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November 13, 2017:
Heather reports from the Black Hawk office that, "Capt. Matt had the boat on Thursday in some nice weather and it was "one drop shopping." He anchored up on a spot with jumbo porgies, huge "black hawk" sea bass, and a whole bunch of codfish. Boat limits all around on the sea bass and porgies and 15-18 codfish. On Friday, as everyone knows, the weather unfortunately turned lousy, and that blustery northwest wind kept everybody tied to the dock. Saturday morning Capt. Greg had the boat. There was still a little bit of wind in the morning, and it was bitter cold, but everybody bundled up. We stopped just south of Block Island first, anchored up on some porgies, and caught the heck out of them. Then the wind dropped out so we went outside and anchored up on a pile of sea bass and caught just huge, huge sea bass—the biggest kind—with a good combo of porgies. Again, boat limits all around. Not as many codfish as we had 6-8 up to about 17 pounds. It ended up being a beautiful day with excellent fishing. On the way home it was flat calm, and a few whales were even spotted. On Sunday the weather was beautiful. As of this writing, the boat has already been to the porgy grounds and loaded up, and then headed out to get the sea bass and cod. We anchored on the heap of 'em, and it was another one drop spot. Limits of porgies and sea bass with some nice cod in the mix. In addition to a really excellent day of bottom fishing, Wayne from Pittsburgh, one of our long-range customers, pulled up a 24-pound striped bass! And yes, it was caught on a clam and a sea bass hook. By the way, the fish was worth $165 in the pool. Good going Wayne! For these late season sea bass, cod and porgy runs, we have new rods from J&B Tackle, and new reels loaded with braided line on all our rental equipment. We're giving everyone that might not have used braid before a chance to try it out. It certainly is the way to go. We plan on fishing Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and will be adding more trips as the weather permits, including this Wednesday."

Previous Reports

  • November 6, 2017 Open or Close

    Capt. Greg Dubrule of the Black Hawk reports that, "The tremendous winds kept them tied to the dock the first part of the week. Capt. Matt was at the helm Friday and Saturday and fished Block Island with monster sea bass the intended target. Fishing was excellent with boat limits; fish in the 4-12 to 5-12 pound range. Jumbo porgies and 12-15 codfish per trip nicely rounded out the coolers. Once again, Heather from the office would like to remind everyone that the Black Hawk is now settled into our winter dock at Dodson's Boatyard in Stonington Borough, providing a short boat ride to Block Island. From now until December 31st, serious fishing for serious fisherman who want to fill their coolers and have a lot of fun will be happening on the Black Hawk. We plan on sailing as often as we can during the week and weekends pending weather conditions. Trips will be posted on our website and are limited to 35 anglers and by reservation only. These trips fill up fast, so don't be disappointed; book your trip today!"

  • October 30, 2017 Open or Close

    Heather reports from the Black Hawk office that, "The black sea bass season opened up in Federal waters on Sunday, October 22 and the Black Hawk took full advantage of it. Sunday and Monday the boat sailed to Block Island and had an excellent mix of jumbo sea bass, cod and monster porgies. Most customers had limits with a good mix of market cod up to 16 pounds. Unfortunately Tuesday and Wednesday were a wash-out as high winds kept us tied to the dock. Thursday's trip started out to be a real grind as the weather was still rough and blowing; we had to hide for most of the morning hours waiting for the tide and wind to change. When it did, we were able to get in the Watch Hill reefs and pound the porgies. The proceeding two days left the waters riled up but the scup still chewed. We put some overtime in to make up for the slow morning hours but all customers went away happy. On Friday's trip, with the weather being back to normal, Capt. Matt targeted the sea bass first, loading up in short order, and then came back to the previous day's porgy spot and had a nice 2-12 hour shot of scup. Saturday, with nice weather and a full complement of anxious anglers, the Black Hawk went back out to Block Island. Once again, the results were very good with a mixed combination of sea bass, porgies and a few cod. We did see a few dogfish mixed-in, something that's inevitable with all the Southeast winds we've had. Capt. Greg would like to remind everyone that this was the last weekend sailing from our home port of Niantic. We're moving the boat this week to Dodson's Boatyard, our winter dock in historic Stonington Borough, 194 Water Street. It's a first class marina, easy to get to off of I-95 and a short boat ride, just over an hour, away from Block Island. It just doesn't get any better. Oh popular Dog Watch restaurant is right there at the dock, open year-round and serving the best chowder in New England! The best fishing is yet to come November and December. The last two years has been great! We'll be sailing as often as possible, weather permitting. So get your rods ready, fill your reels with a new load of braid, dress warm and bring your coolers. These trips are limited to only 35 people and by reservation only. On-line tickets are available. The next 60 days are going to be hot!"

  • October 23, 2017 Open or Close

    Capt. Greg Dubrule, owner of the Black Hawk, reports that, "The porgy fishing is still providing non-stop action, all week long. Drop 'em to the bottom and you got 'em! Customers having no problem filling their coolers with the 45-fish per man limit. Sunday the 22nd brought the re-opening of the sea bass season to both Rhode Island and federal waters and Capt. Matt took full advantage of the beautiful day by going to Block Island for a combination of porgies, sea bass and cod. The weather and the fishing were excellent with smiling customers happy as could be. We will continue to fish daily at 7:00 am from Niantic through October 31. Heather from the office wants to remind everyone, once again, that the Black Hawk is getting ready to make its annual migration to Dodson's Boatyard in Stonington Borough in early November. Stay tuned for updates and trips. Block Island is only a short ride away from our dock in Stonington, and the fall fishing will be at its peak when we arrive. When most local boats are laid up and done for the season, the Black Hawk will be sailing steady. Porgies and sea bass season doesn't end until December 31st and with the codfish in there too, the big 3 will provide some dynamite fishing. These trips are limited and by reservation only, so stay tuned for details. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!"

  • October 16, 2017 Open or Close

    According to Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk, "Porgy fishing remains excellent, with most customers if not getting their 45-fish limit then coming very close. We're fishing in Rhode Island waters quite a bit where sea bass is closed until October 22, so we are forced to throw back a lot of nice fish. We have been stopping in NY and CT waters when time and tide allows and picking away on some sea bass, but nothing like the quality in the closed Rhode Island and federal waters. Diamond jigging on bluefish also remains excellent. Sunday's trip with Capt. Matt had customers arm weary. On these trips during the slack tide we've been bottom fishing on the porgies and sea bass, giving everyone an opportunity to try a different fishery with some fine eating fish. Hopefully the blues will remain around for a few more trips. On our last night striped bass trip (Tuesday) conditions were excellent and so was the fishing, similar to the previous two trips. Capt. Matt was at the helm once again and customers were treated to some excellent big bass numbers. These trips are limited to only 18 anglers and after getting their boat limit, they caught and released almost 30 more big fish! Pool fish that night was just shy of 40 pounds. Great weather and fantastic fishing! Heather from the office reports that our schedule remains the same, fishing every day at 7:00 am. We do have a few days when we don't have open trips, so be sure to check-in with us when you plan to sail. 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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