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Old 06-24-2011, 07:30 AM
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Anybody else using their underwater lights for squiding at night? I have Chris' lights and we get nice squid at night schooling up behind the boat. We use sabikis or nets (they are fast!) but have tried squid jigs without much luck. We drop them in a bucket of ice where they often ink before rinsing and putting on fresh ice. Fresh calamari is SO much better!
On more than one occasion it has turned a slow night of fishing into a lot of fun. You can watch videos on youtube on cleaning them but its very easy. We deep fry them in a simple italian bread crumb coating and the ROCK!
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Do you do this off of Venice?
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was off of tampa last year in the anchorage and had them every night--tricky to catch and become keen quick!--But there is no way better to have them then fresh, very fresh like 1hr!--haha De-Lish!
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Yes. We were just out and didnt get any behind the boat though. They should be showing up soon though.
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Got lucky one night, was fishing at a rig and a huge school of squid showed up. Next thing you know some Bonita started chasing them and.... the squid turned into birds. Squid were hitting me and partner, we wound up with a couple dozen that landed in the boat.

That night i witnessed squid travel over 50 ft (5 ft horizontal) out of the water, looked like rockets shooting everywhere.
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Remind me the old days! I used to go out and catch squids every night in early summer! I used the prawn luminous squid jigs and had great success, I found red/orange color jigs are more popular. the shinier the better.
I have watched professional squid fisherman catching them in the Far East. They hang big white light balls around their T-top so the squids would chasing the light and swim almost on the surface. Boat had 3 to 4 pairs of out riggers with 5 to 10 lines on each and slow trolling. When the big school came, you can see squids jump after the prawn jigs!
I have been to the fish market at Hakodate Japan and tried the Squid sashimi with soy sauce and a lot of wasabi. man, what a terrible look but sooooooo delicious! You should try it Mr. D!
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i doubt the squid jigs would work too well with underwater light. The plastic glows in darkness, and I would assume with a lot of light, they don't glow. Try using them away from the underwater lights, if you can.
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More fun.....

Catch the squid. Feed them to the grouper. Eat the grouper.
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Originally Posted by thegulfer View Post
More fun.....

Catch the squid. Feed them to the grouper. Eat the grouper.
Oh yeah, we catch them for bait as well.
Everything tastes better fresh but there is a HUGE difference with squid IMO.
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Originally Posted by Chiefsurfer View Post
i doubt the squid jigs would work too well with underwater light. The plastic glows in darkness, and I would assume with a lot of light, they don't glow. Try using them away from the underwater lights, if you can.
Yeah, you are right. Maybe that's the reason fisherman mount the light on the t-top.
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Be careful. I love this photo!

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Yes, without a doubt, fresh is 100 times better. Up here in R.I. we catch them right off the docks. But we often squid from a boat, overhead lights work much better, maybe that's why there all around the lighted docks. Mike. Ps We don't use glow jigs anymore we use jigs from coleman squid supply. they work great

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