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#1 macmaghnusa

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 09:51 AM

hi all,
this is my first post & I'm looking forward to some serious squid talk!
I'm from the UK originally, but came to live in spain about 14 years ago.
squid fishing is a national pastime in this country.
I live on the north-west coast & any night of the week, spring, summer, autumn or winter, you'll see the harbour walls festooned with folk casting jigs in the pursuit of 'luras', the local name for squid or calamar, or 'chocos', the word for cuttlefish.
people stand almost shoulder to shoulder, which is a bit intimidating at first, but as they say, when in rome... sometimes there are the inevitable crossed lines with the resulting tangles, but everybody is cool & civilised about it...
I can spend hours at it, especially on warm summer nights, often staying until first light. I use a 2.4mt shimano spinning rod, a spanish grauvell reel loaded with 0.25mm monofilament line. people here use a little phosphorescent green tube attached to the line about 60cms above the jig, it helps with visibility, but I don't know if it attracts the beasts themselves.
my favourite squid dishes are 'calamares/chocos en su tinta' - i.e. squid/cuttlefish in its own ink... 'calamares en tomate' (cooked in tomato sauce) & 'a la plancha' - 2 minutes on a hot griddle with a dash of lemon or lime juice. lovely!!
cheers
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Posted 09 May 2005 - 06:11 PM

hi mac and welcome to the forums! :cry:

thanks for explaining the spanish translation of "squid". this will help me to do a bit more research into squid fishing in that part of the world.

i am looking forward to hearing about all the best squid fishing spots in spain!

take it easy, glen :th
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#3 macmaghnusa

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 09:45 PM

hi mac and welcome to the forums! :cry:

thanks for explaining the spanish translation of "squid". this will help me to do a bit more research into squid fishing in that part of the world.

i am looking forward to hearing about all the best squid fishing spots in spain!

take it easy, glen :th

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thanks glen!

the names can change from region to region in spain, which makes things a bit difficult at times:-

cuttlefish - sepia, jibia, choco, chopito...
squid - calamar, lura, chipiron, puntilla, pota*

* this last one is quite inferior to the 'calamar' & is reflected in the price at market, being considerably cheaper. often used in rice dishes instead of the superior calamar.
chopito, chipiron & puntilla are all names for the juveniles of each species. some restaurants offer tiny 1.5" specimens fried and eaten whole!! seriously scrummy, but a form of infanticide probably...

spain has the largest fleet in the world after russia & japan & are big time fish & shellfish scoffers...

hope this helps in your research.

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 08:17 PM

hi all,
this is my first post & I'm looking forward to some serious squid talk!
I'm from the UK originally, but came to live in spain about 14 years ago.
squid fishing is a national pastime in this country.
I live on the north-west coast & any night of the week, spring, summer, autumn or winter, you'll see the harbour walls festooned with folk casting jigs in the pursuit of 'luras', the local name for squid or calamar, or 'chocos', the word for cuttlefish.
people stand almost shoulder to shoulder, which is a bit intimidating at first, but as they say, when in rome... sometimes there are the inevitable crossed lines with the resulting tangles, but everybody is cool & civilised about it... 
I can spend hours at it, especially on warm summer nights, often staying until first light. I use a 2.4mt shimano spinning rod, a spanish grauvell reel loaded with 0.25mm monofilament line. people here use a little phosphorescent green tube attached to the line about 60cms above the jig, it helps with visibility, but I don't know if it attracts the beasts themselves.
my favourite squid dishes are 'calamares/chocos en su tinta' - i.e. squid/cuttlefish in its own ink... 'calamares en tomate' (cooked in tomato sauce) & 'a la plancha' - 2 minutes on a hot griddle with a dash of lemon or lime juice. lovely!!
cheers
mac

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G'day mac, how is spain?.
I lived in spain for many years Costa del sol Fuengirola.
I know what you are talking about .
Thanks for the tip in regards to the green tube.
I have tried this myself with no result but the weather was ######.
I guess i will have to try again when the weather is better.
What color jig do u use and where do you buy it .
Hope to hear from u soon.
Manny western Australia.
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