We have received a number of inquiries about the seaweed problem along the beach front and, in particular, how it is affecting fishing and how long is it anticipated to last.

While there has been a lot of seaweed washing up on the beach this week, according to the manager on duty at the 61st Street Fishing Pier, the situation has improved considerably.

Customers were catching mostly whiting and sharks on Thursday with little or no interference from floating seaweed.

Each year, we seem to have a big influx of seaweed during May or June. Hopefully this is our bout with it for this year.

Offshore anglers tend to have a different perspective on seaweed, as patches and large concentrations 15 miles out and farther tend to hold some nice fish.

Dorado, ling, tripletail and bill fish love to roam the large weed lines.

Many of the patches are the size of football fields.

Small baitfish and crustaceans are found among the weeds, and that attracts fish that feed on the small baits.

Larger fish then feed on those, and the cycle goes on and on.

Besides providing shelter or safe haven for small fish, it also is a source of shade for ling and other pelagic fish that like to get out of the midday summer sun.

On the fishing scene, reports continue to come in from West Bay of nice trout being caught.

Anglers who called in were catching one to four trout, with most reporting a sow in the 25-inch range.

Others were running from 16 to 21 inches.

Harvey Mitchell caught his trout while wade fishing near Christmas Pass using Cohoe Minnows and other soft plastics.

John McMichael, manager of Seawolf Park, reported some of the largest sheepshead he has seen being caught along the rocks.

McMichael said lots of bull reds, but no slots, were being caught.

The water temperature now is ripe for some good action.

Saturday and Sunday could shape up for an excellent fishing weekend if the wind comes from more of a southerly direction than southwest.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. To get your catch in the Reel Report, call 409-683-5273 or email reel.report@galvnews.com.

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