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#1 shinchan

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 06:30 AM

Aloha, I know this is a squid forum but just wondering if anyone fishes for the octopus found in Puget Sound? It seems like they'd be fairly abundant. I'm moving there in August and was curious to see if anyone specifically fishes for them. I read through the Washington State fishing rule and regs and it states that

Octopus must be caught with hands or instrument which does not penetrate the octopus, except that octopus taken while angling with hook and line may be retained.


That's exactly how its done here in Hawaii (other than diviing for them) with a Tako (Japanese for octopus) lure with two or more spikes at the end of a steel shank topped by a cowrie shell. You drag it on the bottom (30-200 ft deep), feel for the resistance, jerk it and haul it up. So I'm guessing pots or tubes in use in WA? BTW, they're great on the bbq or deep fried or made in po'ke. And they're probably a lot bigger than the 3-5 lb average size in Hawaii.... :lol Any info greatly appreciated.

Mahalo, Randy


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Posted 12 April 2009 - 04:37 PM

hi shinchan!

welcome to the forum, hopefully some of the locals can answer your question. I only ever caught octopus by accident :lol

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 05:48 PM

Hi Randy,
The only place that I hear of consistantly being able to catch octopus, is at the Les Davis pier in Tacoma. They are caught on occasion on other piers, but I hear from this pier more often. I've meant to give it a try myself, but rarely seem to have the time these days.

I've got Octopus jigs in stock, two hook style with crab instead of shell.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 01:37 AM

Thanks for the replies. I'll try Les Davis Pier(when I get there), maybe soak some pots overnight and I'll try your octopus jigs (are they on the website? I couldn't find it...). I know in Japan they'll tie a fresh crab to a weighted wooden shank with a double hook and drag that so maybe I'll Mcguyver something larger and see what happens.
Mahalo again, Randy
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Posted 13 April 2009 - 02:12 AM

I don't have them listed on the website at this time, so just contact me when you need them.

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Thanks for the replies. I'll try Les Davis Pier(when I get there), maybe soak some pots overnight and I'll try your octopus jigs (are they on the website? I couldn't find it...). I know in Japan they'll tie a fresh crab to a weighted wooden shank with a double hook and drag that so maybe I'll Mcguyver something larger and see what happens.
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Posted 13 December 2009 - 03:26 PM

Aloha, I know this is a squid forum but just wondering if anyone fishes for the octopus found in Puget Sound? It seems like they'd be fairly abundant. I'm moving there in August and was curious to see if anyone specifically fishes for them. I read through the Washington State fishing rule and regs and it states that

Octopus must be caught with hands or instrument which does not penetrate the octopus, except that octopus taken while angling with hook and line may be retained.


That's exactly how its done here in Hawaii (other than diviing for them) with a Tako (Japanese for octopus) lure with two or more spikes at the end of a steel shank topped by a cowrie shell. You drag it on the bottom (30-200 ft deep), feel for the resistance, jerk it and haul it up. So I'm guessing pots or tubes in use in WA? BTW, they're great on the bbq or deep fried or made in po'ke. And they're probably a lot bigger than the 3-5 lb average size in Hawaii.... :oops Any info greatly appreciated.

Mahalo, Randy


You may try a octopus lair pot. It is my goal to try setting lair pots for Giant Pacific Octopus in the San Juan Islands. I got the idea from this article http://www.wildlifen...articles_id=303 they appear to have been used successfully in alaska so why not here.
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Posted 14 December 2009 - 08:46 AM

You may try a octopus lair pot. It is my goal to try setting lair pots for Giant Pacific Octopus in the San Juan Islands. I got the idea from this article http://www.wildlifen...articles_id=303 they appear to have been used successfully in alaska so why not here.


I'm still debating whether to try for them or not because I'd like to fish for them to eat and I'm not so sure if the waters around Les Davis pier haven't been affected by the port. Since they're top predators it seem to reason that whatever toxins are in the area would be concentrated in them so I'm still researching. But the lair pot method seems the way to go. How long should they be left out? Are they pulled day or night? Looks like I have more researching to do.... Mahalo for the reply.
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Posted 14 December 2009 - 01:19 PM

I'm still debating whether to try for them or not because I'd like to fish for them to eat and I'm not so sure if the waters around Les Davis pier haven't been affected by the port. Since they're top predators it seem to reason that whatever toxins are in the area would be concentrated in them so I'm still researching. But the lair pot method seems the way to go. How long should they be left out? Are they pulled day or night? Looks like I have more researching to do.... Mahalo for the reply.



yeah i dont know anything about that either. please tell me if you find out anything about length they should be left out, or when they should be drawn or even any sites with good info on lair pots. I need to research it also im hoping to find a design i can build on my own.
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