I went out of Dana Point Tuesday night, where they were running 3 boats at full capacity. Boat was packed, but had no problems catching squid at all. The count was over 1800 squid for all three boats. I think when we were on the way back to the harbor, Davey's was on the way the way out to where we were squid fishing.
Went into Newport Landing on Wednesday and took my 14-year-old grandson and 16-year-old granddaughter to go squid fishing. Had a great time but was loaded with 58 passengers including us the boat was nice and clean at that time. Capt. said that the squid were long ways away and we were going to go for longboat ride, so relax and enjoy the trip about halfway there he told us that you couldn't keep any squid that wasn't filleted so don't keep any more than you want I found out a little bit later it was $2 each to have them filleted. The captain said it was because the deceived Newport Beach is now fining the boat for any ink on the Boardwalk or city street. The only way he could let anybody take any squid home without being filleted would be in a cooler and you had to bring the cooler to the boat 1st and carry the squid off the boat in the cooler. Sounded fair to me he didn't want to be fined and I don't blame him. I just wanted to let everyone know to bring a cooler or bring lots of money as you will catchall you can stand squid. It was a lot of fun for me to watch my grandkids and I helped the kids next to me, as they had never been squid fishing either. I used to squid fish on the boats I fished out of San Diego before they changed the laws in Mexico that we can't keep squid. The worst part of the whole trip was waiting for them to finish cleaning the squid before we could go in because it got real cold with the wind and being soaking wet from the squid. I'm sure the boat had way more squid than what they posted but that was close enough. I brought 30 pound test up to about 80 pound the could have got away with the 30 pound set up on all of them for the size of squid we were catching. Next time if the squid are in Dana point I will fish out of Dana point instead. I should've known better right now the squid seem to be from Dana point back towards Mexico good luck and Have Fun Tom Jr.
Go to Helgrens. Thats where myself and three friends went out of on Monday night and all four of us were exhausted from pulling in so many squid! It didnt help that two of the guys with us ended up puking their brains out over the rail but they sucked it up and kept reeling in those 5 pound inkys. I caught 30 in about an hour and a half and stopped after that. I was exhausted from cranking them up! We caught them from 110' all the way up to 5' from the surface! We were never move than a mile from shore and the crew was on top of everything considering they were running around the deck of the boat picking up all the squid and bagging them up for us!