I had some business to do in Seattle and decided to see how the flood tide was at the wheel. Frank R. met up with me and we made a few casts for an hour near the corner of the dock closest to the actual wheel.
Sun and Phil ended up visiting for a bit and they took some photos and got the other buddies all excited now that we have a better understanding of the migrations of the swuid between morning mid day and in the evenings.
Frank and I had lunch afterwards at the Crab Pot and talked a little shop. The weather today was fantastic, can’t complain on these sunny days!
For dinner my wife made stir fried squid, game over.
I had a long day and wanted to get some fresh air. What better way than to drop some jigs at the wheel? David was up to meet up so I picked him up at 22:15 and we made our way to the waterfront to catch the 24:28 flood tide.
We arrived to find a section of railing perfect for us. I fired up the generator and the new light lit up like sunlight. Soon after the bite was on! A few others gathered around to join in the action and pretty soon I had doubles and even a few triples.
David was using an ultralight St. Croix tort rod and some super line. A mono like braid that was very sensitive. You could see every hit those squid were attacking onto his jigs.
Luckily I didn’t lose any jigs, could have lost them, but managed to de-snag of some nasty bottom. I even pulled up a cluster of 5-6 jigs tangled on the bottom.
When we arrived I was surprised to be greeted by Phil’s dad. ‘Hi Pol!’ he said as he was walking back with a nice limit. He can’t get enough and maybe practicing for next years derby. David got a limit as well and we left around 01:30. He gave me all but a few squid, I’ll pack them up into gallon zips and give then to my wife’s friends.
Nothing better that fresh calamari!
We spent a Sunday afternoon on the Jefferson Park short 9 since the weather was sunny and a bit warmer. Kids are free after noon and it was nice to walk alongside them as they left a trail of wedged out lawn along the way.
I wanted to take a peek at the waterfront since I’d been spending so much time down there this week learning more about the squid. I haven’t seen the water on a low tide, but arrived about and hour prior to the low. I started on the wheel side and didn’t have much luck.
I glanced over at the Aquarium side and it appeared the bite was on. My wife had gone over to explore with our youngest son. My older son and I packed up and moved to get in with the action.
We found a spot and bellied up to the railing and cast out. The water line was alot lower, but soon after the first squid came to hand. My family was soon tired and hungry, so I called it and we went to Ocean city for some Chinese food.
Only brought back 9-10 squid, which I’ll hopefully add more to this week.
Since the squid season has been very good I thought it’d be nice to rally the troops for some friendly competition. We agreed to a timed event, most # of squid caught at the end of the hour would be the winner.
Everyone who played contributed a new squid jig to the pot and we’d pay out to 3rd place. The participants were from winner on down.
1. Michael Kim (Phil’s dad), 41 squid
2. Jason Takayoshi, 32 squid
3. Sun Yi, 31 squid
4. Phil Kim
5. Paul Kim
6. David Kim
7. Joe Hong
8. Chris Moyer
9. Frank Rutledge
10. Alexis Courbet
11. James Nguyen
Congrats to the winners, fun times for all with lots of laughs and friendly competition. We met up at Joyale Seafood restaurant for some good eats and of course more engaging fishing conversation.
Over dinner we discussed the lifespan and science behind these squid. Heres a good synopsis on the background behind the Pacific Squid aka Market squid.
The ‘new’ Radio Flier wagon worked like a charm along with the 500w, 55,000 lumen SMD led light.
This was my first time using the new light but didn’t realize that generators are not allowed on the wheel side. Specifically anything that carries fuel that could lead to a leak and or fire.
We got kicked off the pier and ended up having to move to the aquarium side to set up shop. The corner spot by the shed was taken, so we planted the light at the edge by the wooden dock. After a few minutes the schools were attracted to the beacon that was calling them in. The action at times was hot and heavy.
Next years derby, we’ll be prepared. Lets hope the squid return as thick as this year’s run.
The tug is the drug, and squid have a bounty on their tentacles. Wanted to see how the action was during the morning and got in a bit late. We left the house at 09:00 and pulled into the parking area to see a dozen or so folks pulling squid by the wheel.
We assembled the gear and head out to an empty spot. My first cast was good, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and so on. I hit a squid on each cast up to my 8th consecutive. It was good action for a few moments and then died down around 11:00. Just a few hitting closer in.
Dad ended up snagging up and lost two jigs and I snagged and lost 4. Not a cheap morning, but we managed to leave at noon with 5, #7 each.
Somehow the new jigs aren’t as effective as the older ones, either that or they need a good light charge to juice them up for max glow.
I’ve organized a friendly squid derby for some friends tomorrow evening. Entry fee is 1 new jig, winner takes all after 1 hour of squidding. Flood tide tomorrow is at 20:02 and the derby starts at 19:00 sharp.
Here’s a glimpse inside my squid tackle box.
I wanted to get my dad out for some squidding since the morning bite has been good at the wheel. Since his eyesight isn’t good and he isn’t good with casting I knew the morning would be ideal for visibility and the possibility of some good catching.
We left home at 06:00 and set up by 06:30. No issues with traffic or rushed for time since flood tide was at 07:42. We started at the wheel at O’dark and it was painfully slow. I kept an eye on the guys in the aquarium side and they were punching squid, so we picked up and walked over to join the action.
This one particular gent I’ve see regularly was hitting squid one after the other. He was using a fly rod and could get the right drop and sink. Not sure what or whose jig he was using but he was on fire. I couldn’t keep up the pace with him as he outfished everyone on the side.
He was even using 1 jig to my two, yet he was outfishing me 3:1. The action started around 07:15 and died down once the construction workers cordoned off a portion of the dock. We all moved back to the wheel and started hitting squid immediately. Best action was from 08:00-09:30 ish.
Dad separated himself to the portion of the dock closest to the wheel while the regulars fished the bend. I kept a watchful eye and he was reeling up squid regularly. We ended at 10:30 and had limits for both. Dad was all smiles and had alot of fun despite tangling up twice and I had to do some field mending of his line.
I also met a guy who is on the Facebook fishing page and got to chat a bit about Neah halibut, salmon and ling cod. Hope to learn some new spots and Intel from him for future trips.
Good morning and fun to get out to enjoy this season of squidding!
After I cleaned my squid I made some lunch. Lemon garlic sautée with nuoc mam Thai chili dipping sauce. Good stuff!