October 16, 2016

Heather from the Black Hawk office reports that last Monday, Columbus Day, was again a diamond jigging bonanza on the bluefish, with some bass and a few jumbo sea bass. Tuesday and Wednesday were charters for bluefish; two church groups from upstate New York, and once again, we had beautiful weather and red hot fishing. Thursday, blackfish were targeted and it was a tough pick with a lot of short togs.

Capt. Matt, and two of our mates,  Ben and CJ, took a fishing holiday from working on deck and had a friendly bet on the biggest tog. Matt ended up with a pair and the biggest, retaining his title!

Friday and Saturday were devoted to bottom fishing for scup and sea bass. As always, some anglers do very well, while others seem to struggle. This coming Saturday, October 22nd, is the opening of sea bass in federal waters; a welcome relief.

As of this report, the bottom fishing is definitely still in shallower water; water temps have to fall and they’ll be some good fish movement and better fishing. (The seawater temperature in the gut was 65 degrees on the ebb.)

As a reminder, we will continue to fish every day though October, leaving from Niantic, before we head to Stonington in November.  Be sure to check our website for an updated schedule, as there are a few days we don’t have trips- but otherwise it’s 7am every day.  We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

October 9, 2016

Another week of solid, consistent fishing reports Capt. Greg of the Black Hawk. Jumbo porgies, and I do mean jumbo, adult porgies, ones that wake up in the morning with an attitude and fight all the way from the ocean bottom to the coolers.  This is the kind of scup we’re catching at Block Island. Yep, we’re throwing a lot of 5 pound seabass back while fishing in closed federal waters, unfortunately, but most days we’re allotting some fishing time in state waters with easy boat limits of seabass there too. Throw in a bunch of nice cod and fat winter flounder to round it all out. On Friday and Saturday’s trips, the weather was again excellent, flat calm and beautiful, with good solid fishing.  Congrats to brothers Steven and Paul from East Lyme- both young anglers, one in middle school, one in elementary- who joined us on Friday.  They were self-sufficient the entire day, fishing with their dad, and for the second time this year, won the pool, this time with a 20 pound codfish.

We’re moving the Black Hawk to Stonginton soon, sailing out of Dodson’s Marina, for the remaining two and a half months of the 2016 season.  The great fishing we’re experiencing now is only going to get better and sailing from Stonington means a really short boat ride to the fishing grounds, just over an hour to the island.  What could be better?  Trips will be by reservation only, so get your groups ready. From now until December 31, Block Island is the place for the season’s best on cod, scup, and seabass.

The bluefish scene still remains excellent, diamond jigging for literally as many as you want.  A few nice keeper bass, along with a few seabass, are coming over the rails as well.  Sunday brought us some really miserable weather, stiff northerly winds and rain, a lot of rain!!  Those that were prepared with rain gear came through unscathed. Tough customers and red hot fishing.  As this report is written on Sunday, tomorrow, Monday, Columbus Day, looks like another wind-filled day.  You’ll have to wait for next week’s report to see details.

Heather from the office reminds everyone that our  schedule changes as of Columbus Day.  We’ll be heading out for blackfish on Thursday, October 13, and an open trip for bottom fishing on Friday, October 14.  No trip on Saturday, October 15 due to a private charter, but we’ll be heading out Sunday the 16th at 7am.  Stay tuned to our website and our facebook page for schedule updates and to find out when we’re heading to Stonington.

October 2, 2016

Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that weather dealt us a tough week.  Tuesday and Thursday we missed completely, stiff E-NE winds kept us at the dock.  Monday was again diamond jigging, with all you wanted. Wednesday, despite high winds, we fished under the lee of the beach and Fisher’s Island and did quite well on both Jumbo seabass and porgies, a few cod, and even some nice flounder. Unfortunately, on the way home, we we hampered by a minor electrical problem caused by a faulty 50 cent – 15 amp fuse.  Special thank you goes out to Charlie from Mystic Stainless, Ted from Seawell Fish Market in Pawcatuck, John, a local lobsterman from Noank, Dennis from Gwenmore Marina in Mystic, and Brian from Dockside Electronics in Mystic.

Friday’s trip, although scheduled as a bass and blue charter, was switched over to a bottom fishing trip due once again to the E-NE gale.  Capt. Matt was at the helm and fished in comfort under the protection of Fisher’s Island.  Porgy fishing was very good, although the size is somewhat smaller then the jumbo hubcaps we’re usually used to catching at Block Island and Montauk.  Some seabass and a few stripers also climbed on the clams.  Saturday’s trip was a repeat of Friday’s.  It was a one drop stop once we anchored, with again plenty of action.  Sharpies had no problem catching their 45 fish limit. Again, with a mix of seabass and a few stripers. We’re all very fortunate in our area to have protected and calm areas to fish, under sometimes really adverse weather and sea conditions. Race Point, the west end of Fisher’s Island, Watch Hill and the beaches, not only offer sheltered waters in gusty North Easterly weather, but provide some really great fishing besides.

On Sunday’s trip, the wind finally let go and we were scheduled to diamond jig.  Weather was calm, a little damp and chilly, but the fishing was Red Hot!  All you wanted, once again,with a few stripers mixed in.  We don’t know how long it will last this year, but we will continue as long as it does.

Heather from the office reminds everyone that our schedule will remain the same through Columbus Day- Sundays and Mondays for blues and bass, Tuesday through Saturday bottom fishing- one trip each day at 7am.  The schedule will change slightly after Columbus Day, so be sure to check the website and Facebook page for details and updates.