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Youth Angler Program

Program Chairman: HRFA Officer:

Wayne Geider              Contact Us!

HRFA Youth Angler Program Mission Statement

 

All young anglers are given personal instructions on all aspects of fishing along with tagging and releasing the fish for scientific study. 

This builds an appreciation of the water and all the things living in it that will stay with them for a lifetime.

 

 

Hudson River Fishermenís Association Youth Group Program

 

The Hudson River Fishermenís Association has been running a youth fishing program for many years.   We call it our HRFA Youth Angler Program (YA).   We always supply bait and tackle on our trips. 

In 2000 HRFA became involved with Hudson County Schools taking children on fishing trips out of Great Kills Harbor, Staten Island, NY on the 100 foot, 85 passenger party boat Atlantis Princess.  We would take 3 trips a year. Eight to 10 members helped with bait, rod, & reel use and as always a kind word for those that needed help.  We paid for the trips from 2000 to 2012. 

Due to finances we could no longer pay for these trips.   To continue these trips the children held fundraisers.   Atlantis Princess sunk in Super Storm Sandy.  We now use Captain Johnís boat, Captain John out of Keyport, NJ for our fishing trips.  The boat is well kept and friendly Captain John is perfect for children.  This year we had 3 trips taking 150 children from Hudson & Bergen counties. 

In Sept. & Oct. we will take Hudson County children to South Beach Pier, Staten Island.  HRFA also takes children from Rockland County School Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) fishing at Piermont Pier, Piermont NY.  

From 2011 we have gotten very much involved with Bergen County Technical Schools Special Services.  We have 5 or 6 trips a year with this group.  All these trips are on the Hudson River at Englewood Boat Basin, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.  We will have as many as ten members helping out on these trips. 

At Christmas time we have a party for memberís children and grand children at the Elks Lodge in Ridgefield Park, NJ, where we meet.  Every child gets a fishing related gift from Santa.  There is plenty to eat prepared by Tony DiModugno. 

Wayne Geider
Youth Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each year the HRFA gives away thousands of dollars to deserving high school seniors to help with their continued education. Click on the link above for details.

 

 

ALL YOUTH trips are ALCOHOL FREE.  No Alcohol permitted on ANY Youth Angler Trip. 

Any person bringing beer, or any other type of alcohol will be asked to remove themselves from the boat.

Trips are being added all the time! 

Check back for an updated schedule!

 

Coastal Weather Forecast - New York Harbor        HRFA Hooked on the Hudson Festival        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010 Youth Angler Fishing Trips

 

May 1st - Hooked on the Hudson, Fort Lee, NJ.  Contact Sergio Radossi at sradossi@usa.net

May 5th – Kids fishing trip for Jersey City kids. Keansburg Pier, NJ Contact Wayne Gieder 201-384-8046

May 19th – Kids fishing trip for Jersey City kids. Keansburg Pier, NJ Contact Wayne Gieder 201-384-8046

May 5th – Kids fishing trip for Jersey City kids on the Atlantis Princess, NJ Contact Wayne Gieder 201-384-8046

 

 

 

 

2009 Youth Fishing Trips Schedule!

Saturday, April 25th, 2009. Hooked on the Hudson Festival.  Contact Serge Radossi at 201-245-5236 or e-mail at sradossi@verizon.net.   Multiple vendors and kids fishing contest.

Monday, May 18th, 2009. Youth fishing trip, Explore 2000 middle school on the Atlantis Princess. Contact Darren Cardinal, 908-581-6677. Adult volunteers are needed for this trip 11am-3pm.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009. Youth fishing trip, Explore 2000 middle school on the Atlantis Princess. Contact Darren Cardinal, 908-581-6677. Adult volunteers are needed for this trip 11am-3pm.


Tuesday, May 26th, 2009. Youth fishing trip, Explore 2000 middle school on the Atlantis Princess. Contact Darren Cardinal, 908-581-6677. Adult volunteers are needed for this trip 11am-3pm.

Sunday, July 12th, 2009. HRFA kids fishing trip on the Atlantis Princess, 1-5 pm.  Contact Wayne Gieder   201-384-8046. Adult volunteers are needed for this trip

Sunday, August 2nd,  2009. HRFA kids fishing trip on the Atlantis Princess, 1-5 pm. Contact Wayne Gieder   201-384-8046. Adult volunteers are needed for this trip

 

 

 

 

 

2008 Trips!

May 27, 2008

Kittanny High School

Atlantis Princess 11am - 3pm

Contact Glenn Blank for information. 201-341-8351.

Report on this trip Click Here!

 

May 28, 2008

Explore 200 Middle School

Atlantis Princess 11am - 3pm

Contact Glenn Blank for information. 201-341-8351.

Volunteers needed. 11am -3 pm.

Report on this trip Click Here

 

May 29, 2008

Anne L. Klein Middle School

Atlantis Princess 11am - 3pm

Contact Glenn Blank for information. 201-341-8351.

Volunteers needed. 11am -3 pm.

Report on this trip Click Here

 

May 31, 2008

HRFA Kids Fishing Trip

postponed!

Atlantis Princess 1pm - 5pm

Contact Glenn Blank for information. 201-341-8351.

Volunteers needed. 11am -3 pm.

The HRFA Youth angler Kids & Grandkids trip scheduled for May 31st has been
rescheduled for June 7th 2008 from 1 - 5 PM.
The weather will not be good so the trip has been
postponed.

If you have any questions please call Glenn Blank at 201-341-8351


June 3, 2008

Ridgefield Memorial High School

Atlantis Princess 11am - 3pm

Contact Glenn Blank for information. 201-341-8351.

Volunteers needed. 11am -3 pm.

Report on this trip Click Here

June 4, 2008

Hudson County School of Technology

Atlantis Princess 11am - 3pm

Contact Glenn Blank for information. 201-341-8351.

Volunteers needed. 11am -3 pm.

 

June 7th 2008

HRFA Kids Fishing Trip

Atlantis Princess 1pm - 5pm

Contact Glenn Blank for information. 201-341-8351.

Volunteers needed. 11am -3 pm.

This HRFA Youth angler Kids & Grandkids trip was   re-scheduled from May 31st has been
rescheduled for today! from 1 - 5 PM.

If you have any questions please call Glenn Blank at 201-341-8351

 

June 29, 2008

HRFA Kids Fishing Trip

Atlantis Princess 1pm - 5pm

Contact Glenn Blank for information. 201-341-8351.

Volunteers needed. 11am -3 pm.

 

September 22, 2008

Explore 2000 Middle School

Ocean Breeze Pier 9am - 2pm

Contact Glenn Blank for information. 201-341-8351.

Volunteers needed. 11am -3 pm.

   

December 5, 2008

HRFA Annual Kids Holiday Party

Elks Lodge 7pm

Contact Darren Cardinal 908-581-6677

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 27, 2008 Report

The HRFA volunteers Captain Glenn Blank, Captain Darren Cardinal, Tony
Evangelista, Wayne Geider, Mike Cargill, Tony Demodugne and Steve Verbousky
took 47 students and 13 faculty members from Kittatinny Regional High School
out on the Atlantis Princess on Tuesday May 27th 2008.  Lots of fish came
over the rail including bluefish, stripers and fluke.   The vast majority of
these were released to fight another day.  Over 40 fish including stripers
and bluefish were tagged using ALS tags.  Students from Kittatinny's new
fishing class were mixed with Mrs. Sorg's crew to fill the boat.  There were
even a bunch of environmental students brought along to participate in the
tagging program.
Everyone had a good time and the students and staff at KRHS would like to
thank the HRFA for taking them out and for hosting a great youth angler
program.

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May 28, 2008 Report

40 students from High Tech High School in North Bergen and County Prep High School in Jersey City enjoyed an angling adventure on May 28th, 2008. The Atlantis Princess from Great Kills, Staten Island, made its way across Raritan Bay to drift off Coney Island in water to 20 feet deep. The captain took advantage of an outgoing tide, and many fish where hauled over the side to be tagged and released.

It was another great day as the young anglers encountered three species of fish. The youngsters experienced fun and excitement catching plenty of Fluke, Skates, and Sea Robins. They learned about the marine environment in addition to basic fishing skills from the volunteers and mates.

HRFA Youth Angler volunteers helping make this event a great success were Captain Glenn Blank, Skip Wisniewski, Mike Cargill, Tony Evangelista, Marvin Oresky, Tony DiModugno and Wayne Geider. The skill and experience of the captain and mates helped make it a pleasurable experience for all aboard the Princess.”

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May 29, 2008 Report

On May 29th, 2008, 37 students from the Anne L Klein Middle school in Guttenberg sailed on the Atlantis Princess from the Atlantis Marina in Great Kills, Staten Island. With a southwest wind and incoming tide, the Princess headed across Raritan bay to Sandy Hook. With the boat underway, first mate Buddy instructed the youngsters in safety and proper use of the rod and reel.

Once the captain set up the drift, baited hooks headed to the bottom and fish started coming over the side. The young anglers, while enjoying a beautiful day, caught Fluke, Skates and Sea Robins. Each catch resulted in a picture to capture the proud moment with the fish released to help maintain the resource for future anglers.

HRFA Youth Angler volunteers on board to help the kids and hard working mates were Captain Glenn Blank, Captain Darren Cardinal, Mike Cargill, Tony Evangelista, Tony DiModugno, Bruce Halstater, Dean Remoundos, Wayne Geider and Bob Kaczorowski

 

June 3, 2008 Report

On June 3rd, 2008, HRFA Youth Angler Program took 37 students and 4 chaperons from Ridgefield Memorial High School fishing aboard the party boat Atlantis Princess out of Atlantis Marina, Staten Island, NY.   The weather was perfect as was the fishing.  All children caught fish, largely fluke and a few sea robins.  The 8 HRFA volunteers were program chairmen Captains Glenn R. Blank and Darren Cardinal, Wayne Geider, Tony DiModugno, Tony Evangelista, Mike Cargill, Skip Wisniewski and Bruce T. Halstater.

 

Bruce T. Halstater for Glenn R. Blank

 

 

2007 Trips

April 21, 2007

Catfish Derby

Piermont Pier!

May 4, 2007

Kitattiny HS

Atlantis Princess

May 16, 2007

Ridgefield Memorial HS

Atlantis Princess

May 17, 2007

Anna L Kline Middle School

Atlantis Princess

May 18, 2007

Explore 2000 Middle School

Atlantis Princess

June 1, 2007

Hudson County High Tech

Atlantis Princess

June 10, 2007

HRFA Kids

Atlantis Princess

June 24, 2007

HRFA Kids

Atlantis Princess

July 10, 2007

New Providence Kids

Atlantis Princess

August 4, 2007

HRFA Kids

Atlantis Princess

September 8, 2007

HRFA Kids

Atlantis Princess

September 19, 2007

Explore 2000

Ocean Breeze Pier Trip

October 10, 2007

Explore 2000

Atlantis Princess

Rescheduled from 10/3

   

 

 

 

 

Saturday April 21st  2007

 

Piermont Pier Catfish Derby     Saturday April 21st  2007

This is our third year on the Pier with our Kids Free Catfish Derby. Please come!

Kids, Bring Your Parents!   Bring Your Friends!  Parents...Bring Your Kids!  Grandparents Welcome!  

We will bring all the rest!  

Food  --- We will provide lunch and drink!  Rods & Reels--We have all you can use for free or feel free to bring your own!

Bait  --- We will bring the correct bait and all you will need---FREE!

Instructions  ---   Of course!  We will be there to help and instruct!

April 21st ---- 10 am until 2 pm ----- Piermont Pier ---- Piermont, NY ---- Free

YOUTH ANGLER SPRING FISHING EVENT

 

April 21st EARTH DAY  Piermont Pier

 Piermont, NY

Fishing Derby-10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

 

The events is free to kids 16 and under accompanied by an adult. We will provide the kids with the use of a rod and a reel, bait and lunch.

(adults are responsible for their own lunch and fishing gear).

 

 

Contact: Rich Berlingeri 845 893 6176 or kaptainkatch7@yahoo.com

 

 

Immediately after the Derby there is a clean up of the Pier sponsored by:

KEEP ROCKLAND BEAUTIFUL

2 p.m. until 4 p.m.-------Volunteers are welcome!

 

 

 

 
May 4, 2007   Kitattiny HS     Atlantis Princess 11 am to 3 pm    Adult Volunteers Needed  !

Call Glenn Blank  201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

Report:

On may 4, 2007, Kitattinny High School boarded the Atlantis Princess on their way to a day of fishing . approximately 40 kids accompanied by some of their teachers and in the care of our own Capt. Glen Blank a few of HRFA club members were given safety rules and use of fishing equipment on board. The boat worked around the old orchard light and a good pick of blues were soon caught, tagged , pictures taken and the fish released went on for most of the day.

 

 

 

 

May 16, 2007   Ridgefield Memorial HS    Atlantis Princess  

11 am to 3 pm    Adult Volunteers Needed  !

Call Glenn Blank  201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

Report:

Students from the Ridgefield Memorial High School were joined aboard the Atlantis Princess by students of Hudson Tech, approximately 45 kids in total for a day of fishing.

The kids were given the instructions on safety aboard and use of fishing gear and were soon off to fish. Captain Glen Blank showed the kids a chart as to where we were going to fish. Soon it was time to get their lines in the water. Shortly the blues were coming over the rail to be tagged and quickly released live.

The highlight of the trip was a 20 pound striper 37 inches caught by a skinny kid named Annie. She struggled holding the fish for a picture of a life time.

GOOD JOB ANNIE AND ALL THE STUDENTS ON BOARD THAT DAY.


uncle Len

 

 

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May 17, 2007   Anna L Kline Middle School    Atlantis Princess    

11 am to 3 pm    Adult Volunteers Needed  !

Call Glenn Blank  201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

Report:

The day was bright. The wind was down.The sea was flat. 35 students from the Anna L Klein school of Guttenberg N.J. arrived in Staten Island to board the Atlantis Princess for a day of fishing. Along with them were 3 teachers and 2 school board members. The kids were met by Captain Glen Blank head of the HRFA YOUTH ANGLER DIVISION and his band of vols including Tony Evangilista a surf marine,Tony Di Modugno Italian cook extroodenary,smiling Bob K, ski skip always eating uncle junior Len Litof and a special HRFA guy BIG RAY MARIONE.

After receiving their boat safety instructions an a lesson on handling fishing gear, the headed out for Cony Island to fish for fluke and sea robins. The captain sounded the horn, down went the bait and soon enough up came sea robins and flukes. The fish were measured pictures were taken and fish released live.

The kids were Happy vols were happy and fish were happy , since they were sent back down for a visit to the Dentist in the briny depths.
uncle len

This from the Guttenberg School Superintendent:

Guttenberg Public School District

Anna L. Klein School

301 – 69th Street

Guttenberg, New Jersey 07093

 

Telephone 201 861-3100

Robert W. Tholen, Superintendent/Principal                               Fax           201 861-1348

May 18, 2007

Hudson River Fishermen's Association

Youth Anglers Program

PO Box 421

Cresskill, NJ 07626

 

Dear Association Members:

On behalf of our seventh and eighth grade students and our teachers who attended the fishing excursion on May 17, 2007, I would like to formally thank you for your assistance and support which made this trip possible. Through your efforts our students and staff were able to be educated about the science and safety of fishing and boating. Furthermore, all the students and staff-had an enjoyable and informative day at sea.

Again, thank you so much for your support in planning this special field trip for our school. We at the Anna L. Klein School greatly appreciate and applaud your efforts.

Sincerely,

Robert W. Tholen

Superintendent/Principal

RWT /cr

cc:   Diana Velez, Board President

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May 18, 2007   Explore 2000   Middle School   Atlantis Princess    

11 am to 3 pm    Adult Volunteers Needed  !

Call Glenn Blank  201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

Report:

"It was a beautiful day, the fish were cooperative and smiling young faces
were in abundance.

On an HRFA youth angler trip rescheduled from May 18,  45 students from the
Explore 2000 Middle School in Jersey City joined by their teachers and HRFA
volunteers had their way with a multitude of Fluke and Sea Robins. From the
first drift on, there was a steady stream of young anglers lining up to have
their picture taken with a prize catch, then have it measured, tagged and
released for the enjoyment of future anglers. The fluke were so numerous
that the tags ran out before the day ended!

This trip aboard the Atlantis Princess from Great Kills, Staten Island, was
made possible by a grant from PSE&G with matching funds from Walmart. Many
thanks to our sponsors who allowed a great group of youngsters enjoy a
healthy recreational opportunity and learn about and appreciate our marine
environment.

Supporting the effort were HRFA volunteers Glenn B, Tony E, Tony D, Darren
C, Skip W, Bob K joined by guest volunteer daughter Devon K visiting from
CO. As usual, the captain and crew of the Princess performed flawlessly."

Bob K.

 

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June 1, 2007   Hudson County High Tech    Atlantis Princess   

11 am to 3 pm    Adult Volunteers Needed  !

Call Glenn Blank  201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

Report on this trip:

The HRFA Youth Angler program took 40 students from the Academy of
Architectural Contemporary Theme in North Bergen
on an angling adventure on
June 1st, 2007. The youngsters, accompanied by 4 teachers, experienced fun
and excitement catching Fluke, Skates, Sundials and Sea Robins. Every
student on board caught fish, many had multiple hookups with the various
species. They learned about the marine environment in addition to basic
fishing skills from the volunteers and mates.

The Atlantis Princess from Great Kills, Staten Island, made its way across
Raritan Bay to drift off Coney Island in water to 20 feet deep. The captain
took advantage of an outgoing tide, and many fish where hauled over the side
to be tagged and released.

HRFA volunteers helping make this event a great success were Captain Glenn
Blank, Captain Darren Cardinal, club president Carl Bruger, Skip Wisniewski
and Bob Kaczorowski. The skill and experience of the captain and crew helped
make it a pleasurable experience for all aboard the Princess.

Thanks to all,   Bob K.

 

 

 

 

 

June 10, 2007   HRFA Kids    Atlantis Princess     $25 adults  

1 pm to 5 pm    Adult Volunteers Needed  !

Call Glenn Blank  201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

 

 

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June 24, 2007    HRFA Kids   Atlantis Princess     $25 adults  

1 pm to 5 pm    Adult Volunteers Needed  !

Call Glenn Blank  201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

 

 

 

 

July 10, 2007   Group: Town of New Providence kids
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Place: Atlantis Princess
Sponsor: Darren Cardinal

Adult Volunteers Needed

Contact Glenn201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

 

 

 

August 4, 2007  HRFA Kids    Atlantis Princess     $25 adults  

1 pm to 5 pm    Adult Volunteers Needed  !

Call Glenn Blank  201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

 

 

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September 8, 2007  HRFA Kids    Atlantis Princess     $25 adults  

1 pm to 5 pm    Adult Volunteers Needed  !

Call Glenn Blank  201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

 

 

September 19, 2007 Ocean Breeze Pier Trip  Explore 2000

Review...

48 students from the Explore 2000 Academy in Jersey City enjoyed an angling adventure September 19th, 2007 on The Ocean Breeze Pier in Midland Beach, Staten Island. The event was hosted by the HRFA Youth Angler program. The pier provided a splendid platform for the fishing sojourn. This well designed structure put the kids into prime fishing waters with plenty of room for them to learn and practice new skills.

 

A mixture of new and experienced students caught Porgies, Sea bass, Snapper Blues and Blowfish among seven different species. Every student in attendance caught fish. The older youngsters were a great help in assisting the first timers with basic fishing skills such as baiting the hooks, working the reels and landing the fish. This provided positive proof of the value of the program to future young anglers.

 

HRFA volunteers setup the equipment before the youngsters arrived. This included transporting and rigging over 50 rods and reels, setting up tables and preparing the bait. Helping make this event a great success were Captain Glenn Blank, Captain Darren Cardinal, Tony DiModugno, Al White, Len Litoff and Bob Kaczorowski.

 

 

 

 

October 3, 2007      Rescheduled to October 10, 2007

Aboard the   Atlantis Princess with the Explore 2000 students.  

Adult Volunteers needed

Contact Glenn Blank   201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

Trip Review!

Youth Angler Trip, October 10, 2007

46 students from the Explore 2000 Academy in Jersey City accompanied by three teachers enjoyed a super day of fishing aboard the Atlantis Princess out of the Atlantis Marina in Staten Island. The boat sailed across Raritan Bay to Flynn’s Knoll off Sandy Hook in search of their elusive prey. The combination of wind and tide provided the elements for near perfect fishing conditions.

The youngsters learned safety, basic rod and reel handling skills and baiting the hook in addition to landing their prized catch. The wide eyed students caught Fluke, Sea bass, and Sea Robins. All of the fish were tagged and released after the proud angler had a picture capture the treasured moment.

This event, hosted by the HRFA Youth Angler program, was made possible through generous donations, calendar sales, matching grants and shared proceeds from other HRFA activities.

The Princess crew of Captain Rich, First Mate Buddy and Mates John and Billy worked tirelessly to make this a memorable day for the students. HRFA volunteers helped outfit the students with life jackets and spent the remainder of the trip unraveling tangles, helping to safely unhook the catch and providing encouragement to the novice anglers. Helping make this event a great success were Captain Glenn Blank, Al White, Bruce Halstater, Len Litoff and Bob Kaczorowski.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The HRFA is a 501C3 Non Profit Organization.  All donations are tax deductible. 

Please Make Charitlble Donations to:

HRFA

PO Box 421

Cresskill, NJ 07626

 

Contributions or donations for support of these trips is greatly appreciated.  Any donation you give to this fund goes 100% in to the expenses of these Youth Angler fishing trips. 

100%. 

The HRFA has no paid officers, directors or members.  We have no salaried employees. We work with 100% volunteers.

We finance trips like these with the help of many generous people who see the long term benefits of showing kids they can have a great time fishing.

Past Years Trips...Archives Click Here!

 

 

 

Samples of Expenses of a Typical Fishing Trip

Boat Bait Tips Food Transportation
$1200.00 $200.00 $200.00 $200.00 $400.00

 

 

Donations of ANY size to help fund a portion of one of these trips is greatly appreciated.  Copies of the HRFA 501C-3 Non-Profit status certificate will be furnished upon request.  $10, $20, up to the sky's the limit! ...whatever you wish to donate will all go towards help finance one of these trips.

All kids go for free on all our trips.  Parents or adults are encouraged to come along with a nominal cost to help offset some of the expenses.  Usually adults get charged $25 per trip.

Donations can also be mailed in.  Make checks out to : HRFA Youth Angler Fund and mail to:

The HRFA NJ,  Youth Angler Fund,  PO Box 421 Cresskill, NJ  07626

Atlantis Princess out of Staten Island, N. Y.   For more information contact Glenn Blank at 201-941-5541.

A familiar boat often used by the HRFA.

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Past Years

2006 Trips  & Reviews

 

April 8, 2006

Piermont Pier

 

April 29, 2006

Piermont Pier

May 7, 2006

Hooked on Hudson

May 18, 2006

Keansburg Pier

May 18, 2006

Atlantis Princess

May 19, 2006

Atlantis Princess

May 25, 2006

Atlantis Princess

June 1, 2006

Atlantis Princess

June 2, 2006

Atlantis Princess

 

June 4, 2006

HRFA Kids

Atlantis Princess

July 19, 2006

New Providence Rec

YMCA Maplewood

Atlantis Princess

July 29, 2006

HRFA Kids

Atlantis Princess

Sold Out!

August 12, 2006

HRFA Kids

Atlantis Princess

September 10, 2006

HRFA Kids

Atlantis Princess

September 15, 2006

Explore 2000

Atlantis Princess

 

September 20, 2006

Ocean Breeze Pier

 

October 20, 2006

KRHS

Atlantis Princess

 

 

 

 

 

HolidayParty!

HRFA Holiday Party !!

 

November 30, 2007  at 7pm.

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The Hudson River Fishermen’s Association’s Youth Angler committee is proud to announce that they are hosting the Third Annual HRFA Youth Holiday Party. 

The party will take place at the same location as our general meetings, at the Ridgefield Park Elks Lodge, in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. All HRFA member’s kids and grand kids are welcome and encouraged to come.

so01047_.wmf (31166 bytes) Pizza and soda are on the menu and some special gifts will be handed out to the kids. Plus other festive activities will on the agenda.

So if you are interested, give Darren Cardinal a call at 1-908-898-1797 so he can get the appropriate count of members and kids to order food for.

Darren is also looking for volunteers as elves to assist in handing out the gifts and donators to contribute towards gifts for the children. If you can contribute to one or both of them, it would be appreciated. Just please let Darren know.

Remember, we might just get a visit from someone who is very popular this time of year.

Darren Cardinal  Youth Committee Co-Chairman

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Call Darren Cardinal to Reserve your invite to the HRFA Christmas Party! 1-908-898-1797

 

 

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April 8, 2006

 

 

April 8 - 29  and May 7, 2006

YOU ARE INVITED

Three Fishing Adventures to put on your calendar!

Kids bring your parents! Bring your friends! Parents bring your kids! Grandparents welcome! Nieces, nephews too!

That’s all you’ll need because we are bringing the rest:

        Food  – we will provide lunch and a drink

        Rods  – we have them for you to use or bring your own

        Reels – same as above

        Bait    - we got all you’ll need

When: 

Saturday  April 8th   on the Piermont Pier  

Saturday  April 29th on the Piermont Pier CATFISH DERBY

Piermont Pier, Piermont, NY

            

Sunday May 7th 

Hooked on the Hudson our premier event!

At Ross’s Dock in the Palisades Interstate

Park under the George Washington Bridge 

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Questions??? Contact  Rich Berlingeri 845 893 6176

richbettyjo@yahoo.com

 

 

 

May 18, 2006    Keansburg Pier

Explore 2000 Students 9 am to 2 pm    Adult Volunteers Needed  !

Call Glenn Blank  201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

 

 

 

May 18, 2006  Atlantis Princess

Paterson Middle School Students  11 am to 3 pm    Adult Volunteers Needed  !

Call Glenn Blank  201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

Report!

ON THIS DAY CAPT, GLEN BLANK ORGANIZED NOT ONE TRIP BUT TWO.AND AT THE SAME TIME NO LESS

ONE WAS ON THE OCEON BREEZE PIER IN STATAN ISLAND WHERE 23 STUDENTS FROM THE EXPLORER 2000 GROUP IN HUDSON COUNTY WERE LED BY CAPT.BLANK AND AIDED BY HRFA VOLUNTEERS,DARRIN CARDINAL-WAYNE GUIDER-MARVIN ORESKY-KEN JENNINGS-CAPT.RALPH ROTH-AND BOB KAZEROWSKI.

UP CAME FLUKE BLUES SEA ROBBINS AND SKATES WHICH WERE TAGGED AND RELEASED.

OF COURSE THE KIDS LOVED IT BUT SO DID US 'guys" FROM THE CLUB.

TRIP TWO WAS ON THE ATLANTIS PRICESS BOARDED BY HUDSON HIGH TECH AND EXPLORER 2000 KIDS.50 IN ALL. EACH KID WAS WEARING A PFD AND WAS GIVEN THE SAFETY AND USE OF TACKLE LESSON BY FIRST MATE -SERGEANT BUDDY D .

THE KIDS CAUGHT TAGGED AND RELEASED LOTS OF FLUKE-SEA BASS-BLUES ANDSEA ROBBINS.

YOU BETTER BELIEVE THE KIDS LEARNED AND HAD FUN. ALMOST AS MUCH AS THE HRFA  VOLS-AL WHITE-LENNY LITOF-JIM MURUEE.


uncle len

 

 

 

 

 

May 19, 2006  Atlantis Princess Party Boat

Guttenberg Middle School Students  11 am to 3 pm    Adult Volunteers Needed  !

Call Glenn Blank  201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

Report!

ON MAY 19-2006 GLENBLANK LED 36 STUDENTS AND 4 TEACHERS ON A TRIP VIA THE GREAT ATLANTIS PRINCESS,

SINCE THE WEATHER WAS DICEY WE WAITED TILL THE STORM ABATED AND ISSUED THE STUDENTS PONCHOS. OF COURSE ALL THE KIDS WORE PFD'S.ONCE ABOARD THE KIDS WERE GIVEN A LECTURE ON SAFETY AND USE OF TACKE BY FIRST MATE SARGE BUDDY D.VOLUNTEERS FROM THE HRFA WERE;RICH BGGIATTI-MIKE CARGILL AND LENNY LITOF.

WE SAILED TO CONEY AND ROCKAWAY. THE KIDS CAUGHT TAGGED AND RELEASED ,FLUKE -BLUES-SEA BASS AND SEA ROBBINS.

A SPECIAL TREAT OF FREE AND ALL YOU COULD EAT HOT DOGS BURGERS SODAS AND SNACKS- WAS PROVIDED BY THE TOWN OF GUTTENBERG.

THE FOOD WAS COOKED BY LEN OF THE HRFA AND MADE THE KIDS PAY A HUGE PRICE FOE THE FOOD.

THEY COULD NOT GET THE FOOD UNLESS AND UNTIL THEY SAID LOUDLY

                  THANK YOU.

THE TRIP BACK WAS A THRILL FOR THE KIDS BECAUSE WE RAN INTO A SQUALL WITH HAIL POUNDING THE CABIN. THE STORM CLEARED THE SUN CAME OUT AND A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL,


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May 25, 2006 Atlantis Princess Party Boat Trip

Kittatinny Regional High School.  10:30 AM  - 2:30 PM

25 Junior High, 25 senior high school students and 10 teachers

Report!

May 25, 2006 Fishing trip on the Atlantis Princess

The May 25th fishing trip by Kittatinny Regional High School trip on the Atlantis Princess was a great success.   39 students and 12 faculty members went on the trip sponsored by the Hudson River Fishermen's Association and caught well over 100 fish.  ( Actually it was probably around 200 but there were too many to count.)  75 bluefish were released with ALS tags before the HRFA Youth Angler Program ran out of tags for the day.  From that point we had to practice tag and release without the tags.  There were at least another 75 The largest 3 fish were all striped bass of 39, 36 and 34 inches.  Those fish weighed 23, 19 and 18 pounds.  That 39 inch 23 pound fish is a new HRFA Youth Angler Program record!

The fish were all caught by following the working birds around Raritan Bay.  As soon as the action slowed down the captain would move up to the school of fish and the students would have a blast using either bunker or diamond jigs.  Many students caught between 10 and 20 fish.  All in all it was a great day on the water.

The HRFA volunteers included Capt. Glenn R. Blank, Tony Evangelista, Mike Cargill, Wayne Geider and Bob Kaczorowski.  The Atlantis Princess was run by Captain Mike Romero and his mates Buddy and Bill.  Thanks to all of these people and the HRFA for making this trip special for so many people.

The HRFA Youth Angler Program made a great impression on a lot of new anglers.

This is a great program and Kittatinny will be back for more.

Call Glenn Blank 201-941-5541   201-341-8351     Or      e-mail    Fred Rung 

 

 

June 1, 2006  Atlantis Princess Party Boat

Ridgefield High School Students  11 am to 3 pm    Adult Volunteers Needed  !

Call Glenn Blank  201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

Report!

JUNE 1 2006 DAWNED . A SUNNY DAY.

A SPECIAL TRIP FOR YOUTH ANGLERS PROGRAM. THIS TRIP WAS TO BE FILMED BY A GROUP OF PROS FOR BROADCAST ON PUBLIC T V. THEIR NAMES ARE DARI MANDELL-ED WATERS-NELLO CICCONE.

CAPT GLEN ROSE TO THE OCCASION AND MADE EVERYTHING READY FOR FILMING BOTH AT THE ATLANTIS PRINCESS FINE DOCKING FACILITIES AS WELL AS ON BOARD THE 110 FOOT ATLANTIS PRINCESS.

50 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM RIDGEFIELD HIGH, ALONG WITH 5 ADULTS LED BY THE PRINCIPALDOCTOR ROBERT JACK.(A FLY FISHERMAN NO LESS) ARRIVED AND WERE LED THROUGH THE GRAPHICS RELATING TO WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO TODAY. THEN THEY WERE ISSUED AND DONNED ,PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES WHICH WERE TO BE WORN FROM THE TIME THEY BOARDED UNTIL THEY LEFT THE BOAT.

ON BOARD THE KIDS WERE GIVEN THE SAFETY LECTURE AND USE OF THE TACKLE BY THE FIRST MATE, SERGEANT BUDDY D.

ON THE WAY OUT TO THE FISHING GROUNDS OFF BROOKLYN AND NEW JERSEY,GLEN GAVE A TALK ON HOW TO READ MARINE CHARTS AND ALSO INDICATED WHERE WE WERE AND WHERE WE WERE GOING.

WE ARRIVED AT THE GROUNDS. THE WHISTLE BLEW ,DOWN WENT THE LINES AND SOON CRIES OF FISH ON WERE HEARED.

SINCE MOST OF THE KIDS WERE NEW THE HRFA VOLS WERE BUSY WITH BIRDS NESTS. SOON THE KIDS SETTLED DOWN AND THE BLUES FLUKES AND SEA ROBBINSWERE BEING TAGGED AND RELEASED, PICTURES TAKEN AND FOOD CONSUMED.

THW CAMERA CREW WERE BUSY FILMING ALL THE GOINGS ON AND WE SHOULD BE EXPECTING A GOOD SHOW ON T V SOON.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE KIDS WERE HAPPY AND OUR HRFA VOLS.SATISFIED THAT A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL.PARTICIPATING IN THE TRIP WERE:TONI EVANGILISTA-WAYNE GUIDER-MIKE CARGILL-BOB KAZEROWSKI- AL WHITE-DARRIN CARDINAL-TONI DI MODUGNO

A SPECIAL SURPRISE WAITED ON THE DOCK.

DARRIN CARDINAL HAD ARRANGED FOR EVERYBODY TO RECEIVE A YOUTH ANGLER TEE SHIRT FREE OF CHARGE.

LET'S HEAR IT FOR DARRIN!!!!
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June 2, 2006 Atlantis Princess Party Boat

Explore 2000 Students  11 am to 3 pm    Adult Volunteers Needed  !

Call Glenn Blank  201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

Report!

CAPT. GLEN AND HIS VOLUNTEERS LED YET ANOTHER SCHOOL (HUDSON TECH )EXPLORER 2000 ON A BOAT TRIP FROM STATEN ISLAND,WITH THE ATLANTIS PRINCESS.

ON BOARD WERE 40 KIDS AND 4 TEACHERS FROM THE SCHOOL LED BY THEIR GREAT MENTOR JOHN PONTICORVO (HEAD OF THE EXPLORER 2000 PROGRAM AND MEMBER OF THE HRFA)

BEFORE BOARDING THE KIDS WERE ISSUED AND FITTED WITH PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES AND WERE REQUIRED TO WEAR THEM ALL DURING THEIR TIME ABOARD SHIP. BY THE WAY YOU SHOULD REMEMBER THAT THESE DEVICES WERE PROVIDED AND PAID FOR BY THE YOUTH ANGLER PROGRAM OF THE HRFA.

ONCE ON BOARD THE STUDENTS WERE GIVEN THE SAFETY LECTURE AND INSTRUCTED ON USE OF THE TACKLE WITH EMPHASIS ON HANDLING OF HOOKS.

AGAIN SERGEANT BUDDY D DELIVERED THE LECTURES AND YOU BETTER BELIEVE THAT ALL EYES AND ATTENTION WAS PAID TO HIM. BUDDY WILL NOT HESITATE TO CALL A KID OUT FOR NOT PAYING ATTENTION. BETWEEN BUDDY AND OUR OWN CAPT. GLEN BARKING OUT ORDERS TO THE HRFA VOLS. THINGS GO SMOOTHLY AND EFFICIENTLY, ALL DAY LONG.

SINCE THE WEATHER PREDICTIONS WERE NOT STEADY, JOHN PONTICORVO DECIDED THAT WE WOULD STAY CLOSE IN TOWARD THE DOCK SO THAT IF THE WEATHER TURNED BAD THE KIDS WOULD BE SAFE.

REMEMBER GUYS THAT THE SAFETY OF OUR KIDS IS PARAMOUNT AND NO CHANCES ARE TAKEN.

AS A RESULT, WE HAD A SLOW PICK BUT THE KIDS MANAGED TO LAND TAG AND RELEASE A RESPECTABLE NUMBER OF FLUKE-BLUES AND SEA ROBBINS.

THE KIDS WERE HAPPY, THE TEACHERS WERE HAPPY THE VOLUNTEERS WERE HAPPY AND MOST OF ALL WAS OUR OWN (BIG BEAR) DARRIN CARDINAL WHO HANDED OUT TO EACH KID AND TEACHER THE NEW GOOD LOOKING YOUTH ANGLER TEE SHIRTS.

AMOUNG THE HRFA VOLUNTEERS THAT DAY WERE THE USUAL SUSPECTS; TONI EVANGILISTA-WAYNE GUIDER-AL WHITE -TONY DI MODUGNO- MIKE CARGILL-BOB KAZEROWSKI-LEN (UNCLE JUNIOR) LITOF- DARRIN CARDINAL AND OUR FEARLESS LEADER CAPTAIN GLEN BLANK.

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June 4, 2006  Atlantis Princess Party Boat  This Trip is Filled Up!

HRFA Kids and Grand Kids!   1 pm to 5 pm    Adult Volunteers Needed  !

Call Glenn Blank  201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351    This Trip is Filled Up!

Report!

SUNDAY , JUNE 4,2006.

THE HRFA  ORGANIZED A HOOKED ON HUDSON  TRIP ON THE ATLANTIS PRINCESS OUT OF GREAT KILLS HARBOR.

 HRFA MEMBERS AND THEIR KIDS OR GRAND KIDS OR YOUNG FAMILY MEMBERS PARTICIPATED AND  THE FEE WAS ONLY $20 BUCKS FOR THE ADULTS . THE KIDS WENT FREE!

THE BOAT WAS LEFT AT 1:00PM AND RETURNED AT 5:00 PM

THERE WERE 29 ADULTS AND 41 KIDS (MOST OF THE KIDS BEING BERLINGERIS)

BEFORE THE BOARDING ,EACH KID, 12 AND UNDER( ALONG WITH RAY MARRIONE) IF HE SHOWED UP, WAS ISSUED AND FITTED WITH A PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE(LIFE JACKETS ) TO YOU WHO DID NOT KNOW.

THE FITTING WAS DONE BY LEN LITOF, BEING PRESSED INTO SERVICE BY THE TRIP'S DIRECTOR CAPT BLIGH(GLEN BLANK HIMSELF) LEN WAS HAPPY TO DO IT SINCE THE SAFETY OF OUR KIDS IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE.

GLENS USUAL SPARKLING PERSONALITY SHOWN THROUGH WHEN HE LOOKED AT LEN AND SAID"MAKE SURE EACH KID HAS A WELL FITTED JACKET ON AND WEARS IT ALL DAY"

ABOARD THE PRINCESS THE KIDS WERE GIVEN THE SAFETY LECTURE BY SERGEANT FIRST MATE BUDDY D .YOU BET ALL EYES WERE ON HIM BECAUSE WHEN BUDDY SAYS LISTEN UP, YOU LISTEN UP.

WE SAILED TO SEA GATE AND THE BAIT WENT ON AND THE LINES WENT DOWN, SOON UP CAME FLUKE AND SEA ROBBINS AND SOME STRAY BLUES.

A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL. BEFORE WE KNEW IT THE SHIPS HORN  SOUNDED AND IT WAS TIME TO HEAD BACK.

ON THE DOCK THE KIDS HAD A SURPRISE WAITING FOR THEM.

GREAT LOOKING TEE SHIRTS IN BLUE -RED AND YELLOW, WITH THE YOUTH ANGLER LOGO ON THE FRONT AND BACK WERE DISTRIBUTED AS A PRESENT FROM THE HRFA MEMBER DARRIN (BIG BEAR) CARDINAL. I BELIEVE THAT HE HAS TO THAT BIG IN ORDER TO  CONTAIN THAT GREAT HEART OF HIS.

AMOUNG THOSE MEMBERS PRESENT WERE: AL STERNBERGER-RICH DWYER-CHUCK MITCHELL- SONDRA JONAS -LEN LITOF. SORRY I COULD NOT RECALL ALL THE NAMES BUT WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEENG THEM ON THE NEXT TRIP AT THE END OF JULY.
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July 19th 2006    1 pm  till   5 pm

The HRFA Youth Angler Program is hosting a trip on the Atlantic Princess

We will be taking children from New Providence Recreation as well as the YMCA of the Oranges from Maplewood N.J.

Call Glenn Blank  201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

Report on this Trip!  July 19, 2006

On Wednesday, July 19 the HRFA sponsored another successful youth angler
trip on the Atlantis Princess on a picture perfect July afternoon.

This was a combined trip with youngsters from New Providence Recreation
joined by those from Maplewood YMCA for a total of 55 eager young anglers.

What a great sight to see Darren Cardinale lead his group off the New
Providence Bus. It might also be mentioned that HRFA member John Sovis
treated the group to breakfast at his Old Glory restaurant.

Once again the Atlantis Princess proved to be a great fishing venue ably
helmed by Captain Bob Foppiano with first mate Buddy DiBenedetto assisted by
mates Bill Surowiec and John Soltys. With Buddy directing the action, the
crew performed like an experienced drill team leaving nothing to chance.

The new and less experienced anglers among the youngsters were assisted by
the HRFA volunteers on the trip. This ranged from how to get the bait into
the water to unsnagging lines to dealing with mystifying Gordian knots. It
is a truly gratifying experience to see your assistance help a kid catch
their first fish.

The anglers managed to snag a fair number of feisty fluke with a few pesky
sea robbins thrown in to bemuse those unfamiliar with this odd looking fish.
One rogue bluefish grabbed the bait to provide a photo opp for the proud
youngster.

Once again Darren Cardinale demonstrated his great heart by providing hot
dogs and drinks for the hungry kids and Youth Angler T Shirts as they
boarded their busses after a fine day on the water.

Captain Glenn Blank was assisted on the trip by HRFA volunteers Darren
Cardinale, Tony Evanelista, Bob Kaczorowski, Jim Cambell, Al White, Marvin
Oresky and John Sovis.

 

 

 

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July 29, 2006   Atlantis Princess Party Boat   SOLD OUT!

HRFA Kids and Grand Kids!   1 pm to 5 pm  

Report...

GREAT TRIPS FOR HRFA KIDS DAY. 6 SPECIES
LANDED!

July 29, 2006 and again on August 12, 2006 at 1:00 pm, Cptn. GLEN BLANK,
assisted by uncle Len Litof led 35 kids and about 27 Parents and 
Grandparents, boarded the ATLANTIS PRINCESS . Len fitted all kids under 12
with life jackets before they boarded and once on board the kids were given
the safety instructions by the mate.
the GREAT BUDDY DI BENEDETTO. We sailed out to coney island then the
rockaways and on close to the channel where we fished off the ledge.
           The mates were kept busy all daynetting and gaffing and making a
big fuss as the kids caught their first fish. Up came fluke-blues-sea
bass-sae robins and sand sharks. Glen was snapping pictures and Len made
sure that thw kids were baiting their hooks and holding bottom.
            There were smiling faces as the kids and adults left the boatat
5:00 pm and more smiles when each kid was given a free youth angler tee
shirt donated by DARRIN (BIG BEAR) Cardinal.

GLEN AND LEN HAD THE MOST FUN.

                                                                            
    SUBMITTED BY UNCLE LEN LITOF

 

 

 

 

 

August 12, 2006   Atlantis Princess Party Boat

HRFA Kids and Grand Kids!   1 pm to 5 pm    Adult Volunteers Needed  !

Call Glenn Blank  201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

 

 

 

 

September 10, 2006 Atlantis Princess Party Boat

HRFA Kids and Grand Kids!   1 pm to 5 pm  

Call Glenn Blank  201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

 

Review of this great trip! by HRFA member Len Litof

Sunday September 10 at 1:00 pm about 35 HRFA kids, their parents and grandparents in tow assembled in Staten Island at the Great kills harbor  for the final kids day fishing trip of the year.Before boarding, every kid under the age of 12 was fitted with specially sized life jacket, owned by our youth angler division.

        The day was clear, the weather was perfect and the Atlantis Princess was as spic and span as always.At 1:00 PM we sailed out to the reach and in 20 short minutes we were ready to fish.The kids all squealed with delight when they saw that the bait today would be LIVE peanut bunker.What fun the kids had, dipping their little hands into the buckets and coming up with a live fish ticking their hands.

          As if made to order up came weakies and blues all sized for the kids to handle.along with them were craps and sea robins which kids love to look at.Capt Glen and his helpers made a fuss over every catch and took pictures of the kids with their catch.The mates,led by Buddy D were Ralph,Billy and interns George and Patrick worked hard helping the kids cope with the weakies and blues.

           When the whistle blew, signaling,time to go home, a bunch of happy kids and parents were chatting away and could not wait for school the next day to regale their school mates with stories of what they caught and how big and how many and the trophy fish that got away. I am sure that with every telling the catch , the size and the monster that got away, grew. True fisherman like their Dads in the HRFA.

            So until 2007, we say good by to those on board, Glen Blank,Darren Cardinal Tony Di modugno Len Litof, Courtney, Brendon, Rocco,Tala, Austen and his pretty sisters. Remember, everybody Tight lines.

 

 

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September 15, 2006 A tlantis Princess Party Boat

Explore 2000 Students  11 am to 3 pm    Adult Volunteers Needed  !

Call Glenn Blank  201-941-5541 Home  201-341-8351

 

 

October 20, 2006  Atlantis Princess Party Boat Trip

Kittatinny Regional High School

HRFA Volunteers Needed  !

Kittatinny Regional High school will be going on the Atlantis Princess on
October 20th.
The boat will be leaving around 9:00 or 10:00 AM and return around 2:00 PM
Both Junior High and High school students will be attending.
Students and Teachers at Kittatinny should contact Fred Rung for more
information.
HRFA volunteers should contact Glen Blank
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2005

2005 Trips

ALL YOUTH trips are ALCOHOL FREE.  No Alcohol permitted on ANY Youth Angler Trip.  Any person bringing beer, or any other type of alcohol will be asked to remove themselves from the boat.

April 3, 2005     Piermont Pier  Youth Derby

April 24, 2005 Hooked on the Hudson

May 12 Thursday   Ocean Breeze Pier May 15, 2005  Piermont Pier
May 16, 2005 Atlantis Princes Explore 2000 May 23, 2005 Ocean Breeze Pier
May 31, 2005 Atlantis Princes Explore 2000
June 25, 2005  HRFA Kids Trip July 10, 2005   Charter boat trip for the HRFA Kids.

August 7, 2005 Charter boat trip for the HRFA Kids.

Saturday - September 10th, HRFA Kids and Grand Kids Free Fishing trip to Ocean Breeze Pier.

Monday - September 12th. Youth Angler Charter Boat Fishing trip for the Explorer 2000 students.

Monday - September 19th. Youth Angler Charter Boat Fishing trip for the Guttenburg Middle School students.

Friday  -  September 23rd. Youth Angler Fishing trip to Ocean Breeze Pier.

Sunday  -  September 25th. Charter boat trip for the HRFA Kids.

CANCELLED!   BOAT MAINTENANCE !

Monday - September 26th. Youth Angler Charter Boat Fishing trip for the Paterson Middle Schools students.

CANCELLED!  BOAT MAINTENANCE !

 
   

Directions to the Piers!

Donations Can be made "On-Line" using our Secure PayPal Donation Button.

The HRFA is a 501C3 Non Profit Organization.  All donations are tax deductible.  A receipt will be e-mailed to you immediately.

 

Contributions or donations for support of these trips is greatly appreciated.  Any donation you give to this fund goes 100% in to the expenses of these Youth Angler fishing trips. 

100%. 

The HRFA has no paid officers, directors or members.  We have no salaried employees. We work with 100% volunteers.

We finance trips like these with the help of many generous people who see the long term benefits of showing kids they can have a great time fishing.

Past Years Trips...Archives Click Here!

 

Samples of Expenses of a Typical Fishing Trip

Boat Bait Tips Food Transportation
$1200.00 $200.00 $200.00 $200.00 $400.00
 

Donations of ANY size to help fund a portion of one of these trips is greatly appreciated.  Copies of the HRFA 501C-3 Non-Profit status certificate will be furnished upon request.  $10, $20, up to the sky's the limit! ...whatever you wish to donate will all go towards help finance one of these trips.

All kids go for free on all our trips.  Parents or adults are encouraged to come along with a nominal cost to help offset some of the expenses.  Usually adults get charged $25 per trip.

Donations can also be mailed in.  Make checks out to : HRFA Youth Angler Fund and mail to:

The HRFA NJ,  Youth Angler Fund,  PO Box 421 Cresskill, NJ  07626

 

 

Atlantis Princess out of Staten Island, N. Y.   For more information contact Glenn Blank at 201-941-5541.

A familiar boat often used by the HRFA.

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April 3, 2005

 
Sunday, April 3rd 2005        11 AM - 2 PM        Kids Fishing Derby

Where: Piermont Pier

Who For: HRFA & PAL KIDS and Friends (parents welcome!)

All you have to do is show up everything else is provided, bait, tackle everything including lunch.

Questions??? Contact Rich Berlingeri 845 893 6176

Report on this event...

Sunday April 3rd, 2005 from 11 am till 3 pm the HRFA Youth Angler Volunteers and Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs instructors ran a Youth Angler Derby on the Piermont Pier in Piermont NY.

We had 37 children from the HRFA and the Rockland County PAL fish with us in some very trying weather conditions. This Derby was a tremendous success, the smile on the kids faces told us that!

This was a day where mom or dad would demand their little ones stay inside and play monopoly or some other indoor activity yet against better sense they brought their offspring to the pier in the quest to catch fish, and so they did. Wind, rain, hail, fire and brimstone could not keep these brave anglers away (at least the wind and rain could’t) One granddad said his grandson was the driving force that got them out there and his efforts were not disappointed as the youngster caught a sizeable striper.

Special commendation goes to our two 15 year old youth volunteers, Sean Spafford and Richie Berlingeri. They both sacrificed personal fishing time to: tie rigs, bait hooks, cast lines, un-snag rigs from the rocks, untangle crossed lines and be a general help in so many ways. This is what it’s all about “Passing it on”!

One boy caught his first fish ever, one of our volunteers wisely commented you din’t catch the   fish, he caught you – this youngster is hooked!

Several new members showed up with their children and got a good sample of  the HRFA doing what it does so well – making good use of the beautiful Hudson River.

A heartfelt thanks goes out to those that came and helped out – the reward of sharing your knowledge and skills is priceless. We have many more trips planned this year, please consider coming out to give us a hand. Contact Glenn Blank at: 201 341 8351 or Rich Berlingeri at 845 893 6176

Special thanks to: The Shakespeare Company for offering special pricing on all the rod and reel combos we used in the derby, to Wal-Mart for their Kids Derby Kit. To the JCAA, that supplied us with materials and sponsored training for four of our Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs instructors. To the Future Fishermen Foundation for their continued sponsorship of the Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs Program To all of the great folks that got one of the club’s beautiful calendars and made a donation to help in part to make this and all our youth angler trips possible. To Darren Cardinal for his continued support of the Youth Angler Program and Captain Glenn Blank for his continued commitment to taking youth fishing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 24, 2005

 

 

Sunday April 24, 2005... Hooked on the Hudson Fishing contest.   Ross Dock, Fort Lee, New Jersey.  Free Fishing contest.  Open to the public.  Great Prizes.  Full info at HOH

 

 

 

 

 

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may 12, 2005

 

Thursday May 12, 2005...  Youth Angler Trip to the Ocean Breeze Pier.  This is an Explore 2000 trip.   Staten Island   See Glenn Blank 201-941-5541  or cell  201-341-8351.  Adult volunteers needed.

Report!...

30 KIDS TAG 40 FISH OFF STATEN ISLAND PIER

    by Carl Bruger & Glenn Blank
     Thursday was a bright and breezy day, the type that makes kids wish they were playing hooky from school.  That’s was not’t true, however, for three Youth Angler groups from Jersey City classrooms, including the Explorer 2000 fishing group. They were already having a great time with their teachers and nine HRFA volunteers catching battling blues and other inshore denizens.
     Under the auspices of Hooked on Fishing and not on Drugs program a steady pick of catches began minutes after the lines were wet. Most of the boys and girls could say they brought in a fish by the time the buses pulled out. Twenty-five bluefish up to 29 inches in length were tagged and released this day. Three nice fluke up to 18 inches were recorded, marked and returned to the brine. There were enough skates caught, eleven, to “start a roller rink” with one specimen stretching the tape to 27 inches! One trophy sea robin added diversity to the forty catch total.  Nine men from the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association volunteered their time, enthusiasm and expertise to teach the children how to tie knots, bait up and play fish. Glen Blank was the key organizer with major benefactor Darren Cardinal present to lend support. Tony DiModugno, Wayne Geider, Carl Bruger, Mike Cargill, Al White, George Balcero, and Chuck Mitchell constituted the rest of the happy crew.
     The Youth Angler  and Hooked on Fishing not on Drugs programs eagerly anticipate many more successful angling opportunities for interested youth both off piers and from the rails of party boats.  The numbers and involvement is growing every year and the HRFA spirit of volunteerism shows ever more enthusiasm to encourage youngsters to take up and enjoy fishing as a lifetime hobby and enjoyment.

 

 

 

May 15, 2005

 

 
Sunday, May 15, 2005        11 AM - 2 PM        Kids Fishing Derby

Where: Piermont Pier

Who For: HRFA & PAL KIDS and Friends (parents welcome!)

All you have to do is show up everything else is provided, bait, tackle everything including lunch.

Questions??? Contact Rich Berlingeri 845 893 6176

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 16, 2005

May 16, 2005... Charter Boat trip on the Atlantis Princes with the Explore 2000 students.  Staten Island See Glenn Blank 201-941-5541  or cell  201-341-8351.  Adult volunteers needed 11 am to 3 pm

Report

KIDS CATCH LOTS OF FLUKE & BLUES ON ATLANTIS PRINCESS PARTY BOAT
By Carl Bruger and Glenn Blank
     49 students from Paterson and Jersey City  comprising the Explore 2000 group had an exciting day chasing down marauding bluefish and fooling bottom feeding fluke. Spearing and squid pennants were the tempting morsels that did the job as bait. Organizing HRFA member Glenn Blank tagged dozens of the lively fish and released all of them with no apparent ill effects. Just about every involved angler caught at least one piscatorial specimen while some sharp and resourceful boys and girls reeled up as many as a half dozen wiggling fish up to twenty nine inches for the blues and eighteen inches for the fluke.
     A huge dept of gratitude goes to the Norcross Foundation who funded the trip and Ken Jennings for his efforts in planning and working out myriad unsung details.  Owner of the Atlantis Princess, Andrea Fomica, once again put her magnificently outfitted party boat in the hands of Captain Mike Romeo, who led the excited anglers on a wide ranging quest across the N. Y. bight that was successful for both bluefish and fluke. The extra time he gave at the end meant a few more super successful drifts for more summer flounder and choppers off the productive shoreline near Coney Island. Tremendous help was rendered by the friendly mates, Bill Surowiec, Ralph Giovacco, George Redecha, and Buddy DiBenedetto. They netted every fish that needed it plus untangled Gordian knots that would have made other grown men cry.
     The Explore 2000 teachers were busy folks this day. John Ponticorvo, Michele Jefferey, and Ocilene Pitchcord all were busy keeping lines untangled and fish coming over the rails.  Paterson school teaches had a group with twice the numbers represented. Roger Zuidema, Susan Tellefsen, Matt Pellettere, Karen Pabst, Rhonda Tombiling, and Siobahan Simpson all showed enthusiasm and extra effort at the rail to help their charges enjoy the active angling
        Last but not least of those who should be thanked were the ten men in blue from the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association. Each helped a group of kids in his area by hooking the fish or helping the students bring their catch back for pictures, weigh-ins and tagging. Take it from this scribe, Carl Bruger, it was great fun handing a battling blue or fighting fluke off to each anxious young angler. Glen Blank, Darren Cardinal, Mike Cargill, Tony DiModugno, Wayne Geider, Bruce Halstater, Bob Kaczorowski, Herb Mockler and Al White comprised the ten volunteers who probably had the most enjoyable day on the boat.  All are anxious for the next pier and party boat adventures.



 

 

 

 

May 23, 2005

 

Thursday May 23, 2005...  Youth Angler Trip to the Ocean Breeze Pier.  This is an Explore 2000 trip.   Staten Island   See Glenn Blank 201-941-5541  or cell  201-341-8351. 

report:

EXPLORE 2000 CATCHES FIVE SPECIES ON OCEAN BREEZE PIER IN STATEN ISLAND.

by Carl Bruger and Glen Blank

            The third youth trip of the spring yielded a five species mixed bag catch for the sixth through eighth grade boys and girls on a day that was partly sunny, breezy and a steady slow pick for the afternoon.  Plenty of skates were available as were undersized fluke boding well for the future after their safe tagging and release.  A few sun dials, sea robins, and bluefish made up the five types of fish garnered by the dedicated twenty young anglers.

            Plenty of help was there for the neophyte anglers as HRFA volunteers again donated their time and efforts to bring fish over the railings. Wayne Geider, Tony DiModugno, Al White, Carl Bruger, Darren Cardinal, Mike Cargill, and Bob Kaczorowski all participated in the event by rigging rods, hooking / unhooking fish,  tying rigs, sweeping the pier, grinding chum, offering advice, and sundry other helpful activities. Glen Blank was the Pied Piper of Piscatorial participation as he tagged many fish and constantly offered the encouragement that has made these trips such a rousing success!

 

 

 

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May 31, 2005

 

 

 

May 31, 2005 Explore 2000 Students  Atlantis Princess out of Staten Island, N. Y.   For more information contact Glenn Blank at 201-941-5541. 

11 am to 3 pm         Adult volunteers needed

Trip Report

HRFA's Youth Trip Coordinator Glenn Blank organized another great day of fishing for 48 students from Hudson County's EXPLORE 2000 PROGRAM and Cliffside Park High School's Environmental Club. Tuesdays half-day trip aboard the ATLANTIS PRICESS (from Staten Island, NY) was blessed with great weather, good tides, and just about everyone on board caught fish. The catch consisted of fluke, sea robins and skates. All off these fish were tagged and released as part of the EXPLORE 2000 PROGRAM. A special thank you to HRFA members Wayne, Tony, Bob, Mike, Len, Marvin, Al, Glen and also the crew of the ATLANTIS PRICESS.

 

 

 

 

June 8, 2005

Wednesday June 8th. Charter boat trip for the HRFA Kids. Staten Island NY.

See Glenn Blank Home 201-941-5541 Cell 201-341-8351 from 11am to 3 pm on the Atlantis Princess-HRFA kids and Grand Kids are free!

Report:

STUDENTS NAIL 25 KEEPER FLUKE

By Carl Bruger and Glen Blank

            Forty-eight students from the Explore 2000 Middle School and County Prep High School had a super successful afternoon of salt water angling aboard the Staten Island based party boat Atlantis Princess on June 8th. The trip and tagging procedures done by Glen Blank were dedicated to the memory of HRFA life member Steve Sloan.  This highly respected and noted author of four angling related books and holder of 44 world records recently passed away.  He was the founder and chairman of “Take A Kid Fishing,” which was the financial fund backer for this very trip.

            What a venture it was!  Not only were several bluefish battled to boat but dozens of fluke from twelve to over twenty two inches were tagged or filleted. Sea robins and skates provided additional if less popular captures on a day when something was coming over the rail on a steady pick. Captain Bob certainly knew where the fish were both swimming and biting. He was ably abetted by an active and enthusiastic crew of six mates, some veterans and others in training. These patient and helpful men included Buddy DiBenedetto, Ralph & Anthony Giovacco, Joe Kolbeck, George Redecha, and Billy Surowiec. Some of these men had just freshly netted rainfish that morning which were the forage fish of choice that tricked the blues and fluke best all afternoon.

            Several educators were present including two Ridgefield High School Biology teachers and one Guttenburg Board of Education Representative. Regulars from Explore 2000 included the ubiquitous John Ponticorvo, film maestro Tony Goodson, and tagging recorder Mohamed Ash.   An impressive number of HRFA volunteers were present again to make sure everything ran smoothly and safely. Joining Glen Blank on board the Atlantis Princess were volunteers Carl Bruger, Tim Burden, Darren Cardinal, Mike Cargill, Tony DiModugno, Wayne Geider, Bob Kaczorowski, and Lenny Litof.

            The mathematics of the boat angler attendance worked out that for every two youth anglers aboard, one adult was present to make the trip go so well.   It was happy busloads that returned with lifetime memories of feisty fluke, some worthy of doormat status and other swimming back in the brine with a Steve Sloan memorial tag that hopefully will some day be returned.

 

 

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June 25, 2005

 

 

Saturday - June 25th. Charter boat trip for the HRFA Kids. Staten Island NY.

See Glenn Blank Home 201-941-5541 Cell 201-341-8351

from 1-5pm on the Atlantis Princess-HRFA kids and Grand Kids are free!

 

Report...Below on July 10, 2005

 

 

 

 

July 10, 2005

 

 

Sunday - July 10th. Charter boat trip for the HRFA Kids. Staten Island NY.

See Glenn Blank Home 201-941-5541 Cell 201-341-8351 from 1-5pm on the Atlantis Princess-HRFA kids and Grand Kids are free!

 

The HRFA kids give Fluke Flying lessons on Atlantis Princess.

The HRFA Youth Committee would like to report that the HRFA kids and grand Kids recently enjoyed two outings aboard the Atlantis Princess Party boat on June 25th and July 10th, 2005 out of Staten Island, New York. The first trip turned out to be another beautiful day with Captain Matt at the helm and all of the kids catching fish. But, it was still just a pick due to the south wind picking up against the out going tide. But, still a productive day for all of the youngsters to enjoy.

The July 10th trip proved to be another enjoyable day with Captain Mike Romeao putting the boat on fish all day with nonstop action with Fluke flying over the rails. It looked like a flock of flying fish along side of the Atlantis Princess through out the whole trip. The kids were roaring with laughter which could be heard from one end of Raritan Bay to the other.

The kids were swinging their fishing poles all day as if they were preparing for a World Series baseball game. This was one doormat of a trip that the the youngsters will take with them down in memory lane for a lifetime of memories.

On the top of everything else, it looked like all of the mates each lost 10 pounds by the end of the trip from all of the non stop action that they went through the course of the day.

The HRFA Youth Committee would like to thank all our members and sponsors who supported the spring and fall tournaments to make these trips possible for the youth of many generations to come.

Thank You.

Captain Glenn Blank

Youth Committee Chairman.

 

 

August 7, 2005

 

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Sunday - August 7th. Charter boat trip for the HRFA Kids.

Staten Island NY. See Glenn Blank Home 201-941-5541 Cell 201-341-8351 from 1-5pm on the Atlantis Princess-HRFA kids and Grand Kids are free!

Review!:

The HRFA member's youth trip aboard the Atlantis Princess of Staten Island, NY on Sunday, August 7th proved to be a bountiful trip as upwards of 70 youngsters and members landed lots of Fluke (both keepers and shorts), sand sharks, skates, and sea robins. As with past trips the charter boat's Chief Mate Buddy and his crew were busy netting fish all day long! Top catch of the day was a six pound fluke caught by Kristen Burden and Michelle Savarese showed her boys up as she out fished her family.

 

 

 

 

Saturday - September 10, 2005 HRFA Kids and Grand Kids Free Fishing trip to Ocean Breeze Pier. Staten Island, NY 9 am -5 pm. See Glenn Blank Home 201-941-5541 Cell 201-341-8351

 

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Monday - September 12, 2005 Youth Angler Charter Boat Fishing trip for the Explorer 2000 students. On the Atlantis Princess Party Boat. Staten Island NY. See Glenn Blank 201-941-5541 or Cell 201-341-8351. Adult Volunteers needed. 11-3 pm.

Trip Report:

45 EXPLORE 2000 YOUTH HOOK & TAG FIVE SPECIES ON ATLANTIS PRINCESS   by Glen Blank

   I’m pleased to give this fishing   report for the September 12th trip aboard the Atlantis Princess.  Thanks to a Grant from Public Service Electric and Gas gotten for the HRFA through the tireless efforts of member Ken Jennings and the Youth Committee, Jersey City youth hauled in quite a variety of fish in an exciting day of angling in Raritan Bay. The Staten Island Based Atlantis Princess had Captain Bob and mates Buddy, Ralph, James and Bill ready to help the neophyte fishermen with all aspects of angling.

Porgies, fluke, sea bass bluefish and sandshark all hit the deck in the name of variety this day. Each species was tagged and released for the children. With HRFA Youth Angler Volunteers Al White, Bruce Halstater, Bob Kaczorowski, and Tony DiModugno aboard, the kids got help using the rods and reels correctly to keep bottom contact despite the breeze on a windy day. Their help made a world of difference!

Report from Tim Burden

HRFA's Youth Trip Coordinator Capt Glenn Blank organized the first trip of the falls season aboard the Atlantis Princess out of Great Kills Marine Basin in Staten Island, NY. and it was paid for by a grant from Public Service Electric and Gas Company. Thanks to them every one on board had another great day of fishing. Seeing this is the beginning of another school year their were about one third of the of the students from Hudson County's EXPLORE 2000 PROGRAM fishing for the first time. We were blessed with great weather, good tides, and just about everyone on board caught fish. The catch consisted five different species of fish. All off these fish were tagged and released as part of the EXPLORE 2000 PROGRAM. A special thank you to HRFA members Bruce, Tony, Bob, Al and of course Capt Glen and also the crew of the ATLANTIS PRICESS Capt Bob, Buddy, Bill, Ralph and Jim.

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Monday - September 19, 2005. Youth Angler Charter Boat Fishing trip for the GuttenburgMiddle School students. On the Atlantis Princess Party Boat. Staten Island NY. See Glenn Blank 201-941-5541 or Cell 201-341-8351. Adult Volunteers needed. 11-3 pm.

Review of trip

40 KIDS FROM GUTTENBURG WHACK WEAKS & BLAST BLUES

by Carl Bruger

            On a perfect Monday, September 19th, ideal weather, tide, and conditions prevailed. The Atlantis Princess once again was a boat full of smiles and successful youth anglers who were seventh and eighth graders from the Anna L. Klein School. Plenty of weakfish and blues, augmented by a few porgies and sea robins, made for plenty of Raritan Bay fish stories. Weakfish to 21 inches and bluefish to five pounds kept the fabulous crew hopping to net, unhook, tag and release most of the finned captures. Steve Ursomanno was our captain and the three mates were James McIntire, Ralph Giovacco, and Jimmy Rafferty. They were the best, often untangling one double header catch from another!

            The trip, funded by HRFA member Darren Cardinal and Public Service Electric and Gas, was the ninth party boat trip of ten planned for youth in Northern New Jersey. Over 500 kids have fished so far in 2005 thanks to generous donations, support and contributions to youth angling by benefactors like those above. Bianca and Andrea Formica, owners of the Atlantis Marina and Yacht Club, have been wonderful hosts to these youth anglers. Many a future fishing “finaddict” will come from these memorable excursions that provided such fun and taught so much to these eager students..

The teachers and advisors who brought this last group deserve thanks and recognition.   Aboard this day were educators Frank Romano and Donna Grzybowski. Sari Zukerman represented the Board of Ed and Chris Ricciardi, the Secretary of the Superintendent, (my old friend and former Leonia Principal, Dr. Bob Penna).

 HRFA Master organizer Glen Blank was especially appreciative of the efforts made by Guttenburg native and HRFA member Lenny Littof who also is organizing a pier trip for that town’s senior citizens in the coming month. Other HRFA volunteers this day on the brine included Al White, Marvin Oresky, Ray Marione, Rich Biagiotti, Bob Kaczorowski, Bruce Halstater, Wayne Geider, Rosario Mannino, Tony DiModugno, and yours truly, Carl Bruger. We had the most fun of all helping kids!

Letter from the Guttenberg School ...

Dear HRFA Members,

On September 19, 2005 40 students from the Anna L Klein School in Guttenberg were given the opportunity of a lifetime.  Thanks to the efforts of your association members, our students were able to board a fishing boat, catch some great fish, participate in the fish tagging program and interact with a group of dedicated fishermen.  Every on of your volunteers was helpful, patient and caring in sharing their expertise and love of the sport with the students.

Hooked on Knowledge is a great way to bring science to life while developing an appreciation for the great outdoors and a respect for nature. It''s great when students can learn about something and have so much fun while participating in the activity that they do not even realize their fun is really very educational.

The trip has probable inspired many of the students to consider fishing as a viable fun time activity. Our students have not stopped talking about their adventures and we are going to ask them to share their experiences with the other students.

On behalf of all our students, we would like to thank you for allowing us to be a part of this great program. Please know that we greatly appreciate the concerted efforts of everyone who made this day happen.

Sincerely

Donna Grzybowski

Frank Romano

 

 

 

 

Friday  -  September 23, 2005. Youth Angler Fishing trip to Ocean Breeze Pier. A trip for the Explorer 2000 students. Staten Island NY. See Glenn Blank 201-941-5541 or Cell 201-341-8351. Adult Volunteers needed.

Report:

24 Students reap benefits of Porgy invasion on the Ocean Breeze Pier.

The Youth Angler Committee is glad to report the September 23rd, 2005 trip went better than expected with 24 6th and 7th graders from the Explore 2000 on Ocean Breeze Pier in Staten Island, NY. It was a bright sunny day with perfect conditions with an incoming tide. Nine HRFA youth angler volunteers were already on the pier when the children arrived. For their fishing expedition which proved to be a successful field trip. The minute the lines went into the water it was pretty steady action with numerous fish being caught, tagged and released. Porgy’s Snapper Blues, Seabass, Kingfish, Blowfish and a Blue Runner were the six species hauled up onto the pier. It was another great day the kids enjoyed and the trip will give them plenty to talk about throughout the school year. We would like to thank Dan of the Outdoorsman for discounting and providing worms during the worm shortage and most of all our youth anglers’ volunteers that day who were the ticket of success for the children’s fishing trips. Wayne Geider, Tony DiModugno, Marvin Oresky, Darren Cardinal, Lenny Litof, Al White,Ray Marione and Bob Kazowalski.

Thank You,

Glenn Blank,

Youth Angler Coordinator

 

 

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Sunday   -  September 25, 2005. Charter boat trip for the HRFA Kids. Staten Island NY. See Glenn Blank Home 201-941-5541

Cell 201-341-8351 from 1-5pm on the Atlantis Princess-HRFA kids and Grand Kids are free!

CANCELLED!!   Boat Repairs!

 

 

 

 

 

Monday - September 26, 2005. Youth Angler Charter Boat Fishing trip for the Paterson Middle Schools students. On the Atlantis Princess Party Boat. Staten Island NY. See Glenn Blank 201-941-5541 or Cell 201-341-8351. Adult Volunteers needed. 11-3 pm.

CANCELLED!!  Boat Repairs!

 

 

 

 

 

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2004

 

2004 Trips

May 10, 2004 Keansburg Pier! May 21, 2004 Charter Boat Trip
May 24, 2004 Charter Boat Trip May 26, 2004  Keansburg Pier!
June 4, 2004 Charter Boat Trip June 6, 2004   Boy Scouts & HRFA Kids
June 7, 2004 Charter Boat Trip June 20, 2004   HRFA Kids
July 11, 2004   HRFA Kids August 8, 2004 HRFA Kids
September 13 Ocean Breeze Pier Trip September 15, 2004 Atlantis Princess
September 20, 2004  Ocean Breeze Pier Trip September 22, 2004  Atlantis Princess
September 29, 2004  Atlantis Princess  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 10th, 2004.

 

Monday -  May 10, 2004 Youth Angler Fishing trip to Keansburg Pier. Keansburg NJ. A trip for the Explore 2000 students. Staten Island NY. See Glenn Blank 201-941-5541 or Cell 201-341-8351. Adult Volunteers needed. 8am -2pm.

Report from the trip!:

HRFA Director and Youth Trip Coordinator Glenn Blank had the first youth trip of 2004 at the Keansburg Fishing Pier today. Even though the fishing was slow, the students did have a great time and managed to land several bluefish, the largest being 29 inches. All of the fish were caught on fresh bunker chunks, were tagged and released on an incoming tide. Twenty Explorer 2000 children participated along with their teachers, chaperones and HRFA volunteers (Darren Cardinal, Ralph Roth, Chuck Mitchell, and Tim Burden). A southeast wind was believed to have hindered the days catch. As with past HRFA~Explorer 2000 trips, Keansburg Fishing Pier owner Kathi Smock discounted the fares and bait for the day. For information on the latest Pier fishing report, call 732-495-8842.

 

 

 

 

May 21, 2004.

 

 

Friday -   May 21, 2004 Youth Angler Charter Boat Fishing trip for the Explore 2000 students. Staten Island NY. See Glenn Blank 201-941-5541 or Cell 201-341-8351. Adult Volunteers needed. 1-5pm.
Report!!!           

A total of 224 of the following species- Fluke,Fluke(Released),Bluefish (Released) searobins

Fishing on Friday, May 21, 2004 , afternoon charter Body of water - Raritan Bay & off of Sandy Hook   location -   NJ
Using squid / spearing

Weather conditions Calm & Clear

HRFA's Youth Trip Coordinator Glenn Blank organized another great day of fishing for 47 students from Hudson County's EXPLORE 2000 PROGRAM and Cliffside Park High School's Enviromental Club. Friday's half-day trip aboard the ATLANTIS PRICESS (from Staten Island, N.Y.) was blessed with great weather, good tides, and 224 fish. Every student hooked and landed at least two fish and the high hook was scored as twelve fish! The catch consisted of fluke, bluefish, searobins and a few skates. With exception to the skates, the greater majority off these fish were tagged and released as part of the EXPLORE 2000 PROGRAM. An unexpected added feature for the youngsters was their witnessing a bluefish blitz along the shoreline of Sandy Hook's inner-northern tip. As you fishermen well know, it was during this time that the fishing was red hot and the kids excitment at their highest level!   A big THANK YOU goes out to James Stalknecht, owner of 4 CLEAN-UP INC., for funding the fishing tr!
 ip. Thanks also go out to Andrea Formica (owner of Atlantic Princess) for allowing extra time out on the waters and to the mates Buddy, Vinny, and Freddy. And a special thank you to HRFA members Wayne Geider, Tony DiModugno, Rosario Mannino, and Tim Burden for volunteering their time to help onboard as mates.

 

A letter from the Cliffside Park High School Environmental Club about this trip:

May 23, 2004

Mr. John Poticorvo, Hudson County School of Technology

Mr. Jamie Stalnecht, 4 Clean-Up, Inc.

Mr. Tim Burden, Trustee  Hudson River Fishermen’s Association

Gentlemen

On behalf of the Cliffside Park High School Environmental Club, we would like to send our heartfelt thanks to the Hudson County School of Technology and Mr. John Ponticorvo, facilitator, for inviting us on their Hooked on Knowledge fishing trip – May 21, 2004. 

 In February our students prepared for this trip by attending a seminar conducted by Mr. Ponticorvo and the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association New Jersey Chapter at the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission Environmental Center.  Our students learned about tides, species of fish and animals indigenous to the area, how to use a rod and real correctly, anatomy of a fish, fish tagging, and finally tasting fresh flounder.  The students who prepared these oral reports were middle school students.  Our high school students were extremely impressed with the knowledge that these students had.  They talked about their seminar for days.

Before we go one, we would be remiss if we did not thank 4 Clean-Up, Inc. and Mr. Jamie Stalknecht, owner, for funding this trip.  This was truly very generous. 

On May 21st we traveled to the Great Kills Marina, Staten Island where we met Mr. Ponticorvo, his students and the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association representatives Mr. Tim Burden, Mr. Glenn Blank, Mr. Wayne Geider, Mr. Tony Dimodugno, and Mr. Rosario Mannino.  We departed on the Atlantis Princess under the direction of Captain Mike and head mate Buddy.  These men should be also be commended because they knew just where to go to catch the fish and keep the rods & reels working correctly.  Never being on a fishing boat before, we were amazed at how immaculate the boat was, and how great the mates were.

The Youth Angler Fishing Program sponsored by the HRFA is a wonderful program.  The men involved in this program should be commended for giving their, time, dedication, perseverance, and patience.   This was the first fishing trip most of our students had ever been on.  To see their faces light up when they caught a fish was memorable.  This will be a trip that will stay with our students for life.  

By the end of the day, the girls were baiting their own hooks and everyone on board caught at least one fish.  A total of 224 fish were caught, tagged and released.

 Thanks again to all whom made our day memorable.

Sincerely

 Barbara  Kennedy             Corless Royer 

         Environmental Club Advisors                       


 

 

Dear Mr. Stalknecht

On behalf of the Hudson River Fisherman’s Association and the HRFA Youth Angler Program we would like to thank you for funding a fishing trip aboard the Atlantis Princess Party Boat for 47 school children from Hudson and Bergen Counties on May 21st, 2004. The trip you funded was a total success and every child aboard that day not only caught a fish, but had a great time also.

There was a total of 224 fish caught with many being tagged and released by the children which is related to their school science project. It’s business leaders, such as yourself, who have succeeded and have taken an active role in their communities which in return help many children throughout the area of Hudson and Bergen Counties.

We hope in the future we can continue to work together. Due to the large waiting list of school children looking forward to going on these trips your continuing support is appreciated.

 

Thank You

 

Glenn R. Blank

HRFA Youth Angler Committee Chairman

 

 

 

May 24, 2004

 

 

Monday - May 24, 2004 Youth Angler Charter Boat Fishing trip for the Explore 2000 students. Staten Island NY. See Glenn Blank 201-941-5541 or Cell 201-341-8351. Adult Volunteers needed. 1-5pm.

Here is the report!

HRFA's Youth Trip Coordinator Glenn Blank and EXPLORER 2000's John Ponticorvo had 51 students from the Hudson County school system fishing on board Staten Island's ATLANTIC PRINCESS yesterday afternoon. Every youngster caught at least one fish and had an enjoyable day of fishing despite Mother Nature's chilly southeast wind and foggy conditions. A total of 90 fish were caught which consisted of fluke, bluefish, searobins and some skates. Most of these fish were tagged and released.

A big THANK YOU goes out to P.S.E.& G. for funding the fishing trip. Thanks also go out to Andrea Formica (owner of Atlantic Princess) and to her mates Buddy, Vinny, and Tom.

And a special thank you to HRFA members Ray Marione, Al White, Wayne Geider, Tony DiModugno, Rosario Mannino, and Tim Burden for volunteering their time to help onboard as mates.

 

 

Public Service Electric and Gas Company

900 West Grand Street

Elizabeth, NJ. 07202

Attn: Mr. Richard F. Dwyer

Dear Mr. Dwyer.

On behalf of the Hudson River Fisherman’s Association we would like to thank you and Public Service Electric and Gas for supporting the HRFA Youth Angler Program. The funding that we received enabled us to take 51 school children from the Hudson County Schools of Technology aboard the Atlantis Princess Party Boat. The funding also enabled us to schedule another school trip in September 2004 at the start of the new school year to get more children involved. The educational fish tagging trip that Public Service Electric and Gas funded on May 24th, 2004, was a total success with every child on board catching fish that day in the Sandy Hook Bay area. A total of 90 fish were caught that day with many of the fish being tagged and released to track their migration and growth rate. It was a great day and we wish you were there to see the expression on the children’s faces when they caught their first fish. Many thanks again and we hope we can continue to work with Public Service Electric and Gas due to the ever extending waiting list of school children looking forward to these trips, wewouls greatly appreciate your continuous support.

Thank You

 

Glen R. Blank

HRFA Youth Angler Committee Chairman

 

May 26, 2004

 

Wednesday - May 26, 2004 Youth Angler Fishing trip to Keansburg Pier. Keansburg NJ. A trip for the Explore 2000 students. Staten Island NY. See Glenn Blank 201-941-5541 or Cell 201-341-8351. Adult Volunteers needed. 8am -2pm.
 

 

 

June 4, 2004

 

 

Friday - June 4, 2004 Youth Angler Charter Boat Fishing trip for the Explore 2000 students. Staten Island NY. See Glenn Blank 201-941-5541 or Cell 201-341-8351. Adult Volunteers needed. 1-5pm.

Take-A-Kid-Fishing

414 East 75 St.

4th Floor

New York, NY 10021

To Take-A-Kid Foundation

On behalf of the Hudson River Fisherman’s Association and the HRFA Youth Angler Program we would like to extend our gratitude and thanks for funding a fishing trip. The trip was aboard the Atlantis Princess Party Boat out of Staten Island, NY on June 4th 2004 for 2 busloads of school children. The trip was a total success with every child on board catching a fish that day. Not only was this a great day of fishing, but many fish were tagged and released by the children, which is related to a school science project known as Hooked On Knowledge. This is a part of the Youth Fish Tagging Program, which is a student generated program. We hope in the future, we can continue to work together to benefit our youth with the Take-A- Kid Foundation. Due to the ever extending waiting list of school children looking forward to these trips, your continuous support will be appreciated.

Thank you

Glenn R. Blank

HRFA Youth Angler Committee Chairman

 

 

 

June 6, 2004

 

 

Sunday - June 6, 2004 Youth Angler Charter Boat Fishing trip for the Boy scouts of America and

any HRFA Kids or Grandkids!  Free Fishing for the kids!

Staten Island NY. See Glenn Blank 201-941-5541 or Cell 201-341-8351. Adult Volunteers needed. 1-5 pm.

AN EXPLORER 2000 TRIP SPONSORED BY DARRIN CARDINAL AND WE OWE HIM A DEBT OF GRATITUDE FOR THAT, SET OUT ON THE ATLANTS PRINCESSON A FINE MONDAY AFTERNOON.

WE HAD ABOUT 50 MIDDLE SCHOOLERS FROM HUDSON AND FOR THE FIRST TIME PASSAIC COUNTY.

WE RAN TO SANDY HOOK AND AS SOON AS THE HORN SOUNDED THE FISH WERE COMING OVER THE SIDE, THE NETS WERE BUSY, THE TAGGERS WORKED NON STOP AND BEST OF ALL THE KIDS LOVED IT.

WITH GLENN BLANK IN COMMAND, ABLY ASSISTED BY CLUB MEMBERS

AL WHITE  WAYNE GUIDER  MARVIN OLASKY  DARRIN CARDINAL  AND LAST MYSELF, LEN LITOF

A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!

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From HRFA Director Rich Berlingeri...

On June 6th the HRFA teamed up with Boy Scouts Troop 3 from New Jersey  and Troop 52 from New York for a fluking adventure aboard the Atlantic Princess out of Staten Island, NY.

 

We had a very windy day to contend with but Captain Matt guided us to the flats off of Brooklyn out of the wind and managed to put us on the fish. We then moved just below the VZ bridge to hook up into several keeper sized fluke.  

The Scouts receive safety training!

The scouts will earn credit toward their Fishing and Safety Merit Badges by participating on this trip. WOW…have fun and get credit for it. Can it get any better…?

We want to recognize Darren Cardinal for  his sponsorship. These trips would not be possible without our generous sponsors!

 

Last and certainly not least hats off to Glen Blank the HRFA Director who puts all our youth angler trips together!

 

 

 

 

 

June 7, 2004

 

 

Monday -June 7, 2004 Youth Angler Charter Boat Fishing trip for the Explore 2000 students. Staten Island NY. See Glenn Blank 201-941-5541 or Cell 201-341-8351. Adult Volunteers needed. 1-5 pm.
 

 

 

June 20, 2004

 

 

Sunday - June 20, 2004 Charter boat trip for the HRFA Kids. Staten Island NY. See Glenn Blank Home 201-941-5541 Cell 201-341-8351 from 1-5pm on the Atlantis Princess-HRFA kids and Grand Kids are free!

Review!  By Rich Berlingeri

Father’s Day Youth Angler Trip

On Sunday June 20th otherwise know as Father’s Day in 2004,  HRFA members along with their children were treated to a fishing trip aboard the Atlantic Princess out of Staten Island.

 The weather...beautiful!  The fish…plentiful!   The kids…ecstatic!  Smile on dad’s faces...priceless!

 The weather was heavenly: bright and cool. The sky was blue sprinkled with small puffy clouds. You couldn’t have asked for better.

 Captain Glenn Blank teamed up with Captain Steve of the Atlantic Princess and put us right on the fish for two long productive drifts.

 In total over 70 fish were caught and plenty of folks would be enjoying a fluke dinner on this Father’s Day!

Darren Cardinal—Your sponsorship is much appreciated!

THANK YOU!

 

 

 

July 11, 2004

 

 

Sunday July 11, 2004- Charter boat trip for the HRFA Kids. Staten Island NY.  SOLD OUT!      from 1-5pm on the Atlantis Princess-HRFA kids and Grand Kids are free!  SOLD OUT!
Report on this trip!

On Sunday July 11th the HRFA teamed up with Captain Mike Romeo under the direction of Captain Glenn Blank to hold yet another HRFA Kids Fishing Trip aboard the Atlantic Princess out of Staten Island, NY.

“Fish on!” “Is it a keeper?” was a common cry heard from bow to stern, port to starboard. The kid’s excitement filled the air. “Net!”, “MATE!!” cries of excited kids with fish tugging on their lines. Seas of smiling faces filled the deck. In total 67 fishermen attended. 31 Fisherkids and 36 fisheradults. All the fisherkids caught fish and most of the fisheradults. What is it they caught you ask???? Why we had: Fluke, Sea Robbins, Skates and Sand Sharks to my reckoning.

The mates did a wonderful job. Fish were landed, lines untangled, tears wiped, lost fish consoled, caught fish cleaned and bagged…what a great job.

Toot, toot, toot…sounds like my horn. The first keeper fluke was landed by Richie Berlingeri , the largest fluke by his dad, Rich Berlingeri. And many, many more by all the wonderful HRFA members and their kids!

This trip was produced by our ever energetic and totally committed to “Youth Angling” Director and Captain Glenn Blank! None of these trips would have come about without the support of all our HRFA members and specifically our generous sponsors!

If you would like to attend our next HRFA Kids outing on August 8th, if you would like to be a sponsor for a trip, or if you would like to join the HRFA please visit our web site at hrfa.us or contact HRFA Director Glenn Blank at: 201-341-8351.

Please attend our monthly meeting at the Ridgefield Park Elks Club held the second Tuesday of each month. For directions and more information about the HRFA please log on to our website at hrfa.us. Everyone is welcome!

 

 

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August 8, 2004

 

August 8, 2004     This trip is set for Sunday, August 8, 2004 at 12:15 pm on the Atlantis Princess.  Staten Island    Adults pay $20 each and all HRFA kids fish for free.  See Glenn Blank for early reservations.  These trips sell out quickly so sign up early!  See Glenn Blank Home 201-941-5541 Cell 201-341-8351

Report on this trip!

On Sunday, August 8th the HRFA teamed up for a HRFA Kids Fishing Trip aboard the Atlantis Princess out of Great Kills Harbor in Staten Island, NY. under the direction and supervision of Captain Glenn Blank. Their were a total of 68 members, kids and grand kids on board. The boat pulled out of the harbor and made the 45 minute run to the Easton side of Sandy Hook in the Atlantic Ocean. As soon as the captain set up and started the first drift the first fluke was caught. Everyone who fished caught fish. If you weren't their you missed a great day of fishing. The weather, boat and fishing was perfect. Thanks again to Captain Glen Blank and his hard work and dedication. 

   

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September 13, 2004

 

September 13, 2004  Explore 2000 Trip.   This trip is scheduled for Monday September 13, 2004 at 11 am to 3 pm at the new Ocean Breeze Pier on Staten Island.   for more information on this trip contact Glenn Blank at home 201-941-5541   Cell  201-341-8351

 

Monday - September 13th, Explorer 2004 Fishing trip. Ocean Breeze Pier. 8-2 pm. Adult Volunteers needed.Contact Glenn Blank 201-941-5541

Explore 2000 Youth Trip September 13th 2004

 

On Monday September 13, 2004  the Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier on Midland Beach in Staten Island saw a blitz of 21 Explore 2000 Youth anglers and 11 HRFA Youth Angler volunteers.

 

The Explorers fished from 9:30 am till 1:30 pm. The catch was over 700 fish touching 7 different species from the abundant Porgy to the exotic Blow Fish.

 

The Explorers were jigging Sibiki rigs to catch the Snapper Blues and a simple Porgy rig with clam bits to haul in hundreds of Porgies.

 

All of the Snapper Blues were tagged and many of the larger Porgies as well.

 

Not only were these Explorers catching their own fish, hey also were trained in the art of handling a live fish to  remove the hook and proper methods of returning the catch to the sea to be caught another day.

 

The best part of the day was the smiling faces of these Explorers as they ventured into the exciting and fulfilling realm of Sport fishing. Who knows where one of these young Explorers may wind up…today they wound up happy in Staten Island.

 



From the desk of:

RICH BERLINGERI


 

 

September 15, 2004

 

September 15, 2004  Youth Angler Charter Boat Fishing trip on the Atlantis Princess for the Explore 2000 students. Sponsored by the NY Metropolitan Outdoor Writers Assn.    Staten Island NY. See Glenn Blank 201-941-5541 or Cell 201-341-8351. Adult Volunteers needed. 11 am to 3 pm

September 15, 2004  Youth Angler Charter Boat Fishing Trip on the Atlantis Princess for the Explore 2000 students. Sponsored by the NY Metropolitan Outdoor Writers Assn.

The Explore 2000 youth fishing trip abroad the Atlantic Princess out of Great Kills Station Island, NY with Capt. Mike Romeo at the helm was another great success. Forty-four young angler participated and caught five different species and everyone on board caught fish.  Thanks to Glen Blank the team leaker and the 11 other HRFA volunteers the kids had a fantastic day of fished. 

Al White 

 

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September 20, 2004

 

September 20, 2004  This trip is scheduled for Monday September 20, 2004 at 11 am to 3 pm at the new Ocean Breeze Pier on Staten Island.   for more information on this trip contact Glenn Blank at home 201-941-5541   Cell  201-341-8351

Report!

 

They did it again! 

 

On Monday, September 20, 2004  the Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier on Midland Beach in Staten Island saw a blitz of 24 Explore 2000 Youth anglers and 7 HRFA Youth Angler volunteers.

 

The Explorers fished from 9:30 am till 1:30 PM. The catch was over 700 fish touching 7 different species from the abundant Porgy to the exotic Blow Fish.

 

The Explorers were jigging Sibiki rigs to catch the Snapper Blues and a simple Porgy rig with sand worm bits to haul in hundreds of Porgies.

 

Most of the Snapper Blues were tagged and many of the larger Porgies as well.

 

Not only were these Explorers catching their own fish, hey also were trained in the art of handling a live fish to  remove the hook and proper methods of returning the catch to the sea to be caught another day.

 

Once again a great day was had by all and their were lots of smiling faces. 

 

Thanks,

Al White


 

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September 22, 2004

 

September 22, 2004  Wednesday   Youth Angler Charter Boat Fishing trip on the Atlantis Princess for the Explore 2000 students. Staten Island NY. See Glenn Blank 201-941-5541 or Cell 201-341-8351. Adult Volunteers needed. 11 am to 3 pm

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September 22, 2004  Youth Angler Charter Boat Fishing Trip on the Atlantis Princess for the Explore 2000 students. Sponsored Public Service electric and Gas Co.

The Explore 2000 youth fishing trip abroad the Atlantic Princess out of Great Kills Station Island, NY was another great success. Forty-three young angler participated and caught over 750 fish of six different species and everyone on board caught fish.  Thanks to Glen Blank the team leader and the 7 other HRFA volunteers the kids had a fantastic day of fished. 

Al White 

 

 

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September 29, 2004

 

 

September 29, 2004  Wednesday   Youth Angler Charter Boat Fishing trip on the Atlantis Princess for the Explore 2000 students. Staten Island NY. See Glenn Blank 201-941-5541 or Cell 201-341-8351. Adult Volunteers needed. 11 am to 3 pm

Rescheduled!!....High Winds!

HRFA gets Certified!

 

 

HRFA Gets Certified

On January 15th, 2005 14 members of the HRFA attended the “Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs” training session and became Certified Instructors in the program .The training was presented by Wayne Tonnesen a conservation officer with the NJ DEP. This now gives the HRFA 16 fully certified instructors the most of any club in New Jersey and possibly the east coast and maybe even the country.

The training covered: Angling Skills, Fish Biology, Human Dimensions, and Life Skills. Each instructor received a wealth of information and material that can now be shared at all club events involving children like “Hooked on the Hudson” and our numerous trips throughout the year.

We had two younger members attend the course as well. Alex Lowe and Richie Berlingeri.

The training was held at the community room in Lincoln Park in Jersey City, a very big thank you to Ken Jennings for setting this up for us after our original site had a scheduling conflict.

Thanks to Tim Burden, who brought the breakfast and to all the other great guys that gave up their Saturday.

 

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2003

 

 

2003 Trips
May 10, 2003 Atlantis Princess!
May 19, 2003 Explore 2000 Atlantis Princess May 21, 2003  Keansburg Pier
May 27, 2003 Explore 2000 Atlantis Princess May 30, 2003 Keansburg Pier
June 1, 2003 Atlantis Princess Cancelled...Weather June 4, 2003 Explore 2000 Atlantis Princess
June 3, 2003 Sea Queen Sheepshead Bay  
Sunday-June 29th.

HRFA Kids free Fishing trip on the Atlantic Princess in Staten Island, NY. Contact
Glenn Blank’s cell 201-341-8351 or at home at  201-941-5541. (Rescheduled from June 1st.)

For Directions Call Glenn or...Click here!

Saturday-August 2nd.

HRFA Kids free Fishing trip on the Atlantic Princess in Staten Island, NY. Contact
Glenn Blank’s cell 201-341-8351 or at home at 201-941-5541.

For Directions Call Glenn or...Click here!

Monday- September15th.

Explore 2000 Fishing trip on the Atlantic Princess. 1-5 PM. Adult volunteers needed only. Contact Blank’s cell 201-341-8351 or at home at 201-941-5541.

The Explore 2000 fishing trip abroad the Atlantic Princess out of Great Kills Station Island, NY was a great success. Forty-five young angler participated and caught four different species Porgies, Sea Bass, Sand Shark and Amber-jack. The total count was 350 fish. We fished along the edge of the Chapel Hill Channel and along the ledge at Norton's Point. According to Glen Blank and John Ponticorvo, "This was the most fish the kids have ever caught on one of these trips."    Al White

For Directions Call Glenn or...Click here!

Monday-September 22nd.

Because of the anticipated hurricane last week end the September 22nd trip had to be rescheduled to Friday, September 26th. The Explore 2000 youth fishing trip abroad the Atlantic Princess out of Great Kills Station Island, NY was another success. Forty-five young angler participated and caught three different species Porgies, Sea Bass and Sand Shark. The total count was about 125 fish. We fished along the ledge at Norton's Point but with the new moon tides the current was running very strong and we needed lots of lead sinkers to hold bottom.

If you would like to join use helping these kids learning to fish contact Glen Blank at our next meeting.

Al White

For Directions Call Glenn or...Click here!

Monday- September29th.

The Explore 2000 youth fishing trip abroad the Atlantic Princess out of Great Kills Station Island, NY was another success. Forty-one young angler participated and caught three different species Porgies and Sea Bass. The total count was about 100 fish. They fished a number of locations of Rockaway and Sandy Hook. Once again because of the new moon tides the current was running very strong and we needed lots of lead sinkers to hold bottom.
If you would like to join use helping these kids learning to fish contact Glen Blank at our next meeting.

Contact Blank’s cell 201-341-8351 or at home at 201-941-5541.

For Directions Call Glenn or...Click here!

 

 

 

 


May 10, 2003 Atlantis Princess

Saturday, May 10th from 1 - 5PM the HRFA members' kids and grand kids will be able to fish for FREE on the Atlantis Princess out of Staten Island, N. Y.  All adults will have a $20.00 charge.  This trip will be co-shared with the youth of the Bergen Barracuda Swim Club. For more information contact Glenn Blank at 201-941-5541.

For Directions Call Glenn or...Click here!

For details on this boat click on the photo.

Review...

HRFANJ and the Atlantic Princess Team up for Success!

 

 

   On Saturday May 10th several adult members of the HRFANJ had the pleasure of taking their children aboard Captain Bob’s Atlantic Princess.

     We left from Great Kills Harbor in Staten Island a bit delayed due to engine problems but the Captain and his crew were determined not to disappoint the “school” of HRFA Juniors on a possibly life changing fishing event. Remember the first big one you landed you were hooked for life.

     The Captain took us down to the bountiful shores of Sandy Hook NJ. Things started off slow at first but then Captain Bob found the sweet spot and put us right on the fish. We pulled in a mixed bag of fluke, Blue’s and the winged unmistakable Sea Robin. One young angler thought he had landed a sea monster and refused to be photographed with the creature least it haunt him in some future expedition on the high seas.

     Marvin’s crew caught the first keeper fluke to get the excitement going.

     Leslie Shan caught  a huge doormat Fluke. It certainly would have been the pool winner but alas no pool! Sorry Leslie.

     Alan Sternberg was using a pink jig head and caught his fair share. Richie Berlingeri commented  that “Dad, that guy is using a pink thing a ma jig and is catching them left and right!” Alan,  Richie wants to order a gross of those things.

     Tim and Kathy Burden hooked many anglers with the cupcakes they brought and Tim hooked and tagged several Blues.

    Rich Berlingeri and four of his boys went home with several sumptuous fillets of fluke and Blue fish.

 New member Frank Choi and his son Steven caught several fish on this their first party boat trip ever. Frank came with me to Hooked on the Hudson and joined the club on the spot. Frank wants to learn how to fish, well he’s certainly come to the right place.

     The best always comes last---HATS OFF to Glenn Blank! His dedication and drive in taking as many kids fishing as possible will pay off in future generations of  avid fishermen and women who had their first experience on an exciting expedition arranged by Glenn. Thank you!

 

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From the desk of:

RICH BERLINGERI

 

 

June 3, 2003 Sea Queen

HRFA Youth Angler Program Party Boat Trip for the Explore 2000 group.
Sponsored by The Take A Kid Fishing Foundation
Tuesday, June 3 1-5pm on the party boat "Sea Queen" Sheepshead Bay, NY

 

 

 

June 4, 2003 Atlantis Princes and the Explore 2000

 

100 Fish were caught this day!

80 Fish were tagged and released by these anglers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 29, 2003 Atlantis Princess

 

 

Keansburg Pier Trips!

Adult volunteers are need to assist these kids. 

Scheduled trips for the pier so far in 2003 are :

May 21, 2003  Keansburg Pier May 30, 2003 Keansburg Pier

These are some photos of the students from various trips to this great fishing location.  trips are being set up all the time. To volunteer or to find out about a specific trip, call HRFA director Glenn Blank at 201-941-5541

May 30, 2003  Keansburg Pier

This trip along with the May 30th trip was hosted by HRFA member Glenn R. Blank.  Glenn headed down to the Keansburg Pier to introduce young anglers to the sport of fishing. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 25, 2002  Eldred Trout Preserve

 


Report On a GREAT TRIP!

Eldred Preserve Trip

   On Thursday, July 25 over 90 children were treated to an outstanding day of fishing fun at Eldred Preserve as a part of the HRFA Youth Angler Program. This trip was sponsored and paid for by the New York Metropolitan Outdoor Press Association.

    NYMOPA member Milt Rosko approached HRFA Director George Graf with the opportunity to take a group of young anglers provided by the HRFA fishing for a day. George acted quickly and recruited children to participate and adult volunteers to help out. The coordination between these two gentlemen resulted in a super day that all who participated in should be very proud of.

   The day began with most of the group meeting at the Ridgefield Park Elks Lodge to board two buses provided by the NYMOPA for the ride to Eldred Preserve in Sullivan County, NY’s beautiful Catskill Mountains. Upon arriving they met up with the rest of the group who had driven in their own cars and were greeted by the volunteers from the NYMOPA which included; Milt Rosko, writer for The Fisherman magazine and other publications as well as a noted outdoor speaker, Ken Schultz fishing editor of  Field and Stream magazine, Jerry Kenney whose outdoor column appears in the NY Daily News, Tom Melton from the Long Island Fisherman, Glenn Sapir  from Gannett newspapers,  Ron Jacobson of the New Jersey Federated Sportsman newsletter, Vin Sparano Editor-in-Chief of the new magazine Fishing Guru, Rick Methot from the NYMOPA, Jim Stabile from the NYMOPA, and NYMOPA President Steve Ferber. Also there to help out and take pictures were the lovely and gracious wives of three of these gentlemen; June Rosko, Sally Ferber and Betty Sparano.

   The children were led to the main lodge and each given a pre-rigged Shakespeare Synergy 5’6’ spincast rod and reel combo to use and take home and a NYMOPA baseball cap. An ample supply of worms and salmon eggs was supplied throughout the day. The kids were split up into groups of 5 and taken to the two well stocked and very accessible trout ponds where they spent the day fishing for Brown, Rainbow and Golden trout. All day long the NYMOPA and HRFA volunteers did a great job assisting the kids in baiting hooks, casting and landing fish. Over 100 Brown and Rainbow trout were caught including some large ones. Some of the catches included; Jason Okoniewski with 11 trout, his sister Allyson with 5 trout, Rockland Co. Boy Scout Troop 52 led by Scoutmaster Bob Memoli and his assistant HRFA member Rich Berlingeri with 20 trout , HRFA members John and Jim Graf whose allotted 10 kids caught 20 trout and HRFA member John Ponticorvo’s group with 6 trout. Also fishing were Park Ridge Girl Scout Troop 205 led by Susan Marcello, River Edge Girl Scout Troop 120 led by Pat Desind, HRFA family members and youths from Cablevision arranged by George Graf.

   For lunch the kids and volunteers were treated to a delicious barbecue of hot dogs and burgers with potato chips, potato salad, cole slaw and cold drinks. After lunch while the kids were fishing the NYMOPA handed out ice cream and frozen fruit bars.

    Trout Unlimited also provided a fly casting clinic at one of the ponds.

   At the end of the days fishing the kids were all given a fishing goodie bag that contained various items including a spool of line, tackle box, plastic baits, fishing pamphlets and magazines and a gift certificate for a one-year junior membership in the IGFA .The items given to the kids were provided to the NYMOPA by various companies including; Shakespeare, Coleman, Purefishing, Stren and Uncle Josh

   All the fish that were caught were cleaned, iced and bagged by Eldred Preserve’s superb staff and every kid in attendance got a fish to take home.

   Also providing invaluable assistance in the days activities were HRFA volunteers,

Glenn Blank, Ray Marione, Darren Cardinal, Jack Lipton, Gil Hawkins, Wayne Guider, Al Sternberg, Mike Cargill, Al DiModugno, Marv Oresky, Dan Davis, Barbara Davis, Thom Paciorkowski and Nils Eckhart.

   The HRFA would like to thank the New York Metropolitan Outdoor Press Association and all contributors and volunteers for providing these kids with a great day that we are sure they will cherish in their memories and we hope will instill and reinforce love and respect for the outdoors and the environment.

 

                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 10, 2004

 

HRFA General Meeting February 10, 2004

Explore 2000

The HRFA general meeting of February 10, 2004 featured Mr. John Ponticorvo and his Explore 2000 group of students.  The students took over the meeting hall from 7:30 pm till 9:30 pm.  Displays of conservation, fishing, the environment, cooking, baits and a host of other topics were spread out all over the meting hall. 

The event proceeded to to formal presentations which circled the room.  Every 5 minutes visitors rotated in a clockwise fashion to witness each display accompanied by some very informative lectures on all the individual topics



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