Captain Greg from the Black Hawk reports another excellent week of porgy fishing. Coolers were full and customers were happy; Friday was the only slow day. “I’ve been telling everyone that the fish are all spawned out and getting ready to depart the Gardner’s Island area. The end is now in sight. Friday was it, they were all but gone. All good things must come to an end.” Captain Matt shifted over to the Montauk area the very next day and found em’ piled up there. Saturday’s trip was great weather; flat, calm and all around good and steady fishing. Customer Henry D. from the Mt. Snow area of Vermont was there, as he is every week, and as usual, he got his limit and then some, throwing back a lot of scup.
Sunday had stiff westerly winds, but tucked up under the light, the water was calm and the porgies were biting even better than Saturday, Big Jumbo Scup.
We’ll be fishing the Montauk area on our all day trips from now on until fishing improves locally. Plenty of bluefish there too, so good diamond jigging with bass mixed in. We’ll be adding some bonus fluke fishing also on these trips when time allows.
On both Friday and Saturday night, we had bass trips with nice fish. Nothing like it was six or eight years ago, but much better than it’s been the last two years. Diamond jigging at dusk and bucktails when it got dark…both produced. Nothing huge, but action. More night bass trips scheduled for this week. We’ll be heading out Monday and Tuesday night. Then we’ll have our After Work Special trips on Thursday and Friday evenings. The following week, we’ll head out for night bass trips on Tuesday the 21st and Wednesday the 22nd. Reservations are required, so call the office to get your spot on board.
Heather from the office reports that our full schedule starts on Saturday, June 18. We’ll have two trips on the weekends, leaving the dock at 6am and 1pm each Saturday & Sunday. During the week, we’ll head out each day at 7am. We’ll also continue to have our After Work Special trips on Thursday and Friday evenings. We have a few private charter dates still available in July and August, so contact Heather to get your spot on board. We are also now accepting reservations for our fireworks cruises. Saturday, July 9 for the Sailfest fireworks and Saturday, July 16 for Celebrate East Lyme Day. As usual, the East Lyme fireworks are part of our Black Hawk and the Community program and are free with a donation of a toy and a book, which will be distributed to local children. Contact the office to get a spot on the boat. As always, check our website and Facebook page for details and updates.
Capt. Greg reports another excellent week on the porgy grounds. The fish are not spawned out yet and the catching is excellent. Saturday’s trip was reflective of the whole week, with a full boat load of customers and full limits of porgies for everyone. Some days it’s a one drop spot, other days you might have to re-anchor a few times. As a bonus, we had some fluke this week too. Nothing big, up to 3 1/2 pounds. Capt. Matt ran Friday morning’s trip, had great weather and full coolers of porgies, and then clobbered the bass on that evening’s 4-10 After Work Special trip. A lot of action with plenty of short bass, some bluefish, and the boat limit of keeper bass to 30 pounds. Fish were caught on both diamond jigs and bucktails. We’ll be running these trips each week, along with our “Captain’s Choice” Big Bass Night Trips. Both of these trips are by reservation with a limited number of anglers, so check our website and get your reservation in. No crowds, no tangles, just great fishing. Come see the difference!
Heather from the office wants to remind everyone that we’re sailing weekends at 6:00 am right now. We also have some trips during the week, check our website for details. June is “sock month” for our Black Hawk and the Community program, where we’re collecting socks for the local homeless shelter. Bring some socks with you when you come fishing and help us help the local community. As always, check our website and facebook page for updates, photos, and reports.
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that the Memorial Day weekend, in fact the whole preceding week, can be called the great porgy slaughter of 2016. The fishing has been excellent. Non-stop action with hundreds of double headers. Sunday, the 29th, was a one drop spot. Capt. Matt anchored on a pile of ’em and 2 1/2 hours later the full boat had their full limit. Keeping in Black Hawk tradition, Matt left the fishing grounds and went over to Connecticut waters to look for seabass. Sunday was nowhere near as good as during the week, but we still managed a few. We never back off from a little extra time of fuel to give our customers a solid day of great fishing. We’ll go the distance every time. Some of the days, instead of the extra seabass, we’d go pick up some nice fluke, up to 7 1/2 pounds. In addition, at times there was a shot of bluefish here and there with a few weakfish mixed in. Great weather, great fishing, what could be better?
Heather from the office reports that we’ve got some of our After Work Specials coming up, starting this week on Friday. As usual, reservations are required for these trips. We also have some weekday trips heading out, again by reservation. We have a few days still open for charters, but they’re filling fast, so contact us soon to get your date.
We had two special trips last week. On Monday, May 23, we were thrilled to once again have the Berlin Lions Club and their VIP (visually impaired persons) fishing tournament on board the boat today. We couldn’t have had better weather, the fishing was excellent, and everyone had a great time. Thanks to the Berlin Lions Club for all you do in putting together such a great day!
Then on Thursday, we had another great day as the staff from Lillie B Haynes school in Niantic celebrated the retirement of their principal by chartering the boat for a sunset cruise. We couldn’t have asked for better weather or a more beautiful night. Congrats and best wishes for a happy retirement, Dr. Miko!
As usual, stay tuned to our website or Facebook page for details on upcoming trips, photos and reports. We appreciate all the feedback from all of our customers- you’re the best!