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!