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HRFA Annual Fishing Contest 2017



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

Various divisions are available for prizes.  

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

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


2013-2017   Contest Chairman:  Aram Setian

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

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Enter Your Fish Catch!

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2017 Leader Board


2016 Winners!


Past Fishing Contest Winners 2002 through 2016


Annual Fishing Contest Past Years Results!

  IGFA Rules Printable Version Photos!  




2017 Leader Board

Salt Water Species

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Striped Bass Released

(Catch & Release) in Inches

Steven Santiago 46.5"


Steven Santiago

46 inches


Mike Santiago 

33 inches
Mike Santiago 45 inches   Stu Berman 33 inches
Mike Santiago 44 inches   John Francesconi  32 inches
Mike Santiago 42.5 inches   Mike Santiago 31 inches
Steven Santiago 42 inches   John Francesconi 30 inches
Mike Santiago 42 inches   John Francesconi 29 inches
Mike Sardinas 40 inches   Mike Santiago  28 inches
Mike Banahan 39.5 inches   John Francesconi 27 inches

Mike Banahan

39 inches   Butch Pawson 27 inches
Steven Santiago 39 inches   John Francesconi 26 inches
Mike Banahan 36 inches   John Francesconi 25 inches
John Francesconi 35 inches   Butch Pawson  18 inches

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Striped Bass 

( Kept )   in LBS

Mike Banahan  41 lbs  3 oz


Mike Banahan 36 Lbs. 12 oz.

Carl Hartmann 20 Lbs.

Gil Hawkins  17 Lbs

Butch Pawson  13 lbs







Rick Englesbe 18 Lbs 1 oz.

Carl Hartmann   17 Lbs.

Tim Burden 15 Lbs. 11 oz.   Tim Burden 10 Lbs. 5 oz.
Carl Hartmann 14 Lbs. 13 oz   Tim Burden 9 Lbs. 13 oz.
Butch Pawson 13 Lbs   Timothy Burden 9 Lbs 8 oz.
Timothy Burden 11 Lbs 4 oz.   Timothy Burden 8 Lbs.
Tim Burden 10 Lbs. 14 oz.   Gil Hawkins 7 Lb
Tim Burden 10 Lbs. 8 oz.      



Daniel Riemann 12 Lbs. 6 oz.

Marc Riemann 10 Lbs. 1 oz.

Butch Pawson 7 Lbs.

Mike Cargill 5.0 Lbs

Tim Burden 4 Lbs 14 oz

John Francesconi 4 Lbs. 8 oz.

Tim Burden 3 Lbs. 4 oz.

John Francesconi  2 lb  12 oz

John Francesconi  2 lb  11 oz

Fluke Tim Burden 2 Lbs. 10 oz.



Bill Fish  6 lbs  2 oz



Butch Pawson     4 Lbs. 1 oz.

Bill Fish  2 lbs  11 oz

Butch Pawson  2 lbs 8 oz

Butch Pawson  2 lbs  2oz

John Francesconi 1 Lb. 11 oz.

Butch Pawson  0 lbs  12oz

Butch Pawson  8 oz



Black Sea Bass

Tim Burden 2 Lbs. 5 oz

Butch Pawson     2 Lbs.  3 oz.

Tim Burden 1 Lb 12 oz.

Tim Burden 1 Lb. 10 oz.

Tim Burden 1 Lbs. 8 oz.

Tim Burden 1 Lb 6 oz.
Tim Burden 1 Lb. 2 oz.


Scup (Porgy)

Butch Pawson  2 lbs  8 oz

John Francesconi  2 Lbs. 4 oz.

John Francesconi 2 Lbs. 3 oz.



Fresh Water Species



Carl Bruger 23 Lbs 9 oz.

Bill Greene  4 lbs 4 oz

Bill Greene  5 lbs 2 oz






Pat Bruger 21 Lbs. 3 oz

Bill Greene 13 Lbs 14 oz.

Bill Greene   13 Lbs. 9 oz.

Bill Greene 11 Lbs 10 oz.

Bill Greene  8 lbs 11 oz

Bill Greene 8 Lbs 8 oz

Trout   Local

Frank Grecco  5 Lbs 3 oz

Wayne Guider  3lb 2oz

Marvin Oresky  1 Lb. 15 oz.

Marvin Oresky  1 Lb 12 oz

Marvin Oresky  1 Lb. 10 oz.

Gil Hawkins 1 Lbs. 6 oz.

Trout  Great Lakes

Joseph Albanese  13 Lbs

Aram Setian  10 lbs  4 oz

Scott Havner 10.0 Lbs

Smallmouth Bass

Carl Hartmann 4 Lbs.

Timothy Burden 2 Lbs 6 oz

Timothy Burden 1 Lbs 10 oz.

Timothy Burden 1 Lbs 6 oz.

Timothy Burden 1 Lbs 5 oz.




Largemouth Bass

Andrew Ward 6.45 lbs

Anthony Carbone 5 Lbs. 2 oz.

Timothy Burden 4 Lbs 3 oz.

Scott Havner  4 lbs

Timothy Burden 2 Lbs 14 oz.

Timothy Burden 2 Lbs 12 oz.

Timothy Burden 2 Lbs 8 oz.
Timothy Burden 1 Lbs 8 oz.
Timothy Burden 1 Lbs 2 oz.


Carl Bruger 30 Lbs

Carl Bruger 25 Lbs

Tim Burden 25 Lbs

Tim Burden 15 Lbs

Carl Bruger 10 Lbs







2016 Winners!

Salt Water Species

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Striped Bass Released

(Catch & Release) in Inches


Mike Santiago  46.5 inches


Mike Santiago 44.5 Inches

Mike Santiago  44 inches

Mike Santiago  43 inches

Mike Banahan  42.25 inches  HRFA 2016 Derby Winner!

Mike Santiago  42 inches

Stu Berman  38 Inches

Mike Santiago  38 inches

Peter Arcari  33 inches

John Francesconi  32 inches

Mike Santiago  31 inches

John Francesconi  30 inches

Tim Burden  -  Striped Bass Released!

Two days of fishing  11/24/2016  &  12/5/2016

Tim Burden  34 inches Tim Burden  33 inches
Tim Burden  32 inches  
Tim Burden  30.5 inches Tim Burden  29 inches
Tim Burden  28 inches Tim Burden  27.5 inches
Tim Burden  27 inches Tim Burden  26 inches
Tim Burden  25.5 inches  
Tim Burden  25 inches Tim Burden  24 inches
Tim Burden  23 inches Tim Burden  22.5 inches

Tim Burden  22 inches

Tim Burden  21 inches
Tim Burden  20 inches Tim Burden  19.5 inches
Tim Burden  17.5 inches

Tim Burden  17 inches

Duplicate size releases are not posted

Way to go Tim!




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Striped Bass 

( Kept )   in LBS



Mike Banahan  41 lb 7oz


Walter Englehardt  32.3 Lbs

Tim Burden  21.5 Lbs

Butch Pawson  16 Lbs

Butch Pawson  13 Lbs

Butch Pawson  13 Lbs





















Carl Hartmann  17.5 lbs

Carl Hartmann  15 lbs

Carl Hartmann  10 lbs





Ed Christensen  7 lbs 9 oz

Carl Hartmann  5 lbs  8 oz

John Francesconi  5 lbs 6 oz

Ed Christensen 5 lbs 4 oz




Wayne Geider  8 lbs  1 oz





Butch Pawson  3lbs 7oz

Bill Fish  3 lbs 5 oz

Butch Pawson 1 lb 8 oz

Butch Pawson 1 lb 6 oz




No Entries



Black Sea Bass

Bill Fish  4 lbs 8oz

Mike Santiago  4 Lbs

Robert Callen  3 lbs 12 oz


Scup (Porgy)


Mike Santiago  3.68 Lbs



Fresh Water Species



Carl Bruger  23 lbs  8 oz

Bill Greene  8 lbs 15 oz

Bill Greene  7 lbs 10 oz

Bill Greene  4 lbs 14 oz

Bill Greene  2 lbs 6oz

Dan Harrison  2lbs




Bill Greene  19 lbs  13 oz

Bill Greene  17 lbs  3 oz

Bill Greene  15 lbs 2 oz

Bill Greene  14 lbs 1 oz

Bill Greene  13 lbs

Bill Greene  10 lbs 4 oz

Bill Greene  9 lbs 10 oz


Trout   Local

Roger J. Muller Jr  4lbs 5 oz


Trout  Great Lakes

Scott Havner  20 lbs 4oz

Anthony Carbone  18 lbs

Joe Marchese  14 lbs

Smallmouth Bass

Wayne Geider  4.7 lbs

Scott Havner  4.5 lbs


Largemouth Bass

Oszzie Husseyin  6.25 lbs

Scott Havner  4 lbs  3 oz

Scott Havner  4 lbs


Tim Burden  22 lbs 11 oz

Tim Burden  21 lbs  3 oz

Tim Burden  17 lbs 14 oz






Youth Anglers 2016

Matt Rivera  Age 12  Trout Great Lakes  13lbs 4oz







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Fisherman of the Year


Fisherman of the Year



Fisherman of the Year 2015

Miguel Sardinas





Fisherman of the Year 2001

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Charles Stamm

Fisherman of the Year 2002

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Darren Cardinal

Fisherman of the Year 2003

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Carl Hartmann


Fisherman of the Year 2004

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Rosario Mannino


Fisherman of the Year 2005

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The Richard Berlingeri Family!

Fisherman of the Year 2006


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Steve Byrne

Fisherman of the Year 2007

Steven Furch

Fisherman of the Year 2008


Ed Noak

Fisherman of the Year 2009

Butch Pawson

Fisherman of the Year 2010

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Mike Santiago

Fisherman of the Year 2011

Al White

Fisherman of the Year 2012

Wayne Geider

Fisherman of the Year 2013

Rick Englesbe

Fisherman of the Year 2014

Anthony Carbone

Fisherman of the Year 2015

Miguel Sardinas






Bait Bucket Award




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

Fishing Contest Questions


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


20 Lbs 11 oz Samuel Beauchamp 3-11-07   

15 lbs Keith Small  1991

Bluefish     1995

20 lbs  3oz.    Roy Pearsall

Flounder      1993

4 lbs     Tom Paciorkowski

Fluke     2014

Paul Gamba  11 lb 10 oz   2010

10 lb 15 oz   Mike Cargill 2005 

10 lbs. 13 oz    Chester Fabyanski   2011

1999 10 lbs 6oz     Tom Paciorkowski

Weakfish    2006  

16 lbs 10oz Steve Byrne

13 lbs 9oz     George Graf      1986

Largemouth Bass 2006  

10 lbs 1 Joe Nardello

Smallmouth Bass 2008

Robert Fanslau  7 lb 0 oz

Darren Cardinal  6 lbs 2oz 2007

Carp 5-2011

38 lb 8 oz  John Francesconi    Photo 2   5-2011

29 lbs Norm Andreasen  1999

Trout  2009

Lake Trout Carl Bruger 32 lb 11 oz.

23 lbs 7oz   (Steelhead)   Rudy Padro   1995

Catfish   2008  

26.2 lbs Carl Bruger



Striped Bass (Released)  2005

53 1/2 inches   Darren Cardinal

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

Striped Bass (Kept)  2008

Mike Banahan 47 lb 6 oz 7/2008

Mike Santiago 47 Lbs 2 Oz 8/20/2013

Darren Cardinal 45 lb 12 oz.  7/2008

44 lb 11oz  Mike Banahan   7/14/2005

43 lb 3 oz  Ken Jennings        11/2004

Black Sea Bass     2013

Ilin Martinez   5.9 Lbs  2/26/2013

Steven Verbovsky  4 lb 2 oz  2008

Salmon     6/2004

50 lbs  4 oz   Darren Cardinal

Scup (Porgy)  8-2009

Margaret Tozzo Porgy 3 lb 4 oz

Andy Liso Porgy  3 lb 0 oz


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

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


Contest  Rules for the year



HRFA Annual Fishing Contest Rules

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

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

2. Catch any fish from the contest list, fill in all information on the entry form and submit it within 30 days of capture. The forms can be mailed in to the contest chairman or handed in at the monthly meetings. An on-line entry form is also available. There will be 14 winners, the heaviest in each category.  

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

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

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

6. Winners with the heaviest fish in each of the 14 weight category will receive a $25 gift certificate to a local tackle shop and a framed award certificate.

7. Winners with 3 longest in the catch and release Striped Bass category will receive for:

longest a $50 gift certificate,

second longest a $35 gift certificate

third longest a $25 gift certificate ... all to local tackle shops.

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

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

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

11. The decision of the judges is final.

12.  You can't change rule number 11

Young Fisherman Award

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

Bait Bucket Prize

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

Fisherman of the Year

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

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

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

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


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

Online entries can be sent in by clicking on the following link.

On-Line Entry Form

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


HRFA Fishing Contest Chairman   Aram Setian


Awards will be given for the following categories of fish

Bluefish Weakfish Flounder Fluke
Blackfish Catfish Carp Largemouth Bass
Striped Bass Salmon Trout   Local Trout  Great Lakes
Scup ( Porgy ) Black Sea Bass Smallmouth Bass
Striped Bass (Catch & Release) 1st Place,   2nd Place,    3rd Place


Big or Small...Enter Them All !


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Past Years Winners!