The next few days several other fishing-boats were attacked and captured by the privateer fleet. During those days three privateers left the fleet. One of them, captain Willem Jansen, Left for Spain. Another fleet of 13 fishing-boats, sailing from Maassluis and protected by the Dutch warship De Victorie, was also attacked. The vessel exploded due to a direct hit in the gunpowder-room. Only six of the seamen were saved from the water. Two fishing-boats were sunk (the crews were allowed to leave their ships) and eleven vessels pillaged. The steersmen of these vessels were imprisoned for a ransom.
On August 19 several other fishing-boats were attacked. The crew of one vessel, probably armed, tried to resist but they were captured and the vessel was sunk with the crew still on board. Three other vessels were also sunk, but the crewmen were saved.
On August 20 the privateer fleet changed course. They set sail for the trading routes of the merchants of Eastern Europe. The next day 9 Dutch merchants were captured. They had had mainly salt aboard and were en route to Danzig when they were attacked.
On August 22 the bad weather prevented the privateers from attacking another merchant fleet of 30 vessels. During the storm two privateers, commanded by Michiel Jacobsen and Frans Pleite, got seperated from the fleet.
On August 10 the agent of the Staten-Generaal of the Republic at Calais, Anthonie Sailly, had sent a warning about the privateers to the Hague. His letter arrived on August 16 and this delay was the main reason for the late response from the Netherlands. Two fleets were to be assembled and sent to attack the privateers. Meanwhile all available vessels in the port of Rotterdam were sent after them.
Near the Island of Vlieland the seven remaining privateers met with this Dutch fleet under command of captain Arie Corneliszoon Cruyck. The Duinkerkers tried to flee from this fleet. To get more speed as much cargo and gear as possible was thrown overboard. Some of them were chased through the Noordzee and fled to Dieppe or Spain.
The ship of Jacques Colaert, the Crabbelcat, was attacked near Duinkerken and its crew captured after a fierce battle. In that battle Colaerts ship lost its masts. Colaert was forced to surrender and he and his crewmen were taken as prisoners to the city of Vlissingen in Zeeland. He and 37 of his crewmen, excepting six boys, were hanged in September of 1600.