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    Caught this weekend, went to kill it and it snatched the knife from my hand. Will make for some great halibut bait

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    They are amazing critters. I'd suggest saving the mantel to eat, it's fairly tender and if you like calamari, you should like octopus.
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    I caught one last year and tried to kill it quickly so it didn't suffer, but ended up with ink all over the deck! Where do cut or hit an octopus to kill it quickly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emu View Post
    I caught one last year and tried to kill it quickly so it didn't suffer, but ended up with ink all over the deck! Where do cut or hit an octopus to kill it quickly?
    Reach up underneath the flap on the side of the mantel, and pull the head of the octopus inside out; pulling out the organs. Kills them quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anythingalaska View Post
    Reach up underneath the flap on the side of the mantel, and pull the head of the octopus inside out; pulling out the organs. Kills them quickly.
    I like that idea. I usually just cut in half just below the eyes


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    I caught one on a longline that had me all wrapped up before I could blink. Still remember the "plook Plook" sound of pulling the tentacles free. It was pretty big, about 3 feet long on the tentacles and a couple inches diameter. arms stuck to my raingear, to the boat hull, around my neck, it was quite a time. Tasted great fried in hot oil, and caught some nice butts on part of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emu View Post
    I caught one last year and tried to kill it quickly so it didn't suffer, but ended up with ink all over the deck! Where do cut or hit an octopus to kill it quickly?
    I stick them with a knife or icepick right between the eyes. Greek fishermen in the Mediterranean do it the old-fashioned way - they BITE them between the eyes!

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    I cleaned a 6 footer the other day. Removed the guts, sliced off the legs and cap. Soaked it for 15 minutes in a brine mixture, then dipped in boiling water for 1 minute. Pealed the suction cups off and diced it up. Going to be some good eating. I ate the cap cooked is spaghetti sauce over linguini. Delicious.

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    The area that surrounds the beak is very tender; if you like raw eating, go for that area...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveinthebush View Post
    I cleaned a 6 footer the other day. Removed the guts, sliced off the legs and cap. Soaked it for 15 minutes in a brine mixture, then dipped in boiling water for 1 minute. Pealed the suction cups off and diced it up. Going to be some good eating. I ate the cap cooked is spaghetti sauce over linguini. Delicious.
    Next time remove the skin from the arms but leave the suction cups on. They are the best part if you cook it right. There are some good vids on YouTube for how to skin the arms.

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