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Giant Squid Land in Dana Point!

It's actually been two years since local squid trips have been offered, but they are now back.

Dana Wharf Sportfishing has been searching this past week for the giant Humboldt squid that we catch about once a year. In fact, started looking locally after a huge number of giant squid washed up on a beach in San Diego.

Yesterday, after the whale watching boat, Ocean Adventure, reported spotting giant squid on the surface, the Captain of the Sum Fun, Brian Wooley, took his charter party squidding! 

"These squid are perfect size," said Woolley. "Great to eat and anyone can catch them!"    

Earlier today on the 6 a.m. fishing trip, Captain Tom White, aboard the Dana Pride, called in to say that he had more than 100 of these squid already on the boat.

"They are biting," he said.   

Dana Wharf will run squid trips every night at 5:30 p.m.; the boats return when they are done fishing. The price is $25.00, but you will need a squid jig and those range from $7-$15 per jig! 

Local tackle stores carry them, as well as Dana Wharf Sportfishing. Also, remember these squid "INK" so be prepared.  

It's actually been two years since we had a great run of squid trips, then it lasted about three weeks—so much fun—this is a family event, kids love it becasuse they look like prehistoric sea creatures.

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Donna Kalez September 24, 2011 at 05:57 PM
As an update , researchers are looking into what is going on with beach strandings , it does happen and they are not sure why? the squid that washed up in San Diego is the larger variety of squid and it does not represent what we have been catching on local boats from Dana Point and Newport Beach. Whole squid are being frozen and shipped to Stanford ( Prof. William Gilly ) for testing. We will let you know what we hear.
Sandee Wilson September 25, 2011 at 01:51 AM
so on these family trips mentioned above do you sale the sqiud after to a local market? or just keep it to eat or both? i would like to go for the amazement, but dont think i would like to eat squid much. as far as moving i am sure they have rent too, one beach one year another the next, squid rent?
Mr Salty September 25, 2011 at 02:56 PM
No. It is against state laws in California to sell sport caught seafood. You caught it, you eat it.
Joanna Martin September 26, 2011 at 04:53 AM
What if we want to see the sqiud especially the large ones where do we go and is it too late? We don't want to fish for them , we just think they are really neat animals.
Mr Salty September 26, 2011 at 03:01 PM
If you don't have access to a boat and don't want to fish for them, you will have to find a place where they are washed up on the beach or hang out at the landing waiting for the boats to come in. Once they show up, they usually hang out for a while so you still have a good chance to see "El Diablo Rojo" as they are called by the Baja pangeros.

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