December 16, 2018

Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that Mother Nature and her weather systems worked against us this week. The only days we had nice weather and fished were Tuesday and Friday.

We’ve been grinding away on a mix of bottom dwellers both days, with Tuesday’s trip being a little better; with a few dozen haddock, some cod, a lot of porgies and ling, and picking through a lot of short sea bass to find some keepers.

We’re hoping history repeats itself like the last few years, where in about a week we had a good body of cod move into the entire area and provided some really hot cod fishing. Only time will tell!

Heather from the office reminds everyone to stay tuned to our Facebook page and website for updates about trips and schedules. We hope to see you soon!

December 9, 2018

What a difference a week makes, reports Capt. Greg Dubrule of the Black Hawk. The utterly fantastic fishing of last week, including the historic hit on the haddock, has diminished to a grinding pick for most of this remaining week. The haddock have all but vanished and the cod, pollock, sea bass and porgies have dropped dramatically in numbers as well. We don’t know if the wind and rough seas of the first of the week upset the apple cart or what, but something certainly did!

Wednesday and Thursday trips were both a grind, culling through a lot of short sea bass. Thursday was hampered by stiff, westerly winds that didn’t help. Friday was cancelled due to winds. Saturday was more of the same; a pick throughout the day. Sunday’s trip was finally a reprieve; the winds let go and the water was flat calm, a beautiful winter’s day. Fishing was better in sorts because we could drift the entire day instead of anchoring as previous days. A lot of scup, ling, a few cod fish and sea bass and a nice flurry of haddock at the end of the trip. All things considered, it was the best day of the week.

Heather reminds everyone to keep looking at the weather and plan accordingly. We’ll post trips as often as possible based on the weather. Trips are limited to 35 people and are by reservation only. They do fill quickly, so be sure to grab your spot as soon as you see them posted online. Don’t forget, we also have gift certificates available for the holidays- call the office to order yours now! As always, check Facebook for updates and reports.

December 2, 2018

Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports- Incredible Fishing!! That’s the only way to describe this past Friday’s Block Island trip. It started out with some really beautiful weather and a good steady pick at anchor on sea bass, codfish and porgies. A couple of haddock came up besides. It was when we went on the drift that the real blitz began. For over 2 hours, the haddock bit like crazy!! That’s right, Haddock!! Haddock like we’ve never seen before in the Block Island region. As fast as you could get it to the bottom, they climbed on. Double headers all around the boat. When the flurry finally subsided, and things slowly got back to somewhat normal, the count was well over 200 haddock that landed in that short 2 hour window. When you add in the cod, sea bass , porgies, pollock and a few monks, it made for an exceptional trip that everyone will long remember. On board, as paying customers, were a few DEEP officials, both current and retired. They’d never seen anything like it!! Everyone went home with full coolers and great memories… was definitely a Kodak moment!!

The next day, Saturday, we were all prepared to go back to the scene of the crime, but as Facebook star CJ said in the live Facebook that day, “the crime happened yesterday.” It was another beautiful day, but the haddock bite was nothing like the day before. Everybody caught ’em; some with only a few, some with double digits, but not the anticipated blitz of the day before. That’s why they call it fishing, not catching. Everyone went home with a pile; cod, sea bass and porgies filled bags and coolers. We found there are some tips on catching these haddock. Soft mouths for one; they spin off quite a bit on the way up if you reel too fast with those high ratio reels for another.

Check out some more haddock facts that we’ll discuss on our “Talking Tackle” series on our YouTube channel. We’re certainly glad to see em’ here, it’s a real wintertime bonus. We’ll be fishing as often as the weather allows us. Stay tuned to our website, emails and our Facebook posts. Trips are by reservation only and limited to 35 anglers. The Black Hawk, often copied but never duplicated. Come see the difference.

Heather from the office reports that we’ll be fishing as often as we can, from our winter dock at the Noank Shipyard, when the weather permits. Trips are posted online and have been filling quickly, so when you see them, be sure to grab a spot soon. Don’t forget, too, that Black Hawk gift certificates are available for the holidays and make great gifts for the fishermen, women and kids in your life! Don’t give gifts that will too quickly be forgotten, give the experience of a fishing trip for memories that will last forever! Call the office to order.