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2015 Fishing Reports
November 1, 2015
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that last Sunday's trip was very good for bottom fishing- lots of porgies and jumbo seabass. The fishing this fall has been very consistent. Of course, this time of year it's a weather situation, so don't forget to check the weather before you head down for your trip. Tuesday's special trip was superb-- a beautiful day of fishing. Coolers full of porgies and seabass, with a few codfish mixed in there as well. Friday's trip was a little nautical- with the heavy northwest winds, we were prevented from going where we wanted to go- so we stayed inside. We picked away at the porgies and seabass, but it was nothing like the fishing in the Montauk or Block Island areas. Had a few codfish here and there too. A totally different story on Saturday. Flat calm, bright sunshine- we couldn't have asked for anything better. Big, big seabass, in the 5-6 pound rage, with hubcap porgies and some nice codfish too. The pool winner was an 18 pound codfish. Everyone went home happy with full coolers. Probably the best day so far of the fall fishing season. Again, what an unbelievable difference a day can make. In direct contrast to Saturday's beautiful day, Sunday arrived with a stiff southwesterly gale. We still went- and the fishing was certainly as good as Saturday, but not everybody could catch 'em. Plenty of big seabass, plenty of big porgies, but it was a little nautical. Again, we remind people to check the forecast before heading out- not just the sun and the temperature, but the wind as well. You can always call the boat office and we'll give you an update on the latest conditions we've heard.
Heather from the office reminds everyone that our schedule is now Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, one trip each day, leaving at 7:00 am. We still have some semi-private charters coming up, and a few specialty trips coming up as well, so stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for more info on those. As always, give the office a call if you have any questions or want the most up to date fishing or weather report. We're also still collecting items for our Black Hawk and the Community program- we're hoping to help make Thanksgiving a bit easier for some local families and are collecting food items- especially needed are stuffing mix, canned vegetables, and bread/roll mixes. Thanks for helping!
October 25, 2015
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that unfortunately, Tuesday's blackfishing trip had to be canceled due to high winds and rough seas. There's no sense of beating everybody up for a handful of fish, we just couldn't do it. We're hoping the weather cooperates for our trip coming up this Thursday. On Wednesday, the weather cleared and we had a bluefish charter. We slayed the bluefish, diamond jigging as many as anyone could want, filled all the coolers, exhausted everyone, and then as a little bonus we went seabass and scup fishing. The good anglers got their limit of seabass and everyone had some nice porgies before we went in. Overall, excellent fishing.
Friday, in spite of heavy northerly winds, we fished in some protected waters and really got the seabass and porgies, with a handful of codfish and a few blackfish as well. Excellent fishing, once again, mostly limits on the seabass all the way around with nice stuff, up to 5-6 pounds. Loads of porgies with some nice codfish as well. Saturday was the same. Capt. Matt had the boat on both Satruday and Sunday, both of those days were very good on the bottom fishing, a handful of bluefish mixed in- even though we're not going for them- we still got a few of 'em. Overall, an excellent week of fishing. We're looking forward to continued success in the next few weeks.
Heather from the office wants to remind everyone that our schedule is Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, one trip daily at 7:00 am. This time of year, it's a good idea to call a day or two ahead of time to check on the conditions before heading down. We also have some trips going out during the week- we've got a semi-private charter that still has a limited number of spots available on Tuesday the 27th, and a blackfish trip coming up on Thursday, October 29 Stay tuned to our website and facebook page as we plan on adding a few more special trips in the upcoming weeks.
October 18, 2015
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that we fished every day this week, with an open trip on Columbus Day Monday, a reservations-only blackfish trip on Wednesday, charters during the week and open trips on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Columbus Day Monday showed excellent bluefishing, on both tides with the diamond ijgging, I know we say this all the time, but literally as many as you wanted. If you wanted to catch your limit and then release 40 more fish you could have done it. The blackfish trip on Wednesday was decent, we had togs up to 8 1/2 pounds. As on every blackfish trip, there are people that are better at it than others. It truly tests one's fishing ability. Some people handily had their limit, while others struggled to catch one, and a few others didn't even have a fish. That's tog fishing. Do yourself a favor, if you go on any boat, private or a charter or party boat, get braid line, a good rod suited for that depth and that sinker wait, get the best of hooks and the best of terminal tackle and learn the secrets of successful tog fishing.
Saturday and Sunday was just absolutely dynamite seabass and porgy fishing, limits of both all around the boat, with double headers coming over the rail. It just can't get any better. A few codfish caught amongst the slaughter, a few blackfish caught, and even a few bluefish thrown into the mix. If you're looking to fill your freezers, now's the time.
A noteworthy catch this week, congrats to Capt. Bob and the Sunbeam fleet in setting a new state record on the tautog, smashing the previous record of 23 pounds. That's the third state record to come out of Two Tree Island Channel, which just goes to show we've got some monster fish off the Connecticut Coast. Congratulations Bob!
Heather from the office wants to remind everyone that we will have an open trip this Friday at 7:00 am. We do not have an open trip on Saturday, and Sunday is a special trip with reservations required. We will return to our regular schedule, open trips on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:00 am, on October 30. We also have a few dates open for our "semi-private" charters. Contact Heather for more info about these. As always, visit our website or Facebook page for updates, reports and more!
October 11, 2015
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports diamond jigging on Monday after a 5 day layoff was excellent- you could diamond jig as many bluefish as you wanted. On Tuesday, the seabass fishing was incredible- lots of action, some shorts mixed in, a good number of porgies, and everyone on board had their limit of seabass. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we stayed local and had a good combo of everything- porgies, seabass, fluke, blackfish, and even some jacks- of course we had to throw back what wasn't in season, but it made for interesting days.
Sunday's bluefish trip was nothing short of incredible- as good as it could possibly be. As many fish as you could possibly want. Everyone was arm weary after a few hours. Unfortunately, during the course of the trip, a young man on board had a medical emergency- it was unknown whether a heart attack or stroke. Fortunately, there was a cardiologist on board who was able to help. We didn't want to take any chances, so we headed right in for medical help. We were going to head back out, as we were an hour and half early- but everyone on board had had their fill. Once back to the dock, we took care of filleting the fish while the medical personal attended to the young man. We'd like to thank everyone who was on board for their cooperation and patience during the situation. As Capt. Greg said, health is more important than fish. We would have done the same for anyone out there, including other boats if help was needed. Special thanks to the East Lyme Fire Department and the US Coast Guard for their help as well. We wish this young man well and hope he recovers quickly.
Heather from the office reminds everyone that our schedule is now Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, one trip per day, leaving at 7:00 am. We have a few dates still open for private charters, so give Heather a call if you'd like to get your group on board. We also have a special blackfish trip coming this Wednesday, October 14, and will likely have a few more specialty trips in the coming weeks- be sure to stay tuned to our website and facebook page for details.
October 4, 2015
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that Monday again showed some of the best diamond jigging you could ask for. All the bluefish you could possibly want, with a few bass mixed in. All action, full coolers, and tired muscles. Tuesday was back to bottom fishing with excellent seabass fishing, limits all around, full coolers with a nice combination of porgies mixed in. Unfortunately, the rest of the week was a wash with the high winds and the pending storm. We're planning on fishing again Monday. Everyone's lost a few days, and we're certainly looking forward to getting back out there. Who knows what's going to have changed or where we're going to find 'em, but since we have Mother Nature as a business partner there's not much we can do about. Just need to grin and bear it. Look for an update in next week's report.
Heather from the office reports that this is our last week of weekday fishing trips. Starting on Tuesday, October 6, our schedule will be Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, one trip each day, leaving at 7:00 am. We do still have some dates available for private charters, so give us a call and we'll get your group set up. As always, check our website and facebook page for updates.
September 27, 2015
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that diamond jigging for bluefish remains excellent. All areas are producing some fabulous fall fishing, even a combination of a few striped bass and a few black seabass climbing on the Black Hawk jigs. Some trips, when the tide is right, the customers are arm-weary, catching their fill and saying "We can't catch anymore!"
Bottom fishing has been hampered this week by northeasterly winds. We've really been unable to fish in the primary spots that we've been accustomed to over the past couple of months. Still a lot of action, people getting their limits of seabass, although the scup has definitely been a little bit different with a lot of smaller fish. Capt. Matt fished down the beach over the weekend, on Saturday, beautiful weather under the beach and picked away on 'em all day long. Hopefully this weather system is going to change and we can get back to fishing where we want to.
It is with a heavy heart that we must report that The Black Hawk, Captain and crew have lost a dear friend this week. Wally was a retired lobsterman from Stonington who ran the 42-foot lobster boat the Peggy K. In a tragic accident this past Tuesday, while anchored up and fishing off of Watch Hill, he was run down by a 60-foot yacht. Wally will be greatly missed by the entire fishing community.
On a more cheerful note, the Black Hawk was excited to have a special fishing trip last Friday night. Madeline Guarraia, a 9 year old girl from Niantic who is currently recovering from a bone marrow transplant as part of her battle against leukemia, made a "wish list", and on it was "go fishing". We were happy to help her check that item off of her list. She and a few friends had a great trip, caught their first fish, and even saw some seals. It was a great night and we were so happy to be able to help.
Heather from the office wants to remind everyone that we will continue to fish every day through Columbus Day. Tuesday-Saturday is porgies and seabass at 7:00 am, Sundays and Mondays (including Columbus Day) are bass and blues at 8am. After Columbus Day, we will sail Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday at 7:00 am. As always, check our website or Facebook page for updates
September 20, 2015
Heather from the Black Hawk office reports a week of good fishing. During the week, our porgy and seabass trips showed some excellent fishing- nice seabass, with many fares getting their limit. Good sized porgies mixed in as well. Saturday's trip even had some fluke mixed in. Another week of good, solid fishing. Sunday's trip was good for the bass and blues, with lots of bluefish and a good number of bass mixed in as well. We're looking forward to more good fall fishing in the weeks to come.
As a reminder, we're fishing one trip per day now through Columbus Day. Sundays & Mondays are for bass & blues at 8:00 am, Tuesday through Saturday is for pogies and seabass at 7:00 am. An updated schedule for after Columbus Day in October will be posted soon. Important schedule update: We do not have an open trip this Friday, September 25. You can always check the website or Facebook page for updates.
September 13, 2015
Heather from the Black Hawk office reports a week of good fishing. During the week, our porgy and seabass trips showed some phenomenal fishing- jumbo seabass, limits all around, and we were throwing back keepers. Simply excellent fishing. Saturday's trip, being a nice weather weekend day, was hampered by a greater number of boats in the area, and while we didn't have limits like we did during the week, the fishing was still pretty good.
Sunday's bluefish trip was another great day of fishing, with arm weary customers keeping their fill and releasing the rest. A few striped bass in the mix as well.
The Black Hawk was once again honored to hold the annual "Hook Up With A Vet" fishing trip last week. This trip is put together by the New England Salt Water Fishing Club. Every year we're thrilled to be able to offer this trip to veterans residing at Rocky Hill Veterans Home. Once again, the trip was sponsored by Peter Pan bus company, who donated the bus, and Guertin Graphics, who donated t-shirts and trophies for the veterans. Everyone had a blast and caught their fill of bluefish. The vets even brought food to donate to the Gemma E Moran Food Bank in New London, which we delivered with a load of donated fish fillets. Truly one of our favorite evenings of the year and we're honored to be a part of it.
As a reminder, we're fishing one trip per day now through Columbus Day. Sundays & Mondays are for bass & blues at 8:00 am, Tuesday through Saturday is for pogies and seabass at 7:00 am. An updated schedule for after Columbus Day in October will be posted soon.
September 6, 2015
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports absolutely excellent seabass fishing all week long. Big fish, a lot of big scup in there too. The only exception was Friday's trip- due to the strong northeasterly winds we altered our plans a little bit and stayed inside, fishing around Race Rock, the south shore of Fisher's Island and down at Watch Hill. Fish everywhere we stopped, but no big concentration of them anywhere. As the water chills off, we're hoping something happens here locally. As of now, the premier fishing is out in the Montauk and Block Island area. There's been some codfish caught during the week, a handful of fluke here and there too.
On another note, the bluefishing has drastically improved in the Race. The ebb tide has been sensational, all you wanted diamond jigging, a few striped bass mixed in with them. Customers have been catching their fill and releasing the rest on the bluefish trips.
All in all we're looking for some great fall fishing in the coming weeks.
Heather from the office wants to thank everyone for their Black Hawk and the Community donations so far this month. We were able to take a huge load of dog supplies to Friday's Rescue Foundation last week, where they will go to help dogs who are awaiting their forever homes. We will still collect these items for the rest of September.
Our After Work Special trips are done for the year, we'd like to thank everyone for a great run with these trips this year. We look forward to more of these trips next year. Heather also reminds everyone that our schedule is now Sundays & Mondays, one trip daily for bass & blues at 8:00 am. Tuesday through Saturday it's one trip daily for porgies and seasbass. Check the website for a full schedule and updates.
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.