Posted 15 August 2010 - 12:32 PM
Fished for Calamari in Greece in July, 2010. Best to go out at night without a moon, or one that sets early. Get to your spot at around 10 pm local time, and fish till around 2 am or longer. Best if no tides or waves. Calamari strikes are sensative, and a rocking boat may feel like a strike.
Lures were Greek versions of the US lures, being pre-weighted (around 8 oz.).... most US lures I've seen have a loop on the end to add weight.
Location was in SE bottom end of Alonissos.
Water depth was 80m. Calamari were between 20-50m depth.
Used Greek method of fishing. NO rods/reels. 1 mm diam. mono wound around the long direction of a piece of wood shaped like a dog bone, tied directly to the lure. Boat had small lights hung over the port and stbd side of the boat, placed about 6 inches above the water surface. Using hand-line method, slowly move lure up and down.. if a strike occurs, start to rapidly bring line into the boat and it piles into the bottom of the boat. Once Calamari is into the boat dump it into a bucket. Don't pause while retrieving, or Calamari will jump the lure... constant pressure is required.
Two rigs were used... one with a small (2-inch) water activated strobe light, and one without. The lighted lure caught 2:1 over the unlighted lure.
4-hour result was around 40 Calamari in the 1/2-1 kg range. ..... tasted real nice coming off the grill!!
Hope this helps..... butch