Hi all, I would like to know how everybody else did this fall. I have fished squid on martha's Vineyard for the last 42 years, mostly from docks, and this fall was the worst squidding I have ever seen. There was no true "fall run" at all. Squid never came in thick except for a couple of days and they didn't hang around long so not many were caught. I fished the squid for almost thirty days every night and caught less than a hundred or a bit more. I usually catch closer to a thousand or more and freeze a bunch up for next year's bait. I have heard from a friend on Cape Cod that he had equally poor squidding, and the report from Newport seems like they didn't get many there either. I sure hope all the squid draggers didn't kill too many last spring. According to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Center the Woods Hole area is a major breeding ground for ilex squid (short tentacles) and that is supposedly a reason the Cape/Islands area sees such good squid action. Not this year! I sure hope the squid fishing isn't done for. Did everybody else have such a poor squid fall?
2018 northeast fall run
Posted 27 November 2018 - 02:50 AM
Might have to go to Newfoundland or Nova Scotia to catch squid. Our friends say they had a pretty good run this year.
Martin and Ruta
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Posted 27 November 2018 - 04:44 AM
Great topic! I have been going to the east end of the canal for the last 3-4 weeks and have had no luck. Normally we get a few dozen very large squid after about 1-2 hours. This year we have caught one or two but there were no waves of them coming in.
Last year was also a bad year because the small fin squid were in. We caught decent numbers but they are very small and I do not think they cook up as good as the long fin. Not sure if it is worth getting out there but I may try one more time next week when the tides are better at the canal.
Posted 27 November 2018 - 12:44 PM
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