I organized an impromptu gathering last night with some friends. Sun Y., Ben L., David and his son Charlie K., along with squid newbie and David’s co-worker Hambum (spp?), and Dov Y. made it out for some hot Aquarium action.
It started slow but the weather was pleasant, no wind, rain and calm seas with temps in the mid to upper 40’s. We all had a handful of squid and flurries of better action around 9-10 pm. It got ‘white hot’ from 23:00-23:40. Had a squid on every cast with doubles and a couple triples.
I ended up with 10.5#, Sun got 69 pieces or about 9#, the other guys did ok a little less but everyone had a great time with no crowds and had the pretty much free choice of the dock. Seal came up and shut it down, but by then we were pretty much done and ready to go home.
Its nice having the new light system and my $12 radio flier cart picked up off Craiglist and so nice to be able to roll everything out to the dock. I just installed a Sea Dog two rod holder with knife Bay on the end, so I can haul it all in one trip.
With this new bit of action, I may consider making a few more trips in case anyone wants to give it a try or join up. I am finding this the ebb lows are actually better times to squid versus the flood times. There was a negative tide at 01:24 Saturday morning and the reason why it was so hot right at 23:00-23:40 during the point of current movement.
Tides have been off today and it was slow at the wheel when Frank and I arrived around 9:40.
Frank ended up with 3 and I only got 1. We left for lunch at his house and then visited Seacrest for a few to see how the flood tide action was. I picked up 3 squid and kept them alive. Wanted to try some fresh with a little soy sauce. The tentacles come alive, tasty!
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.