"There are some bigger ones out there, up to about 50 lbs.," Yamate said. "You can't get by with light line; 40-lb. is good, 50's even better and braided line is best."
Yamate recommended anglers bring nothing less than a Penn 4/0, a small 2-speed or the equivalent spooled up with no less than 300 yards of line.
Squid are fished on the drift, so good weather and heavy jigs are helpful.
"It's tough when there's a lot of wind on the bank," Yamate said.
Yamate strongly suggested that anglers on the hunt for the jumbo mollusks stick with the large, commercial-style squid jigs like the ones made by Promar.
"They weigh about 2 lbs.," Yamate said. "If you need to buy some, we have plenty at the landing."
But leave the regular yo-yo jigs at home. They are dangerous.
"The trebles can rip right through a squid and come out like a rocket," Yamate explained. "We hate to see a trip end early, so we don't allow them on Seaforth boats."
Don't forget to dress warmly.
"It's been unusually cold this winter," Yamate said. "Guys' who've been a time or two come back wearing slickers or bib overalls."