Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that the best of the bluefishing
has been this week. Diamond jigging was very good in the Race, and
then it just exploded in Pigeon Rip. The fishing was simply as good as
it gets. The weather certainly didn't help this week- Westerly gales
made the fishing a bit more challenging on Friday and Saturday, but we
went out both days and had arm weary customers who caught their fill
and released just as many. We've got a new load of fish donations to
take to the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut this week. The
Black Hawk had some special visitors this weekend- the seals! Seals
have been enjoying the bluefish, grabbing hold of a fish we've hooked,
then coming right up alongside the boat before finally letting go of
the fish and swimming away. We even had a "double-header"- two - two
hundred pound seals were right next to the boat at the same time on
Saturday. It was quite a sight, and everyone enjoyed watching them.
The blackfishing still remains picky due to the high winds and the
strong running tides. Most of the fish being caught at this time are
smaller fish, in the 3-5 pound range. On Sunday, we did a split day,
starting off with bluefishing for a few hours, then ended the day with
some blackfishing, catching three dozen togs upwards of 5 1/2 pounds.
A tremendous amount of shorts were mixed in. Porgies are still a pest-
we're hoping the water will cool off quickly and they'll get out of the
area, since the porgy season is no longer open.
The night bass trips this week were a disappointment- the bass in the
Race area are definitely gone- everyone is struggling. It's like
someone flipped a switch and they left. Tuesday night's full moon trip
was a real grind, with only 4 fish being caught. The fish were smaller
fish, in the 28-34 inch area. No large fish were caught this October
Check our website (www.BlackHawkSportFishing.com) for updates and
schedules as our season is slowly winding down. This week, we'll fish
on Friday and Saturday for bass & blues, and on Sunday for
blackfish. All trips leave at 8am and return to the dock around 3pm.
Heather from the Black Hawk would like to thank everyone for what was
one of the best porgy seasons in recent memory. We had so many amazing
trips, it was simply an incredible season that was red-hot until the
end. Loads of jumbo porgies, with nearly everyone on almost every trip
catching their limit of 40 fish per person. Last week, with trips on
Sunday and Columbus Day, we ended the porgy season on a high note- so
many fish the mates were filleting for what seemed like hours! Here's
hoping next year the regulations are loosened and we can go back to a
slightly longer season. It seems like the season closes at the peak of
the porgy fishing.
Thursday, we went out for bass & blues- and had another
incredible trip. Customers were exhausted on the trip home from
catching their fill of both bass and blues- now is definitely the time
to fill the freezer for the winter. While the fishing is still hot
now, the bluefish have their bags packed and airline tickets in hand-
so now it's just a waiting game to see how long they hang around. We
lost Friday's trip due to the high winds, but fished Saturday. Despite
strong Northwest winds, on the Ebb tide we were very successful with
both the bass and blues. Sunday was a combo bass, blues and blackfish
trip, and as of this report, the boat is anchored out with a steady
pick of nice togs.
We're very excited for our full moon night bass trips this week-
look for our report next week to find out how it went. As usual, check
our website (
) for our updated schedule and information regarding current and upcoming trips.
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports another week that was
hampered by strong winds, but when we fished, it was excellent. The
porgy fishing over the holiday weekend was nothing short of
spectacular. Nearly everyone easily caught their 40 fish limit, and we
were throwing them back every trip. All fish were nice, big jumbo
porgies. It's just too bad that the season has to end when the fishing
is just so good. On several trips, the mates starting filleting fish
halfway though the trip- and we're still filleting at the dock since we
had so many fish!
We're excited about the rest of our season; we continue fishing
for bass and blues on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and will be
blackfishing on Sundays and Mondays. Check out our website (www.BlackHawkSportFishing.com
) for a full schedule. We're also looking forward to our October full moon trips, coming up soon.
Heather from the Black Hawk office wants to remind everyone that
in October, we're collecting household supplies (dish soap, dish
towels, Windex, sponges, etc) for MASH, which runs local homeless
shelters and transistion housing. Help the Black Hawk support our
local community through our Black Hawk and the Community Program, and
save money on your fishing trip at the same time.
Bass and blues remain relatively unchanged. Still plenty of blues with a
good mixture of striped bass mixed in. Again, weather played havoc
this week, Thursday and Friday, and unfortunately we lost both days.
Saturday was the best day, we decided to take a run down Fisher's Island
to old reliable "Hubcap Ridge" where the porgy fishing was excellent
with plenty of big fish and a good scattering of sea bass up to 4 1/2
pounds. Sunday's trip was hampered with strong NE winds, but the
fishing was still very good at Race Rock, and once again, if you're a
good fisherman, you caught your limit. There were also some blackfish
mixed in with the weekend's trips, both undersized and keepers. Porgy
fishing will remain strong right through the end of the season, October
11, and unfortunately, the very best of it will probably be after the
Night bass trips for the October full moon trips will be posted
online this week, so stay tuned and check the site (www.BlackHawkSportFishing.com
for details. It's the last chance of the year to nail that 50 pounder-
so plan to join us then.
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports bluefishing still remains very
consistent- we're only fishing for blues and bass on Mondays and
Tuesdays but last week's trips were very good, with a good mixture of
striped bass as well. Once again, as it's been all season long, diamond
jigging and bucktails have definitely out caught any other method. Our
Captain's choice full moon night trips were very successful. Monday
night's trip had fish over 40 pounds. Tuesday's trip was unfortunately
canceled due to strong winds and rough sea conditions, but Wednesday's
night trip was absolutely sensational and will probably go down as one
of the premier nights of 2010. We had 21 fisherman on board the boat,
and we had our limit of 2 per man, plus threw back a large quantity of
fish. We had fish upwards of 35 pounds and everyone had their fill.
Both nights, bluefish were not a problem- we only caught 8-10 bluefish
each night. Our last night trips of the season will be on the October
full moon- look for the dates on our website to be posted soon.
Porgy fishing has been nothing short of excellent.
During the week, if you're a good fisherman, you'll have no problem
easily catching your 40 fish limit. Sizes have been varied from day to
day, but for a few days we really got into the jumbo hubcaps. The
weekend trips, unfortunately, were hampered a little bit by
weather- Saturday started off little sloppy with strong Southwesterly
winds but as the day went on the weather improved.
Our schedule will change after Columbus Day, as we
go back to bass and blues, and start blackfishing. As always, check our
for a full schedule.
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports another great week of fishing.
Monday and Tuesday bass & blue trips were great- loads of blues,
with a nice mixture of bass as well. We're noticing more and more bass
on our day trips, making us very excited for our full moon night trips
this week. Porgies, once again, were fantastic. On Wednesday, it was
blowing a gale so we elected not to go to Race Rock, but instead went
down East to some grounds where the weather was calm and the porgies
were jumbo- "Hubcap Ridge". Huge porgies and very happy customers were
everywhere that day. Porgy fishing continued to be great through the
weekend, and should remain so this week too. We also had a few seabass
mixed in with the porgies. Our last "After Work Special" trips of the
year were very successful- again, loads of blues and many nice bass as
well. We are looking forward to these trips again next season! The
Black Hawk will continue porgy fishing Wednesday-Sunday, and fishing for
bass and blues on Mondays and Tuesdays. Check our website (www.BlackHawkSportFishing.com
for a full schedule.
Heather from the Black Hawk office wants to remind everyone that there's
one more week to bring in art supplies for Hospice of Southeastern
Connecticut as part of the Black Hawk and the Community program, and
that in October we'll be collecting household cleaning supplies
(sponges, dish soap, etc) for MASH. And don't forget to save those
tickets from your trips this year- you'll need them this winter at our
exciting winter event....more details to come soon!
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk
reports that the bass & bluefish remain plentiful and the fishing
was good this past week. Labor Day and Tuesday saw lots of fish, with a
good mix of both bass and blues. But the real hot news is the
PORGIES! The porgy fishing has been phenomenal. Slow drifting proved
to be the most successful, except on Sunday, when we had a "One Drop
Spot". We anchored on a pile, and the entire boat caught their limit,
and we headed in early. All jumbos culling out the larges. Sea clams,
fresh squid, blood and sand worms were the ticket with plenty of clam
chum in the chum pot. Be sure to check our website for photos and
videos. The 4pm trips this week were also good- a good mix of bass and
blues on these trips. Next week is our final week of these "After Work
Special" trips- as of right now, there are just a few spots open on the
Thursday trip, so call the office to get your spot on board!Lot's to
look forward to: Our upcoming night bass trips, an incredible porgy
season, the upcoming blackfishing, and our BIG exciting event of the
winter. Check our website and be sure to stay tuned for more details
about that one....it's going to be good!
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk
reports that the beginning of the week was great. Lots of fun fishing
for our customers who joined us early in the week. Once again, loads of
fish- it just couldn't get any better. They were biting on everything-
diamond jigs, bait, and buckails, with diamond jigs working the best
for us. Just like it's been for the past few weeks, everyone caught
their fill and released plenty more back to the water.Hurricane Earl put
a damper on the holiday weekend, that's for sure. While the weather
wasn't bad during the day on Friday, the forecasters scared everyone
away. Saturday was even worse, due to the strong westerly wind that
kept up all day long. Sunday morning produced great results, with lots
of bluefish being caught on diamond jigs. There was a good mix of
striped bass too. Sunday afternoon trip was equally as good.Heather from
the Black Hawk office reminds everyone that we will start porgy fishing
this Wednesday, September 8th. We'll still have bass and blue trips,
these will be Mondays and Tuesdays at 8am. There's also a few more
spaces left on our last "After Work Special" trips of the 2010 Season.
These trips are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. These trips will
end on September 17, so call today to get your spot before they're all
filled. The night bass trip schedule will be posted this week- we
promise! Check our website (www.BlackHawkSportFishing.com
for a full schedule. Don't forget, in September, as part of our Black
Hawk and the Community Program, and National Childhood Cancer Awareness
Month, we're collecting art supplies for Hospice of Southeastern
Connecticut. Hospice runs art therapy groups for children and teens
dealing with loss, and we couldn't be more honored to work with such a
worthwhile organization this month. We'll see you at the boat soon!
"Just when you think it can't get
any better- guess what- it gets better", reports Capt. Greg from the
Black Hawk. We might have lost Monday and Tuesday due to the harsh
northeast wind, but it did nothing but enhance the fishing. There's
been a good combo of striped bass mixed in with the loads of blues,
especially on our evening trips. People are catching as many blues as
they want to keep, then releasing them back- lots and lots of them!
Everyone is leaving the dock exhausted after catching so many fish!
Diamond jigging was the way to go this week- not only the blues, but
the bass were biting them as well. We're looking forward to some great
porgy fishing soon. We'll be fishing for porgies Wednesdays-Sundays,
starting September 8th and going until Columbus Day. We'll continue to
fish for bass and blues on Mondays and Tuesdays. Check our website for
a full September schedule. On another note, congrats to Kirt C and
Justin A, the winners in our Patriots football contest. Justin and Kirt
brought school supplies to the dock as part of our Black Hawk and the
Community program, and were the lucky winners! Each won a pair of
tickets to the Patriots game last Thursday. Great fishing, great
football, great community partnership- it doesn't get any better than
this! Join the Black Hawk for your fishing trip soon!
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk
reports that the bluefishing just can't get any better. Our customers
are catching whatever they can use, and releasing as many as they can
catch. There's been a few bass mixed in during the day trips too. Our
4pm to 10 pm trips continue to be successful, with loads of blues, and a
nice shot of bass on both Thursday and Friday last week. Congrats to 8
year old Justin who came with us on Thursday night and caught his first
bluefish- and then many, many more! Diamond jigging has been working
the best for us lately, but 3-waying with bucktails is also productive.
We're looking forward a great porgy season. We'll start porgy fishing
on Wednesday, September 8th and fish for porgies Wednesdays-Sundays,
with the bluefish/bass trips continuing on Mondays and Tuesdays. Check
our website for a full September schedule.
"It just can't get any better" reports Captain Greg Dubrule of the
Black Hawk. Diamond jigging and three waying with bucktails is working
the best, but we've used bait too- everything is working well. It's
been mostly blues, with a few bass mixed in. August is historically
the slowest month for the bass, during both day and night.
We had an unwanted guest this week at Pigeon Rip. A small shark,
about 100 pounds, has been biting the blues in half all last week.
We've also seen quite a few seals still around the area, with all the
activity with the bluefish and the massive amounts of bait around, who
knows what's swimming around with us.
Our 4-10 trips have been incredibly successful- last week, for our
special trip with WCTY, everyone caught their fill early in the trip
and released most fish back to the water. We were also able to get
loads of fish fillets to donate to the United Way- thanks to all our
wonderful customers for your donations! These trips will continue into
September, so be sure to call for your reservations soon. We look
forward to more great fishing, and more bass as we move into
We're also getting ready for porgy season, which will
start just after Labor Day. Check our website for a full September
schedule, including our September Big Bass Night Trips.
Capt. Greg reports another week
of fantastic fishing- a good combination of bluefish in all sizes with a
good mixture of striped bass mixed in too. There are definite
advantages to certain styles of fishing in certain areas. Diamond
jigging works extremely well in some places, while bait works better in
others. Our 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm trips continue to be outstanding, with
bass up to 25 pounds this week. Last Thursday, long time customer Bruce
Witik joined us on the day trip, where he won the pool. He stayed for
the 4:00 trip, and he won the pool again! Congrats Bruce!
also been catching a few fluke on the bait rigs- and they're obviously
big to bite a 12 ounce drail and a whole herring. We've caught fluke up
to 12 pounds this week.
been activity at Bartlett's Reef lately- there are lots of birds at
certain points of the tide. There's been some top of the water action
for some of the smaller boats who are fortunate enough to bump into
We continue to sail 7
days a week for bass and blues. We will start fishing for porgies just
after Labor Day, and are looking forward to a great porgy season. As
always, check our website for details, videos, and some great new
August 1, 2010
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that the bluefish have arrived!
They arrived early last week in numbers. Hordes have invaded the Race,
Plum Gut, and Wilderness. Our customers this week caught their fill
with a good mixture of bass too. Our 4pm to 10 pm trips are filling up
earlier every week, as people hear about the success of the trips.
Thursday's trip had the entire ebb tide to fish and the fishing was
sensational, with all parties catching their fill and then releasing
the rest. A nice mix of both blues and bass up to 39 pounds. Our full
moon captain's choice trips saw a lot of bass action as well, with fish
up to 41 pounds. Because of the bluefish population increase, at times
we were pestered by the bluefish even at night. With the plentiful
bluefish in the past week, we were happy to get a significant amount of
fish for the United Way food bank. Thanks to everyone who donated!
One other noteworthy item: We have been noticing so many small skiffs
throwing back fish after they've been flopping around on deck and
grabbed with towels. It's so easy to use a de-hooker- you don't have
to touch the fish, you don't even need to bring them onto the boat.
These de-hookers are inexpensive and available in tackle stores
everywhere. In this fishery, it's important to catch and release- but
just as important to release properly.
As usual, check our website for schedules and updates. We start porgy
fishing on September 7th. The full September schedule, with night bass
trips and all porgy dates, will be posted on the website soon. We have
just posted some great new videos- check them out, then come join us on
a trip and you might just see yourself staring in one of our videos!
July 25, 2010
Greg from the Black Hawk reports that huge amounts of bluefish have
moved into the mouth of the Thames River and Bartlett's Reef area. As
long as there was a lot of current, the fish chewed on diamond jigs
spectacularly. All sizes of fish, from 2-3 pounds up to 10-12 pounds
were caught. The fish were up on top, and a lot of smaller boats were
taking advantage with light spinning gear.
fishing in the Race is still better on the Ebb tide. We've been using a
combination of bucktails, diamond jigs, and bait, and all three are
working successfully. The flood tide is still presenting its share of
problems- at times it can be very good, in the Race, Pigeon Rip, and
Plum Gut- with certain tide and weather conditions. Other times, it
falls flat. If you're gonna go, go on the ebb.
short of spectacular fishing all this week on our night trips. Tuesday
night was the best, with everyone on board getting their share and then
throwing them back. Fish up to 40 pounds were caught. Bucktails and
eels are on the menu for the night trips.
always, we'll continue to sail our 4pm to 10pm "After Work Special"
trips on Thursdays and Fridays. These trips have been very successful,
so come join us. Stay tuned for a special "After Work Special" to be
announced this week- a very limited number of tickets will be available
for this one time trip. Check the website for details.
July 11, 2010
Greg from the Black Hawk reports another good week of fishing. The
weekday trips were decent all week, with some days being better than
others, but all trips caught a good amount of fish. The slowest day of
the week was Friday during day trip. These day trips had mostly
bluefish, which were biting the bait in Plum Gut. It was a good week
for the United Way, which got plenty of fish thanks to customers who had
more than their fill and donated the rest to the food bank. Thursday's
After Work Special trip was good, with several nice bass, in addition
to quite a few blues. Friday's After Work Special trip, though, was
incredible. It was amazing to see how the fishing could be so mediocre
during the day and so red-hot that afternoon. We had a full trip of 30
people, and caught just under 60 bass! That's not even taking into
account the blues and the bass we threw back! It was an incredible
trip- the fishing was absolutely as good as it gets. The bass were
biting on bucktails. Saturday morning, with thick fog, cloudy skies,
and the constant threat of rain was fantastic- nearly everyone on board
caught their limit. Sunday morning wasn't nearly as good due to the
bright sunshine and flat calm seas- although the fish were there, there
were just too many boats out there to be successful. The After Work
Special trips have been selling out, so it's a good idea to call for
reservations. Also, the Black Hawk would like to remind everyone that we
have our special
fireworks cruise next Saturday night- it's our "Christmas in July" trip-
the fireworks cruise is FREE when you bring a new and unwrapped toy as
part of our Black Hawk & the Community program. Check the website,
or call the office and talk to Heather for more info.
July 4, 2010
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk says that while the fishing started slow
this week, by the end of the week it was fantastic. Monday and Tuesday
were slow, but by mid-week, the blues were here and the fishing was
great. We had a great private charter on Wednesday afternoon, with
everyone in the group catching plenty of blues and numerous nice bass.
Thursday and Friday were good during both the day trips and our "After
Work Special" 4pm-10pm trips. Lots of bluefish, plus a bunch of nice
bass as well. Special congrats to Ellie Funk, from Ashley Falls, MA,
who was the big pool winner on Thursday, July 1st.
There are so many baitfish in the sound right- and bait is far
surpassing diamond jigs every day. We've still been using bucktails
for the bass, but for everything else, bait is the way to go. On
Saturday, we even caught a handful of fluke, up to 6 1/2 pounds, on
Saturday and Sunday were better than expected, given it was the
holiday weekend with beautiful sunshine and flat calm seas. Both trips
Saturday were successful, as was the July 4th Sunday morning trip. As
of this report, the boat is out for the Sunday afternoon trip, with
several fish already on board.
We will continue to sail our After Work Special trips from 4pm to
10pm on Thursdays and Fridays- these trips have been very popular, so
reservations are strongly suggested. Check the website for more
details, pictures, and videos.
June 27, 2010
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that the night bass fishing has
been good. The best of the bass are on particular tides, and even
particular segments of the tides. The best last week was Wednesday
night, when just about everyone on board caught their limit.
Bluefishing has been a disappointment, there's simply no other way to
put it. They should be here in numbers by now, and yet there's only a
mere scattering of fish. Again, like the bass, the fishing has been
better on particular tides and parts of the tides than others. If you
come and you get one of the tides when they're not biting, the catching
results are unfavorable. We're all concerned and hoping that after
this moon and some northeast and easterly winds the conditions will
improve. July's night bass schedule has just been posted, be sure to
check the website for dates and times.
June 20, 2010
Heather from the office of the Black Hawk reports another steady week
of bass fishing. "You had to pay attention to the bottom, and be a
good fisherman to cash in on the bass this week" says Capt. Greg.
Thursday evening's trip was a highlight, with the fishing about as good
as it gets, with many customers getting more than their limit and
releasing fish. Friday was not as good as Thursday, but was still darn
good weekend. Unfortunately, as the Father's Day weekend arrived with
flat calm seas and bright sunshine, it made for tougher conditions.
The fish would bite at particular stages of the tide, and then not for
very long. Bucktails worked the best this week. We're looking forward
to a full week of night fishing this week.
June 6, 2010
Capt Greg from the Black Hawk reports that the bass fishing
remains very good. As usual, certain tides provide better fishing than
others. Diamond jigs are still the way to go. We're also starting to
see more and more bluefish come into the area. The night bass fishing
reports have been excellent, with reports of fish up into the 50s, so
we can't wait for our trips this week! Look for next week's report to
see how it went. The Black Hawk begins our 7 days a week sailing
schedule on Saturday, June 12th. We're really looking forward to our
"After Work Special", which will run Thursdays and Fridays from 4pm to
10pm. Should be a great time to get some good fish.
May 30, 2010
Black Hawk had a great week of fishing! Several private charters
during the week went very well, with most trips catching their limit of
bass. Simply put, there has been excellent fishing during the day
trips. Night trips started this week, with our first night trip of the
season being on Wednesday night. What was supposed to be "possible
scattered thunderstorms" turned into a squall, with 45 mph winds,
thunder, lighting, and pouring rain. The weather certainly didn't
cooperate and hampered the fishing, but we still managed to get a good
number of bass on board, including some up to 38 pounds. The weekend
had excellent fishing. Saturday morning was spectacular, with loads of
bass. We're also noticing more and more blues around, and some bigger
ones too. The afternoon trip was a bit slower, but still had a good
number of fish. As of this report, the Black Hawk left the dock at
6:00 am Sunday morning and is hoping for a day like Saturday. The Black
Hawk will begin sailing on Fridays starting this Friday, June
4, with our full 7 days a week schedule starting on June 11. June
Night trips are still available as well- Visit the website for
May 23, 2010
from the Black Hawk reports that this week was a week
of overall some of the best bass fishing we've ever seen. We had
during the week- Joe Caise from Norwich brought his crew with him, and
caught their limit and we were throwing them back. On Thursday, the
Murphy party of Berlin had fantastic fishing. Over the weekend, the
morning trips were not as good as the afternoon trips. Saturday
afternoon's trip was nothing short of spectacular- a boat full of people
boat full of bass. Diamond jigs and three waying are still the best way
to catch ‘em. With these kind of results during the daytime hours,
really looking forward to our night trips, which start this week. A
few spaces are still available; call (860-448-3662) for details and more
May 16, 2010
weekend of fishing! Saturday morning they headed out to the Greenport
area, and found a load of blues; everyone caught their fill. Saturday
afternoon was about as poor as the morning was excellent. Flat calm
conditions, bright sunshine, and hundreds of boats kept the fish down-
(it was opening day of fluke season in NY) and the fishing was tough.
Diamond jigs were working the best. Sunday, we headed to The Race both
tides. The morning trip found some nice big bass- and a special treat
when Chris Relyea of Waterbury caught his first saltwater fish- and it
was a beautiful 32" striper! The afternoon was even better fishing on
the eb tide with a lot of people getting their limit. Newlywed Jessica
Brown of West Haven was on the afternoon trip, and out-fished her new
husband, catching two big keepers before helping her husband catch his
first one. Multiple fish up to 37" were caught. A few bluefish were
mixed in with the bass as well. Diamond jigging and artificial lures
work the best.