Squidding this season has been REE-diculous. They showed up earlier than usual, in crazy numbers, and they appear to this angler to be of larger average size than we’ve seen in recent years.
They are everywhere right now. My personal favorite spot has been the Seacrest pier in West Seattle, but that’s primarily because it’s so convenient to my work kitchen. They’re being caught at the Seattle downtown waterfront, down south in Tacoma they’re cleaning up. Up north in Edmonds guys are filling their buckets. Pretty much any well lit pier in the Sound is squid territory right now.
I got all schnazzy this year, and put a portable light rig together. It’s simply a car battery, with power inverter (you can find them at Home Depot next to where they have the car batteries) and a couple of bright LED work lights, all strapped to a hand truck.
If you’ve checked out any of the squidding spots, you’ll know that squid fishing is particularly popular with the Asian community. These guys know their shit, too. They have their squidding game dialed in, and really haul ‘em in. It’s pretty obvious when you’re the clueless cracker amongst these guys, trying to figure out how to catch them. I owe a lot of these guys thanks for …. tolerating me, sidling up to their lights, and trying to get in on their action.
Once you have your own light rig though, that attitude of tolerance quickly becomes welcoming. “Right this way sir.” “There’s an open spot right here, sir.” “May I get you a hot towel, and some chamomile tea?” Continue Reading