Reports

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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July 2, 2017

It can't seem to get any better, reports Heather from the Black Hawk office. Wonderful weather all week and hungry, jumbo porgies filling everyone's coolers. Tuesday was the opening day of seabass and the Black Hawk took full advantage of it. Capt Greg would spend half the day on the porgy grounds and the remainder of the trip on the sea bass beds. Good anglers had no problem getting their limits with a few nice fluke thrown in for good measure. A lot of short sea bass, at times a little annoying, are in the mix. So far, it's not as good on the sea bass as last year, but we're optimistic that a lot more are on the horizon. On the holiday weekend half-day trips, we couldn't go to where we've been fishing during the week due to wind and a ground sea. We fished in some secondary spots and did the best we could with what we had to work with. All of our big bass night trips this week were excellent, with Wednesday being nothing short of sensational, reports Captain Matt. Full boat limits with fish to 45 pounds and on Wednesday night's trip we were releasing anther 16-18 big fish. Customers were ecstatic, just the best of the best! These trips are hand picked for tides and times, and by reservation only. Check out our Facebook page for colorful live reports and photos. We give you the straight scoop- live! The only slow trip this week ...
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June 25, 2017

Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports another good week of porgy fishing. Some really good trips. Saturday morning we had a troop of Boy Scouts from Torrington, and although it was thick fog and miserable conditions with pouring rain, we still clocked 'em- big porgies at Montauk. The kids had a blast and are well on their way to earning their fishing badges. Great job, kids! We've been catching a few fluke mixed in with the porgies, a couple of bluefish too. Diamond jigging, locally, well, there's really no other way to put it than it's slow. There's a few bass around, a lot of shorts. One of our night trips last week was very good - the next night they didn't bite at all. The tide was running so hard we only had a couple of keepers and a lot of shorts. We're going again this week on a couple of trips so stay tuned for reports. Seabass opens this Tuesday, so hopefully we'll get a little smorgasbord by adding some seabass to the mix. Heather from the office reports that we are now fishing every day. Monday through Friday we go out at 7am. Saturdays and Sundays we have two trips leaving at 6am and 1pm. We also have our After Work Special trips on Thursdays and Fridays at 4pm. Check our website for a full schedule and to buy your tickets online. We're also taking reservations for our fireworks trips, these trips are very popular so ...
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June 18, 2017

Heather reports from the office of the Black Hawk another week of excellent porgy fishing. The boat has been going to the Montauk grounds where the scup are thick and have ferocious appetites. The Father's Day weekend was hampered somewhat by thick fog but Saturday's trip was probably the best of the week with doubleheaders of huge slob porgies coming over the rails. Sunday's trip was more of the same.  The holiday crowd had no problem loading up. It was great to see all the dads out there, fishing with their kids. Still a lot of bait milling around the entire Montauk area, with a lot of bluefish activity, some bass and throw back sea bass. Don't forget, New York sea bass opens June 27th, so we can start keeping 'em instead of throwing them back. The three night bass trips this week, again, had consistent fishing with Monday night's trip the best with fish limits and fish to 40 lbs. We always have the biggest of high-dollar pools on these exclusive trips and Wednesday night was no exception with the largest of the week at $450. A pretty good payout by anyone's standard. On Friday nights 4 pm to 10 pm After Work Special trip, we stayed in the Race due to weather. There are not a lot of bluefish in our local area yet but the diamond jigging produced a lot of bass to just over 30 lbs. with a lot of "shorts" mixed in. Don't forget, these trips are limited to 30 passengers by ...
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