July 16, 2017

Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that the porgy fishing has been excellent. Full coolers of jumbo porgies and we’ve also seen more of an influx of seabass this week, with most people easily getting their limits. It’s just a real good combination of excellent porgy fishing, excellent seabass fishing, and the occasional fluke in there, just to break it up a little bit. On the weekends, even though they’re half day trips, we’ve been going over to Montauk for some trips. This past Saturday, we had the Milford Striped Bass Fishing Club and they just clobbered the porgies and seabass. It was excellent fishing, couldn’t get any better.

On the bluefishing, well, it’s really a little frustrating this year. We should have excellent bluefishing by now, and we do, on some days. Some days you can diamond jig up as many as you like, with a nice mix of striped bass thrown in there, and then you go there the next day and struggle to catch a half a hundred. I don’t know what the deal is, there just doesn’t seem to be a lot of bluefish around. On our 4-10 After Work Special trips, sometimes it’s very, very good and other times it’s just a pick.

Our night bass fishing remains excellent. Wednesday night’s trip was nothing short of phenomenal, with all big fish. We had our full boat limit and released many fish over 40 pounds, just superb fishing. I don’t know how long it’s going to last but we’re doing a lot of them and people are just tickled pink about it.

On Saturday evening, we had our annual “Christmas in July” trip as part of Celebrate East Lyme Day. We had a full boat of people join us for this free trip, each bringing a toy and a book for our collection. Thanks to everyone, we collected loads of toys and books to be distributed to local children during the holidays.

On Sunday, we were part of East Lyme’s Farm Day, and welcomed hundreds of visitors to the dock to learn about Long Island Sound, preservation and fishing. Kids got to try fishing, see some crabs and lobsters, and learn about our local waters. It was a great day and we’re already looking forward to next year!

Heather from the office reports that we’re fishing every day. Monday through Friday it’s one trip at 7am, Saturdays and Sundays 2 trips at 6:00 am and 1:00 pm. On Tuesday, July 25th we’ll have one special morning trip at 6:00 am as we’ll be heading out in the afternoon for the Channel 3 Kids Camp fishing tournament. We’re looking forward to again hosting the campers from Kids Camp! We have our After Work Specials on Thursdays and Fridays. Our July private charter calendar is full, but we still have a few dates open for August, so be sure to contact us soon if you want to grab a date for your group. As always, check the website and Facebook for details and updates. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

July 9, 2017

Capt. Greg Dubrule of the Black Hawk reports another great week of beautiful weather and excellent fishing. Boat limits of jumbo scup with seabass and a few fluke mixed in, sending customers home with full coolers.

The best of the week for our night striped bass fishing trips was Tuesday with a full boat limit and also releasing many more. These trips are limited and by reservation only.

Thursday and Friday’s “After Work Special” trips, from 4 pm to 10 pm, were flat out fantastic. Bass and blues hit the diamond jigs right off the bat with everyone loading up on fish.

Weekend half day porgy trips were typical weekend fishing. Experienced anglers had their limits, while some struggled, ending up with ten to fifteen.

There was no better way to end a great week of fishing than our SailFest New London Fireworks trip, with a full boat of customers and perfect weather.  As part of our Black Hawk and the Community program, customers brought packages of diapers for our diaper drive. Over 2,000 diapers were collected, which will go a long way to help local kids and families.  We can’t thank everyone enough for their incredible generosity.  It was a great fireworks display, and believe me if you haven’t seen it by boat, it’s the only way to see it. The Niantic Fireworks trip is next Saturday evening, July 15th, as part of Celebrate East Lyme Day,  and is offered free of charge if customers bring an unwrapped Christmas gift worth $10 or more and a children’s book.  This is also part of our Black Hawk and the Community Program.  These Christmas gifts will be distributed in the Groton/New London area during the holiday season.  

Heather from the office reports that we are sailing every day, Monday through Friday at 7am with two trips on the weekends, at 6:00 am and 1:00 pm.  As always, we have our After Work Special trips heading out on Thursdays and Fridays at 4pm.  On July 25, we’ll be heading out for an early morning trip so we are back in time for the Channel 3 Kids Camp tournament that afternoon.  We are looking forward to a great day!  As always, stay tuned to our Facebook page and website for details and information.  We look forward to seeing everyone soon! 

July 2, 2017

It can’t seem to get any better, reports Heather from the Black Hawk office. Wonderful weather all week and hungry, jumbo porgies filling everyone’s coolers. Tuesday was the opening day of seabass and the Black Hawk took full advantage of it. Capt Greg would spend half the day on the porgy grounds and the remainder of the trip on the sea bass beds. Good anglers had no problem getting their limits with a few nice fluke thrown in for good measure. A lot of short sea bass, at times a little annoying, are in the mix. So far, it’s not as good on the sea bass as last year, but we’re optimistic that a lot more are on the horizon.

On the holiday weekend half-day trips, we couldn’t go to where we’ve been fishing during the week due to wind and a ground sea. We fished in some secondary spots and did the best we could with what we had to work with.

All of our big bass night trips this week were excellent, with Wednesday being nothing short of sensational, reports Captain Matt. Full boat limits with fish to 45 pounds and on Wednesday night’s trip we were releasing anther 16-18 big fish. Customers were ecstatic, just the best of the best! These trips are hand picked for tides and times, and by reservation only. Check out our Facebook page for colorful live reports and photos. We give you the straight scoop- live!

The only slow trip this week was our After Work Special – 4pm to 10 pm trip – on Thursday. Lousy Southwest winds made it miserable in the Race and only a handful of bluefish and striped bass were landed before we threw in the towel and came home early. The Race area is still not consistently producing it’s fair share of bluefish yet, with a lot of short stripers and a few keepers to be found. Same scenario as the last few years. Hopefully the next few weeks will get substantially better fast. Stay tuned.

Don’t forget, we are now fishing every day- Monday through Friday at 7am, and two trips on the weekends at 6am and 1pm (no 6am trip on July 15). Tickets are available online through our website for those who like to purchase in advance. We are also taking reservations for our fireworks cruises on July 8 and July 15. They’re filling fast, so be sure to grab a spot soon. Our private charter dates are filling up, although there are a few July dates left, so be sure to contact us soon if you’d like to grab one. As always, check our Facebook page and website regularly for updates and information. We’ll see you soon!