- Dec 27, 2020
I’m in PNG (Papua New Guinea) just north of the great barrier reef. I know there are lots of octopus in these waters but I almost never see them. What is the best way to find their holes to hunt them?
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You bite them between the eyes? I prefer the old stare down. You look down on the octopus from above with judging eyes and it just dies of shame. Heheh joking, the octopus is a proud creature. Seriously though, I've never heard of that. I have a friend who once told me "isn't it dangerous? I heard they can kill you by sticking a tentacle up your nose and touching your brain." I said "well it would have to be close to your face." I guess that's how it would happen, if it's even possible. I figured everyone just did it like this: I manually remove the innards of their head sack. Then they seem to become paralyzed. I don't catch them anymore, but I see em on almost every dive.A pile of small stones in a place with no stones, a shell that shouldn't be there and looks just too clean, crabs' claws with no crab attached, sand blown away from under a rock...
An example from my area: all rocks and pebbles were covered with small plants, but at one spot the rocks were clean, there was the octopus. After a big storm that shuffled even the biggest rocks making the area look so chaotic, I thought it would be impossible to find one in that mess. All of the rocks and pebbles were clean from the shuffling, apart from one spot where the pebbles looked messy. There was the octopus.
So just look for anything out of place.
Another good one is in the early morning. Look for fish of different species hanging around a spot for no apparent reason. There might be an octopus finishing its dinner before heading back home.
An octopus will try to hide in its den which makes it difficult to judge its size. Out of its den it will make itself look much bigger than it really is. So I recommend learning to take the octo without shooting it, so you don't take anything undersized. Tickle it with a stick (I use an olive branch) and after a while it will come out. Grab it, size it, check the hole for eggs if you suspect there might be, and bite it between the eyes to kill it.
They're also very nice animals to hang around with. They're playful, social, smart and just awesome to watch. And if you speared a fish before, give them the guts.
You mean doing this so tge octopus thinks it's an easy meal and grabs the stone, then you hoist it up? Here in Greece a lot of people fish from the beach using lures. The lure is a 10-15cm long white slide board with a plastic crab mounted on top and two 90 degrees bent hooks on the end. The octopus grabs the fake crab end gets hooked.The abouve mentions very applicable. They normaly face west anticipating night fall for the hunt.If some one has difficuilty in decending to the depth try a hand line with a white stone with a hook just abouve good advive for the struggling o.a.p seeking lunch. Bounce in a motion like movement the stone or lead weight or other object 2 to 3 centremeters off from the sea floor while observing from water surface.Repeat this in suspected area it works for the small ones for larger sizes patience with fatigue
I've been looking for an excuse to get some potato chips. Thanks!Personal Technique. Eat a large bag of potato chips and turn it shiny side out. Take it with you and put your hand on the inside and use it like a sock puppet. I've caught tons of cuttlefish and three octopus with this method. They see the sun shining off of the reflective material and their camoflage will either drop or change momentarily. I had a family of three cuttlefish spot my flash puppet and they let me line up a perfect shot to nail two of them in one go. Please don't litter. Anything you take in the ocean should go out with you as well.
You deserve that bag of chips mate.I've been looking for an excuse to get some potato chips. Thanks!
About at what distance it works? I found some octos by them changing color for a second as I swam past, but only at very short range, like max. 3m.