Reports

August 6, 2017

"Diamond jigging on these bluefish can drive you bananas this year," reports Capt. Matt of the Black Hawk. One tide it's red hot with customers loading up, non-stop action, with quite a few bass mixed in and then the next tide it's almost non-existent. Fortunately, when they refuse to bite, the action on the sea bass makes the trip. A good example: On the Saturday morning trip, it was all you wanted on the blues, with some bass mixed in. On Saturday afternoon, lock-jaw, but switching over to the bottom filled coolers with limits of jumbo sea bass. How do you figure?? The bottom fishing still remains excellent in the Montauk area. Customers are having no problem with limits on both jumbo sea bass, most pushing the 5 lb plus range and mean-monster porgies. A few incidental fluke round out the daily catches. Been a lot of shark activity lately, mixed in on the sea bass grounds. Capt. Greg saw a small mako; 60-80 lbs chasing bait, and Capt. Matt had a thresher thrashing around on the surface. A lot of bait around, including a large quantity of mackerel. We're even caught quite a few on bare hooks coming up. Speaking of sharks, a sincere congratulation goes out to my long time friend Capt. Chuck of the charter boat Joy-Sea of Montauk. The caught 7- that's right- 7 Threshers in the Mako-Mania Tournament at Montauk with the one they kept weighing a whopping 581 lbs. Big Money Fish! Contrats Chuckie!! ...
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July 30, 2017

Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that the big news this past week was the annual Channel 3 Kid's Camp Fishing Trip. Over forty kids plus chaperones experienced a great afternoon of bottom fishing. Most of these youngsters have never been on a boat before, so to catch a pile of sea bass and porgies was a real treat. Being only a four-hour trip, we had to stay local, but plenty of fish were caught. A simple dogfish, caught at the end of the trip, was the hit of the day. You'd think it was a 17-foot man-eater with the screaming and scampering around the deck with everyone taking photos. We all take for granted this wonderful shoreline area we are so fortunate to grow up in and the rewarding fishing occupation we have. It takes a few laughing kids to put everything into perspective. Thank you, Channel 3, for this opportunity. Seabass and porgy fishing still remains excellent. We had a week of great weather and the Montauk area is still the hot place to be. We would like to point out that the quality and sizes of the fish cannot be compared to anywhere else. Porgies are monsters; 2 1/2 to 3 lbs. are the norm for every customer's coolers. The sea bass pushes the 5 lb mark plus and above. Both these species are grown adults; they get up on the wrong side of the bed every day with an attitude, are mean and hungry. Simply ...
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July 23, 2017

Heather from the Black Hawk office reports diamond jigging for bluefish has certainly seen its ups and downs this week. Most mid-week afternoon trips have been very good with all you wanted and a good mix of striped bass. Come the weekend, it was a different story. Tides were screaming in the Race and fish were at a premium. They almost seem to know when the weekends are coming. We're all hoping for more consistent fishing when the tides slow down this week. Seabass and porgies on the other hand remain nothing short of excellent. Great weather all week, full coolers of great eating fish and arm weary anglers. The only time they slowed down was during the peak of the hard running tides and that only lasted for a very short time period. In addition, a few fluke were also added to the mix. We had only one night bass trip this week and fish were a lot smaller in size then what we've been consistently catching the last four weeks. The pool fish was 25 lbs, still worth a hefty $360 in the pool!! More night trips to come, so check out our website for a schedule. We continue to sail 7 days a week, Monday through Friday at 7am, and Saturdays and Sundays at 6am and 1pm.  Don't forget, this Tuesday, July 25th we have a special morning half day trip so we can be in for the Channel 3 Kids Camp Fishing Tournament in the afternoon.  We're ...
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July 16, 2017

Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that the porgy fishing has been excellent. Full coolers of jumbo porgies and we've also seen more of an influx of seabass this week, with most people easily getting their limits. It's just a real good combination of excellent porgy fishing, excellent seabass fishing, and the occasional fluke in there, just to break it up a little bit. On the weekends, even though they're half day trips, we've been going over to Montauk for some trips. This past Saturday, we had the Milford Striped Bass Fishing Club and they just clobbered the porgies and seabass. It was excellent fishing, couldn't get any better. On the bluefishing, well, it's really a little frustrating this year. We should have excellent bluefishing by now, and we do, on some days. Some days you can diamond jig up as many as you like, with a nice mix of striped bass thrown in there, and then you go there the next day and struggle to catch a half a hundred. I don't know what the deal is, there just doesn't seem to be a lot of bluefish around. On our 4-10 After Work Special trips, sometimes it's very, very good and other times it's just a pick. Our night bass fishing remains excellent. Wednesday night's trip was nothing short of phenomenal, with all big fish. We had our full boat limit and released many fish over 40 pounds, just superb fishing. I don't know how long it's going ...
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July 9, 2017

Capt. Greg Dubrule of the Black Hawk reports another great week of beautiful weather and excellent fishing. Boat limits of jumbo scup with seabass and a few fluke mixed in, sending customers home with full coolers. The best of the week for our night striped bass fishing trips was Tuesday with a full boat limit and also releasing many more. These trips are limited and by reservation only. Thursday and Friday's "After Work Special" trips, from 4 pm to 10 pm, were flat out fantastic. Bass and blues hit the diamond jigs right off the bat with everyone loading up on fish. Weekend half day porgy trips were typical weekend fishing. Experienced anglers had their limits, while some struggled, ending up with ten to fifteen. There was no better way to end a great week of fishing than our SailFest New London Fireworks trip, with a full boat of customers and perfect weather.  As part of our Black Hawk and the Community program, customers brought packages of diapers for our diaper drive. Over 2,000 diapers were collected, which will go a long way to help local kids and families.  We can't thank everyone enough for their incredible generosity.  It was a great fireworks display, and believe me if you haven't seen it by boat, it's the only way to see it. The Niantic Fireworks trip is next Saturday evening, July 15th, as part of Celebrate East Lyme Day,  and is offered free of charge if customers bring an unwrapped Christmas gift worth $10 or more and a children's book ...
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