June 18, 2017

Heather reports from the office of the Black Hawk another week of excellent porgy fishing. The boat has been going to the Montauk grounds where the scup are thick and have ferocious appetites. The Father’s Day weekend was hampered somewhat by thick fog but Saturday’s trip was probably the best of the week with doubleheaders of huge slob porgies coming over the rails. Sunday’s trip was more of the same.  The holiday crowd had no problem loading up. It was great to see all the dads out there, fishing with their kids.

Still a lot of bait milling around the entire Montauk area, with a lot of bluefish activity, some bass and throw back sea bass. Don’t forget, New York sea bass opens June 27th, so we can start keeping ’em instead of throwing them back.

The three night bass trips this week, again, had consistent fishing with Monday night’s trip the best with fish limits and fish to 40 lbs. We always have the biggest of high-dollar pools on these exclusive trips and Wednesday night was no exception with the largest of the week at $450. A pretty good payout by anyone’s standard.

On Friday nights 4 pm to 10 pm After Work Special trip, we stayed in the Race due to weather. There are not a lot of bluefish in our local area yet but the diamond jigging produced a lot of bass to just over 30 lbs. with a lot of “shorts” mixed in. Don’t forget, these trips are limited to 30 passengers by reservation.

Our current schedule is Monday through Friday, one trip daily at 7am. Weekends have two trips, at 6am and 1pm.  (Please note there is no 6:00 am trip on Saturday, June 24 or Saturday, July 15) After Work Specials continue on Friday evenings, and we’ll add Thursdays as well, starting June 29.  Continue to check out our website for upcoming trips and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

June 11, 2017

Capt. Greg at the Black Hawk reports another week of great fishing with excellent catches of porgies, bass, and bluefish. Monday, we had the VIP fishing tournament on board; the Visually Impaired Persons Fishing Tournament, sponsored by the Berlin Lions Club. It’s our 3rd year working with the Lions Club and everyone on board had a great time with plenty of action and loads of big porgies. Wednesday’s trip was a one drop spot at Montauk with good, steady action all day. Sharpies had no problem filling their coolers.

Big bass trips on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights were nothing short of fabulous. With Capt. Matt at the helm, they had all the action you could ask for: full boat limits on all three nights, fish to just short of 50 lbs, nice weather…simply great fishing. Remember, these trips are in high demand and by reservation only, so call and book your spot for upcoming nights now. Check our calendar for dates and times.

Friday’s 4-10 “After Work Special” trip was another slam-dunk of the week. We steamed right down to the elbow off Montauk and crushed the bluefish and bass on diamond jigs. Fishermen were arm weary after 15 rounds of this heavyweight battle. We’ll be doing these trips every week, and they are limited to only 30 fishermen by reservation only. So, if you don’t like crowded shoulder to shoulder party boat fishing, then these are the trips for you.

Saturday & Sunday’s weekend trips were back at Montauk on the porgies. We had wonderful weather and it was a little crowded with boat traffic. Saturday morning was a full boat charter and had a steady pick all day. Saturday afternoon Capt. Matt went back to Montauk and crushed ’em. Big Black Hawk clam-seeking porgies, 3 1/2 to 4 pounders. On all these porgy trips, there’s been a good amount of seabass, bluefish, and stripers mixed in.Sunday’s trip had the same results. A full boat of customers, with many at their limit and others close to it.

One interesting footnote is the Montauk area is alive with bait….it’s everywhere. Reports from offshore recently show whales, sand eels and some tuna in the 30-fathom area. All the fish we’ve been catching, everything from porgies to blues and bass are choker blocked full of small bait. Why they bite clams on a diamond jig with their stomach bulging at the seams is a mystery, but they do, and we’re certainly glad for it!

Heather from the office reports that we’ll be heading out for night trips this week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Be sure to go online to grab a spot before they’re filled up. We’ll start our full time, regular schedule on Saturday, June 17, just in time for Father’s Day: Saturdays & Sundays will be two trips at 6:00 am and 1:00 pm, and Monday through Friday will be one trip at 7:00 am. As always, check our website for details and a full schedule (no 6:00 am trip on June 24th).

Our Black Hawk & the Community program is off to a strong start, thanks to everyone for bringing in books, toiletries, socks and more. We’re continuing to collect socks throughout the month of June, so grab a pack next time you’re at the store and bring some down on your next trip. As always, thanks for helping us help the local community.

We still have a few June “After Work Special” charter dates available, and our July calendar is filling quickly, so be sure to email Heather if you’d like to get your group out on the boat with us. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

June 4, 2017

Another overall excellent week of fishing reports Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk. Sunday saw a full boatload of eager fishermen and they weren’t disappointed with a full limit of scup. Monday was a little difficult; stiff easterly winds and bone-chilling rain made for simply miserable conditions. Those that were dressed for it and endured the cold got their limit, but quite a few gave in to the heat of the cabin, along with some hot chocolate and coffee.

Wednesday we had another nice load of people and had our boat limit by 12 noon. Whenever we catch em’ good, we try to spend a little time and do some fluke fishing to mix it up. Sometimes we catch a few nice ones, and sometimes only shorts. It all depends on how the porgies bite and what tide conditions we have. Thursday we had a retirement charter, a combination sunset cruise/seal watch trip. Fortunately for them, it was the best weather of the week; bright sunshine and flat calm.

The porgies are definitely spawning out and are on the move to their summer grounds. Friday and Saturday morning we went to Montauk on an exploratory mission for the first time to see what was up. Much larger scup; I mean big scup, 3 to 4 pounds. Fishermen that had a little braid and could fish in the tide clobbered them. Friday turned out to be the better day with easy limits for some. Quite a few throwback sea bass with a few bluefish, striped bass, and even a few blackfish mixed in.

Friday night, Capt. Matt had the bass run and had a lot of action with diamond jigs and bucktails after dark. Just a few short of a boat limit; nothing huge, all 28 to 32 inch fish with a lot of shorts and a few bluefish mixed in.

We have 2-night bass trips scheduled this week, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, limited to 20 fishermen and only by reservation. Get your spot; they go quickly. Don’t forget, we now have On-line reservations available.

One item that we keep mentioning time and time again on all our trips is that the fishermen with the better gear, the better rods, and reels, braid line, the better rigs definitely consistently catch better. If you’re in the market for a new rod and reel, go to a local, reputable tackle shop and get the right equipment. Sure, you can a cheaper set up at Wal-mart, but it costs you fish and enjoyment in the long run, so support your local tackle shop! As in party and charter boats, “cheap tackle is not good and good tackle is not cheap.”

Heather from the office reports that our schedule for the next week has us fishing our night trips on Tuesday and Wednesday, day trips on Wednesday and Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and 6am on Sunday. Our regular full time schedule will start on June 17. We’ll be fishing two trips on the weekends, leaving at 6am and 1pm, and one daily trip at 7am during the week. We’ll also have our After Work Specials available. As always, check our website for the full schedule and special updates (no 6am trip on June 24.) We look forward to seeing you soon!