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Oil Fish, Swordfish and some nighttime squid action- Booby Trap Fishing Team 8/25/14

Old 08-27-2014, 09:14 PM
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Oil Fish, Daytime Swordfish and some nighttime squid action- Booby Trap Fishing Team 8/25/14

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We headed out planning to do a 5 day trip but the weather turned it into an overnight deal. We had a blast fishing with our guest anglers Mike and Charlie this trip. We spent the first day bouncing around looking for new daytime swordfishing areas and spent the evening whacking big squid.. This squid fishing has been a lot of fun. Mike and Matt both had squid on that ended up pulling the hooks this trip, both squid took them to the backing on 40 lb tackle . Mike also caught a big Oil Fish on our first drop of the trip. These thing look prehistoric below are a few pictures of his Oilfish. While squid fishing at night we hooked a thresher shark but it cut us off :/.. We hooked another Thresher while day dropping also. The guys caught a pile of big blackfins and even with the trip cut short we had a blast! Mike and Charlie it was a pleasure having you guys along. We look forward to getting back out with y'all on a longer trip.. Thanks Mike Prasek - Prasek's Hillje Smokehouse for your support to the Texas Swordfish Seminar again this year! I think you left enough Jerky on the boat to keep Jeff and Matt happy for a year LOL.. Another friend met threw the event!
Brett Holden and the Booby Trap Fishing Team.
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Awesome job!!!!
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Cool! How do you target the squid and what do you do with them once you catch them? Just use them for bait?
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That's pretty cool. Never seen anyone catch squid on a rod/reel. I am also interested in how you target them and what you do with them. I love calamari, I'm assuming you are doing that or using them for bait.
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That is interesting. I spent the night on my boat a few weeks back in Black Bay and I caught a 4 inch squid on a live shrimp. He was small, but tasty. I love eating squid so much that I would do a charter just for those tasty things.
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Are oil fish any good to eat?
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Originally Posted by dirtymike72 View Post
Are oil fish any good to eat?
Absolutely! Awesome sushi, and great cooked - but eat in moderation, your body can't digest the oils in the fish and it will RUN right through you.
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X10 ... Restaurants sell it as Escolar or White Tuna and it isn't gentle when it hits...
Buy plenty of the softest toilet paper you can find otherwise you'll experience not only abdominal pain but also a raw ass. Charmin will be your best friend of an evening with Oil Fish.
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Cool! How do you target the squid and what do you do with them once you catch them? Just use them for bait?
Thanks for the replies.. Squid fishing is a blast! Our guest have really enjoyed it this season. We eat some of them and use several for bait. They run anywhere from 1/2 lb to 20- 40 lbs. We seem to see more big squid the deeper we are fishing.. We have caught several kinds also. Here is the basics and a place I have been buy my squid jigs for several years. They are very inexpensive.

We are catching the squid from 200 feet down all the way to the surface. Drift lines while swordfishing works well just let the bait out until its in the dark away from the boat lights works best. A strobe light 3-4' above the squid jig works great. You can use the LP strobes or this website has small strobes that work very well for about 5.00 each I think. These small strobes won't handle the pressure at 1500'-2000' daytime swordfishing but do really well with squid jigs.


There are all kinds of squid jigs avail. and John has them all I think. Here is a link to his site. Tell him the Booby trap Fishing Team sent ya .. We use the baited squid jigs mostly. If you really get mad at them he has some pretty fancy stuff.

Here is the website link and a couple of pictures of baited squid jigs we use here in the Gulf. Everyone that has fished with us this year has made their order its a blast.. Brett Holden

http://www.squidjig.com/
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As far as the oil fish goes.. I'm scared to eat it I have heard to many stories **** mentioned above.. They do make god tilefish and grouper bait Thanks again for the replies!
Brett Holden www.Boobytrapfishingteam.com
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The purgative qualities of the fish vary from person to person. One person may experience intense distress while another has no issue whatsoever. But it is an incredibly tasty fish, somewhat like pompano. I usually stick to about a 5 oz. piece at least 2 inches thick. Salt somewhat aggressively and using a heavy stainless steel sauté pan start with a light coat of olive oil over medium heat. Fish goes in pressing gently with fingers to make good contact with pan. Do not move fish around pan, wait until the bottom is golden brown and releases from pan. Flip and place in a 350 oven. Somewhat like swordfish, it is best cooked through. Nice thing is there is much more margin for error as the oil in the fish keeps it from drying out. Gets a beautiful crispy crust and has a medium flake and a distinctively nutty taste. For sauce a little gremolata with capers, parsley, lemon zest, red pepper flakes and lemon juice is nice.

In our family, my son, daughter and I are big fans and have never experienced the purgative quality. My wife doesn't really like it that much so I usually fix her a piece of mahi or swordfish. One other note, the fish goes great with red wine. A nice Pinot or Merlot is quite tasty.
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Originally Posted by broadonrod View Post
Thanks for the replies.. Squid fishing is a blast! Our guest have really enjoyed it this season. We eat some of them and use several for bait. They run anywhere from 1/2 lb to 20- 40 lbs. We seem to see more big squid the deeper we are fishing.. We have caught several kinds also. Here is the basics and a place I have been buy my squid jigs for several years. They are very inexpensive.

We are catching the squid from 200 feet down all the way to the surface. Drift lines while swordfishing works well just let the bait out until its in the dark away from the boat lights works best. A strobe light 3-4' above the squid jig works great. You can use the LP strobes or this website has small strobes that work very well for about 5.00 each I think. These small strobes won't handle the pressure at 1500'-2000' daytime swordfishing but do really well with squid jigs.


There are all kinds of squid jigs avail. and John has them all I think. Here is a link to his site. Tell him the Booby trap Fishing Team sent ya .. We use the baited squid jigs mostly. If you really get mad at them he has some pretty fancy stuff.

Here is the website link and a couple of pictures of baited squid jigs we use here in the Gulf. Everyone that has fished with us this year has made their order its a blast.. Brett Holden

http://www.squidjig.com/
Great info! Thanks Brett!
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thanks Brett,

What do you bait your jigs with?
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Originally Posted by 401 CAYE View Post
thanks Brett,

What do you bait your jigs with?
We use all kinds of things. This squid was caught on ballyhoo. We use ribbon fish, flying fish, Spanish sardines.... anything that you can tie at the top of the jig and rig so it doesn't spin. It is best to tie the bait up because the squid will take chunks out of it and pull it off. Here is a pic with ballyhoo as bait. You can see the red wax line at the top that hold the bait on..
Also use a snap swivel at the top so if it does spin in the current it doesn't twist up the line..
Thanks again guys for the kind replies! Brett

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Awesome pics, Anybody catch squid out if Venice? In general, would you say swordfishing is easier at night and are they attracted to the lights of floaters?
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20-40lb squid???? Damn! Any pics of those?
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20-40lb squid???? Damn! Any pics of those?
Just getting a chance to get back online.. Finally got back out fishing again this past week.. Here is one pic ... It def not a giant squid,I do have more old pics of some bigger Ill look for them..

Thanks again for all the replies and kind words..
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Very cool never seen that before
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We caught an oilfish today while swordfishing. What a weird fish. Scales that are almost like teeth.

Scales like teeth.

40-45 pounds. Oilfish caught today while swordfishing.
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Never seen one that big...congrats.......good catch.....what was the meat like?

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