June 17, 2018

“Simply put, it just can’t get any better; almost too good,” reports Capt. Greg Dubrule of the Black Hawk. A week of fantastic porgy fishing and excellent weather. Thursday’s charter was the only exception where the fishing was hot but we had a westerly wind in the afternoon, which made it a little nautical on the way home for a little while. The porgies are jumbo, with a small mix of fluke, bluefish, striped bass and a lot of big sea bass, which were returned unharmed. (sea bass in NY opens June 27)

Father’s Day weekend was no exception to the recent weather and fishing. Flat-calm weather, a full boat load of eager fishermen and fantastic fishing with limits all around. That’s over 2,000 jumbo porgies! Now that’s a lot of fish!

The night striped bass trips we had this week were all very good. Capt. Matt’s running them with a combination of live eels and buck-tails. Reservations are needed these trips and are limited to 20 anglers. We will be posting more trips soon. These fill up fast- sometimes within a few hours- so be sure to sign up as soon as you see them.

From the office, Heather reports that we are now fishing every day at 7am. Tickets are available to purchase in advance on our website, or you can always get them at the dock. We have our After Work Specials going out, as well as night bass trips. In July our weekend schedule will change slightly, so check the website or give us a call before heading down. We have a few dates available for July charters, but they’re going fast, so be sure to contact us to get your group on the calendar. Saturday evenings this summer we will have our “Cruisin’ for a Cause” sunset cruises, with each week raising funds for a different organization. We’re looking forward to great trips with the friends of Scotland Elementary School, Ray of Light Farm, UCFS Healthcare, and more! These are sure to be a great time, so plan on joining us this summer! There’s so much going on, and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!

June 10, 2018

Heather from the Black Hawk office reports the spring porgy run in the Greenport/Gardiner’s Bay area has slowed as the fish make their way to the summer feeding grounds at Montauk Point.  Capts Matt, Greg and Seth report excellent porgy fishing throughout the week at Montauk with jumbo Black Hawk scup to over 3 pounds, with a mix of bluefish, fluke, and even a few striped bass.  Limits of porgies were easily obtained with flurries of double headers flying over the rails.  A lot of seabass, some over 5 pounds, are also being caught, but with the NY seabass season still closed (it opens June 27) they were released unharmed.

Capt. Matt has been running the night bass trips with excellent results.  Bass of all sizes to 45 pounds have been climbing on the “striper snax” bucktails.  As our bass clientele know, we have some outrageous big fish pools each night on the Black Hawk, with winning monies in the hundreds.  You’ve asked for it, and it’s coming soon…we’re going to be putting together a “High Stakes Bass Night” with $1,000 for the biggest of the night, and a 2nd place prize close to it.  Be on the lookout for the date on our website and Facebook.   It will be a fun night with a full boat (limited to 20 anglers) of serious bass fishermen.

On a side note, there seems to be a little friendly rivalry brewing between CJ and the night bass crew (including Capt Matt) and Capt Greg and the day time porgy crew.  Which fishery is the best, which crew is the best, etc.  Check it out on Facebook – totally unscripted and at times intellectually stimulating.  Which is best- you decide.  But the end result is always the same…we catch ’em….ask around.

By popular request, our “Talkin’ Tackle” series is back.  Call, email, or Facebook your fishing/boating questions and we’ll do our best to answer them in one of our videos.  Our goal is to help and make you better!

From the office, Heather reports that starting Saturday, June 16, we will be sailing 7 days a week at 7:00 am.  Tickets are available to purchase in advance on our website.  We have our After Work Specials going out on Thursday and Friday evenings at 4:00 pm, and will have more night bass trips posted soon.  In July our weekend schedule will change slightly, so check the website or give us a call before heading down. We have a few dates available for July charters, but they’re going fast, so be sure to contact us to get your group on the calendar.  Saturday evenings this summer we will have our “Cruisin’ for a Cause” sunset cruises, with each week raising funds for a different organization.  These are sure to be a great time, so plan on joining us this summer!  There’s so much going on, and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!

June 3, 2018

Heather from the Black Hawk office reports that it was a week of excellent porgy fishing. Nice weather, full boat limits, and a nice combo of weakfish, fluke, and a few bluefish. Beautiful spring fishing….

Then the weekend came. We’re not going to sugar coat it: wind and torrential rains engulfed the porgy grounds, affecting the fish and the bite tremendously. The heavy influx of fresh water definitely messes ’em up. Saturday was a tough grind but Capt Matt put in the overtime and everybody left with a bag full of fillets. Some people got their limits, some people struggled. Sunday was a lot tougher. We put in some moves and burned some fuel to get on the fish and managed to pick away. While it was by no means the bail job we have had, we were able to produce a decent catch of jumbo porgies, a bunch of weakfish, and even a few fluke.

We had two night striped bass trips last week- look below for some photos. The striped bass fishing remains very good. We’re expecting it to steadily improve in June. We’re going to be doing 2 night trips this week, Wednesday and Thursday nights. Don’t forget, these trips are based on the the tide, so the sailing times are always different. The trips are by reservation only.

Some schedule updates from the office: There is no open trip on Saturday, June 9. Starting on June 16, we will be sailing 7 days a week at 7am. Prior to that date, check our website for specific dates. We are currently booking charters for late June, July and August, but dates are filling up fast, so be sure to contact us to get your date on the calendar before we’re filled up.

We are very excited about our new community program this year, Cruisin’ for a Cause. Join us on Saturday nights for some sunset cruises, each one raising funds for a different non-profit organization. More information will be posted online soon, so be sure to check it out. We are honored to be able to help these local groups, so be sure to come out and support them. As always, check our website for details and updates about trips, schedules, reports and more. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

As always, check out our website and Facebook for updates and info. We’ll see you soon!