Do I need to make reservations?  What’s up with the online ticketing?

One of the most common questions we’re asked in the office is “How does the online ticketing work?”  We wanted to give a quick explanation in hopes it helps when you’re planning your trip with us.
For our open trips, you do not need to make a reservation- there are spots available at the dock on a first come, first serve basis.  If you want to make a reservation, you go to our web site and click on the red button on the upper right corner.  Follow the prompts to fill in the blanks, including your credit card number, and you then have a reservation for the date you have chosen. We put a small number of tickets (usually 10-15 of them) online for each trip (with the exception of night bass trips and After Work Specials, which must be booked online), and the remainder of the tickets are available at the dock each morning.  
When you purchase a ticket online, you are fully purchasing the ticket, and agreeing to all terms- this includes giving 24 hour notice if you need to cancel, not receiving a refund if you don’t show up, etc.  At this time, the system is not set up to process discounts (bringing community items, using coupons, gift certificates, etc) so only full price tickets can be purchased online. 
When the tickets online have all been sold, you will see a notification that says “call to book”. That notification simply means all tickets available online have been sold  and the rest of the tickets will be available at the dock on a first come, first serve basis. We do not take reservations over the phone for the open boat trips. 
You will still need to come to the ticket window in the morning to sign in, rent a rod & reel if needed, and decide if you want to be in big fish pool. 

What do I need to bring with me on the boat?

Wear close-toed shoes (no flip flops or sandals), bring a cooler if you’d like, snacks, drinks (no glass containers or hard alcohol), sunscreen, a hat, sweatshirt/raincoat, your camera, and your excitement!

Can I rent rods & reels?

Yes! Rod and reel rental is available for $7.00. Rental Does not include lost sinkers, hooks, etc.. The bottom where we fish is rough and rugged. If you loose gear (such as hooks, sinkers, jigs, etc.) it must be paid for and replaced on the boat.

Do you have food on the boat? 

Yes, we have a galley with food available for purchase.  We have hot dogs, burgers, snacks (chips/candy, etc) and soda, water, iced tea, coffee, and hot cocoa.  Although excessive drinking of alcohol will not be tolerated on the Black Hawk, you are welcome to bring a reasonable amount of canned beer on board (please no glass bottles!).

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, we accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.

Do I need to make a reservation?

Reservations aren’t required for our regularly scheduled day trips. Reservations are required for all night bass trips, specialty trips, and after work special trips. Click here to book online! Call our office (860) 448-3662 with any questions.

What’s your address so we can put it in our GPS?

We don’t really have an official address, since we’re at a dock.  However, people use Cini Park, Niantic, CT, and that works just fine.  Check out the address if you need them.  

If your GPS does not recognize Cini Park, use the directions from our website.  If you must use  a GPS, use the address 133 Main Street, which will take you to Boats, Inc.  Proceed about 200 yards, then just before you go over the Niantic River Bridge, take a left into Cini Memorial Park and the Black Hawk parking lot.

Do I need a saltwater fishing license? 

No, the Black Hawk already has a license from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP).  You do not need a license to fish on our boat.

Can we keep the fish we catch?

Of course you can!  As long as they’re legal (size and season), once you catch the fish, they’re yours to keep!  Our mates can fillet and clean them for you for a nominal charge.  If you don’t want to keep your fish, let the mates know and they can release them unharmed.  You can also have your fish filleted and donate the fillets to local soup kitchens and the Gemma E Moran food bank as part of our “Black Hawk and the Community” program. 

Can the kids fish too?

Yes!  We love to have kids on the boat!  We have dozens of “regulars” who are kids, and we love having them on board.  There is no minimum age for fishing on the Black Hawk.  Maybe they’ll even get to honk the horn or win a free t-shirt!

What about tipping the mates?

As in any service industry, tipping is at your discretion.  Standard gratuities for the mates are between 15-20% of the cost of your trip.

How can I save money on my trip?  Do you have any coupons?

Join our email list! You can also email Heather and ask how you can save money on a future or return fishing trip to the Black Hawk.  And you can save money anytime, even without coupons, by participating in our Black Hawk and the Community program. You can also enter to win free fishing trips, given away weekly to one adult & child– after all, what’s better than free? 

Can I charter the boat for my bachelor party/company outing/child’s birthday?

We do offer private charters on board the Black Hawk.  Charter times are dependent upon our open sailing schedule.  We require a minimum of 15 people for a charter.  Call or email for more info. 

Do you do anything besides fishing?

We offer fireworks cruises, sunset cruises, nature cruises, and seal and eagle watch cruises.  Schedules vary by season and are flexible for private charters.  Again, call or email for more specific information.

Did you catch a tagged trout?

We do a lot of freshwater promotions tagging trout throughout the state. Many businesses are involved. If you catch a Black Hawk tagged trout, please call us at 1-800-382-2824. Some fish are worth big cash and prizes! 

Now that you’ve caught your fish, how will you cook it?

Click here to see our favorite recipes!

Do you have Gift Certificates?

We do have gift certificates available- and they make great gifts! Call or email for more info!


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