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Seaweed's return bringing more Dorado offshore


Last weekend red snapper were in luck, as far as the fleet of private boats was concerned. The special weekend season that runs through Labor Day saw choppy conditions all weekend with seas running 3 to 5 feet.

While the larger boats, such as most party boats, can handle seas of this magnitude, the smaller fleet of private boats finds such conditions too uncomfortable to make a trip.

There were a couple of private boat captains that attempted trips Saturday but turned around not far from the end of the jetties due to the chop.

Boats fishing the offshore waters this year are finding more Dorado than in the last two years. Most likely the reason is the return of seaweed to our Gulf waters. Dorado, also known as mahi-mahi, follow seaweed, as the sargassum patches and weed lines offer shelter and food supplies.

Sunday, the party boat Capt. John brought back 53 Dorado from their trip 50 miles south of the jetties. Along with the tasty Dorado, five kings and limits of red snapper for all 80 anglers were landed. Among the guests were Don Lemire, brother of Williams Party Boats’ spokesman Patrick Lemire, and his sons Dilan and Dalton who brought back their limits of red snapper to 15 pounds.

On the inshore scene, not much was taking place Sunday and Monday due to the threat of rain. Pan fish were the primary catches reported, with Seawolf Park and the boat ramp pier on Jones Lake producing good numbers of sand trout, whiting, croaker and gafftop. Live and dead shrimp were the baits that worked best.

Crabbers on the Jones Lake Pier were hauling in nice-sized blue crabs.

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