Cuttlefish and squid fishing
At the beginning of spring, the cuttlefish arrive to the estuary of Sado and to the coast of Sesimbra. Cuttlefish fishing is a thrill-filled fishing and is carried adrift, which allows the fisherman on board to catch a large number of this magnificent cephalopod.
Squids are also abundant along the coast of Arrábida and Comporta, in Setúbal, making themselves noticed in greater numbers in the winter and spring months.
Cuttlefish and squid are also part of the diet of species such as Roaz Corvineiro Dolphin, corvina and snapper, species that are always present in the Luiz Saldanha Marine Park and Sado estuary.
Cuttlefish and squid are highly sought after by sport fishermen due to their enormous gastronomic value and abundance in this region, making it one of the best destinations in Europe in terms of demand for large specimens of these species.
Sesimbra and Setúbal are traditional destinations of choice for the fishing of these cephalopods being an integral part of the regional gastronomy of the Setúbal peninsula and of fishing traditions of Sesimbra and the entire estuary of the Sado River.
Even today, we can see fishermen in their traditional boats, the so-called aiolas, who go out into the seas of Sesimbra for a journey of hunting cuttlefish and squid.
The Bolhas Tours performs this fishing throughout the year being the end of winter and spring periods with great results in number of catches!
There are several techniques for fishing from a boat, of which traditional fishing stands out (with a hand line, rolling the fish along the bottom of the sea waiting for the attack of these voracious predators) and the more recent “Eging” technique (with a rod, reel and samples similar to small crustaceans that simulate the natural food of these predators).
Cuttlefish: The cuttlefish is a marine mollusk belonging to the cephalopod class. It has a flattened oval body, with an internal shell, the cuttlefish, eight arms with rows of suction cups and two long, retractable tentacles that are used to capture prey. In addition, it exhibits an extraordinary capacity for camouflage and mimicry, just like the octopus, whose incredible range of colors is due to the existence of specialized cells – the chromatophores. Nocturnal predator, feeds preferably on crabs, bivalves and fish. They can grow up to 4 kilos, and it is not uncommon to capture specimens weighing over two kilos on the coast of Sesimbra and Setúbal.
Squid: Like cuttlefish, squid is a marine mollusk belonging to the cephalopod class. It has an elongated and cylindrical body with an internal shell, the gladius, triangular fins, eight arms with suction cups and two non-retractable tentacles that are used to capture prey. The dorsal zone displays a reddish-pink color with brownish spots. Exclusively carnivorous, this species preferentially feeds on fish and crustaceans. In addition, it has a pair of salivary glands that have been modified into venom glands, which allow the effective death of its prey, making this animal one of the great oceanic predators. Squids exhibit an almost unique mobility capacity, through a jet propulsion technique, which consists of sucking water into the mantle cavity and then ejecting it at high pressure through a narrow funnel, the jet being able to be pointed in all directions.
The best tips for a great day of cuttlefish and squid fishing
- Use the appropriate material and, if necessary, we will have at your disposal the possibility of renting reeds, reels and specimens, to make the best of the day of your departure from fish and cuttlefish;
- Bring lots of samples and in different colors to be able to check, during your fishing day, which one will give you the best results at every moment of the day.
- When handling cuttlefish or squid after capture, remember that they can expel ink as a natural escape strategy, so keep your catches in an appropriate and closed place.
Do not hesitate to contact us for more information about everything you need to enjoy a great day of cuttlefish and squid fishing!
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