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A neat video of catching an octopus in a tidal pool, along with some sea urchin and then prepping and making them into sushi. It's interesting how he preps the octopus with salt and then also helps tenderize it with the butt of the knife...Also makes me wonder if on the east coast we could find octopus in tidal pools?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRjTtu09Rbs

 

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5 hours ago, Vt coast said:

A neat video of catching an octopus in a tidal pool, along with some sea urchin and then prepping and making them into sushi. It's interesting how he preps the octopus with salt and then also helps tenderize it with the butt of the knife...Also makes me wonder if on the east coast we could find octopus in tidal pools?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRjTtu09Rbs

 

I think the are pacific water species. We don't get them here.

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2 hours ago, west tide said:

About 10 years ago I caught a cod off of Truro, MA. It puked up a few baby octopus

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Thanks, my guess is that as in the video, they can be found in rocky tidal pools in New England and on the east coast. I’ll be on the lookout.

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On 10/4/2019 at 9:20 AM, Vt coast said:

A neat video of catching an octopus in a tidal pool, along with some sea urchin and then prepping and making them into sushi. It's interesting how he preps the octopus with salt and then also helps tenderize it with the butt of the knife...Also makes me wonder if on the east coast we could find octopus in tidal pools?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRjTtu09Rbs

 

 

There was an episode of Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods America where he showed a guy who is the only person in the Chesapeake Bay (or was is Delaware?) fishing for Octopus.

 

The setup is 4 inch diameter corrugated plastic tubing cut into 1 to 2 foot lengths.  Standing the tube up, he filled the bottom with about 3 to 4 inches of concrete (He may also have inserted some sticks cris-crossed in the bottom for the concrete to set around so it does not fall out).  To the top, he attaches a line to lower the "trap" or pot to the bottom of the bay, and puts a buoy on it.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Advanced-Drainage-Systems-4-in-x-50-ft-Corex-Drain-Pipe-Solid-04510050/203246774

 

He leaves the pot out there overnight and pulls them up the next day.  I think they might have said 1 out of 3 or 4 will have an octopus hiding in it.

 

To get the octopus out, he squirts some lemon juice in there and the octopus literally runs out and into his cooler!  I guess you could just use cheaper, bottled vinegar.

 

Since octopus are not regulated by Delaware, He does not need a license and no bag limit.  He sells to the local restaurants.

 

This is pretty similar to the way Greeks and Japanese catch octopus using clay pots with a small mouth nestled in a woven basket.  The plastic tube is cheaper and more rugged.

 

Octopus hunt at night and seek a dark crag somewhere to rest during the day.

 

 

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2 hours ago, BillHoo said:

 

There was an episode of Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods America where he showed a guy who is the only person in the Chesapeake Bay (or was is Delaware?) fishing for Octopus.

 

The setup is 4 inch diameter corrugated plastic tubing cut into 1 to 2 foot lengths.  Standing the tube up, he filled the bottom with about 3 to 4 inches of concrete (He may also have inserted some sticks cris-crossed in the bottom for the concrete to set around so it does not fall out).  To the top, he attaches a line to lower the "trap" or pot to the bottom of the bay, and puts a buoy on it.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Advanced-Drainage-Systems-4-in-x-50-ft-Corex-Drain-Pipe-Solid-04510050/203246774

 

He leaves the pot out there overnight and pulls them up the next day.  I think they might have said 1 out of 3 or 4 will have an octopus hiding in it.

 

To get the octopus out, he squirts some lemon juice in there and the octopus literally runs out and into his cooler!  I guess you could just use cheaper, bottled vinegar.

 

Since octopus are not regulated by Delaware, He does not need a license and no bag limit.  He sells to the local restaurants.

 

This is pretty similar to the way Greeks and Japanese catch octopus using clay pots with a small mouth nestled in a woven basket.  The plastic tube is cheaper and more rugged.

 

Octopus hunt at night and seek a dark crag somewhere to rest during the day.

 

 

Very interesting post. Seems like a pretty inexpensive way to go about it. Nice, thanks

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...and I almost forgot.  He drilled a couple 1/4 to 1/2 inch holes to help it sink and to drain when he hauled it up.

 

I've been meaning to try it sometime if I ever get access to a boat.

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$3.99 for frozen octopus at my local reputable  monger, seems very cheap and worth a shot, what do you think the quality will be?  And how should I prepare it?  Thank you!

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I wouldn't venture a guess about the quality. I'm an octopus newbie myself. I bought some octopus (from Portugal) from Market Basket for $6.99# and looks like a nice clean product. There are many ways to "skin the cat". Do what he did in the video, sous vede it, or a method similar to it , or check out you tube.

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