Jumbo squid appear off California shore

Posted: Tuesday, March 01, 2005

BODEGA BAY, Calif. (AP) — Jumbo squid are appearing by the thousands off California's coast from San Diego to Bodega Bay.

Scientists don't know why the Humboldt squid are showing up in such great numbers all along the Pacific Coast, but fishers are snapping them up.

Bill Parducci, charter owner, said 40 fishers on his boats caught 600 of the 4-to-6-foot long creatures on Saturday.

In the past three weeks, the discovery has turned into a phenomenon.

In 13 trips on angler Rick Powers' boat, he said a total of 640 people have caught some 9,000 squid, averaging about 20 pounds each, with the largest weighing 58 pounds.

In San Diego this past week, 51 anglers aboard the boat New Seaforth caught 290 squid.

The legal limit is 35 per person, but with each squid yielding between 10-20 pounds of thick white flesh, ''nobody wants that many,'' Powers said.

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