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2013 Fishing Reports
November 3, 2013
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that the 2013 fishing season is definitely winding down as far as the bluefish and the bass are concerned. There's a scattering of bluefish left, there seems to be little pods of them with birds working ferociously over them that are all over the sound. We were blackfishing in Fisher's Island sound and a big group of 'em came in, but for the most part, it's over. They're on the move and by the time you read this it will most likely be over. It was a good season, we had a lot of great trips with the blues and bass, but now we'll have to wait for next year to continue the stories.
Blackfish make up the bulk of the fishing left here. There's a few seabass and a few scup, but again they're all moving to deeper water outside. Blackfishing can remain anywhere from fair to excellent depending on what little rock pile you anchor on and depending on how good your fisherman are. Blackfishing has always been a challenge for all of the party boats, being bigger and less maneuverable compared to the smaller boats, but we're picking away on 'em The local sharpies that fished with us over the weekend definitely had their limits of 4 nice togs and the newer customers had a great experience learning the secrets of tog fishing. Fun was had by all. There's an awful lot of fish in the 14-15 inch range, fish that in the past would have made a good dinner, but with the 16 inch limit we're throwing back a lot of shorts.
Sunday we were hampered with strong northerly winds and it was definitely the coldest trip of the season so far. There were still people who had their limit, we had some nice togs up to 8 pounds, and everyone had a lot of fun despite the stiff winds and cold temperatures. We're looking forward to more tog fishing as November rolls on.
Heather from the office wants to remind everyone that our schedule is Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 1 trip daily at 8am- a mixed bag for blackfish, seabass, and whatver porgies are left within our range. Stay tuned to our website (www.BlackHawkSportFishing.com
) for updates and special trips as they are announced.
October 27, 2013
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that the fishing in general, with the exception of the balckfish, is unfortunately drawing to a close in Long Island Sound. The porgy fishing, although we had a spectacular year, has trickled down to a slow pick. The majority of the scup have left for warmer waters. We'll see their return in mid-May. Bluefishing is still excellent in the Race area, but the definitely have their bags packed and are ready to take flight at any moment. This week's fishing consisted of a smorgasbord of what's left on the scup, some nice seabass, which proved to be very very good, and bluefish and some blackfishing. We were hampered by weather this week, especially on the weekend trips, but still produced some nice seabass, and on Sunday, some excellent bluefishing. Blackfishing remains pretty darn good, and we're hoping we get the weather this week to pursue more of it.
Heather from the office wants to share our updated schedule- we will now be fishing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 1 trip daily, for a mixed trip- blackfish, seabass, porgies, bluefish. Check our website (www.BlackHawkSportFishing.com
) for details about these trips. We continue to have some specialty blackfish trips available as well, check the site for info and dates.
October 20, 2013
Another good, solid week of porgy fishing reports Captain Greg from the Black Hawk. Nice, big platter-sized scup coming over the rails and pleasing all hands. The scup are starting to gather up for the fall migration, but as of this writing, it's as good as it gets. Fares are filling their bags and filling their freezers. Nice combination of seabass mixed in, with a handful of nice sized blackfish. Now's the time, take advantage of of it while it's still here, their bags are packed and they're getting ready to go. Come get 'em while you can.
On the blackfish scene, from what we're told, it's kind of a tough pick in our local area. The smaller boats are doing better in the real shallow water. Tuesday's trip showed a few fish to everybody, with a combination of blackfish and porgies.
On the bluefish scene, it's as good as it gets. As of this report, Sunday's trip was nothing short of excellent. Customers were wearing themselves out. In the Race, you could get as many as you wanted- absolutely as good as it ever gets.
Heather wants to remind everyone that our schedule is Sundays and Mondays, 1 trip daily for bass and blues, leaving at 8am. Fridays and Saturdays we have 1 trip for porgies and seabass, leaving at 7am. Special blackfish trips during the week, check our website (www.BlackHawkSportFishing.com
) for details and reservations.
October 13, 2013
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that porgy fishing is still the big topics of the week. Porgy paradise has been standing up to intense Black Hawk pressure, with great numbers fillin' bags and making customers happy. We seem to be getting customers from all over for this excellent porgy fishing. This week, we had a group from Toronto, Canada who braved the 10 hour trip to get in on this excellent fishing. Fish are still great hubcap size, although on Saturday, we started to see, for the first time, a scattering of short fish, which we hadn't seen before. This is indicative that the fish are starting to move around. Fish just over 3 pounds have been taken during the week. We're still seeing a scattering of nice seabass mixed in with the groups. As usual, the regulars have no problem catching their limit. Saturday's trip we were hampered by strong, Northeast winds that blew over 30, but still the regulars had no problem filling their bags with their limits. No matter what boat you fish on, private, charter, or party boat, having the right tackle pays off in any kind of fishing.
In the other fishery, diamond jigging for bluefish continues to be excellent- fall fishing at its finest. Not a lot of bass, a few shorts, and we're hoping that it improves. Sunday's trip ended up being cut a little short due to the easterly gale up against the strong ebb tide in the Race. It was a big rip and a little nasty. Everyone caught plenty of fish, and if it weren't for the wind, it would have been a fantastic trip. We don't cancel many trips due to weather, as there's usually somewhere we can get to and hide away from the weather, but easterly there's no hiding from.
Blackfishing started this week, and and they're really taking a hammering already- even with the high winds on Saturday didn't hold back the small boats who were anchored all over the place. We've got our night bass trips this week, and some blackfishing too- check our website (www.BlackHawkSportFishing.com
) for updated reports during the week.
Heather wants to remind everyone that our schedule is now Sundays and Mondays, 1 trip for bass & blues, leaving at 8am. Fridays and Saturdays, 1 trip for porgies, leaving at 7am. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, we'll have some specialty trips and some blackfish trips- check out our website for details and reservations.
October 6, 2013
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that porgy fishing is absolutely phenomenal. The weather has been exceptional with flat calm conditions and just the best fall fishing you could possible ask for. Thursday was the hot spot of the week, it just can't get any better. We had a one drop spot- we anchored in one spot, and were covered up with hubcap sized scup. It was just an extraordinary combination of flat calm, bright sunshine- everyone got their limit with a few seabass mixed in. There hasn't been a lot of short fish in this area, a scattering of juvenile seabass, but most of the scup are 12 inches and above- not a lot of throwbacks.
In the other fishery, diamond jigging for bluefish on Sunday was very very good- almost each and every drift on the flood tide you had an opportunity to catch one on the diamond jig. As of this report, the trip was only half-over, and there were a few short bass- no keepers as of yet. Bass fishing overall has been relatively slow, with fish taken at particular times of particular tides.
As everyone knows, blackfishing opens October 10, check our website for special blackfish trips.
Heather wants to remind everyone that our schedule will remain Tuesday-Saturday, 1 trip for porgies leaving at 7am, and Sunday & Monday, 1 trip for bass/blues leaving at 8am, until October 14. Starting October 14, our schedule will be Sundays and Mondays, 1 trip for bass & blues, leaving at 8am. Fridays and Saturdays, 1 trip for porgies, leaving at 7am. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, we'll have some specialty trips and some blackfish trips- check out our website for details.
September 29, 2013
Captain Greg from the Black Hawk reports that without a doubt, unquestioned, this was THE week, the prime porgy fishing bonanza week. Professionals and novices alike, children of all ages- everyone slammed 'em this week, most people easily getting their 45 fish limit. Jumbo, plate sized porgies, with a good mixture of black sea bass. If you're looking to fill your freezers, now's the time.
We went out on our own, and found porgy paradise. Not too much competition at the porgy paradise, making it easy for everyone to get their fill. If they were ever going to eat the bottom out of the boat, this was the week. There's no question about it that using fresh sea clams attracted the motherload like a flock of seagulls to a bag of popcorn. Simply phenomenal fishing.
Bluefishing is at the fall peak, with all the concentration on porgies from most of the other boats, Sundays and Mondays we're doing bass and blues and we're showing some great fishing. Both tides seem to be producing equally well. A few bass being caught with the blues, but with the bluefish so thick we're wondering how a bass can even get to the lure. As with the porgies, if you're looking to have some real action and pull till your arms fall out, now's the time. Sunday's day trip produced great numbers of blues, with everyone getting their fill.
Heather wants to remind everyone that our schedule, now - October 14, is Tuesday -Saturday for porgies, one trip at 7am. Sundays and Mondays are bass & blues, leaving at 8am. We have some specialty trips coming up soon, so be sure to check our website or follow us on Facebook to learn more about these trips!
September 22, 2013
Capt. Greg reports the big news is the week of the full moon bass trips- all the trips had the best of weather you could possibly have for the September full moon, with the exception of the Monday, where it blew 30-35 from the North-Northeast, which severely hampered where we could go and what we could do. The drift was incredibly fast- it would take a very athletic bass to keep up with a bucktail or the eel that night. We still caught a few fish, but nothing compared to the other nights, where we were consistently catching over 30 fish per trip. Nothing big this moon, high fish was in the low 30s, but certainly a lot of action, and, surprisingly, a lot of short fish. With the great weather and the bright moon, it made for fabulous September moon fishing. Everyone had a great time.
Porgy fishing still remains very good, large plate -sized porgies are pleasing all hands, with a good mixture of seabass. Some areas are really hampered with juvenile seabass and short scup, but if you jump around enough places you find where the larger scup are living. On Saturday, fishing youngster Jose DeJesus, age 13, from Hartford was the lucky fisherman to snag a bass on the porgy trip. We've been seeing more and more bass on these trips that have a hankering for fresh clams. It took Jose a while to get the 33 inch bass in, amongst a full boat of porgy fishermen with a light porgy outfit, but he did a great job. Congrats Jose! The bluefishing remains very good during the daytime, with a mixture of striped bass, both tides are producing a lot of fish, diamond jigging and bucktailing are the way to go.
Saturday night we had our 3rd Annual "Hook up with a Kid" fishing trip, sponsored by the Northeast Saltwater Fishing Club, where we took out a lot of young active-duty Marines and a lot of kids from military families. The weather was gorgeous and the fishing was about as good as it gets.
Heather wants to remind everyone that our schedule is now Tuesday - Saturday, 1 trip daily for porgies, leaving at 7am. Sunday and Monday we have two trips for bass & blues, leaving at 8am. As usual, you can check our website for an updated schedule and fishing report: We hope to see you soon!
September 15, 2013
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that some of the best, most consistent fishing of the season has been happening this past week. The Sunday & Monday bluefish trips were nothing short of a diamond jigging bonanza. Our Vietnam Vets trip on Wednesday was more of the same of that kind of fishing with non stop action. Most of the 200 fish caught were donated to a food pantry in Middletown and to a church in Rocky Hill . Our special thanks to the New London Day for featuring the Vets in an article, the Northeast Saltwater Fishing Club for organizing the trip, Peter Pan bus company for providing transportation to the dock, and Mr. Trophy for donating shirts and trophies for the veterans.
Porgy fishing has come alive in a lot of areas. Saturday's trip was non-stop action on big, platter size porgies. The majority of fares had their 45 fish limit and everyone had a great time! In some areas we're fishing, you have to cull through quite a few short porgies and a lot of short seabass. However, in other areas, that's not the case. For example, last week we took an exploratory mission to the promised land and 98% of the fish there were all big hubcap porgies with hardly a throwback. The adventure was certainly worth the trip. We've even caught a few striped bass on these porgy excursions with the largest being 32 inches, which is pretty good on a 2/0 hook and little piece of sea clam. Some nice seabass are being caught too. We anticipate with the colder nights that this fishery will just get better and better.
One note for boaters traveling, especially the smaller boats. There seems to have been an invasion of sea turtles in the area. We're seeing them every day. Remember to keep an eye out, especially during the dawn and dusk times. Some of these animals are 5 feet in diameter and probably in the 400-500 pound range. Hitting one will have dire consequences- and not just for the turtle!
Our full moon night bass trips start this week, we'll be fishing every night and we'll have a report next week. Check our facebook page for updates during the week.
Heather wants to remind everyone that our schedule is now Tuesday - Saturday, 1 trip daily for porgies, leaving at 7am. Sunday and Monday we have two trips for bass & blues, leaving at 8am. Our After Work Special trips are done for the season- we'd like to thank everyone for a great year and we look forward to these trips again next spring! As usual, you can check our website for an updated schedule and fishing report: We hope to see you soon!
September 8, 2013
Capt. Greg reports Porgies, Porgies, and more Porgies, that's the name of the game right now. The few nights of cold weather definitely seemed to stimulate the scup. Saturday's trip had a full boat of scup hunters and they certainly found what they were looking for. As always, the experienced customers had no problem reaching their quota of 45 fish a man. Congrats to Manny G and his buddies from New Haven, who absolutely knocked the socks off 'em. Even the beginners and first timers, with a little bit of help and instruction, caught their fair share. Maybe not their limit, but with beautiful weather and great fishing, everyone had loads of fun. Saturday's trip, although a tremendous amount of immature seabass were caught and released, there were still some nice sized seabass mixed in with the scup, and even a 30 inch striped bass too.
Our one night trip of the week on Tuesday night produced some striped bass for just about all hands, many people having no problem getting their limit. Nothing huge like during June and July but all nice 15-20 pound fish.
On the bluefishing scene, some tides are producing phenomenal results, while others are a a little skinny. It's really quite unusual, because usually at this time of year they're chewing all the time. Diamond jigging is still the preferred method, with some bass still being caught on the day trips.
Heather wants to remind everyone that our schedule is now Tuesday - Saturday for porgies, leaving at 7am. Bass & Blues are Sundays and Mondays at 8am. Don't forget, our September collection for our Black Hawk and the Community program is animal products, like treats, toys, and food. Thanks for helping! Be sure to check our website for schedule updates and more info.
September 1, 2013
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that our bonus porgy season started Sunday, September 1. Even though we were scheduled to go for bass & blues, we spent the first two hours of the trip porgy fishing. We had a good load of people with a lot of kids, and they knocked the socks off the scup. It seems like the fall bonanza is getting geared up to start. So, all those porgy fisherman that want to fill their freezers, take notice. We went bluefishing after the porgy slaughter, and picked up on the bluefish where we left off with the porgies. Everyone caught their fill, releasing dozens and dozens and dozens more.
The ebb tide is still the predominate tide. The flood, at times is very good, at other times it's lean- why that is, we can't imagine - but that's how it is. Diamond jigging remains the way to go.
Bass fishing remains a little difficult in the usual August slump- every now and then we're picking away on a few nice fish when we get the right tide and the right opportunities.
Heather wants to remind everyone that our schedule has changed and now we'll be fishing for bass and blues on Sundays and Mondays at 8:00 am and porgies on Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 am. The last of our After Work Special 4:00 pm trips are this week and next, and there's only a few openings left- so be sure to call the office to get a spot on board. Check our website for details, schedules and September night bass trips. Don't forget, we're collecting animal supplies (dog and cat food/treats, toys, etc) in September for our Black Hawk and the Community program- be sure to bring something when you come to fish with us. Thanks for your help!
August 25, 2013
Capt Greg from the Black Hawk reports another good week of fishing. The weekday trips have have had good, solid bluefishing, with the ebb tide being the predominate tide. Kind of unusual to be this picky on the flood tide- usually, by this time of year, both tides are producing wild results. We've been picking away at the bass on the day trips too. Saturday, Capt. Eric had a 38 inch bass, pretty good for daytime fishing this time of year. Since the fish have been getting a little bit of lockjaw on the flood tide, we've had to do some creative fishing at times. For example, on the Sunday afternoon trip, we did a little porgy and seabass fishing during the flood, where we got some hubcap porgies and some beautiful seabass, before heading back to the bass and blues when the ebb tide finally came. We're looking forward to porgy fishing when we start in September.
Our night trips last week for pretty good for the August moon. Sunday night was good, with a couple dozen fish up to 35 pounds. Monday night, like many trips, the regulars got their limits, with some of the novice fishermen having a bit of a harder time. Overall, not bad for August, which is historically one of the slower months.
Wednesday evening we had a special trip with the Ultimate Sports Program, where we had the privilege of working with their families and taking some kids on their very first fishing trip. We caught lots of jumbo porgies and some beautiful seabass, and everyone had a great time. If you want to see some great video, check out our website.
On the right tides, diamond jigging has been producing excellent results. On Thursday's 4-10 trip, we had a good number of kids on board, and the fishing was spectacular. Everyone had their fill and the kids had a great time. We can't stress enough the importance of taking your kids (or grandkids, niece /nephews, whoever!) fishing! Whether with us or another boat, freshwater or saltwater, take them outside and introduce them to fishing!
The Black Hawk had an interesting call during the week from Jim Landry in Mashpee, MA. He caught a tagged bass in the Cape Cod Canal- one that was tagged here in the Race on the flood tide last spring! Jim gets a special reward from the Black Hawk for letting us know about his fish- don't forget to let us know if you see tagged fish.
Heather wants to remind everyone that our schedule changes on September 1, when we'll be fishing for bass and blues on Sundays and Mondays at 8:00 am and porgies on Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 am. The last of our After Work Special 4:00 pm trips are filling up fast, so be sure to call the office to get a spot on board. Check our website for details, schedules and September night bass trips.
August 18, 2013
Capt Greg from the Black Hawk reports another good, solid week of fishing. Diamond jigging has been very, very good. On Friday's 4-10 trip we had 2 drifts right at the slack where we probably caught 200 fish - just in those two drifts. We released almost all of them as people already had all they wanted, along with some bass mixed in, but just phenomenal fishing.
That being said, Sunday morning was a little slow, flat calm conditions and a lot of boats kind of hampered the catch. We had to put in a little overtime, but everyone caught a few. How it goes from so good to all during the week to a pick on Sunday morning in phenomenal in itself, but I guess it happens.
Porgy fishing seems to be getting better and better and better. We're going to start spending an hour or two on some of our midweek bass & blue trips catching some porgies and sea bass during the slack.
We have night trips Sunday and Monday night- stay tuned for a report next week.
Heather wants to remind everyone that our schedule changes on September 1, when we'll be fishing for bass and blues on Sundays and Mondays at 8:00 am and porgies on Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 am. The last of our After Work Special 4:00 pm trips are filling up fast, so be sure to call the office to get a spot on board. Check our website for details, schedules and September night bass trips.
August 11, 2013
Another week of consistent fishing reports Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk. Capt. Matt reports excellent bluefishing on Saturday morning trip, with a good mixture of bass too, diamond jigging in Plum Gut. Pigeon Rip is consistently producing full bags for fares, again with the diamond jigging.
Capt. Greg wants to congratulate 10 year old Joe L from East Haddam for catching his first fish ever on last Sunday's afternoon trip. Congrats Joe!
Our 4-10 After Work Special trips and private charters have been showing good fishing, with a nice mix of bass and blues. Due the heavy winds, we had to cancel Friday's trip, but are looking forward to the trips this week.
Heather from the office wants to remind everyone that our schedule changes on September 1, when the new schedule will be Sunday & Monday, 1 trip for bass & blues, leaving at 8:00 am, and Tuesday-Saturday, 1 trip for porgies, leaving at 7am. As usual, check our website for a full schedule. September night bass trips will be posted soon too, so check them out online.
August 4, 2013
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports another terrific week of fishing, some of the best bluefishing of the season with a good combination of bass, even some jumbo seabass and hubcap porgies are slamming into the diamond jigs. We've been fishing in a combination of places from the Race to Plum Gut to Piegeon Rip, depending on the tide and the conditions.
Our 4-10 trips have been good, with some nice bass up to 25 pounds this week. Wednesday night's charter was excellent, we clobbered the bluefish on the diamond jigs, then ended the trip drifting eels in the Race and clobbered the bass. A great night!
Heather from the office wants to thank everyone for their donations this week- a big load of supplies will be headed to the homeless shelter this week, thanks for your support!
Don't forget, our schedule changes on September 1. Our schedule as of 9/1 will be Tuesday-Saturday, 1 trip for porgies, leaving at 7am. Sundays and Mondays we'll go for bass and blues at 8am.
We are still collecting items for the homeless shelter thanks to their desperate request for sunscreen, chapstick, deodorant, and first aid items (Band-aids, Neosporin, etc). If you're joining us sometime soon, please consider bringing one of these items with you on your trip. Thanks for your help!
It's that time of the season- time for some mid-season reminders! Please, please, please- plan on arriving early for your trip! In the last few weeks we've had several people who have missed the boat due to traffic or other reasons- plan on getting here early! Be at the dock at least 45 minutes prior to sailing time! If you were catching a flight that left at 1:00 pm, you wouldn't show up at the airport at 12:55- don't do it at the boat either!
Also, you all know we love having kids on the boat- but we want them to have a good time and be safe. Lately, we've had people ask about bringing very small children (4, 3, even 2 years old!) onto the boat. We don't recommend this- wait until they're a bit older and can enjoy their trip!
July 28, 2013
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports another week of fabulous fishing. As many blues as you could want, with a good mixture of bass on most day trips as well. This weekend provided some great weather with some great fishing. With the tides running so strong coming off of the full moon, we've been fishing a variety of areas, including Pigeon Rip and the Gut. We've even seen a handful of jumbo seabass caught on the diamond jigs in the past week. We're looking forward to fall.
Our night trips last week went well. Sunday night was about as good as it gets for night bass fishing. Nothing monstrous like the last few weeks, but fish up to 32 pounds- and a lot of them- just about everyone had their limit! The very next night, Monday, had thick fog coupled with phosphorescence (aka fire in the water) which really hampered the conditions. Nothing like 24 hours before. We still got fish, but it was a struggle. Tuesday was a combination of the two. Still a lot of fire in the water, but once of the nicest weather nights of the season. The regulars got their limit- nothing gigantic - about 30 pounds. The water seems to be exceptionally warm and the phosphorescence seems to be present. Fish were caught on a combination of one ounce bucktails or live eels, depending on the tide.
The 4-10 trips are producing a good combination of bass with the bluefish. Only a few more of these trips left before our schedule changes in September, so be sure to get a spot on board now!
Heather from the office wants to congratulate Garth S and Charlie F, winners of our free trips this week from our Facebook page. Don't forget to like us on Facebook to see what we're up to! We'd also like to thank everyone for their continued support of our Black Hawk and the Community program, and we have a special request. When dropping off the socks from our sock drive at the homeless shelter last week, they had a desperate request for sunscreen, chapstick, deodorant, and first aid items (Band-aids, Neosporin, etc). If you're joining us sometime soon, please consider bringing one of these items with you on your trip. Thanks for your help! As usual, check our website for updates, videos, fishing reports, and more.
July 21, 2013
Absolutely the best week of bluefishing so far this season reports Capt. Matt from the Black Hawk. The boat has been loaded with people and the people have been loaded down with bluefish. Fares have been catching their fill diamond jigging and releasing countless more. Been a good scattering of bass on all the trips too. Diamond jigging again is the way to go. The Black Hawk has been fishing at Pigeon Rip and Plum Gut. Our 4-10 trips have been fishing in a variety of places, including the Race, with the bass chewing pretty good at sundown and after dark. Bucktails and live eels have been the key after dark. We have our night trips on Sunday and Monday- look for a report on these trips next week. We've also been catching a handful of scup on the diamond jigs, mixed right in with the bass and blues- hopefully this is indicative of what's to come this fall.
Heather reports that we had a great night on Saturday on our fireworks cruise- thanks to all those who brought toys for our "Christmas in July" program. They're sure to make some less fortunate local kids very happy this year! We will continue to collect school supplies though the rest of July- thanks for bring these supplies when you fish with us! As usual, check our website for updates and videos, reports, and more.
July 14, 2013
Good solid fishing reports Heather from the Black Hawk office. Fares have been loading up on all the bluefish you could want. This past weekend it was lock and load at Pigeon Rip and the Gut. "Wear yourself out type fishing", reported dozens of customers. A good scattering of striped bass mixed right in, with fish up to 25 pounds. Captain Eric had 18 bass on the day trip on Thursday, with 3 large fluke mixed in. Fishing in the Gut is producing a few monster porgies on the jigs. In the last week, we've had mid August conditions in July, which means slower night fishing as the fish seem to be biting better during the day, and preferring diamond jigs over bucktails.
Ladies Night on Monday was a smashing success, the women enjoyed nice weather, good fishing and great company. Congratulations to Sheri H from Ledyard who won the $100 pool with a nice bass!
Everyone seemed to have a great time on our Thames River fireworks cruise on Saturday night, in spite of the thick fog which hampered the display. Thanks to all our customers for participating in our diaper drive for our Black Hawk and the Community program. We have a truckload of diapers to bring to our partner organizations for distribution to local families in need.
We're looking forward to our kids trip this Monday night, our After Work Specials on Thursday and Friday, and our upcoming night trips too. As usual, visit our website for schedule updates and more info.
July 7, 2013
Another week of good solid fishing reports Heather from the Black Hawk. Capt. Eric and Capt. Matt report plenty of bluefish action and the hammered jigs are still taking their toll on the striped bass population. Plenty of fish in the Race at particular stages of particular tides. On July fifth, a good charge of fish were at Pigeon Rip for the morning trip, with a full boatload of people and hot action on mid-size blues, with a good scattering of striped bass mixed in. Three jumbo fluke also fell to the diamonds with weights up to 9 pounds, reports Capt. Eric. Although he fished in the Race on the morning trip, curiosity got the best of him, and Eric said he just had to go back to Pigeon to check it out on Sunday afternoon. Once again, there was a good charge of them in there and he clobbered 'em.
Capt. Greg reports that the night bass trips have been consistent, with fish up to just over 40 pounds this week. Sometimes it's bucktails, sometimes it's live eels, but, as usual, the more experienced fishermen are scoring big.
Heather is now booking for August charter dates, and still filling up the last few open spots on the Take a Kid fishing night trip and our two fireworks trips. Night trips for August and September will be posted soon- be sure to check our website for updates and trips.
June 30, 2013
Good, solid fishing- that's the word from Capt. Greg Dubrule of the Black Hawk. Bait has piled into our area and with it has come a whole new run of bluefish and striped bass. The fish have been loaded with sea lice, which indicates new fish right off the ocean. The fish come up chockerblock full, puking up small butterfish, white bait, small porgies and sand eels all over the deck. Customers have been getting their fill of bluefish, with a good solid mixture of striped bass and even an occasional fluke. Diamond jigging is again the best way to go, with our Black Hawk hammered jigs producing full coolers and happy customers. Don't be fooled or misled- hammered jigs might cost a little bit more at your local tackle stores, but they CERTAINLY are the number one catcher of bluefish and striped bass in our area. Don't forget to equip it with a siwash hook- again, it might cost a little bit more, but the results will astound you. Some of the offshore tuna boats won't even put a jig in the water unless it's of the hammered variety. It catches the best, hands down, and it's fooling a lot of bass in our area. They're in a very selective and expensive fishery where results speak for themselves and where only the best of tackle is used.
Our 4-10 trips have been equally productive, especially at sundown when we change over to bucktails and sometimes live eels, and the bass ratio goes up. An example was Friday's 4-10 trip when Mike Morgan took the $125 pool with a 25 pound striped bass, caught on a sundown bucktail. The hammered jigs, although productive during daylight hours, don't work after dark. So if you're going to the Race area on your own, make sure you've got bucktails and eels.
All our night trips have been exceptional, as usual the guys that fish a lot and come with their own tackle get their limit and release many more. We've had fish in the high 40's and 50's this week. There's no question that we certainly catch more than our share on these night trips, but credit must be given to the A Team on deck- consisting of Capt. Matt, Nikki, and Alex. They make it all possible on these night trips. Their efficiency, dedication and enthusiasm brings out the best in everyone. The Black Hawk is fortunate to have the best crew around-both day and night!
We are very excited about Ladies Night, coming up on July 8, and our Kids Trip, coming up on July 15. There are a few spots left on both of these trips, so call the office today to get a spot on board- 860-448-3662. This is a perfect time to take your kids fishing- the whole boat is just for kids that night!
Heather from the office wants to remind everyone that we still have a few spots open for our fireworks trips. As usual, we'll be doing our diaper drive for the Thames River fireworks (bring a package of diapers to be distributed to local families in need, and save money on your fireworks trip) and our "Christmas in July" collection for the Niantic fireworks. (We collect toys to be given to local underprivileged children at Christmas- bring a toy and your trip is free) Be sure to Check out our website
for schedules, updates, videos, and more!
We'd also like to thank our customers for all their feedback on Facebook- keep the photos and stories coming!
June 23, 2013
The fishing was up to standard for the first part of the week, but as the weekend approached, the daytime bluefish and bass fishing plummeted. It's hard to imagine that the fishing went from so good to so poor so quickly, but that's what happened. We think that the millions of gallons of freshwater pouring out of the rivers have definitely contributed to the decline. Diving on Friday at Gull Island, which is normally crystal clear, revealed dirty, greenish murky water.
On the bright side, the night bass fishing has been nothing short of excellent, the latest being on Saturday night when the Wallingford Fire Department had one of those trips of the season. Flat calm, bright moon, and fish up to 50 pounds. Earlier in the week we had some similar trips, with one trip producing several fish in the 50's, with the biggest being 57 1/2 pounds, along with at least a dozen fish in the 40 pound range. Looks like the striped bass can cope with the fresh water better than the bluefish. Things will definitely improve, as there are reports of bluefish to the south and east of us. A little weather will help- these flat calm, bright sunshine conditions don't help the cause.
On another note, we don't know if it's coincidental or the year of the international fishing experience, but we've had people from all over the world join us lately- including Bejing, China, Trinidad and Tobago, and Spain. We're loving showing the New England fishery to our out of town guests!
Heather from the office wants to remind everyone that our Ladies Night trip and our Take a Kid Fishing trip have been posted and are filling quickly, so be sure to call to get reservations. Our July night trips are also posted- be sure to check our website for schedule updates and info on these special trips.
June 16, 2013
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that the Black Hawk had a great week, fishing every day with our open trips and several charters. We had some exceptional fishing even through the winds of Thursday and Friday - it looked like the good old days with birds all over the place, fish flopping all around and fares taking their fill of bluefish and bass. Diamond jigging is still the most productive way of catching for us during daylight hours.
Night trips were all good- not the exceptional fishing we've seen in the last few years, where were were catching our limit and throwing back another 2 limits worth, but good steady fishing and certainly enough, with fish to 30 pounds. Bucktails and live eels were the ticket at night.
We got another tagged fish returned to us- a fluke that was tagged over in Greenport 2 years ago was caught off New London by a dragger. It was in the 4.5-5 pound range when it was recaptured. Thanks to Brian Clastell for turning in the tag- he's the latest to receive a Black Hawk hat and sweatshirt. We've been told by our hat-wearing customers that they catch better when wearing a Black Hawk hat- we'll see if the same is true for the commercial draggers! Good fishing Brian!
Heather from the office wants to remind everyone that we are now fishing 7 days a week- 8:00 am Monday- Friday and two trips on the weekends- 6am &1pm. Also, our Fireworks cruises have been posted for July, and night trips will be posted soon. Our special Ladies Night and "Take a Kid fishing" trips will be announced soon too. We're booking July and August charters now. As always, check our website for a full schedule, details, videos, and more.
June 9, 2013
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports a week of good, steady fishing. A good mixture of bluefish and bass. Our afternoon and night trips produced bass on all trips. Diamond jigging seems to be working best for us, especially during daylight hours. Night trips have been producing good results with both bucktails and eels. We've got a whole week of night trips coming up and we're really looking forward to a good week of solid striped bass fishing. Call for reservations for our 4-10 After Work Special trips- the word is out and these trips fill up rather quickly too!
Congratulations to 6 year old Alex Theodorellis age 6 from Hauptauge NY- on the first drift on the Sunday afternoon trip, he caught a nice keeper bass and won himself a Black Hawk hat! Congrats Alex!
The renovations to the facility down at Cini Park are complete, and everything is now open- the boardwalk is open, the parking lot is paved and lined- we look forward to everyone seeing these massive improvements down at the dock area.
Heather from the office wants to thank everyone for their sock donations so far- we already have several packages of socks to be donated to local shelters as part of our Black Hawk and the Community program. Keep 'em coming this whole month! Also, be on the lookout for more info about our Ladies Night trip and our "Take a Kid Fishing" trip- info on both will be coming soon! Check out our website for schedules, updates, videos, and more!
June 2, 2013
It was a fantastic week on the striped bass. All trips during the week, including the weekend, had bass. Wednesday afternoon trip was exceptional, as was the Saturday and Sunday afternoon trips. All fish were caught either on diamond jigs or bucktails. The bluefishing was steady with the only slow period Sunday morning.
The bass are starting bite after dark now, and we're looking forward to some great night fishing in June. Overall, the next 2-3 weeks are going to offer some phenomenal fishing. Check our website (www.BlackHawkSportFishing.com
) for our full schedule, including our June night trips.
May 26, 2013
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that porgy fishing remained excellent right through our last trip which was Friday, May 24. Jumbo porgies were filling everyone's coolers. We're sorry to see it come to an end, but we're on to bigger and better things on the Black Hawk. In addition to the porgies, we tried to spend some time fluke fishing and caught a nice mess of fluke to fill any voids in the coolers. Check our website for new videos. Bluefishing remains very good over in Greenport, and there are more bluefish showing up all the time in the Race. Bass fishing has been consistent, with diamond jigging, bucktailing and storm lures the way to go. Mother Nature didn't' cooperate this weekend, it was the toughest Memorial Day weekend we've seen in years. None of the boats could get all their trips in, the Black Hawk included. We're looking forward to warmer weather and a steady improvement as more bass ad blues move into the area. June, as always, is going to be the hot month.
Our June night bass trips have been posted, and our "After Work Special" 4-10 pm trips are in full swing. As always, call the office or check our website (www.BlackHawkSportFishing.com
) for schedules and updates.
May 19, 2013
Capt. Greg reports that the spring porgy run was in full swing this week over in Orient. We've been running our porgy specials on Wednesdays and Fridays, and we're loading up on jumbo scup. In addition we've been spending some time fluke fishing and this week we had fluke to 5 1/2 pounds.
Diamond jigging on the bluefish in the Greenport area has been fairly consistent, some tides better than others. More and more bass are showing up in the Race and this week should open it up for the holiday weekend. We're looking forward to our After Work Special trips starting this week on Thursday, and a great holiday weekend. As always, in honor of our military men and women, all active and retried military fish for 1/2 price on Memorial Day. We thank you for your service.
Heather wants to thank everyone for their contributions so far this month for our Black Hawk and the Community Program, and remind everyone we will continue to collect cleaning supplies for MASH throughout the month of May.
May 12, 2013
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that the 2013 season is going full blast! Bluefishing is excellent in the Greenport area and the bass have started in the Race already. Our special spring scup trips have been very successful, with everyone catching their limit of the biggest jumbo scup possible. Check our videos online! Night trips for May have been posted, and June trips will be posted soon on our website- www.BlackHawkSportFishing.com
. There are still a few dates left for private charters too.