Giant local dorado caught by Captain Clowers


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  • Captain Alan Clowers, a local charter captain and fishing guide, landed a giant dorado last Thursday while on a charter trip with clients who were free diving. The 45.3 pound dorado is Clowers’ personal best, and the largest reported to us this season. The Marlin Club, an official weigh station on Shelter Island says this is the largest dorado weighed there this season.

    Clowers reported the catch as follows:

    I took a free-dive charter out offshore looking for the magic kelp, and found a good looking pair close together near the 28/15 zone. While they dove that kelp, I fired a Coltsniper on the other kelp and hung a 15 pound dorado. After a few casts, the divers popped up and so I put them on the other kelp and switched to casting toward the one they just dove on. After catching a few yellowtail, the wind had blown the boat off the kelp quite a bit, but as I was grinding the Coltsniper back in a big bull [dorado]hit. It was game on for about 30 minutes with 30 pound line before I was able to sink the gaff in.

    For context, the IGFA lists the world record dolphinfish (dorado) at 87 pounds even, caught in 1976 off Costa Rica. The California record was caught by Kim Larson in 1990 near the 209 area and weighed 66 pounds even. In 2015, the owner of a commercial boat caught a 58.3 pound dorado off the coast of Encinitas.

    For more information on fishing with Captain Clowers, who operates a very successful local charter and guide service for everything from local bass to offshore tuna, visit his website at or give him a call at 619-800-3474.

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