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    Talking pulling the pot ... "the beasts from 80 fathoms"

    splashed the pot yesterday afternoon, baited it with 4 cod carcasses and dropped it in 500'.
    went out to pull it with lori and a friend of mine today (bushrat has the crud... we left him home listening to the BOG meetings).
    here's the result...

    http://sharing.theflip.com/session/0.../video/3331098
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    Awesome video homerdave - thanks for the post . Bet I know what you had for dinner!! That was a big octopus for a pot. You guys don't like to eat them or use them for 'but bait?

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    Default octo's

    i do really like to eat them, but i didn't feel like dealing with it today. may keep one this summer, easier to butcher them when your hands aren't freezing
    we don't soak bait for halibut, just troll, so no reason to throw it in my freezer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    i do really like to eat them, but i didn't feel like dealing with it today. may keep one this summer, easier to butcher them when your hands aren't freezing
    we don't soak bait for halibut, just troll, so no reason to throw it in my freezer.
    Yeah I get you on the freezing hands part . So you just troll for halibut? I've read/heard of people trying that with downriggers but most said it was to much of a pain. I like to jig around structure so "trolling" is kinda foreign to me - care to explain in more detail?

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    it would be closer to the truth to say i get all the halibut i want trolling.
    when the 'butts are in i always troll a spoon or hoochie right off the bottom (the kings are there anyway... don't tell ) plenty of chickens between #8-20.
    there are a couple spots where i troll until i get a dinker, then i stop the boat and drift/jig until i get a dinner fish. being on the water nearly every day in the summer i just try to grab a fish whenever i want one... rockfish, halibut, greenling... just depends on what there is where i am.
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    Thanks for sharing a great day on the water. Lots of fun and some good eats - I need to wait for the river to get soft before I get some fresh seafood

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    Default Tsk, tsk

    No PFDs!
    I'm so very disappointed Dave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    it would be closer to the truth to say i get all the halibut i want trolling.
    when the 'butts are in i always troll a spoon or hoochie right off the bottom (the kings are there anyway... don't tell ) plenty of chickens between #8-20.
    there are a couple spots where i troll until i get a dinker, then i stop the boat and drift/jig until i get a dinner fish. being on the water nearly every day in the summer i just try to grab a fish whenever i want one... rockfish, halibut, greenling... just depends on what there is where i am.
    I got ya! Thanks for the post and info. Must be nice to be able to be on the water almost everyday picking up some fresh seafood for dinner.

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    The Deadliest Catch: Kachemak Style!!!

    Great video HomerDave. Does the Discovery Channel know about this?

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    Nice haul on the tanners, Dave! If you ever need a hand. I'd be happy to fly up and do all I can for ya! Great video!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sayak View Post
    No PFDs!
    NAH, he already spent it on new crabbing gear.

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    Dave,

    Our one peanut gallery comment aside I thought it was great video! Would have been a fun trip to put on TV..."operation crab"...location X of course

    PS...I love octopusWhy do they never keep the octopus
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    Thumbs up location "X" revealed...

    out there off the spit, where all those crab pots are.
    i like octo too... just don't like butchering them in the freezing cold.
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    Looks like fun, Dave. I can't wait to get a boat. Baby, roof, and quads this year. Maybe next year!

    Please keep the eye candy coming
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    Default Way to get the tanner fever going!

    That was a fun video! Thanks, Dave.......and I figure you didn't keep that octopus cause your lady didn't want to see it on her plate, she was getting pretty skittery with that thing slithering towards her!

    Don't you just chop the legs off and throw the head and rest back in the ocean, or is there more to eat on a 'pus than just the legs?

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    good deal, phish, glad to know you are working on your quads....

    thats not "my" lady... thats mrs. bushrat.
    my wife would love to have octopus, and my kid loves it. just a lot of work.
    the whole mantle and the legs are good, i imagine off a thirty pound octo i could get #15 of finished clean meat.
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    Thanks for sharing, Dave. My wife was already fired up to come down late next week, now she's just beside herself! Good stuff.

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    Don't like butchering octopus in the cold? Just throw him in the freezer and deal with him later. I've done that before and the meat turned out fine. Some websites even recommend freezing octopus as a way to tenderize the meat...

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    I didn't see a Davit. Did you pull that with a bouy and ring?

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    Smile Nice Catch

    Good video, Dave. Nice catch, too. I'll be the Octo was hard to hold on to since it was also covered in ice. You're a better man than I. Looks like everyone enjoyed it. When is the crabfest?

    Mike

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