September 23, 2018

Sunday and Monday’s blue fishing trips in the Race showed excellent results diamond jigging, reports Capt. Matt of the Black Hawk. Some of these brutes were in the 14 to 16 pound range, really testing our customers’ muscles. Fortunately, there are other adjacent areas where the blues are a little smaller and friendlier which helps to break up the day. During the slack, we’ve been dropping the sea clams down and picking away on the sea bass and a few porgies. These bottom fish are definitely moving at a fast rate to the east, much earlier this year than they usually do. It’s going to make local bottom fishing tough in the weeks to come. Why they keep moving is a mystery! The good news is they’re all east bound for the Montauk-Block Island fall fishing areas.

This past week, we lost Tuesday’s trip due to bad weather, but Wednesday and Thursday had plenty of action, with limits of jumbo scup and big sea bass. A few cod fish were also coming over the rails, pleasing all hands. On Friday, for some reason, they didn’t want to bite like Wednesday or Thursday, but we put in some overtime and still ended up with a good number of fish. Saturday’s trip was a little nautical, with stiff winds and choppy seas. We had a full boat charter and the hardy anglers that stayed at the rails were rewarded with coolers full of scup, sea bass and a few cod. As it happens so often, the wind dropped right out in the afternoon and all the seas were flat calm for the ride home.

Due to the upcoming full moon this week, we have a few big bass night trips. Stay tuned for nightly results!

Heather from the office reports that we are fishing every day, leaving at 7am. Sundays and Mondays are for blues and bass, Tuesday-Saturday for porgies and seabass. As usual, visit our website or Facebook page for updates and reports. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

September 16, 2018

“Blue fishing still remains excellent in the Race and adjacent areas”, stated Capt. Greg Dubrule of the BlackHawk. Tuesday afternoon, the Black Hawk had our annual “Hooked Up with a Vet” trip, as a show of appreciation for their service. The diamond jigging was fast and furious on the bluefish. An enjoyable afternoon was had by all; flat, calm conditions, great fishing, even a colorful sunset. Most of the veterans live in the Rocky Hill Veterans Home, and are really limited for enjoying recreational activities. They greatly appreciate their annual trip and we appreciate their willingness to have served our country. Many local businesses and organizations help sponsor this trip; the NorthEast Saltwater Fishing Club, Peter Pan Bus Lines, Glastonbury and Westbrook Elks Clubs, Thurston Foods, and Power Ink, just to name a few. Thank you so much to everyone involved that helps in making this day possible. As a footnote, we just spoke with Capt. Matt via phone this Sunday morning and he reported he’s currently in the Race and the diamond jigging is excellent!!

The bottom fishing this week was hampered by wind and a big ground heave that turned the water a chocolate milk color. Unfortunately, we lost a few days and because of these conditions, Friday’s trip was a struggle. We put in a lot of overtime, went to a lot of productive spots but most fish simply had lockjaw. Everybody caught, but nowhere like what we’ve been accustomed to all summer long. Production on the very next day, Saturday, was once again, back to normal, with limits of both jumbo porgies and monster sea bass. Amazing how quick it turns from picky to steady. Now until the season end on December 31st is going to be great “Fill your Freezer Fishing.” Spend a day or two and come on out and join us.

The one night bass trip we had this week was, like Friday’s bottom fishing trip, greatly effected by the weather. It looked like we had a small weather window to work with; flat calm when we left the dock, but the easterly wind soon took over. The water was brown with a big ground heave. Results….we called the trip early; had one bite and one fish, a 25 lb’er, winning the pool for $320. It was our one, and hopefully only, smallest fish winning the money pool. Our policy, as always, is never to sugar coat any of reports. Good or bad, you’ll hear it straight and true. We’ll be posting more of these trips the week of the full moon, starting Tuesday. September 25th, so stay tuned because they fill up fast!

Heather reports from the office that we are sailing 7 days a week at 7am. We do have a few days when we don’t have open trips due to private charters so give us a call or check the website before you head down. Our sunset cruises are done for the year, and we’re already getting requests from organizations looking to book their trips for next year, as these trips were popular and great fundraisers. Thanks to everyone for all of your support! As always, check our website or Facebook page for updates, and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!

September 9, 2018

“We’ve been waiting and hoping the entire 2018 for consistent, knock your socks off action on the bluefish and we’ve finally got it…..better late then never”, reports Capt. Greg Dubrule of the Black Hawk. For the past three weeks, the bluefish have been thick in the Race, chewing in both tides and providing non-stop action. If you’re looking for some great diamond jigging, well, now’s the time and the Black Hawk is your boat. Quite a charge of short striped bass in the mix along with an occasional keeper or two. Leave the mower, put the paint brush down and get ready for a fun filled day of great fishing. Don’t just read the fishing reports; come out and make the reports.

Now that the bonus party-boat season in the sea bass and porgies is here, Black Hawk customers are having little problem getting their quotas. “It’s just simply phenomenal fishing,” reports Capt. Matt.   The very best of the sea bass and the very best of the porgies and fluke are in two distinctly different areas. Go to one in the right tide, catch your limits. Then go to the other and repeat.  On Thursday, George Gonsalves, former producer  of the Hartford Fishing and Hunting Expo, teamed up with fishing partner Dave Burnett, owner of Salem Country Gardens in Salem, CT, to experience fishing on a party boat for the first time and were blown away by the results. “We never realized that a party boat could be so much fun and so productive, it was unbelievable; with limits of both sea bass and porgies throughout the entire boat. The boat, the crew and Captain were all top notch …. 5 star. We’ll both be back many times before it ends this year.”  Thank you George and Dave, please come again. It won’t slow down until the season ends on December 31st. Folks, come see for yourself. “We catch em’…. ask around.

Heather from the office reports that we are fishing every day at 7:00 am.  Sundays and Mondays are for blues and bass, Tuesday-Saturday for porgies and seabass.  Please check our website or give us a call before heading out, as we have a few dates when we have private charters and no open trips heading out (September 13, 22, and 25).  Our “Cruisin’ for a Cause” sunset cruises ended last weekend with a great cruise for the Friends of Scotland Elementary School.  Thanks for all of your support this year- we had some great trips and raised money for some great causes! As always, check our website for updates and more info.