Squid outsmart fishermen, mostly. National squid catching championship results on one catch
Posted by Xeno on May 4, 2012
They stood for five hours on the chilly, windswept coast beside Brighton Marina and waited… and waited.
After a hard day’s fishing, 73 competitors had failed to land a solitary squid. They packed up their gear with diddly-squat in their keepnets –apart from one man.
Aquatic ecologist Davide Thambithurai was about to cast his lure back into the murky Solent when he noticed a 1cm-long baby squid.
‘Fortunately, I checked it first,’ said the 28-year-old from Portsmouth.
‘Typically, you feel the squid on the end of your line as they are a good size, but it just felt like a bit of debris. I thought that, given the colour of the water, I was in with a chance of winning because nobody else was catching anything.’
It looked more like the kind of bait you’d use to catch a mackerel but it was enough to secure first place. He won last year’s event with a 61cm (24in) squid and most anglers catch 40cm (16in) long specimens.
If Mr Thambithurai was slightly embarrassed, competition sponsor George Cunningham felt distinctly short-changed.
‘We didn’t specify a minimum size limit, it was a squid and it was caught, so we couldn’t argue with it and it won,’ he said.
‘I gave away a £210 rod as a prize for that squid which is unbelievable but rules are rules.’ Mr Thambithurai’s rivals got a tiny bit of revenge. They nicknamed his catch The Kraken.