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#1 Hunter_Killer

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Posted 15 May 2004 - 08:14 PM

Just how good are these aggressive lil buggers on the hook and on the plate? Ive heard they are good on neither compared to the calamari squid.

Also, what do people prefer as bait - a calamari squid or one of those brown cuttlefish things you always catch when targeting squid? I have seen a hook up to a big king on a whole cuttlefish and been intrigued with their effectiveness ever since. Today I caught one and released it :D
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Posted 17 May 2004 - 08:14 AM

Hi,

if i had seen a big king caught on a cuttlefish i'd be jigging like made until i had one with a hook through its mantle and hoping for an even BIGGER king ;)

arrows are a poor second to calamari on the plate, however i cook up the tentacles in a dish covered with aluminium foil in the oven, just drizzle olive oil and some oregano and let it cook in its own juices for a good 20~30min. comes out soft as and taste alright too. You just gotta know how to cook them :lol

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Posted 17 May 2004 - 08:41 PM

Have heard that they dont eat as well..........dont know about their bait qualities, although i have been told once that cuttlefish are a much better bait, as they are tougher........pickers dont eat it as quick........
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Posted 18 May 2004 - 08:12 PM

It seems people just dont like the arrow squid. O well theyre not very commonly seen anyway :D
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Posted 19 May 2004 - 11:00 AM

Hi,
Arrows are very common offshore in Victoria when fishing for sharks, as are the couta.
I have caught a few arrows 2kms from the Altona boat ramp during winter :D

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 11:35 AM

I've only caught a couple of small arrows in my time and from memory did not taste too bad, a little tougher than calamari. I think most squid when purchased as rings both at the market and at the fish shop are arrows. The price pretty much gives it away. I'm also pretty sure my local malay restaurant uses arrows in their spicy calamari dish and they do a pretty good job.
Around this subject I had a chat with my uncle who has been involved in the fresh seafood business for many years and he gave me the advice to choose frozen squid tubes when buying arrows to eat or at the market as he believes these are fresher because they have been processed and frozen aboard a ship. I use allot of arrows for bait and would like others opinions on whole fresh/frozen tube bait experience.
Also my uncle told me a story regarding someone who purchased large numbers of arrows to pickle - He used to prefer the pink ones (unfresh) because they pickle the best!!
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Posted 20 May 2004 - 12:53 PM

Thanks for the reply Mr Snapperman Im sure the arrows wont taste too bad if prepared well :lol
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Posted 20 May 2004 - 04:34 PM

Hi Snapperman, I agree about the price at market for arrows vs calamari, arrows are $5-6 per kilo, calamari are $15-20. I think most people wouldn't know the difference, and would buy arrows because they're cheaper. In my opinion, calas are well worth the extra $ (not that anyone on this site should be buying squid at the market!!)

Also Hunter killer I marinate my arrows in a little olive oil and garlic (and chilli if you're game), for 2 hours before cooking.
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#9 Mr_Willy

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Posted 21 May 2004 - 01:52 PM

I use small arrows for bait - Californian squid they are called, and I know of at least one person whom caught an 83cm Mulloway on one, but i am yet to catch a fish on them. Most shop bought squid (like frozen in boxes style) is arrow squid - most likely imported from overseas, and i dont think it tastes too bad. The markets in SA all sell southern calamari - i am yet to find arrow squid for sale - its not very common at all in SA......
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Posted 21 May 2004 - 03:00 PM

I think that's mainly what we get in my neck of the woods, is the Arrow Squid. I generally enjoy eating them, but have REALLY wondered what the bigger squid taste like.
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Posted 22 May 2004 - 02:03 PM

I think I may have post this on arrow squid before
Take one arrow squid
Gut and clean
cut one ring from body
throw away resy of arrow squid
Take the ring you cut and store it in the boot of you car you never know when you will need a spare fan belt

Arrow squid yuck! Ive used it as bait a few times and not even the toadies wanted to know about it



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#12 Hunter_Killer

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Posted 22 May 2004 - 06:10 PM

Gee thats harsh supersquid :lol Strange, cos ud think a smaller squid would mean a tastier squid. :lol
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Posted 24 May 2004 - 10:14 AM

hehehe, arrow squid has been my staple bait since i started fishing and i've caught heaps of fish on it. If i want to soften it a little i smack it a few times with a snapper sinker.

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Posted 27 May 2004 - 05:10 PM

:o ;) A meat tenderiser does the same job as a snapper sinker.... :) :)
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Posted 28 May 2004 - 07:42 AM

i dont carry a meat tenderiser on the boat cause my passengers have learnt to listen to the skipper :lol

but i do have a few snapper sinkers,... ;)

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Posted 14 September 2004 - 06:56 AM

i prepare arrow squid the same as any other cut into rings and soak in a bowl with kiwi fruit mashed over them for a few hours makes them really tender and gives them a slight friuty taste when cooked yummy
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