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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?
I put them in a bucket on the swim step before I do anything.
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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!
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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