice at the Federal level.
We strongly encourage you to get out and vote on November 8, 2022 so that our collective voice can be heard.  If we don’t vote we only have ourselves to blame for the landslide of bad legislation effecting hunting, fishing, trapping and gun ownership coming out of Washington. 
Vote on November 8, 2022 and encourage your like-minded friends and neighbors to do the same.  This election, like so many others is a nail biter where every vote will count.
Edward Markowski, President
If You See Something Say Something
NJ Operation Game Thief
Best Practices for Striped Bass Catch & Release
That's Entertainment!
From our Membership Chair
No New Green Deal: Nothing Environmentally Friendly...

Cultists couldn't care less about the environmental destruction that both wind and solar leave in their wake, merrily ignoring the thousands of wind turbine blades and millions solar panels already being dumped in landfills. Apparently, their...

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

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

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

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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.
Is NYC even safe for striped bass anymore?
If it looks photoshopped it probably is. Right?
Daytime is the right time for stripers in the Hackensack River.
Nighttime is the right time for stripers in the Hackensack River.
My goodness it's just a baby Tim.
Toss it back to its momma. We know you did.
Lots of stripers in the Hudson River this past week too.
Another nice Hudson River striped bass caught aboard the good ship Havner.
From Fish to Dish
Pete Musse
Tuna salad? Nope. Bluefish salad.
What's an angler to do when all he manages to catch are a few very small bluefish (we're talking 11"-12" here) while others are reportedly reeling in monster striped bass during Nick Honachefsky's 2022 Beach Barrier Brawl? Keep a couple.

Bleed them, ice them down right away, gut and scale them, fry them up in a pan and eat them that same day.

Leftover's? Debone them and add pieces to chopped onions, scallions & fennel bulb. Toss it all together with mayo and seasoning to taste. I must say, not at all fishy and not a bad substitute for canned tuna.

Makes a nice sandwich.
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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NJ Palisades Interstate Park
Calendar of Events

The HRFA Surf Fishing Team is now forming to compete in the 2022 Spring ASAC tournaments.

To get in on the fun, learn from experienced surf anglers and compete for valuable prizes contact Joe Albanese or Pete Musse
HRFA Youth Angler Program
Youth Angler Program
By Wayne Geider
Want to volunteer?
Just call our Youth Angler Program Chair Wayne Geider at
(201) 384-8046.
H.R.F.A. Merchandise

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

Other apparel with our logo are also available. Like this handsomely designed and practical UPF shirt. Wear it proudly when fishing and save a little on the sunscreen too. For members only. Ask Ivan Garcia for one. 
Front & Sleeve
The Pride of the HRFA
Project to Save our Historical Heritage
Due to the restrictions imposed on our lives by the COVID 19 pandemic our plans are on hold. We hope and pray that one day volunteers may start working to refurbish Riverkeeper to her former days of glory when she was the world's first and only riverkeeper vessel. To offer your time and talents contact Dan Harrison at
2022 Fishing Contest Leader Boards
as of June 27th
(only listing 1st, 2nd & 3rd place)
The HRFA hosts an annual fishing contest which runs from January through December and is open to all HRFA members. You have 30 days from the day you catch a fish to send in your entries. So, the deadline for submissions is January. As a member of the HRFA you and your immediate family are eligible to enter fish in any of our categories. Various divisions are available for prizes presented at our Annual Awards Dinner in March of the following year. Website updated daily. River Views newsletter updates below are done around the first the month. * indicates a new club record.

To be posted on Instagram, photos of your catch should be emailed or texted to Alex Spindelman: (845) 548-0003,
The 2022 HRFA Fishing Contest
Saltwater Species
Striped Bass Released
Caught From Boat
(leaders determined by length)
Jerry Crean 52”
Rick Englesbe 41"
Joe Albanese 41"
Striped Bass Kept
Caught From Boat
(leaders determined by weight)
Roger J Muller 21 Lbs. 8 oz.

Striped Bass Released
Caught From Shoreline
(leaders determined by length)
Tim Burden 44"
Scott Havner 42.25"
Carl Hartmann 36"
Striped Bass Kept
Caught From Shoreline
(leaders determined by weight)
No Entries
Carl Hartmann 3.2 Lbs.
Bill Fish 2 Lbs. 6 oz.
Roger J Muller 7 Lbs. 2 oz.
Joe Albanese 3 Lbs. 8 oz.
No Entries
Black Sea Bass
Alex Spindelman 1 Lbs. 6 oz.
Scup (Porgy)
Dan Harrison 1.0 Lbs
Open Category 
Salt Water
No Entries

Freshwater Species
Carl Bruger 22lbs.
John Francesconi 10 lbs.
Carl Bruger 24lbs. 8oz.
Trout  - Local
No Entries
Trout - Great Lakes
Stephanie Hess 13lbs 8oz.
Smallmouth Bass
Carl Bruger 5lbs 8oz.
Largemouth Bass
Aram Setian 6 Lbs. 3 oz.
33 Lbs. Heather Baez
Noah Sardinas Striped Bass 33” Released
Open Category 
Fresh Water
Mona Mak - Sheepshead 14lbs. 8oz.
Hudson River Boat and Yacht Club Association

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

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