Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that Monday, Veterans Day, has solid fishing on the sea bass at Block Island; a good mix of porgies and a few cod and pollock. Thursday’s trip was a 50/50 marathon, leaving the dock at 5:00 AM and getting in at 5:00 PM. The weather was excellent and Capt. Matt crushed the sea bass once again, with a good mix of cod, porgies and pollock besides. This was only the first half of the trip. When everyone’s limits were met, we shifted over to the blackfish and it was “Lights Out- a One Drop Stop.” After vacuuming off all the short sea bass, the togs took over. Simply red hot fishing; drop that crab to the bottom and you got ’em! Everyone on board limited out; a real fun day with a great bunch of happy customers and an action packed day of fishing.
Saturday’s trip was unfortunately a grind. Gale force winds and rough sea conditions on Friday churned everything up and disrupted the bite everywhere. We had a full boat charter from New Jersey of die-hard fishermen who simply would not quit. Capt. Matt put in the extra time needed and everyone went home with a good mix of sea bass, cod, porgies, pollock and ling.
Most boats are unfortunately hanging it up for the season with the real fishing getting to be Red Hot. We’re going to be seeing more and more codfish showing up on these trips as the early winter season progresses.
The Black Hawk will be sailing every day on a weather related schedule. We’ll be sailing out of Noank Shipyard, which puts us closer to the Block Island fishing grounds. These trips are limited and by reservation only. Book on line on on our website and come out and see some of the very best fishing on one of the very best boats. Come see the difference.
It’s unfortunate to start our report off this way, but we have some sad news from the Black Hawk family. Many of you know we consider the Black Hawk to be one big family, including all of our customers. We are heartbroken to share with our extended family about the passing of one of our special Black Hawk customers, Henry DeLuca. Many of you have fished with Henry over the past years, as he’s traveled from Vermont several times per week to fish with us. He was a great fisherman, and was so proud of his recent night bass trip, where he caught and released 13 big bass! Henry was always generous with the crew, giving them the pool when he won (which was often), bringing handwarmers and hats in cold weather, and snacks for long trips. He loved Capt. Greg’s four young grandsons as his own, and they loved him right back. He was always positive and cheerful, helping with our community programs and making everyone on board laugh. We love you and will miss you, Henry!
“A Fisherman’s Prayer”
God grant that I may live to fish
Until my dying day.
And when it comes to my last cast,
I then most humbly pray:
When in the Lord’s great landing net
And peacefully asleep
That in His mercy I be judged
Big enough to keep.
In other news, Thursday we went black fishing and it was very good. A lot of action, with a lot of shorts. Some people had no problem getting their limit while other people struggle to get one or two, but that’s just how blackfishing goes. Friday we went to Block Island and the sea bass fishing was nothing short of phenomenal. All the porgies you could want, with some cod mixed in too. Sunday and Monday showed good fishing as well, with lots of action, limits of seabass, and lots of porgies and cod mixed in.
Heather from the office reminds everyone We will be fishing daily as the weather permits. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for schedule updates. Check out Facebook for live videos from many of our trips. We hope to see you soon!
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk office reports that we had our first blackfishing trip of the year on Wednesday. As usual, when you have a boat full of fishermen, some people got their limit, others struggled to catch one, and others struggled to catch none. We will be doing some more trips soon, so stay tuned as we post our updated schedule.
Thursday, we headed out to Block Island. It was a nice day with good fishing. Limits of seabass were had by nearly everyone. There were porgies too, and although they were a little tougher than usual, everyone still went home with a pile of them. We’re also seeing more and more codfish show up on each trip.
Heather from the office reports that as we shared last week, we will be staying local doing some blackfishing on days we can’t get to Block Island due to weather conditions. November trips are weather dependent and by reservation only, so be sure to stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for updates and schedules. We plan on posting trips on a weekly basis. We look forward to seeing everyone soon.