October 29, 2017

Heather reports from the Black Hawk office that the black sea bass season opened up in Federal waters on Sunday October 22 and the Black Hawk took full advantage of it. Sunday & Monday the boat sailed to Block Island and had an excellent mix of jumbo sea bass, cod and monster porgies. Most customers had limits with a good mix of market cod up to 16 lbs.

Tuesday and Wednesday were a wash-out. High winds kept us tied to the dock. Thursday’s trip started out to be a real grind. Weather was still rough and blowing; we had to hide for most of the morning hours waiting for the tide and wind to change. When it did, we were able to get in the Watch Hill reefs and pound the porgies. The proceeding two days left the waters riled up but the scup still chewed. We put some overtime in to make up for the slow morning hours but all customers went away happy.

On Friday’s trip, with the weather being back to normal, Capt. Matt targeted the sea bass first, loading up, and then came back to the previous day’s porgy spot and had a nice 2 1/2 hour shot of scup. Happy customers with plenty of fish.

Saturday, with nice weather and a full compliment of anxious anglers, the Black Hawk went back out to Block Island. Once again, the results were very good with a mixed combination of sea bass, porgies and a few cod. We did see a few dog fish mixed in, something that’s inevitable with all the Southeast winds we’ve had.

Capt. Greg would like to remind everyone that this was the last weekend sailing from our home port of Niantic. We’re moving the boat this week to Dodson’s Boatyard, our winter dock in historic Stonington Borough, 194 Water Street. It’s a really first class marina, easy to get to off of I-95 and a short boat ride, just over an hour, away from Block Island . It just doesn’t get any better. Oh yeah….the popular Dog Watch restaurant is right there at the dock, open year round and serving the best chowder in New England!

The best fishing is yet to come November and December. The last two years has been great!! We’ll be sailing as often as possible, weather permitting. So get your rods ready, fill your reels with a new load of braid, dress warm and bring your coolers. The next 60 days are gonna be hot!!

These trips are limited to only 35 people and by reservation only. On-line tickets are available. Stay tuned to our website, our emails and Facebook for dates. “We Catch Em’….Ask Around.”

October 22, 2017

Capt. Greg Dubrule of the Black Hawk reports the porgy fishing is still providing non-stop action, all week long. Drop ’em to the bottom and you got ’em!! Customers having no problem filling their coolers with the 45 fish per man limit. Sunday the 22nd brought the re-opening of the sea bass season to both Rhode Island and federal waters and Capt. Matt took full advantage of the beautiful day by going to Block Island for a combination of porgies, sea bass and cod. The weather and the fishing were excellent with smiling customers happy as could be.

We will continue to fish daily at 7:00 am from Niantic through October 31. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates, photos, reports and more!

Heather from the office wants to remind everyone, once again, that the Black Hawk is getting ready to make its annual migration to Dodson’s Boatyard in Stonington Borough in early November. Stay tuned for updates and trips.

Block Island is only a short ride away and the fall fishing will be at its peak. Where most boats are laid up and done for the season, the Black Hawk will be sailing steady. Porgies and sea bass season doesn’t end until December 31st and with the codfish in there too, the big 3 will provide some dynamite fishing. These trips are limited and by reservation only, so stay tuned to our website and weekly emails for details. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

October 15, 2017

Porgy fishing remains excellent, reports Capt. Greg from the BlackHawk, with most customers if not getting their 45 limit coming very close. We’re fishing in Rhode Island waters quite a bit where sea bass is closed until October 22, so we are forced to throw back a lot of nice fish. We have been stopping in NY & CT waters, when time and tide allows, and picking away on some sea bass, but nothing like the quality in the closed Rhode Island and federal waters.

Diamond jigging in the bluefish also remains excellent. Sunday’s trip with Capt. Matt had customers arm weary. On these trips during the slack tide, we’ve been bottom fishing on the porgies and sea bass, giving everyone an opportunity to try a different fishery with some fine eating fish. Hopefully, the blues will remain around for a few more trips.

On our last night striped bass trip (Tuesday night ) conditions were excellent and so was the fishing; similar to the previous two trips. Capt. Matt was at the helm once again and customers were treated to some excellent big bass numbers. These trips are limited to only 18 anglers and after getting their boat limit, they caught and released almost 30 more big fish!! Pool fish that night was just shy of 40 lbs. Great weather and fantastic fishing! Stay tuned to our website and FaceBook for upcoming dates in these trips. They book up fast. We Catch Em’……Ask Around!

Heather from the office reports that our schedule remains the same, fishing every day at 7:00 am. We do have a few days when we don’t have open trips, so be sure to check our website for our full schedule and updates. Follow us on Facebook for daily fishing reports and photos. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!