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2015 Fishing Reports
August 30, 2015
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that the seasbass fishing continues to be excellent over at Montauk. Limits all around, beautiful fish, upwards to 5 pounds. A scattering of scup and even a couple of fluke still.
The big thing in question- the bluefishing in our own back yard. In the Race, and adjacent areas, at times the fishing is nothing short of spectacular. Diamond jigging, bucktailing, bait fishing- it doesn't really matter. We've caught fish consistently everywhere from Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, the Race- and then a few hours later on the next tide, practically non-existent. As we said last week, consistently inconsistent is the only way to put it. I can't explain it. Hopefully it gets a little bit more consistent in the coming weeks.
Heather wants to remind everyone that we have started our fall schedule. Our fishing schedule is now:
Sunday & Monday, 1 trip for bass & blues, leaving at 8am. Tuesday through Saturday we go for seabass & porgies at 7am. We had our last sunset cruise of the season last Saturday evening, and it was a wonderful night. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the weather couldn't have been better. We're looking forward to more of these trips next year. As always, you can check our website for details, updates, and reports.
August 23, 2015
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that diamond jigging has been very, very good locally. On these local trips, the diamond jigging has been producing a lot of bluefish- all you can handle. There's been a little scattering of striped bass, a lot of shorts, a few keepers, and a lot of seabass caught on the diamond jigs as a little bonus. Sunday morning's trip everybody had between 5-8 seabass, in addition to as many bluefish as they could handle. On our all day trips when we've been going to Montauk, it's been very, very good. Friday's trip was exceptional, with some big seabass, bigger than what we've been getting previously- a lot of 5- 5/12 pound fish, double headers at times. Excellent fishing. A few scup and fluke thrown in for good measure. All in all, a really superb week of fishing. We're looking forward to this week coming up.
Heather from the office reminds everyone that this is our last week of before our schedule changes in September. We'll have two trips this Saturday and Sunday, but starting September 1 we'll be running one trip per day- Tuesday through Saturday at 7am for porgies/seabass, and Sundays and Mondays at 8am for blues/bass. Labor Day Monday will be a porgy/seabass trip at 7am. We also have our last sunset cruise of the season this Saturday, August 29- so be sure to call the office to get your tickets before it's sold out. As always, check our website or Facebook page for updates.
August 16, 2015
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that the only thing consistent about this fishing season, in the last month, is the inconsistency. One tide they're all over the place, you can diamond jig the living heck out of them, the very next tide, there's hardly a fish to be had. It's absolutely remarkable. In spite of that, we've been doing the very best we can. In the times when the blues and bass aren't there, we've been running to Montauk. Superb sea bass and porgy fishing, that's all there is to it, a handful of fluke as well. It's been very very good. Saturday is a good example. On the morning flood tide, we went to Montauk. It was excellent. In the afternoon, on the ebb tide, it was as good as it gets locally diamond jigging on the bluefish. We're trying to do the very best we can with the conditions we're given.
Heather from the office thanks the WARM Center for a great sunset cruise on Saturday night. It was a fundraiser for the organization, and they had a sold-out boat. Everyone had a great time- it was a beautiful night, the sunset was gorgeous, and we even saw some seals! They also raised a ton of money for a great local organization. We have some winter fundraiser dates available for our seal watches too, so contact Heather if you're interested. Our After Work Specials are winding down - only a few left for the year. Be sure to get a spot before they're all filled up. Our schedule changes September 1, so check the website or Facebook page for details.
August 9, 2015
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that bluefishing seems to be improving; hopefully it's going to stay that way, but the tides are starting to slow down here and the windows of opportunity are smaller. To show what a difference a day can make: Thursday evening's After Work Special trip was as good as it gets, Friday's was not nearly as good and it fell on it's face. Why, how, when, I can't explain it.
Everyone's catching quite a few seabass during the slacks and the setting of the tides.
The Montauk trips continue to be very, very good, very consistent. Lots of seabass and porgies, with a few fluke still mixed in. We're probably going to be doing more and more of them in the future. They're getting to be more popular and they're very successful.
Heather from the office reports that our schedule will remain the same until September, when we'll change for the bonus porgy season. We only have a few After Work trips left, so sign up soon before they're over. As always, check the website or Facebook for updates.
August 2, 2015
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports excellent fishing this week. The all day trips to Montauk had mostly limits on big seabass, limits on porgies, and some nice fluke up to about 9 pounds.
Very good bluefishing Friday night on our After Work Special trip, excellent diamond jigging- as many as you wanted. There's been a good mixture of the seabass and porgies on the local trips. A good example was Saturday afternoon. It was about as good as it gets diamond jigging- no seabassing- we stayed bluefishing the whole time, everybody got their fill. As many as you could have wanted- many anglers had weary arms! Sunday morning was equally as good, all the bluefish you could want, plus all the seabass you could handle- nice big seabass too. Most everybody had their limit. We're looking to the rest of the season, the fishing just seems to be getting better and better here locally.
Heather from the office reports that our schedule will continue as usual until September, when we'll change a bit with the opening of the bonus porgy season. Check our website for an updated schedule as we get closer to September. As usual, we're collecting school supplies this month for children staying in the shelters/safe houses with Safe Futures (formally the Women's Center). Grab some extra school supplies and bring them down when you come on your trip so we can help these kids get off to a fresh start in a new school year. As always, check our Facebook page or website for updates to our schedule.
July 26, 2015
A week of wonderful weather and excellent fishing, reports Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk. Locally, we split up the trips during the day. Capt. Matt had some good trips on the afternoon tide with the bluefish, and a few bass mixed in. When the tide slacked, he had some excellent fishing- nice seabass, porgies, and even a few fluke mixed in.
The all day trips were spent in the Montauk region, which is still very productive. Limits of seabass and porgies, and some nice fluke too. We had fluke upwards of 8 pounds this week.
Diamond jigging on the bluefish, again, like last week's report, is good in small windows within particular parts of the tide. If you get there at the right time, you got 'em. If you miss it by 30-40 minutes, it can be difficult, if not aggravating.
Heather from the office reports that we're fishing daily, and that charter dates for August are filling quickly- so be sure to call or email if you'd like to get your group on board with us. We're looking forward to our sunset cruise fundraiser for the WARM center on August 15- a few tickets are still available so be sure to grab them before they're sold out. As always, visit our website or Facebook page for updates and full schedules.
July 19, 2015
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that seabass opened Wednesday with a bang! Limits of seabass and porgies, with a good, good shot of fluke up to 10 1/2 pounds. A lot of fluke in the 5-8 pound range- just excellent fishing.
As in the past weeks, the bass and blue fishing locally is steadily improving, but in windows within certain tides when they bite pretty well- you just can't miss that window. They're just not biting the whole tide. The Thursday and Friday after work trips this week had a good combination of bluefish with some nice bass mixed in, and a lot of action on the short bass. A few bass up in the 30 pound range, up to 35 pounds.
Heather from the office wants to thank everyone for a successful fireworks cruise as part of Celebrat East Lyme day. We had a beautiful night, collected nearly 100 toys and 200 books for local children, and saw some great fireworks. Be sure to join us next year! As always, for schedule updates check our website or facebook page.
July 12, 2015
Finally, after months, and I do mean months, of throwing back 4, 5 and 6 pound sea bass, this week, as of Wednesday, we'll be able to keep 'em, and it will bring some of the best fishing of the 2015 season, reports Heather from the Black Hawk office. "It's just going to be some phenomenal fishing," states Capt. Greg. Along with the fantastic porgy and fluke fishing, it's really gonna fill the coolers and bags of clients in the entire area. We can't wait to get going. If you're looking for some great fishing to fill the freezer with high quality fish, now's the time. It's great fishing for kids and families too!
Porgy fishing this week has been excellent. On most trips we have been running to Montauk and having a good combo of scup and fluke with some striped bass and bluefish mixed in. It's been providing consistently good fishing every day.
Locally in the Race we're finally seeing a few more bluefish and a lot more short bass- with a mixture of keepers to keep it interesting- but only on particular tides and then only small windows within that tide. If you're there in the right place at the right time, it's pretty good fishing. This past weekend, for example, the morning trips went to Montauk to go bottom fishing, then we spent the afternoons in the Race because of the windows of opportunity.
Heather from the office reports that we had a very successful fireworks trip- we collect loads of diapers for two very worthwhile local groups. Additionally, we surpassed our goal and collected 548 juice boxes in our juice box drive. Thanks to everyone for their support - we appreciate all you do to help us help our local community! We continue to fish daily, with our After Work Special trips going out on Thursdays and Fridays. We have a few dates still open for charters, so be sure to book yours now before the calendar is full. As always, check our website for updates.
July 5, 2015
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports a week of great weather and absolutely terrific fishing. Night trips on Monday and Tuesday showed really decent bass fishing on fish up to 30 pounds. A lot of action throughout the tide on short bass kept everybody going. Monday we had our limit, Tuesday we were just a couple shy. Flat calm conditions resulted in two beautiful nights of fishing.
The rest of our trips, including the holiday weekend trips, we're all spent over in the Montauk area. Excellent porgy fishing with people easily getting their limits. We had fluke up to 8 pounds this week. On some trips when the conditions were right we did some diamond jigging for bluefish and bass. We had bass on diamond jigs and even porgy rigs with clam bait- fish up to 38 pounds! All in all, it was a great holiday weekend of family fishing fun.
Heather from the office wants to remind everyone that we're taking reservations for the fireworks next Saturday, July 11- should be a great night.
A special thanks to Jerry from Lebanon who drove down on Friday afternoon with 128 juice boxes for our juice box drive for the WARM center in Westerly. We're more than halfway to our goal of 500 juice boxes- thanks for all your help! We'll continue or fish every day, with our after work specials on Thursday and Friday afternoons. As always, visit our website or check our Facebook page for updates.
June 28, 2015
Capt. Matt & Capt. Greg report a week of really fantastic fishing. Some really big fluke with truly monstrous porgies continue to come over the rail on the Black Hawk. In addition, when the conditions are right, fares can diamond jig a good pile of bluefish with a few striped bass mixed in. Largest fish this week were fluke to 9 1/2 pounds and striped bass to 30 pounds. Plenty of action on the short seabass and short fluke round out the list. The New York opening for seabass is July 15,and it can't come fast enough, we're tired of throwing back great seabass every day. The state of Connecticut is open, but we're fishing in New York waters and have to abide by that ruling. July 15 will be here soon!
Heather from the office would like to thank all of our customers and supporters for voting us the number one charter/party boat Southeastern Connecticut in The Day's Best Of contest. We are honored to have been named number one and continue to strive to do our best for our community and customers. On the community note, we have a special trip coming up on August 15 for the Warm Center in Westerly, Rhode Island- a sunset cruise fundraiser. It's sure to be a great night out on the water, so call or visit our website for more info and plan on joining us and helping a great organization at the same time. We're also holding a juice box drive for the Warm Center's summer lunch program, so bring a package of juice boxes with you on your next trip out with us!
We're fishing every day now- Monday, Thursday and Friday we have one trip at 8:00 am, Tuesdays and Wednesdays one trip at 7:00 am. Saturdays and Sundays we continue to have two trips at 6:00 am and 1:00 pm. After Work special trips on Thursdays and Fridays are going well. Night trips head out on Monday and Tuesday of this week, so be sure to stay tuned to this report next week for a full report. Also, reservations are being taken for both fireworks trips in July. As always, visit our website or Facebook page for updates and photos.
June 21, 2015
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that we've been running over to Montauk on most trips, weather permitting, targeting fluke and scup. Unfortunately, a lot of nice seabass were mixed in but with the season closed, they had to go back. Fluke to 8 pounds were caught this week. We will continue to bottom fish whenever we cam due to the slow production of bass & blues in our local area. A couple of trips this week were hassled by high winds, which meant we couldn't go where we wanted to and had to fish in secondary sports. One such trip we had to fish off Milstone in our own backyard for a few fluke and a lot of throwbacks, but that's what it is. When we did go bass and bluefishing, fishing was excellent but the catching was slow. Anywhere from 8-12 bluefish and a couple of bass, with some throwbacks is about the best that can be expected as of this writing. Hopefully this will improve.
We will continue to make calls all over the New England area to get information. My friend Capt. Ray Burke of Belmar, NJ, reports acres of bluefish 60-70 miles offshore. Hopefully some of these fish will eventually move here. The sooner the better.
Heather from the office reports that our schedule is now Monday, Thursday, Friday, 1 trip at 8:00 am. Tuesdays and Wednesdays it's one trip leaving at 7:00 am. We also have After Work Specials at 4:00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays- reservations are suggested for these trips. Saturdays and Sundays we've got the two trips, leaving at 6:00 am and 1:00 pm. We're also now taking reservations for both of our Fireworks trips in July, so call the office to get your spot on board.
June 14, 2015
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that Tuesday, with stiff southwesterly winds preventing us from going to Montauk, we went over to Gardiners Island and had some decent fishing. You had to work for 'em but we had fluke up to 8 pounds. Wednesday the winds let go and we were able to fish in the rips of Montauk- a lot more fish, a lot more shorts, a lot more action and fish up to 5 pounds.
Thursday and Friday on the 4-10 trips the bass and blue fishing is kind of a repeat of last year. Fish are biting on a particular stage of the tide, and you better be at a particular spot at the particular stage if you're gonna catch 'em. Trolling has been a much more productive means with most of the better charter boats having no problem getting their limits. It's a little bit more difficult and picky for the bigger boats fishing on the bottom, but diamond jigging and buck tailing we got some nice bass. We've been getting bass on each trip, on the 4-10 trips you had to work for them. The flood tide has been the better tide. Saturday mornings trip we had a good tide and a full boat of people, and we ended up with a dozen bass up to 24 pounds and 12-15 bluefish. The afternoon had the ebb tide and everything would have dropped off so we went to Montauk fluke fishing. Had a nice shot of fluke, with a lot of shorts and a lot of action all around. A much better alternative, all things considered.
We're still getting tagged trout caught- the latest being caught by Dale Williams of Naugatuck with a nice 17 inch trout, tag number 00096. We've got a lot more fish with tags in them swimming around out there around the state so be sure to look for them when you're out trout fishing. The tags are fluorescent yellow and hard to miss.
Heather from the office wants to remind everyone that we will start our full schedule this Friday, June 19. Our schedule will be Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays one trip leaving at 8:00 am for bass and blues, Tuesdays and Wednesdays one trip leaving at 7:00 am for bottom fishing, and two trips daily on Saturdays and Sundays, leaving at 6:00 am and 1:00 pm. We will also have our After Work Special trips on Thursdays and Fridays, leaving at 4:00 pm. As always, check the website or give our office a call for schedule updates. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook for daily fishing reports, photos, special trips and more!
June 7, 2015
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that Wednesday was a Gardiner's Bay porgy trip, and it turned out to be a one drop spot. Anchored up and the scup kept coming, at times double headers over the rails, fast and furious.
The first 6:00 am trip over the weekend we stayed in the Race- not a good choice. A few bluefish and short bass diamond jigging, and crowded conditions with many boats. Although the charter boats are picking away and sometimes getting their six fish, there's just not a huge amount of fish in our immediate area right now.
The afternoon trip we changed gears and headed over to Montauk fluke fishing. We had fluke up to 5 pounds, with lots of shorts and may seabass that also unfortunately had to be thrown back. Special congrats to Ryan T of New Milford, who was fishing with his Boy Scout troop # 58 of New Milford. Ryan won the pool with a nice fluke. The boys had a great time and we were glad to have them on board with us!
Sunday's trips we decided to do the same. Capt. Matt ran the morning trip and had fluke up to 7 pounds, again with lots of shorts and seabass. Capt. Greg took the afternoon trip with more of the same. Overall, it was a beautiful weather weekend with enough action to keep everyone happy.
Heather from the office reminds everyone that we're fishing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:00 am - these trips will now focus mainly on fluke. We're hoping that the fishing locally will improve and get our After Work Special trips (Thursdays and Fridays at 4:00 pm) off to a good start. Don't forget to check our website for a full schedule and updates. We'll be starting our 7 days a week schedule on June 19. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!
May 31, 2015
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that Memorial Day Monday showed us some great porgy fishing. We had quite a few kids on board and both kids and adults alike had a ball catching jumbo scup and a lot of 'em. It held up right through the week, and Tuesday and Wednesday was more of the same. Capt. Matt had the boat on Friday, porgy fishing and again, full bags and coolers, with everybody getting their limit. We had a good mixture of bluefish on these porgy trips.
The following weekend was back to half day fishing for blues and bass. The bluefish turned out to be a tough grind. Where the fish were so plentiful up in the Greenport, Long Island area a week ago now turned more difficult. All the trips had a little scattering of bass with a lot of shorts. Congrats to 18 year Rob W from Naugatuck, who won the pool on Saturday afternoon's trip with a nice striper. These trips were combined with a little bottom fishing with some fluke and scup mixed in. We're looking forward to some Montauk fluke fishing coming up this week.
Heather from the office wants to remind everyone that our current schedule is Tuesdays and Wednesdays, one trip leaving at 7:00 am for bottom fishing. Thursdays and Fridays we have our After Work Special trips leaving at 4:00 pm- reservations are strongly suggested. Saturdays and Sundays we have two trips, leaving at 6:00 am and 1:00 pm. We will start our full 7 day a week schedule in mid-June. Our Black Hawk and the Community collection for the month of June is socks- when you come fishing, bring a new pair of socks that we'll deliver to the local homeless shelter. Thanks for all your donations in May, they were greatly appreciated!
May 24, 2015
A week of good fishing, ending in fantastic fishing over the Memorial Day weekend. Friday's trip we ended up on a pile of hungry scup. Doubles were coming over the rail. It was fast and furious fishing. With 40+ people on the boat- everyone had their limit and we left 'em biting. Saturday and Sunday were both the same results, only different species, with Capt. Greg taking the morning trips and Capt. Matt taking the afternoon trips. Diamond jigging on the bluefish up at Greenport was nothing short of excellent. Fares were arm weary with full bags and coolers. We're hoping that some of these fish eventually make it to the Race to make our trips a little easier, distance wise, but we'll go where we have to go in order to keep 'em coming. Monday, Memorial Day, we're scheduled to go porgy fishing- hopefully the results will be the same in next week's report.
Heather wants to remind everyone that you can always check our website for a full schedule. We are starting our After Work Special trips, so be sure to call for reservations.
May 17, 2015
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that porgy fishing was very good all week- the more experienced fishermen got their limit with no problem. There were a few seabass mixed in, but unfortunately, with the season not open yet, they had to go back. A few fluke as well, they also had to go back. We had a few striped bass, most of which were short but we did get 4-5 keepers during the week, all on seaclams and porgy hooks. There seems to be more bluefish coming in the area- they sort of disrupted the porgy fishing a bit. We caught quite a few and popped a few more- a 2/0 porgy hook and 30 pound mono is no match for a bluefish.
This past weekend was hampered with a lot of boat traffic, Sunday was exceptionally crowded- with the flat calm conditions and bright sunshine everything that floated was out there. Fishing conditions were so tight that anchors of small skiffs were tangled together, boats were drifting down on top of each other, and there were even a couple of minor collisions, reports Capt. Matt. Despite the difficulties, Matt was still able to find a few good piles of 'em, and most fares had their limits of jumbo porgies.
The fluke season opened on Sunday, and although we weren't participating in it, we heard it was rather picky. There were some boats that had a few fluke. Hopefully everything is going to continue to improve here.
We're looking forward to our weekday porgy trips this week, and still have a few dates available for charters- be sure to contact Heather soon to grab yours before the date is gone. As always, visit our website for a full schedule and fishing updates.
May 10, 2015
Capt. Greg reports that the Black Hawk started our 2015 season last Saturday, May 9, going over to the Greenport area of Long Island for some porgy fishing. Some years, the bluefish and porgies are already in there as thick as mud- but that's certainly not the case this year, probably due to the cold winter. There were porgies caught, but most of them were just the scouts, paving the way for the main body which is sure to come in the next few days to week. Nice size stuff, all loaded with roe, but nowhere in the numbers that we're accustomed to seeing. Saturday's high hook might have been 8 or 10, but on the low end, some caught one or two, and some didn't catch them. As few porgies as there are up there, they seem to come in flurries. You catch a couple of double headers, then you don't catch anything for 20 minutes. Sunday, for some reason, was even slower. It happens every year at the start of the season, that's all there is to it. When it happens, it will happen- it's going to happen like you flipped the switch- it's just when it will happen that we don't know. The warmer weather and wind conditions definitely have a bearing on it. Quite a few nice seabass caught in the mix, but unfortunately the seabass season isn't open and all of them were returned. We've also heard that there's been a few fluke caught up in the Greenport area, and there's been reports of quite a few fluke on the south shore of Long Island as well. There's been no sign of bluefish yet, there haven't even been any caught in any of the traps yet, as of Sunday. We've gotten reports from friends down the island that there's quite a few bluefish in the Sheepshead Bay area and they've been found as far east as Moriches. They also should be here within days. A really high point is the amount of bunker that are around the entire area. Every river in CT is chockerblock full, over in Long Island, the Greenport area, the bay, is solid bunker, which is more than we've seen in a good number of years. One of my friends was setting a gill net for bunker, and while he was loaded up with bunker, he caught some small bass in each net. They were obviously returned. This is a really great sign because in order to keep these fish here, we've got to feed, house and clothe 'em. There were a few guys that went in the Race to try to get some bass, and to the best of our knowledge, nothing has been caught there, although there are a lot of small stuff and a lot of schoolies around. All told, it's a pretty good report, even though it is a little behind. Things are going to bust open within days, so get ready.
Heather from the office reports that our schedule for May has been posted to our website, so be sure to check it out. For the next weekend, we'll be going out at 7:00 am with one trip, and then start our two trip schedule over Memorial Day weekend. We've also posted our spring porgy and fluke trips- these trips are taking a limited number of passengers, so be sure to call for reservations. Our After Work Special trips will start on May 28 at 4:00- we're looking forward to another great season of these trips. As always, check our website for schedule updates and information.