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 Roz Corvineiro Dolphin, corvina and snapper, species that are always present in the Luiz Saldanha Marine Park and Sado estuary.
Because of its enormous gastronomic value, cuttlefish and squid are sought after by the sport fishermen and their large numbers in this region make this destination one of the best in Europe to look 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 observe the fishermen in the traditional fishing boats of Sesimbra, - Aiolas, going out to sea each morning for a day of work on 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 this boat fishing such as traditional hand line fishing, fishing for the bottom of the sea waiting for the attack of these predatory hunters or more recently the technique called by Eging with cane, reel and samples similar to small crustaceans, which simulate the natural food of these predators.
Cuttlefish - Cuttlefish, sis or sepal are marine mollusks of the Cephalopod class.
They have eight arms and two tentacles with which they grasp their prey.
They have a great capacity for camouflage and mimicry such as octopus with incredible ranges of colors made possible by the existence of special cells called chromatophores.
They are more active at night and have in their favorite diet prawns or small fish. They can grow up to 4 kilos and it is not uncommon on the Coast of Sesimbra and Setúbal to capture specimens weighing two kilos.
Squid - Squids, like cuttlefish, are marine mollusks of the Cephalopod class.
They are exclusively carnivorous animals, feeding on fish, cephalopods and other vertebrates, which they capture through the rapid extension of the arms.
They have in the beak their main organ of ingestion formed by powerful and powerful movable jaws that they cut and they tear the prey when captured.
Also possessing a pair of salivary glands that have turned into poison glands, the squid effectively kills its prey making this animal one of the great ocean predators.
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 plenty of samples and different colors to be able to check during your fishing trip which at each moment of the day will give you better results.
- When handling the cuttlefish or squid after its capture remember that you can expel paint as a means of natural escape strategy, 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!
Reduce your ecological footprint - We promote the selective capture of specimens in our days of deep-sea sport fishing, observing minimum measures of capture and weights so that all of us participate actively in the conservation and sustainability of the species.
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