Jack and I took our dinghy out the other night to try our luck catching Humboldt squid. Santa Rosalia is the Humboldt capital of the world. Every evening this time of year hundreds of pangas (small Mexican fishing boats, 17-20 foot, tiller steered) head out with each boat allowed 1000 kilos per night. Friends of ours on the boat Third Day said, "Hey let's buddy up and give it a try." We didn't get any six footers but the action was fast and furious. In the space of about an hour our two boats pulled in 15-20 squid and lost four times that. Most the squid were about two feet in length or so. I would guess eight to ten pounds. The other squid would attack the ones we hooked and the water would fill with squid. We saw some three to four footers shooting by as we pulled in ours. They would flash their colors as they shot by. These squid are cannibalistic opportunists. Much like some of the people I have worked with in my life. The experience was, well it was really creepy. But oh wow! was last night's calamari to die for.
DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!
We are trained professional midnight rubber dinghy squidders.
When you see Discovery Channel dealing with Humboldt's --- The TERROR of The DEEP -- This is where they are filming from. We kept the smallest one we caught as there is only two of us (remaining) to eat it.
Our friends on 3rd Day video-taped the evening and put together this You Tube clip. Enjoy!
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