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July 16, 2018:
Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk says, "I know everybody is calling and is anxious to go diamond jigging for the bluefish and bass, and we are certainly anxious to go! The unfortunate truth of this matter is that there are very few bluefish in not only our immediate area, but in a 150-mile area around us. Granted there have been a handful caught, we're catching a few while we're sea bass and porgy fishing, but there simply is not enough of a body of fish to justify a full-fledged trip on 'em. Hopefully, this will change soon. Being in the business for as long as I have been, I've seen years in the past where the bluefish simply don't come into our area. It's not common and it certainly is aggravating. Because of this lack of bluefish, we've been making the run over to the sea bass, porgy and fluke grounds. Trust me, I'm not a fan of a ½-day trip to Montauk, but as always, we will take our customers to where the best fishing is, in spite of fuel, bait, and time restraints. We are adjusting our schedule accordingly and are currently looking at weekend trips on a week by week basis so be sure to call ahead before driving to the dock. The week showed continued excellent porgy and sea bass fishing, with customers easily getting limits of porgies and good numbers of sea bass mixed-in as well. Some nice fluke this week, too, rounding out the coolers and making for some happy fishermen and women. Capt. Matt is back at the night bass trips this week, so stay tuned for more reports. We'll be posting the dates soon for our "High Stakes" big bass night trip, so be sure to keep an eye out. Heather from the office reports another successful Sail Fest Fireworks trip. We had beautiful weather and a great group of customers who brought us tons of diapers for our annual diaper drive. We're looking forward to our trip next week for our annual "Christmas in July" trip as part of Celebrate East Lyme Day, and our upcoming Cruisin' for a Cause sunset cruises as well.As Capt. Greg mentioned, we're keeping our schedule flexible right now as we're trying to set up trips to provide the best fishing experience for our customers. Weekdays will continue to head out at 7am, but give us a call for our weekend schedule as it is subject to change due to the fishing conditions. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!"



Previous Reports

  • July 9, 2018 Open or Close

    Heather from the Black Hawk office reports, "It was another week of excellent porgy fishing. Customers of all ages are easily getting their limits of jumbo Black Hawk scup. A good mix of sea bass and even some fluke are filling up the coolers and putting smiles of the faces of everyone. Friday's forecast wasn't promising, but the weather held off until we were heading in from another fantastic trip allowing us to get a great trip in for the diehard anglers who showed up to fish. Capt. Matt had an excellent bass trip last Sunday night, with big fish in the 30- to 40-pound range. They even had a monster pool-winning fish near 50 pounds! We'll be posting some more trips soon, so stay tuned, as they will fill up fast. Our weekend half-day trips have started, sailing at 6am and 1pm. These trips are scheduled to be for blues and bass, but the bluefish remain elusive so we've been porgy fishing on these trips instead. As always, we want to provide the best experience for our customers, and if that means changing up the schedule or target species, then that's what we'll do! We're hoping the bluefish arrive soon, as we know there are many people looking forward to these trips! Starting this weekend, we will be sailing two trips on Saturdays and Sundays, at 6:00 am and 1:00 pm. Weekdays we will continue to go out at 7:00 am. Tickets are available to purchase in advance on our website. A few dates are left near the end of July for private charters, so grab 'em before they're done. This Saturday the 14th we have our Sailfest fireworks cruise, next Saturday the 21st is our Christmas in July- Cerebrate East Lyme day fireworks, and then a Cruisin' for a Cause fundraiser for Community Speaks Out the 28th. Spaces are filling quickly for all of these trips, so be sure to call the office to get a spot on board. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!"

  • July 2, 2018 Open or Close

    "Rods are bending non-stop as jumbo porgies, slammer sea bass, and a mix of a few fluke, bluefish and even a handful of mackerel come over the rails", reports Heather from the Black Hawk. "Captains Greg and Seth are at the helm of these 7:00 AM, all-day trips with customers leaving for home with full coolers and smiling faces. It just can't get any better. Drop it to the bottom and you've got 'em! If you're looking to show the family, kids, or grandkids a great fishing experience, now's the time! Just an absolutely enormous bio-mass of fish; simply astounding! On the striped bass scene, Capt. Matt is crushing em' on the night trips. We fished Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights this week, with another one going out tonight, Sunday. Full boat limits every night, with a lot of fish pushing well over 40 pounds. Saturday night showed some big fish- special congrats to 12-year-old Ethan, who caught a 41.5-pound bass, and reeled it in himself! Great job Ethan! Striped bass fishing at its finest! Like our longtime motto says "We Catch Em' Around." Come see for yourself. These specialty trips feature a limited amount of anglers and are by reservation only. They book up fast, so don't get left out. We're going to post the date of our "High Stakes Night Bass Trip" shortly. First place for the largest bass that night will be a cool $1,000.00 cash! There will be 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes as well. As on all our night trips, these fish can be weighed and released unharmed if the angler so desires. Locally, the bluefish still remain elusive; a few scattered here and there, but no amount to really work on. We're all keeping our fingers crossed that this improves soon as we've got plenty of customers waiting! Heather from the office reports that starting this weekend, we will be sailing two trips on Saturdays and Sundays, at 6:00 am and 1:00 pm. Weekdays we will continue to go out at 7:00 am. Tickets are available to purchase in advance on our website. Our July charter schedule is just about full, but there are a few dates left, so contact us to get your group on the calendar. We have our fireworks cruises coming up in July, and then on Saturday evenings for the rest of the summer we will have our "Cruisin' for a Cause" sunset cruises, with each week raising funds for a different organization. These are sure to be a great time, so plan on joining us this summer! There's so much going on, and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!"

  • June 25, 2018 Open or Close

    Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk says that, "Every week we say the porgy fishing has been excellent, and every week when it seems to be impossible, it just keeps getting better. Jumbo Black Hawk porgies have become almost the norm, and at times double-headers are coming over the rails all around the boat. Now with the opening of black sea bass season in New York waters this past Saturday, it's going to get even better. We'll be adding some jumbo knuckleheads to the coolers. In addition, some nice fluke were caught this week with a handful of bluefish, too. On Sunday, Capt. Matt had the boat and reported that the porgies bit so ferociously that there were more double-headers than single fish! They easily had their limit for a full boatload of customers, then went and topped off the trip with some nice big sea bass. Keeping the customers happy is the name of the game, and everyone was happy on Sunday! Capt. Matt also reports that the night striped bass trips have been productive, although this week we didn't see the heavy weights like we did last week. We had fish to about 25 pounds and have three more night trips going out this week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Get your spots soon before they fill up!

    We're also excited to announce that the Black Hawk now as Sirius Satellite Radio on board the boat with all stations available! We won't miss any football or baseball games this fall! Heather from the office reports that we are sailing 7 days a week at 7:00 am. Tickets are available to purchase in advance on our website. In July our weekend schedule will change slightly, so give us a call before heading down. We have a few dates available for July charters, but they're going fast so be sure to contact us to get your group on the calendar. Saturday evenings this summer we will have our "Cruisin' for a Cause" sunset cruises, with each week raising funds for a different organization. These are sure to be a great time, so plan on joining us this summer! There's so much going on, and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!"

  • June 18, 2018 Open or Close

    "Simply put, it just can't get any better; it's almost too good," reports Capt. Greg Dubrule of the Black Hawk. "It was a week of fantastic porgy fishing and excellent weather. Thursday's charter was the only exception where the fishing was hot but we had a westerly wind in the afternoon which made it a little nautical on the way home for a little while. The porgies are jumbos with a small mix of fluke, bluefish, striped bass and a lot of big sea bass which were returned unharmed. (Sea bass season in NY opens June 27.) Father's Day weekend was no exception to the recent weather and fishing. Flat-calm weather, a full boat load of eager fishermen and fantastic fishing with limits all around. That's over 2,000 jumbo porgies! Now that's a lot of fish! The night striped bass trips we had this week were all very good. Capt. Matt's running them with a combination of live eels and bucktails. Reservations are needed, and these trips and are limited to 20 anglers. We will be posting more trips soon. These fill up fast, sometimes within a few hours, so be sure to sign up as soon as you see them. From the office, Heather reports that we are now fishing every day at 7am. Tickets are available to purchase in advance on our website, or you can always get them at the dock. We have our After Work Specials going out, as well as night bass trips. In July our weekend schedule will change slightly, so give us a call before heading down. We have a few dates available for July charters, but they're going fast, so be sure to contact us to get your group on the calendar. Saturday evenings this summer we will have our "Cruisin' for a Cause" sunset cruises, with each week raising funds for a different organization. We're looking forward to great trips with the friends of Scotland Elementary School, Ray of Light Farm, UCFS Healthcare, and more! These are sure to be a great time, so plan on joining us this summer! There's so much going on, and 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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