While deep drop snapper fishing recently, I caught something totally unexpected.
The fishing had been pretty good. Around 2 a.m., something darted across the nightlight under the boat.
I asked my mate Johnathan Robinson “did you see that?” He replied, “I think so but what was it?”
With the line on the bottom, a big tug hit the rod. A really nice fish coming up, sweet I thought to myself. About 20 feet from the surface, the rod went crazy. I was looking over the side and promptly caught a good hosing of water right in the face then saw a giant tentacle coming over the transom latching firmly on to my leg, and I do mean firmly!
We gaffed the 21 pound yellowfin grouper and slung it into the cooler with an 8-foot squid still clinging on to it! We tried to put it back in the water but let me tell you, that wasn’t a good idea. It had suckers the size of a quarter and a beak as big as a macaw’s so we just let it sit in the cooler. The whole thing was like a science fiction fire drill.
We don’t see too many of these around here, so we were certainly caught off guard. Scientist from the U.S. identified it as a Humboldt squid. You just never know what you are going catch! For the record it weighed 26 pounds and will make great fried calamari!