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2019 year of the squid

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We have had squid in the CCB  years past but this year the short fin squid numbers have been insane, while at the East end of the Canal getting ready to launch my boat on Wednesday there were a group of people fishing squid and killing it at 9 AM in the morning, the question is have you guys seen the squid in these numbers before??

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Somehow they never made it to north shore here. I've been trying them around here and it's been waste of gas .... and these are small species too..

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When I was a teenager back in the early 1960's I remember huge schools of squid in the Canal. The classic Gibbs Reverse Atom was developed because of those squid.

 

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Just curious, are there any significant differences, other than color, between the whiteish squid that are on the south side of the Cape in the spring vs. the reddish ones currently taking up residence in the canal?

 

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While fly fishing from shore this year in Sandwich and Barnstable I have caught a few squid and seen plenty. What I have not seen is bass feeding on them.

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3 hours ago, zak-striper said:

Just curious, are there any significant differences, other than color, between the whiteish squid that are on the south side of the Cape in the spring vs. the reddish ones currently taking up residence in the canal?

 

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They are two different species the top being the longfin or lolligo and bottom being the shortfin or illex.

 

Longfin are typical inshore, can grow larger (up to 4’ from tip of tentecals to the top of the mantle). Shortfin are usually only found offshore but have been common inshore the last two years. They do not grow as large.

 

although I have not tried eating shortfin, I’m told they are inferior tablefare. They do seem to get soft shortly after death while the longfin feel nice and firm for about a day after death.

 

while squishing last year I often caught a mix of short and longfin. The shortfin seemed to strike harder and angrier

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I've been told the ones in the Canal have mostly been shortfin, which is more often an offshore species. I've seen tons there this season. Sometimes the bass have been right on them, sometimes not. 

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On 8/4/2019 at 11:18 AM, zak-striper said:

Just curious, are there any significant differences, other than color, between the whiteish squid that are on the south side of the Cape in the spring vs. the reddish ones currently taking up residence in the canal?

 

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20190802_053504.jpg.39cc25959887b64084ecd0d02c548502.jpg

Dark amber over white has been the hot color, thanks for sharing

 

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