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Worst seaweed infestation ever? - The Galveston County Daily News : Fishing Report

November 27, 2014

Worst seaweed infestation ever?

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Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 12:00 am

The seaweed keeps pouring in. No doubt this has to be the worst infestation we have seen in Galveston.

Recently, I was visiting with Bugg Albertson, who just turned 90, and he asked if anyone can remember when Galveston was ever plagued by such an enormous influx of this “stuff.”

Albertson lived most of his life in Texas City and spent his free time on the island fishing. He said perhaps less than a dozen times he has seen enormous amounts of seaweed hit the Galveston beaches; however, it never lingered as long as this spell.

While most beachgoers and surf fishermen complain mightily, there are a few who see some positive effects.

One of those is Thomas Morton of Friendswood, who feels the seaweed has attracted a lot of fish to the Galveston Bay Complex that would normally be found offshore.

Recently, there have been an unusual number of reports of triple tail being caught. While the tasty fish is certainly not uncommon, usually there are only scattered catches reported.

Offshore, triple tail are found around weed lines, and it is likely that the acres of seaweed off the beach front are bringing triple tail and other offshore fish with it.

Ling are another fish that likes the shade, shelter and marine life (food) that are associated with weed lines, and there have been more reports of ling along the beach front and jetties lately than usual.

A nice-sized keeper ling (must be at least 37 inches in length to retain) was caught at the old Bolivar Gas Wells last week.

Dorado are another fish that are associated with weed lines; however, rarely are they caught within sight of land.

So far, there have been no reports of that species anywhere near the beach or jetties.

With all of the seaweed hanging around, we just might see some smaller Dorado close in, especially during periods of clear water.

On the fishing scene, our only report came from Bulldog’s Bait Shop and was of Eli Gomez and Felix Roman’s catch from the 61st Street Fishing Pier. They landed two blacktip sharks to 5 feet in length, a 4-foot sand bar shark and four bull reds to 45 inches.

The anglers saw several large tripletails that were caught by other fishermen using live shrimp.