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2014 Fishing Reports
July 20, 2014
Heather reports that Inconsistent fishing in the local area hasn't stopped the Black Hawk from taking our clients to the more productive grounds. We bought a boat that has some speed and weren't certainly not afraid to use it. Montauk is providing some excellent fluke and seabass fishing, along with some hubcap size scup. Fluke to just over 6 pounds and some real humphead seabass provide our customers with some fine fish for dinner. There's plenty of actions, with a lot of shorts of both species, to keep the rods bending.
A trip to Block Island has seen more seabass than fluke, so the area we go to determines what the catch of the day will be.
Saturday morning's trip, we fished with a boatload of people north of Montauk and did very well, even on the half-day trip, with 5 year old Ethan from Hillsdale, NY catching the pool winning fluke. This won the youngster over $100 in pool money. Congrats Ethan!
The bass and bluefishing in the Race can be a struggle at times, no ifs, ands or buts about it. Friday afternoon in the Race on the 4-10 trip Capt. Matt had some nice bass, with a lot of shorts and a handful of bluefish. Congrats to regular Bobby A, who won the pool with a nice bass- on his birthday, no less! It's a challenge and you gotta work for every one of them. We've seen this before, but in recent years past, everybody has grown accustomed to full bags coming off the boats, with very consistent bass and bluefishing this time of year. We're just not seeing it this year. Like all things, it will change, but until then, we'll adjust accordingly.
Our Celebrate East Lyme Day fireworks trip was a huge success! Each year, the fireworks get better and better! As usual, this trip was free as part of our Black Hawk & the Community program. Each person needed to bring a new, unwrapped toy and a children's book to get on the boat for this free fireworks cruise. We were thrilled to get over 100 toys and 150 books, which will all be distributed to local underprivileged children during the holiday season. We can't thank you enough for all of your support- this will make the holiday season very special for many local children!
July 13, 2014
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that the fishing is consistently inconsistent. Wednesday's night trip was good with fish up to 38 pounds, and a lot of action. Thursday morning in the Race was kind of slow, Thursday and Friday afternoons on the After Work Special trips were good with a lot of bass, a lot of shorts, and enough bluefish to keep everyone happy. Saturday morning was back to being slow again. Flat calm, bright sunshine, and a lot of boats made it tough. Saturday afternoon, back to being good again. I can't explain it, it's just up and down. Hopefully after this moon phase things will level out. Fluke trips to Montauk have been consistent with a lot of action and a lot of decent fish up to 8 pounds. We're looking forward to the New York sea bass season opening.
Heather from the office wants to thank everyone for their support for our diaper drive during our Sailfest fireworks cruise. We collected more than 50 packages of diapers, more than 1,400 diapers total! We've said it before, and we'll say it again- we have the best customers around! Thanks for supporting us while we help our local community! We've got the Niantic fireworks this weekend, where we'll be collecting toys and books- we're looking forward to that trip too! Our schedule remains the same, Monday-Friday one trip at 8:00, two trips at 6:00 am and 1;00 pm on the weekends. We have a few private charter dates still available, so contact Heather for more details or to book a spot. As usual, check our website for updates, videos, and more!
July 6, 2014
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that on Monday, we went to Block Island on a seabass trip, and had a lot of action, with seabass and scup, and some really decent fluke. There's no question we're going to be in for a good seabass season. The rest of the week we spent fluke fishing in the Montauk area. Fluke fishing was very, very good with a lot of action with fish up to 8 pounds. As a bonus, there was plenty of scup to go around. Some great seabass too, although, unfortunately, the NY season isn't open yet, so all the seabass had to go back, to the confusion of many customers. When we bought the new boat this year, we anticipated doing a wide variety of trips with our new found speed, you'll be seeing more and more of these trips as the fishing gets even better.
Due to the inclement weather, with the wind and torrential rain, Friday, July 4th trips were canceled. The weekend trips had Saturday afternoon as the highlight, with some of the best bass fishing we've seen this year. In this highly irregular bass season, Capt. Matt loaded up on the stripers with fish to 30 pounds, with all kinds of bluefish action as well.
Heather reminds everyone that we have our fireworks trips coming up the next two weekends, as well as Ladies Night on July 14th- be sure to call the office to get your spot on board. As always, visit our website for updates, videos, and more.
June 29, 2014
Heather from the Black Hawk office reports that flat calm conditions and bright sunshine have made it tough on certain tides. Definitely the ebb tide is the preferred tide in the Race. Saturday afternoon's trip produced a nice load of striped bass, nothing big, all 28-29-30 inch fish, with enough bluefish mixed in to keep everybody going. The flood tide is a little bit different. When we haven't had the optimum tide conditions in the Race, we've been supplementing with some fluke fishing south of Fisher's Island. A lot of seabass mixed in, but, unfortunately, being in New York waters, we can't keep them. We're looking forward to the New York season opening. Too bad all three states can't get together and have the same seasons and the same bag limits. We're looking forward to our upcoming night trips next week. Also, don't forget about Ladies Night coming up on July 14th- there are still a few spots available, so be sure to call and make your reservations. We also have a few spots left on our fireworks cruises. As always, check our website for all the details. We'll see you soon!
June 22, 2014
Capt. Matt from the Black Hawk reports that the best of the fishing, both for bass and blues, is within little windows of opportunity within each tide. There's places to be at particular points of the tide and you better be there and be ready to catch 'em at those times. We've been catching a few nice fluke on the diamond jigs in addition to the bass and blues. We're looking forward to some fluke trips coming up, there's been pretty good fluking and we're going to take advantage of it.
Heather from the office reminds everyone that we're fishing every day now- Monday through Friday at 8:00 am, Saturdays & Sundays at 6:00 and 1:00. We also have our After Work Special trips on Thursdays and Fridays at 4:00 pm. July night trips will be posted by the time you read this report, and we are also taking reservations for Ladies Night and the July fireworks. Visit our website for details.
June 15, 2014
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that while the June full moon fishing is supposed to be the best of the striped bass fishing, it has been inconsistent and nowhere near the numbers we usually see this time of year. Bluefishing has been fairly consistent, except for Father's Day morning, which was a bit of a struggle for everyone. In the afternoon, it wasn't quite as bad, with a good mixture of bluefish and striped bass.
Heather from the office reminds everyone that we start our full schedule this Wednesday, June 18. We will be fishing Monday-Friday, 1 trip at 8:00 am, Saturdays & Sundays, 2 trips at 6:00 am and 1:00 pm, and After Work Special trips on Thursdays and Fridays at 4:00pm. As always, visit our website for a full schedule.
June 8, 2014
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that porgy fishing up at Greenport seems to be coming to an end. On Thursday's trip, although there were some guys who had their limit, there were more throwbacks that day then we've had all spring season, which is indicative of the beginning of the end up in that area.
Bluefishing is still excellent up there in certain areas. Our local bluefishing and bass fishing can be anywhere from slow to excellent depending on the tide. The flood tide has definitely been the better trip, and customers are getting their fill of diamond jigging bluefish. There's been a scattering of striped bass up to 23 pounds this week as well.
Our first Block Island fluke trip was kind of hampered by easterly weather and drizzle and dampness, but the cracker jack fishermen still got 3-4 apiece, up to 6-7 pounds. More fluke trips will be coming up in the next few weeks, check our website for details.
Heather from the office reminds everyone that we'll start fishing every day on June 18th- check out our website for a full schedule, including specialty trips. We've also got our fireworks trips, Ladies Night, and other specialty trips posted, so be sure to check it out online.
June 1, 2014
Heather from the office reports that bluefishing is holding its own, with fish now showing up in the Race, Plum Gut, as well as over in Greenport. There's a few striped bass being caught on each trip, but not the consistent numbers that we're used to at this time of the year. Everyone is still waiting and hoping and looking and searching for the bass run to happen.
Porgies are still consistent, still some good fishing to be had in the Greenport area, with some of the fish that have spawned out showing in the usual Gardiner's Island regions.
Fluke fishing has been fairly decent, there's been some nice fish caught in the Greenport area, we've even caught a few of them while we're diamond jigging for the bluefish. South side of Fisher's Island and Montauk have been producing some good fish.
We're looking forward to our night bass trips coming up in the next few weeks, call the office to get a spot- there are a few single spots left on a few of the trips. We've also opened up reservations for our Ladies Night trip and for some more porgy trips, so check the website or call the office for more info. Don't forget that June is sock month at the Black Hawk, when we'll be collecting new socks for the local homeless shelter as part of our Black Hawk & The Community Program. Thanks for all your support and donations in May for MASH and other local shelters.
May 18, 2014
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that the bluefish have arrived- a little late, but hungry as ever. Diamond jigging over in Greenport is excellent, with fares getting all they want. There's a lot of bait up there, and diamond jigging is working the best right now. Fluke season opened this Saturday, and there is decent fluke fishing around, with fish upwards to 8-9 pounds being caught. Porgy fishing is approaching its peak, with most people handily getting their limits of huge silver hubcaps. There's been a few seabass mixed in with them, but unfortunately the seabass season is closed and they have to be thrown back. Congrats to Kermit M and his group from Mt. Vernon, New York who had a very successful trip on Saturday, held in memory of their dear friend Rex who passed away in December.
As for the striped bass, we're still waiting at the alter for them to arrive. Usually at this time of the year we're picking away at the them, but not this year. The cold winter and water have delayed everything this year, and the striped bass are no exception. Not Montauk, not Point Judith, not Block Island, not Watch Hill, not the Race- as of this report, they haven't arrived yet. The stage is set and we've been trying various areas for them. There's lots of bait around, so when it happens, it's gonna happen quick. They're going to come quick. We're looking forward to a couple of good weeks of combo trips on scup, fluke and bluefish while we wait for the bass to arrive.
Heather from the office reports that we've got porgy/fluke trips this week on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, leading up into the holiday weekend. On the weekend, they'll be two trips each day- 6am and 1pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. As is our tradition, all active and retired military fish for 1/2 price on Memorial Day Monday. It's the least we can do to thank you for your service. Check our website (www.BlackHawkSportFishing.com
) for full schedules and details.
May 11, 2014
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that the 2014 fishing season is going to be delayed a few more days due to the cold winter and the cold water temperatures. Things are just starting to happen here. There's a few bluefish around up at Greenport, but not enough to make a trip of it. It's going to take a few more days of warm weather before these fish are here. They are on the south shore of Long Island, in Raritan Bay, down in New Jersey- the bluefish are there, there's fluke on the south shore of Long Island, the draggers are getting quite a few there, they should move right inside for the opening of fluke season next week. Jumbo porgies are the mainstay right now. I wouldn't call it the best of porgy fishing but it's all that's around. Some of the fares are getting their 20 fish limit, and others are struggling to get only a few. Within a few more days, it;s all going to open up. The stage is set- there's plenty of bait around, and it's only a matter of time before it busts open. One thing's for sure, when they come this year, they're going to come in with a flurry.
We're looking forward to the 2014 season with our new boat. We've got some porgy trips coming up in the next two weeks, Wednesday and Friday of this week and Tuesday and Thursday of next. We'll also be doing some fluke trips, and will be posting new trips soon- including June night bass dates and our famous "Ladies Night"- a great evening of fishing just for the girls. Check our website (www.BlackHawkSportFishing.com
) for full schedules and details.