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Old 11-27-2003, 09:39 PM   #1
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Last Saturday during the Puget Sound Anglers Sno-King Chapters Blackmouth Derby I hooked this octopus.



It's a very strange feeling having all those suckers sticking to you.

My daughter asked why I didn't bring it home for her to eat! :shocked:

The weather was windy & bone chilling cold. Caught a 5lb feeder Chinook but released him hoping for bigger. A 9lb salmon won the derby. All in all, it was fun. Got to fish with a new friend in his "new" old boat. Downrigger cable broke & we discovered a hole in his boat. The bilge got some exercise that day.

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Old 11-27-2003, 09:49 PM   #2
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I've never personally caught one of those but I know plenty of fishermen that have caught some over the years out of Depoe Bay.

The commercial crabbers get quite a few in their crab gear when they are crabbing.
Evidently they like eating dungenous crab (imagine that).

They are excellent lingcod bait and work real well after being frozen.

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Old 11-27-2003, 09:51 PM   #3
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Ive caught one in crab traps in Newport. Mine was a little smaller though.
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I caught one up in Alaska jigging for rock bass out in one of the bays a few years ago. It had about a 3-4 foot legs on that sucker.

They work really nicely for halibut bait.
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Old 11-28-2003, 09:27 AM   #5
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Saw a bigger one, probably about 2' long total, at the mouth of Netarts in a shallow pool at an ultra low tide.
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Old 11-28-2003, 10:24 AM   #6
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I got a huge one right by the hood cannal bridge. About 20lb very scary.
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Old 11-28-2003, 10:44 AM   #7
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Thats pretty cool!
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Old 11-28-2003, 10:48 AM   #8
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have not caught one but diving last fall in puget sound I got into two mating. Just a very cool sight to see them up close and personal. They are beautiful animals, very intelligent too.
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Old 11-28-2003, 11:29 AM   #9
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I have seen birds hooked but never one of those. To bad it is not legal to put one in a saltwater tank. Nice catch!
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Old 11-28-2003, 01:43 PM   #10
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Fishing out at the rockpile this summer we hooked two about the size of this one. They feel like dead weight until you get them in the boat.
https://www.ifish.net/uploads/352713331.jpg
We pulled this up in a crab trap a half mile north of the jaws at Yaquina Bay. It slid under the one inch opening at the bottom of the trap in five seconds after it hit the deck and started heading under the bench seat. These creatures are very smart, and fast too. This guy turned red as soon as it hit the deck.

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Old 11-28-2003, 09:00 PM   #11
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I've caught two that size in Puget Sound,and my Dad caught a huge one in Neah Bay. We have pictures of it on the bottom of our old boat. We had an old 20' Bell Bouy,and it had its tentacles stretched across the floor,up the sides and out of the boat by about 6". I'll bet the tentacles were at least 6' long. :shocked:

I just looked at the picture by Puffins Crew,the one my Dad caught was bigger than that.

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Old 11-29-2003, 12:02 AM   #12
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Many years ago, my sons and I were fishing in the Charleston [SC] area. We were fishing from a bridge on a causeway....fishing, not much for catching. It was a strange situation since first my son Travis caught a Conch, you know, one of those big shells that folks sometimes find on the beaches and put to their ears "to hear the ocean". This one, however, was not empty but still alive - we released it after close study. That was it for us until we decided to give up and pull our lines. As I started to retrieve my line I felt some weight on it and thought that either I had snagged a clam or some debris because there was no fight or movement - just weight. As I brought the end of the line to the surface I noticed a beer can attached to it. To my surprise, when I lifted the can out of the water, low and behold I discovered that there was a small hooked octopus inside the beer can.
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Old 11-29-2003, 12:24 AM   #13
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I caught one about that size jigging for rockfish in Canada. I've seen bigger ones scuba diving in Puget Sound.
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Old 11-29-2003, 10:00 AM   #14
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Octopus makes for good eating. This is probably the only country where an incidental catch of octopus is not valued. They eat them everywhere else. I have eaten them many ways with one of my favorites being in a seafood ceviche I always get when I go to Guyamas Mexico. Good eating!
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Old 11-29-2003, 10:08 AM   #15
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I saw one at the aquarium once. didn't know people have cuaght them though. You learn someting new everyday. Cartman
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Old 11-29-2003, 03:06 PM   #16
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I have never caught one but i have been out with a couple of them.
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