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#1 Guest_Evan44_*

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Posted 06 October 2003 - 10:13 PM

Hi guys,

Im fom the US and am just starting out. i have not yet been out squidding yet but am reading up on it. So heres my question, i have been reading some posts that mention arrow squid, What are they? And if any of you fish on the east coast of the US let me know.

-Evan ;)
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Posted 07 October 2003 - 07:54 AM

Arrow squid are the ones that have small triangular fins at either side of the back end of the mantle (opposite end to the head).
Calamari have long curved wings/fins along much of the length of the mantle. The arrow squid is also be called Goulds Squid and Aero Squid.


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Posted 07 October 2003 - 11:10 AM


So are arrow squid generally better? Or harder to catch because i read in one post i got one squid and the newbie got an arrow squid.

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Posted 07 October 2003 - 01:51 PM

Hi Evan
No, arrow squid are not generally better in my opinion, they don't taste as good as calamari, but they do fight better, and I think they are EASIER to catch. I have caught them on baits intended for other fish, and on jigs being trolled at fast speeds behind the boat while changing fishing spots (I was amazed). Every time I have encountered them arrow squid seem 'ravenous', they hit the baits hard and fast, not like calamari squid which, at times, can prove very frustrating to catch, refusing baits etc. Other people may have different experiences though.

Hope this helps
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#5 Guest_Evan44_*

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Posted 08 October 2003 - 03:23 AM

Thanks jazman
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Posted 08 October 2003 - 08:06 AM

Also know as flying squid for their habit of leaping out of the water ( to 10 feet ) when being chased.
simple to catch and not as good to eat or as bait for snapper or whiting.
they fetch as low as 80 cents a kilo compared to southern calamari which get as much as $15.00 per kilo.
never handle the same as calamari as well as they can rotate their heads to bite you when you collar them, instead grab them at the pointy end.
Regards John
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