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