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    Anyone tried fishing for squid out of PWS or Seward?

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    Squid

    I too would be very interested in any information regarding squid fishing in that area. I have done some research and they seem to be a big-time game fish if you can get them on a squid jig on rod and reel. Apparently, they are completely ferocious and schools of them will go into a frenzy and try to eat a squid that you have on your line, and then come to the surface. Evidently, it would be really bad to fall into the water at that time because they can and will eat just about anything in their path (sort of like piranas).

    In Northern California, I believe they fish for them in about 500 ft. of water, but I am not sure how it's done here. They are catching thousands of tons of squid commercially out of Dutch Harbor while fishing for Pollack (unintentionally).

    The ADFG web site says that there are 4 pound squids in the bellies of halibut being brough back to Whittier as well.

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    • #3
      I have posted about this topic before and got no really good responses. I'm guessing nobody here has really tried it. When I lived it Seattle, it was easy to catch squid anytime really (at night). You could go to the downtown-area docks and drop a squid jig and be catching them very quickly, especially around the lights. You don't even have to fish really deep water, like mentioned on the prior post. I think it was maybe 60' deep, max, where I would fish for them. I'm going to try to get my buddies in Seattle to send me a few squid jigs, and then just go and fish some docks in the towns I visit around here. I bet Seward and Whittier would be among the best places to try for squid.
      "Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile." - Homer, Odyssey

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      • #4
        I just thought I'd rehash this topic to see if anyone knows anything more. I'm hoping to give it a shot this warm season. I guess I would like to find docks with lights where the water is at least 40 or so feet deep. Anyone have any ideas on that, or anything else dealing with catching squid in AK?
        "Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile." - Homer, Odyssey

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        • #5
          Tom at B&J has done it. give him a call or stop by. He has helped me out allot. Great guy
          Living the Alaskan Dream
          Gary Keller
          Anchorage, AK

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          • #6
            Interesting.

            Any commercial fishermen out there with knowledge about squid up here?

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            • #7
              http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/...50524009.shtml
              http://www.squidfish.net/squidfaq.shtml
              http://www.squidfishing.com/
              http://www.squidfish.net/tantalizingsquid.shtml

              Haven't tried it, but here is a lot of information for nayone who might want to try.
              Science has a rich history of proving itself wrong.

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              • #8
                Alaska Gray,
                What is B&J, and where is it? I'd like to talk to that Tom guy.

                Thanks.
                "Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile." - Homer, Odyssey

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                • #9
                  Squid

                  I Went On Vacation To Disneyland 3 Weeks Ago And I Pulled Away From Pluto And The Family On Saturday Night In Oceanside, Ca. For Midnight Shark And Giant Squid Fishing. For The Squid We Used "squid Jigs", They Were Strange Looking Long Plastic Jigs With No Hooks, But A Bunch Of Spikes Sticking Out. The Squid Were Marked At 1200 Feet But Came Up Later As The Light From The Boat I Think Got Them Up. It Was Interesting. Caught Two Blue Sharks Too.
                  Hike faster. I hear banjo music.

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                  • #10
                    Squid Fishing

                    Fishing for Humboldt squid is really good right now in N. CA. You may fish them from 1200' to just under the boat using large 12" - 16" squid jigs. It's a lot of work hauling up those things. Like a huge sack of potatoes. Not really a good time in my opinion. There not as good as eating as the small ones. Most fisherman use them as crab bait. Party boats may catch a couple of tons on one outing.

                    http://www.baysidemarinesc.com/

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ripface View Post
                      Alaska Gray,
                      What is B&J, and where is it? I'd like to talk to that Tom guy.

                      Thanks.
                      Rip - B&J is a great shop located on the corner of Northern Lights and C Street. There is a strip mall there with a KFC in it. Right around the corner from KFC is the door to B&J, which is located underneath the strip mall. Great place for fishing gear, raingear, etc. and a really knowledgable staff.

                      -Brian

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                      • #12
                        Not to change the location subject but many years ago I used to go out every Friday Night on a party boat off the Ca coast and we would fish for Squid off Catilina from about 11:00 to 3:00 am and catch bait for the days fishing.
                        The deck hands would set up lights and the Squid were drawn to them sometimes so thick they would just scoop em up with nets.
                        We would use several Squid jigs on the line and would always come up full. Not much fun after awhile.
                        The best thing to do however is once your on the Squid is to fish below the school as everything in the ocean feeds on them and just hangs out under the school.
                        On one of my night trips a man hooked into something huge and was fighting it for hours. Several times the deck hands came over to cut the line saying it was just a seal and the boat needed to move.
                        At about 6:00 am the other fishermen were starting to wake and pooled together and said any deck hand who cuts the line was going in. It was pretty wild and the crew could do nothing but just watch. About 10:00am the fish surfaced, was netted and brought into the boat.
                        Seems it was the second largest White Croaker ever taken with hook and line.
                        Back at the dock Hunting and Fishing news along with a few other reporters were there interviewing the fisherman and taking pictures.
                        Fish IT! Hunt IT! or *#%@ IT!

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                        • #13
                          Squid

                          Those big squid range in size from 15 - 50 lbs.

                          Montana Bob, nice story. If that fish was over 50 lbs it was probably a
                          White Seabass, which mainly eat squid.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Steelieguy View Post
                            Montana Bob, nice story. If that fish was over 50 lbs it was probably a
                            White Seabass, which mainly eat squid.
                            Yah I believe it was. Think it was over 50 Lbs. Thing about it was he caught it on small line and thats where the record came in.
                            The fish was just gorged with squid and didn't fight at all.
                            Fish IT! Hunt IT! or *#%@ IT!

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