January 2005

January 28, 2005 - I got a call to go fishing for Humboldt 'Jumbo' Squid (Dosidicus gigas) on the KEN-DAN with Marty Morris and Harry Okuda. I met at Marty's boat at 4:30pm and left the slip at 5pm. We skipped picking up sardines for this trip. It rained all the way from Poway to Point Loma, but stopped at the coast. The wind was blowing pretty good. When we cleared the point, our direction was 280 degrees, right into the swell. It made for a really bumpy ride. Harry eventually got seasick and I could feel the stomach acids rolling around pretty good. Marty seemed unfazed. We went through a couple of rain squalls. We could see them on the radar, as well as a clearing in the clouds several miles to the west. Sure enough, about 7 miles out the rain stopped and the clouds parted, revealing the stars.

We fished the west side of the upper 9 mile bank, starting in 1000 feet of water and drifting very fast to 400 feet. The squid seemed to bite where the sharpest change in the drop off occurred. We didn't get any bites in 500 feet, so we would pick up and move when we got into 500 feet of water.

One of my rigs was for marlin, so it was pretty stout. The bigger squid would hit and pull line off the reel. I leaned back, putting a nice bend in the rod and hung on while line peeled off the reel. One squid took quite a while to finally stop. They actually attack each other, and one that we brought had it's tail bitten off by a shark.

There is a standard squid jig, which is relatively small compared to this size of squid. I started with two of them is series on my marlin 50 pound rig with a flashing light above the jigs, but got cut off while Harry was bringing in his squid. I put the small squid jig I had left and it worked well with my Trinidad 14. Eventually it lost its glow and I switched back to the marlin rod and reel with a heavier squid jig, adding another light. This set up seemed to get bit the most.

(Marty bought the last ones from Fisherman's Landing Tackle.)

We lost a couple of squid at the gaff. We thought we hooked them with the gaff but before we knew it, they were off the gaff and the slack line enabled them to 'let go' of the squid jig. When we did it right, we would gaff them and then drop them into the fish bags on the swim step, which kept the mess off the boat. While these large squid had plenty of propulsion from their squirter, they didn't seem to have the squirting power of the smaller ones. I remember the smaller ones being able to hit me with water and ink from 5 feet off the side of the boat.

We ended up with 15 squid before the bite stopped around 8pm. The Dolphin II out of Islandia and the Endeavor from Seaforth, who were fishing inside and closer to La Jolla noted the bite stopped around 8pm and were heading in. The full moon began to rise at 8pm and the clouds had cleared, so that may have been the cause. The Dolphin II got 164 Jumbo squid for 38 anglers. The Endeavor and another boat out of Seaforth got 225 Jumbo squid for 75 anglers. Oceanside reported 101 for 36 anglers.

Note: The squid are very dark brown on top and whitish pink on the bottom. Even after they died, when I sprayed water on their bottom side, the color would come out  in varies patterns.

The method of cleaning the squid that Harry picked up from the sport boats was to cut the head and tail off, cutting the body cavity open, presenting a slab. The guts and skin are offered below.















Humboldt (Jumbo) Squid
more Humboldt Squid


British Columbia Humboldt Squid
Ocean Planet - Giant Squid


Marty's Friday Fish Report
Mark on the Stonefish Squid Vid




On January 4, 2005, I had a rollover accident in my Yukon, so I wasn't in too good a condition to go fishing on the 8th, but I was ready. On January 15, 2005 - Al and I finally got out. We planned to go rock codding in Mexican waters. I wanted to start in a deep spot south of North Island.

We left just before sunrise and passed the Malahini after we left the bait receiver. There were mild Santa Ana winds blowing and the haze was far offshore. There were no swells and a light wind chop. As we passed through the Coronado's we could see lots of green on the hillsides of both islands.

On the way, we hit a board, 3"x12"x10' long. We were running about 25 knots and stopped right after we heard  the 'hit'. We split the board in half. When we circled back for a closer look, it had huge nails sticking straight up. Later inspection of the bottom showed that we must have slid up and it was the outboard that 'hit' the board and split it in half.

At the deep spot, we kept coming up with no bait from the drops. On one drop, I had a commercial flashing light on and my drop only went half way down and stopped. I jerked and something definitely had my line. When I got it back up to the surface, the light was gone and the clip was bent wide open. and the ganion was barely hanging to the clip. Still can't figure out what was happening. We had some porpoise go through, and one might have 'grabbed' the light.  Turns out they were Jumbo squid, which we didn't figure out until a couple of weeks later. See next report above.

The winds came up making it impossible to stay near the 600 foot spot, so we moved to a spot between the islands. I managed one little starry. The bait stayed on and there were no other bites visible on the bait.

We gave up there and moved to the old stand by spot, notorious for reds. There was plenty of 'stuff' on the meter, but all we managed was one little starry and one little red. TO add insult to injury, a filetted red floated by right where we were fishing!



Oh well, it was great to get out again and Al wanted to get his boat on the water.

January 1, 2005 - It was going to be a rough day on the water, so we delayed our annual New Years Day fishing trip.