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2015 Fishing Reports

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.