Great, now there is yet another type of fishing I want to try. Guess I have to find my way to the west coast. I would love to do one of the long range trips, if there was some squid fishing involved it would be even better!Humboldts are a trip to catch, slabs, chunks, fresh dead or live they are killer. Ya gotta have a raincoat on when catching them and the showers afterword are mandatory. If your good at getting them over the rail you can make them squirt ink bigtime. nothing quite like a squid ink fight with 25 guys.... On a 14 day trip off the ridge on the pacific side of Baja, we found a massive school of humboldts at night. out came the raincoats and plastic trash bags... this was an inkfest and we got out of hand soaking each other... We saved about 100 of em live and chunked the rest. The following morning I dropped about a 20 lber down, it bolted to the bottom and only maid it about 20 fathoms in less than a minute when that was sucked up. when the dust cleared a few hours later there were 22 YFT over 200 lbs in the RSW. It was amazing, not one of the humboldts made it past 40 fathoms without getting demolished...
After all the live humboldts were gone we chunked the squid and banged away at 40 to 100 lbs all day... biting right at the boat... amazing trip. The most wide open bite i have ever experienced, eating chunks as soon as we tossed them in. It was so violent at one point we used jack poles and a feather and watched each other flail away at trying to get 40 to 100 lbers jack poled over the rail. One guy put a barbie doll on a jackpole hook and got whacked as soon as it hit the water
Humboldts are quite dangerous, the beak is the real deal and if they get ahold of your arm, only a knife will get them loose. I use an 11 aught mustad and hook them in the bait tank then hoist them out. Dont let them grab the rail, you will have to cut the tentacle off since they are that strong.
Probably not a GOM type bait, but i have never seen anything like that damned humbolt for instant hook ups of such a violent nature... Not one humboldt got down to 900 feet deep where they stay during the day... They run straight down fast too... and then, hold your breath, its coming.... Wham... 130 lb spectra singing away
How do you prepare those big squid? I've had squid before but its always been the little ones in calamari or other preparations. Never had a big squid like that to work with.