The arrival of consistent diamond jigging on the bluefish tops the leader board this week, reports Capt. Greg of the Black Hawk. A good charge of fish have taken up residence in the Race this week, providing some dynamite action for all hands. The mid-week afternoon charters were arm weary, easily getting their limits if they wanted, and releasing dozens more. It’s the best of the 2018 season so far, and we hope it lasts! Saturday afternoon’s trip had a cooler full of jumbo sea bass for everyone on board, in addition to the blues.
The bottom fishing trips, targeting sea bass, porgies and fluke, still remain excellent. Summer might be winding down with the kids back in school soon, but the fishing is gonna remain hot for months to come. Plan your trip now to load the freezers with prime fillets.
Heather from the office reports that our schedule is now 7 days a week, sailing at 7am. We’ll be bottom fishing most days, and going for the blues and bass on Sundays and Mondays when conditions permit. Our After Work Specials continue for another two weeks, so be sure to grab a spot before they are done for the year.
We had a beautiful night last Saturday for our 5th annual sunset cruise with the WARM Center from Westerly, RI. We have two more sunset cruises coming up, on September 1 for Journey Found and September 8 for the friends of Scotland Elementary School. We’d love to have you join us and help support these great organizations. These sunset cruises have been great fundraisers for the groups we’ve been working with this summer, and we look forward to doing more of them in the future. As, always, check our website and Facebook page for updates and info, and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!
“I hate to sound repetitive on every weekly report, but the bottom fishing continues to be nothing less than spectacular,” reports Capt. Greg of the Black Hawk. The charge of jumbo porgies that are inhabiting the entire Montauk area are the likes of which we’ve never seen. Customers are having a ball getting their limits. As a bonus, for the last couple of weeks, when the tide is just right, there’s a good shot of fluke to be had. Customers that switched rigs over and fished the right tide “window” were rewarded with a lot of 4 to 7 pounders, with the largest of the week weighing in at nearly 10 pounds. Although there is a mix of seabass with the porgies and fluke, the main body of them is more east. And that’s exactly where we head the second half of the day. The sea bass are big knot heads. On the Black Hawk, we’ve never spared time, fuel or energy providing our loyal customers with simply the best fishing our areas have to offer. The sea bass fishing is no exception- we will go the extra mile. Limits of sea bass have been rounding out our daily trips. Our customers, who have been ranging far and wide from Maryland to Maine, are overjoyed with the extra effort providing them with the best New England fishing.
The local bluefishing, on the other hand, has been, and continues to be, a real source of aggravation. At times it seems like we’re knocking our heads against the wall. Some days, it’s as good as it gets, with monster sized choppers, the next day it’s almost non-existent. How and why it can be so good one day and so poor so fast is mind boggling to all of us. This past Saturday was excellent on both tides. Then, Sunday morning’s trip with what seemed to be excellent conditions, provided only a handful per boat. Capt. Matt spent most of the Sunday morning trip bottom fishing when the tide was right, and fortunately everyone went home with a nice bag of sea bass and porgy filets. If you think you’ve solved the 2018 bluefish problem, of what, when and why, please tell us… we’re out of ideas. We’re all hoping it changes as fall arrives. But the clock is ticking…
Heather from the office reports that we have one weekend left of double trips before we start out fall schedule of one trip per day. Right now, we head out Monday-Friday at 7am, and Saturday and Sunday at 6am and 1pm. Starting September 1, we’ll be going out 7 days a week at 7am. We have a few dates left for September charters, so give us a call and get on the calendar before we fill up. We also have a few sunset cruises left for our “Cruisin’ for a Cause” fundraisers. Plan on joining us on one of those soon! As always, check our website and Facebook for updates.
Heather from the Black Hawk office reports that it’s another bonanza week on the jumbo porgies, monster sea bass, and door mat fluke. A good mix of hard fighting trigger fish are in the mix as well. Patrons are going away with full coolers and a lot of smiles. It doesn’t seem to matter the tide or weather conditions, drop it to the bottom and you got ’em.
Iris from Harley, NY came on Friday’s trip and caught her limit of both porgies and seabass, then switched over to fluke and ended up with 4 nice keepers to 8 1/2 pounds. It you change rigs and target the fluke, there are some really nice fish to be caught. School will be starting sooner than you think, so get the kids together and come on down. Now’s the time to make some lasting memories with your children of all ages!
Congratulations are also in order for the Black Hawk’s own Mike Salkauskas, who went shark fishing with some friends on their private boat and caught a 235 thresher shark, and released another. Great job Mike!
From the office, Heather reminds everyone that we are sailing Monday through Friday at 7am (no trip August 16). Weekends continue to have two trips, leaving at 6am and 1pm, through the rest of August. After work special trips are Thursdays and Fridays at 4pm, with reservations strongly suggested, as these trips usually fill up. Stay tuned for more night bass trips to be posted soon, as well as our September schedule. We had a great sunset cruise on Saturday night raising funds for Austyn Salafia, a 17 year old from East Lyme who worked with us last summer on the boat. He was diagnosed with cancer about a month ago, and we had a great night on the boat with him and his family, as well as a group of supporters. Thanks for a great night. Austyn, we’re all thinking of you! We continue to have sunset cruises every Saturday night through September 8. As always, check our website or Facebook page for updates and info. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!