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.
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!
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.