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HRFA Annual Fishing Contest 2020



The HRFA NJ hosts an annual fishing contest which runs from January through December and is open to all HRFA NJ members. 

Various divisions are available for prizes.  

You have 30 days from the day you catch a fish to send in your entries.

As a member of the HRFA you and your immediate family are eligible to enter fish in any of our categories.



2013-2020   Contest Chairmen:  Aram Setian  Scott Havner

Send us your entry!  HRFA members only! Just click on the link below.

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Enter Your Fish Catch!


2019 / 2020 On Line Entry Form!*  

New Rules!  New Fish Categories!


Printable Entry Form Click Here!*







2020 Leader Board Click Here!*


2019 Winners! Click Here!

Past Years Winners


Past Fishing Contest Winners 2002 through 2018


Annual Fishing Contest Past Years Results!

CLUB RECORDS Contest Rules 2018 Fisherman of the Year
  IGFA Rules Printable Version Photos!  


2020 Leader Board

Salt Water Species

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Striped Bass Released

Caught From Boat

(Catch & Release) in Inches

Rick Englesbe 50.5"

Wai Lui  42"

Alex Spindelman  40"


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Striped Bass Kept

Caught From Boat

( Kept )   in LBS



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Striped Bass Released

Caught From Shoreline

(Catch & Release) in Inches


Carl Hartmann  41"

John Francesconi  29"

John Francesconi  27 inches

John Francesconi    26"

John Francesconi   25"

Butch Pawson 25

John Francesconi   24"

John Francesconi  23"

Carl Hartmann 23"

John Francesconi  22"

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Striped Bass Kept

Caught From Shoreline

( Kept )   in Pounds


Howard Pawson 10 Lbs 14 oz.










Alex Spindelman 4 Lbs. 5 oz.

Carl Hartmann 2 Lbs 8 lbs.




Fluke Rick Englesbe 9 Lbs.

Alex Spindelman 4 Lbs 7 oz.

Tim Burden 3 Lbs. 14 oz.

Carl Hartman 3 Lbs

Alex Spindelman  2 lbs 2 oz




Carl Hartmann  4 Lbs 13 oz

Dan Harrison  2.8 lbs

Alex Spindelman 2 Lbs. 4 oz.



Butch Pawson 1 Lbs 7 oz.

Scup (Porgy)


Black Sea Bass



Open Category Salt Water

Black Tip Shark  Carl Hartman   8 Lbs

Halibut Joe Marchese 36 Lbs

Halibut Capt. Aram Setian 32 Lbs. 9 oz.



Fresh Water Species


Catfish  Carl Hartmann  12 Lbs 8 oz.


Alex Spindelman 6 Lbs. 6 oz.

Butch Pawson 4 Lbs. 1 oz.

Butch Pawson 3 Lbs



Bill Greene 8Lbs. 8oz.




Trout   Local

Scott Havner  3 Lbs. 14 oz.


Trout  Great Lakes


Smallmouth Bass


Largemouth Bass

Austin Havner 6 Lbs. 10 oz.

Alex Spindelman 2 Llb. 1 oz



Todd Schmitt  21.8  Lbs


Open Category Fresh Water


Northern Pike Capt. Aram Setian 6 Lbs. 8 oz.


2020 HRFA Youth Anglers









2019 Winners!

Salt Water Species

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Striped Bass Released

Caught From Boat

(Catch & Release) in Inches


John Francesconi 22"


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Striped Bass Kept

Caught From Boat

( Kept )   in LBS


Mike Santiago 47 Lbs 8 oz.  New Club Record!

Ivan Garcia 39 Lbs 8 oz.

Butch Pawson. 22 Lbs


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Striped Bass Released

Caught From Shoreline

(Catch & Release) in Inches


Sandy Federico 48"

Carl Hartmann 38"

John Francesconi 24

John Francesconi. 34

John Francesconi 23"
John Francesconi 30" Butch Pawson. 23
John Francesconi 29" Butch Pawson 22
John Francesconi. 28 Butch Pawson 21
John Francesconi 27" Butch Pawson. 20
John Francesconi. 26 John Francesconi 20
John Francesconi. 25 Butch Pawson 19
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Striped Bass Kept

Caught From Shoreline

( Kept )   in Pounds


Carl Hartmann  18 Lbs

Butch Pawson 15 Lbs. 14.4 oz.

Butch Pawson 10 Lbs

John Francesconi 6 Lb





Butch Pawson 9 Lbs. 12 oz.

Carl Hartmann 7 Lbs





Chester Fabyanski 13 Lbs. 3 oz.

New Club Record!

Anthony Chinni  12 Lbs 3 oz.

John Francesconi  7 lbs  12oz

Butch Pawson. 4 Lbs. 15 oz. 

Ed Christensen 4 Lbs 2 oz.


Carl Hartmann 4 Lbs 13 oz.






Butch Pawson 2 Lbs 0.3 oz

Flounder Butch Pawson 1 Lb. 3 oz
Flounder Butch Pawson 8 oz.

Scup (Porgy)

John Francesoni 2 Lbs. 3 oz


Black Sea Bass

Steve Santiago 5 Lbs 3 oz.



Open Category Salt Water




Fresh Water Species


Carl Bruger 19 Lbs. 8 oz.

Scott Havner. 8 lbs 11 oz

Bill Greene. 7 Lbs

John Francesconi 5 Lbs

Bill Greene. 4 Lbs. 11 oz

Bill Greene. 4 Lbs 5 oz






Bill Greene. 13 Lbs 1 oz

Bill Greene 12 Lbs. 7 oz

Bill Greene. 12 Lbs 1 oz

Bill Greene. 11 Lbs. 7 oz.

Bill Greene  10 lbs 13 oz

Bill Greene. 10 Lbs. 8 oz

Bill Greene 9 Lbs. 2 oz.

Bill Greene. 9 Lbs 1 oz

Bill Greene 8 Lbs. 12 oz.


Trout   Local

Scott Havner 2 Lbs 6 oz

Marvin Oresky. 1 Lbs 14 oz



Trout  Great Lakes

Aram Setian14 lb 8 oz Steelhead

Released!  -  Niagara River 35"

Mona Mak. 14 Lbs.


Smallmouth Bass

Linda Havner. 6 Lbs 5 oz.

Scott Havner 3 Lbs. 4 oz.




Largemouth Bass

Andrew Ward 6 Lbs. 2 oz

Andrew Ward 5 Lbs 7 oz

Scott Havner 4 lbs 4oz




Open Category Fresh Water

John Francesconi    Sturgeon 10 lbs 33"

Andrew J. Ward    4 Lbs 12 oz.  Walleye


2019 HRFA Youth Anglers

Striped Bass Released from Shore  -  Noah Sardinas 24





On-Line Fishing Contest Entry Form - Click here!*

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Fisherman of the Year



Fisherman of the Year 2018

Joe Marchese




Fisherman of the Year 2001

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Charles Stamm

Fisherman of the Year 2002

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Darren Cardinal

Fisherman of the Year 2003

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Carl Hartmann


Fisherman of the Year 2004

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Rosario Mannino


Fisherman of the Year 2005

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The Richard Berlingeri Family!

Fisherman of the Year 2006


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Steve Byrne

Fisherman of the Year 2007

Steven Furch

Fisherman of the Year 2008


Ed Noak

Fisherman of the Year 2009

Butch Pawson

Fisherman of the Year 2010

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Mike Santiago

Fisherman of the Year 2011

Al White

Fisherman of the Year 2012

Wayne Geider

Fisherman of the Year 2013

Rick Englesbe

Fisherman of the Year 2014

Anthony Carbone

Fisherman of the Year 2015

Miguel Sardinas

Fisherman of the Year 2018

Joe Marchese




Bait Bucket Award




For further information or any question regarding the HRFA NJ annual fishing contest click on the link below:

Fishing Contest Questions


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H.R.F.A.  All Time Fishing Contest Records


20 Lbs 11 oz Samuel Beauchamp 3-11-07   

15 lbs Keith Small  1991

Bluefish     1995

20 lbs  3oz.    Roy Pearsall

Flounder      1993

4 lbs     Tom Paciorkowski

Fluke     2019

Chested Fabyanski  13 Lbs. 3 oz.  2019

Paul Gamba  11 lb 10 oz   2010

10 lb 15 oz   Mike Cargill 2005 

10 lbs. 13 oz    Chester Fabyanski   2011

1999 10 lbs 6oz     Tom Paciorkowski

Weakfish    2006  

16 lbs 10oz Steve Byrne

13 lbs 9oz     George Graf      1986

Largemouth Bass 2006  

10 lbs 1 Joe Nardello

Smallmouth Bass 2008

Robert Fanslau  7 lb 0 oz

Darren Cardinal  6 lbs 2oz 2007

Carp 5-2011

38 lb 8 oz  John Francesconi    Photo 2   5-2011

29 lbs Norm Andreasen  1999

Trout  2009

Lake Trout Carl Bruger 32 lb 11 oz.

23 lbs 7oz   (Steelhead)   Rudy Padro   1995

Catfish   2008  

26.2 lbs Carl Bruger



Striped Bass (Released)  2005

53 1/2 inches   Darren Cardinal

June 8th off Long Branch. It was 53 1/2 in long and 35 1/2 in girth


Rick Englesbe  50.5"  May 2020

Striped Bass (Kept)  2019

Mike Santiago 47 Lbs 8 oz. 7/17/2019

Mike Banahan 47 lb 6 oz 7/2008

Mike Santiago 47 Lbs 2 Oz 8/20/2013

Darren Cardinal 45 lb 12 oz.  7/2008

44 lb 11oz  Mike Banahan   7/14/2005

43 lb 3 oz  Ken Jennings        11/2004

Black Sea Bass     2013

Ilin Martinez   5.9 Lbs  2/26/2013

Steven Verbovsky  4 lb 2 oz  2008

Salmon     6/2004

50 lbs  4 oz   Darren Cardinal

Scup (Porgy)  8-2009

Margaret Tozzo Porgy 3 lb 4 oz

Andy Liso Porgy  3 lb 0 oz


Click on the links for photos of record fish when available!

NJ State record Tile Fish...Rick Englesbe Sept 2, 2013


Contest  Rules for the year



Awards will be given for the following categories of fish

Bluefish Weakfish Flounder Fluke
Blackfish Catfish Carp Largemouth Bass
Striped Bass Salmon Trout   Local Trout  Great Lakes
Scup ( Porgy ) Black Sea Bass Smallmouth Bass
Striped Bass

(Catch & Release & Kept from Boat)

( Catch & Release & Kept from Shoreline)



2019/2020 Rules

HRFA Annual Fishing Contest Rules
(revision January 2018)

This is a free contest runs from January 1st to December 31st and is open to all paid members and their family.

1. Family members are spouse and all children 17 years old and under living at that members home and grandchildren 12 years old and under. Rules are simple.

NOTE: To make the contest fair, a new consideration has been introduced: differentiating fish caught from boat and from shore.

2. Catch any fish from the contest list, fill in all information on the entry form and submit it within 30 days of capture. The forms can be mailed in to the contest chairman or handed in at the monthly meetings. An on-line entry form is also available. There will be 17 winners, the heaviest in each category. Only one catch entry qualifies per category. 

3. There will also be a division for the longest in the catch and release Striped Bass division. The winners of this division will be the longest striped bass caught and then returned to the water ALIVE. A tape measure MUST be used to measure the fish from the tip of the head to the tip of the longest part of the tail. No striper that is kept will qualify for this award.

4. There will be two categories for the Trout division. One for "Local Caught Trout" and one for the "Great Lakes area Trout."

5. All fish must be caught on rod and reel and all state and federal fishing laws must be obeyed. All fish must be weighed with a scale and measured with a tape measurer. Measure length from tip of head to tip of tail. Girth measured from the fattest part of the body, around the width of the fish.  Either the name of a witness or photo of the fish caught must be provided.

6. Winners with the heaviest fish in each of the weight category will receive a $50 or a $25 gift certificate to a local tackle shop and a framed award certificate.

7. Winners of the Striped Bass category will receive for:

Longest, Released a $75 gift certificate, one each caught from shore and one from boat

Heaviest, Kept a $50 gift certificate, one each caught from shore and one from boat

8. Heaviest Fish, any Saltwater fish a $50 gift certificate (no duplicate entries)

9. Heaviest Fish, any Freshwater fish a $50 gift certificate (no duplicate entries)

10. All winners will also receive a framed award certificate.

11. In case of a tie, the earliest dated entry wins.

12. Any fish caught on or before December 31st will have until January 31st of the new year to be entered.

13. The decision of the judges is final.

14.  You can't change rule number 13

Young Fisherman Award

An award will be given to any HRFA family member 17 years old and younger and any grandchild 12 years old and younger, who enters a good sized fish in ANY of the categories listed. Same rules apply for the youth division. This fish does not have to be the heaviest or the longest, but must be hooked and landed by the youngster. Anyone who enters for this award must put his or her age next to their name on the entry form. Grandchildren should also include their grandparent members name.

Bait Bucket Prize

A special prize will be given at the annual awards dinner to any one person who submitted a fish on an entry form.  All contest entries will be placed in a bait bucket and ONE will be drawn as the winner.  Past prizes were either a rod, rod and a reel combo or an equivalent $100 gift certificate.. Anyone can win this one!

Fisherman of the Year

An award will be given to the person who demonstrates an outstanding ability to catch fish, no matter what the contest species. Winner will be judged by the entries submitted throughout the year.  You do not have to catch big fish to qualify.   Size weight, species, amount and sportsmanship will all be considered for this award. Member nominations are appreciated.

All prizes and awards will be presented at our annual club awards dinner which is held in the spring of each year.  It is recommended that the award recipients attend to receive the award and recognition.  The date of the dinner will be announced to all club members at our monthly meetings and in the monthly newsletter, the River Views prior to the dinner.  It's a gala event not to be missed.

Official contest entry forms can be obtained at any meeting of the HRFA.

Official fishing contest entry forms can be sent by mail.  Click on the following link and give us your name and address and we will mail you some forms.  Forms by Mail   or...

Printable entry form - Click Here!       Either the name of a witness or photo of the fish caught must be provided.

Online entries can be sent in by clicking on the following link. On-Line Entry Form

Official entry forms can also be handed in at the meetings to the contest chairman

 HRFA Fishing Contest Chairman   Aram Setian




Big or Small...Enter Them All !


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Past Years Winners!