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October 22, 2018:
Heather from the Black Hawk office reports, "It was another great week of fishing! Bluefishing was excellent on Monday, with a good mix of sea bass, too. Our private charter on Tuesday was great with all the bluefish you could want, plus a mix of sea bass and even a few stripers. Wednesday's charter had good fishing before the wind really made conditions deteriorate in the afternoon. Unfortunately we lost Thursday's trip due to the windy conditions. Friday's trip, despite the wind, was simply sensational out at Block Island. Limits of jumbo sea bass with loads of huge porgies made for an excellent day! Unfortunately, the weather on Saturday made fishing difficult once again, and we were unable to get to Block Island, so we stayed local and picked away on the porgies and sea bass. Customers still went home with fish, but it wasn't like what we've been used to. We just announced a few more night bass trips, coming up this week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. These are most likely the last three night trips of the year, so be sure to call today to reserve your spot and join us! We'll be fishing for the next two weeks, up to October 31, from our dock in Niantic. In November we move the boat over to our winter dock in Stonington, stay tuned for the exact dates and an updated schedule. As always, it's a good idea to give the office a call the day before your trip since the weather this time of year can be difficult. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!"



Previous Reports

  • October 15, 2018 Open or Close

    "He had red hot striper fishing on Tuesday and Wednesday nights this week," reports Capt. Matt of the Black Hawk. "Fish up to 40 pounds were climbing on the eels, making for easy boat limits and dozens more released to fight again. Friday's trip was cancelled due to heavy wind and rain, and unfortunately both of the weather conditions had an adverse effect on Saturday night's trip. It was our slowest bass trip if the season, with not quite half our patrons getting their one-fish limit. The pool fish was only 17 pounds, but worth a cool $380! Weather was not the factor, as it was a nice night, but the previous day's influx of heavy freshwater made it tougher than usual. More night trips will be posted for the full moon on October 24, so stayed tuned. Bluefishing in the Race is still providing plenty of diamond jigging action, with a few sea bass, false albacore and short bass mixed-in. Hopefully, we can get a few more weeks out of it. Bottom fishing at Block Island still remains excellent. We have had no problem getting your limit of huge hubcap porgies (45) and jumbo sea bass (7) with a few cod also coming over the rails. While the season for most boats is beginning to wind down, the Black Hawk will be going strong with many months of great fishing ahead. Cod numbers will steadily improve and fabulous fall fishing on the scup and sea bass will continue to provide dynamite fishing until the season ends on December 31st. We'll be making our annual move to our winter dockage at Dodson's Boatyard in Stonington Village around the first of November, providing easy access to the Block Island fishing grounds, so stay tuned for updates. Until then, Heather from the office reports that we will sail from Niantic daily at 7am. We do have several private charters coming up (October 16, 17, 18, 23 and 24) so we will not have open trips on those days. However, all other days in October we'll be heading out at 7am. It's always a good idea to call the day before to check on the weather at this time of year. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!"

  • October 8, 2018 Open or Close

    "I gotta smile when it come to a few of these 'sugar coated' porgy and sea bass reports fishing local waters," reports Capt. Greg Dubrule of the Black Hawk. "Literally, jumbo porgies and huge knot head sea bass are climbing on the baits as soon as they hit the bottom at Block Island. Customers are having no problem catching their limits and filling their coolers. A few cod, triggerfish and even some winter flounder are also added to the mix. It's simply excellent fishing. Saturday's trip had quite a few families on board and the kids had a ball with beautiful flat calm sea conditions, and 'drop it to the bottom and you got em' fishing. This fishing bonanza will continue until the closure of the season on December 31st, so plan a trip now. Why go anywhere else? We catch Around! We'll be moving the Black Hawk to our winter dock in Stonington Borough around the first of November. More cod will be showing up as the waters chill, so stay tuned for updates. Bluefishing still remains excellent in the Race with both tides producing all you could want. As of this writing, Capt. Matt is out with Sunday's trip and everyone's catching heavy on the diamond jigs. They might have showed up a little late this year, but they're here now in numbers, so come and get em'! We'll have night bass trips this week with the new moon. These past full moon trips have been excellent and we anticipate more of the same with the new moon cycle this week. Reports on all trips are posted daily; good, bad or indifferent, you'll get the straight scoop. Heather from the office reports that we are sailing daily at 7:00 am for the rest of October. There are several dates when we have charters, and as you know, Mother Nature can be difficult to work with in October, so it's always a good idea to call before you head down. Give our office a call-860-448-3662- and we'll give you the most up to date fishing report and schedule. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!"

  • October 1, 2018 Open or Close

    "Bluefishing remains excellent in the Race", reports Capt. Greg Dubrule of the Black Hawk. "Diamond jigging or three-way bucktails are producing all you could want. A lot of short striped bass in the mix, with a few keepers to make it interesting. The night big bass trips this week have been nothing short of phenomenal. If you were looking for some of the best of night time striper fishing, this was the week and the Black Hawk was the boat. Thursday and Friday nights were both very good, with Friday, for some reason, having a lot of smaller keepers along with quite a few shorts. Saturday was just sensational, with almost 60 big bass caught for the 20 anglers fishing. Relax, not to worry, we kept our 20 fish limit and released the remainder unharmed to breed and fight again. It was a beautiful, calm, clear and star filled night and at times we had 4, 5, 6 fish on each drift. Couldn't have been any better! Now, on to the bottom fishing. We missed Tuesday and Wednesday due to bad weather and Thursday and Friday, we had to stay local, fishing the Watch Hill reefs. A lot of tide and the regulars with braid line had no problem filling their coolers with porgies; not the monster size of Block Island, but enough to keep everyone happy. Friday was tough; torrential rain made it miserable in the morning. The hardy 28 customers endured it through. Sea bass came a little tougher. We anchored up outside the reefs, jumping around from rock pile and wrecks, picking away at them at each spot. Thursday was a better day by far on the sea bass than Friday. Saturday was simply another phenomenal day. The weather was perfect and the fishing was even better! It was by far the best day of fall fishing we have had for 2018 so far. The porgies chewed the bottom of the boat out right from the start making for an easy full boat limit of jumbo Block Island porgies. After the scup slaughter we headed out a little deeper and started sending the sea bass over the rails. It just couldn't have been any better! The best of the sea bass and porgy fishing is at Block Island. Period. They're bigger, the fall run is there, and you either go there and catch your 45 per person limit or you pick away on small pin porgies and barely-legal sea bass locally. Some reports might try to say otherwise, but that's just how it is. Remember, don't read the reports, come make the reports. Heather from the office reports that we are sailing every day through Columbus Day at 7:00 am. Check our website later this week for an updated schedule for the rest of October, as we will likely be changing the departure time of our trips after the holiday weekend. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!"

  • September 24, 2018 Open or Close

    "Sunday and Monday's bluefishing trips in the Race showed excellent results diamond jigging," reports Capt. Matt of the Black Hawk. "Some of these brutes were in the 14- to 16-pound range, really testing our customers' muscles. Fortunately, there are other adjacent areas where the blues are a little smaller and friendlier which helps to break up the day. During the slack, we've been dropping the sea clams down and picking away on the sea bass and a few porgies. These bottom fish are definitely moving at a fast rate to the east, much earlier this year than they usually do. It's going to make local bottom fishing tough in the weeks to come. Why they keep moving is a mystery! The good news is they're all east bound for the MontaukBlock Island fall fishing areas. This past week we lost Tuesday's trip due to bad weather, but Wednesday and Thursday had plenty of action with limits of jumbo scup and big sea bass. A few cod fish were also coming over the rails, pleasing all hands. On Friday, for some reason, they didn't want to bite like Wednesday or Thursday, but we put in some overtime and still ended up with a good number of fish. Saturday's trip was a little nautical, with stiff winds and choppy seas. We had a full-boat charter, and the hardy anglers that stayed at the rails were rewarded with coolers full of scup, sea bass and a few cod. As it happens so often, the wind dropped right out in the afternoon and all the seas were flat calm for the ride home. Due to the upcoming full moon this week, we have a few big bass night trips. Stay tuned for nightly results! Heather from the office reports that we are fishing every day, leaving at 7am. Sundays and Mondays are for blues and bass, Tuesday-Saturday for porgies and sea bass. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!"

Black Hawk

Black Hawk
Niantic River
East Main St
Niantic, CT 06357
phone: 860-449-1420


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