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.”