I recall one trip out of Venice, Louisiana, when, as the continental shelf dropped off below, we began our search for solid weed lines or patches. When we passed the 1,000-foot contour, all eyes were glued to the horizon, except for our captain, Kevin Beach. He was busy studying his Simrad NSS unit and in particular, the AIS integrated with his radar. He identified two ships that were in the target area and just might have crossed paths with a sargassum jackpot. Beach reached out and the first ship responded. They said they had passed some “big weed mats” a few miles back. We adjusted course and within 30 minutes, there it was. We could see several sargassum mats a quarter-acre to nearly two acres in size — big, thick patches with the grass nicely pushed up.