NEWPORT BEACH -- Jumbo squid are invading the waters off Orange County and fishermen are having a field day attempting to reel in the unusual catch.
The massive creatures, some up to 60 pounds and 4 feet long, began taking bait off Newport Beach Thursday.
Chris Cunningham, manager at Davey's Locker, said their phones have been ringing off the hook ever since the squid moved into local waters, presumably from San Diego.
Some anglers reported catching more than 200 Humboldt Squid on Friday night. The nocturnal sea creatures usually spend the daytime close to the ground and rise to the surface at night, according to experts.
Robert Woodbury, manager at Newport Landing Sportfishing, says another 300 squid were caught Friday night. The squid, which tend to run in the 20 to 40 pound range, are somewhat elusive and tend to follow a food source such as anchovies. They generally don't follow any sort of season, Woodbury said.
The squid put up quite a fight and often become a giant squirt gun even after they are hooked, often spraying the fisherman with a faceful or chestful of water and ink, Woodbury said. They can grow up to 100 pounds and 6 feet long.
It's unclear when the squid will leave the area, but as long as they stay, fisherman say they will continue to chase them.
Humboldt squid, also called jumbos, are mysterious and elusive and can be here today, gone tomorrow, according to experts.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times