A Great Season for Squid in Puget Sound

 Posted by on December 28, 2012 at 6:45 am  Outdoors  No Responses »
Dec 282012
 
Squid caught in Puget Sound

Squid caught in Puget Sound

This has been a great season for catching Puget Sound squid off the piers in downtown Seattle. In previous years, I have been lucky to catch a handful of squid each outing. This year, however, I’ve managed to catch several dozen on certain nights (squid fishing is usually done with lights at night). And the size of the squid have been really big (up to 11 inches) compared to previous years. In contrast to previous years, I’ve actually seen people catch their daily limit of 10 lbs. this year. Ten pounds is a lot of squid!

Squid are caught with a fishing rod and small squid jigs along piers and docks. The “take” is subtle. Most of the time, you just feel some increased resistance as you are jigging. But the jumbo squid will put a little bend in your rod as you reel them up.

Squid fishing is fun but the best part of catching them is eating them fresh. I have a favorite calamari recipe that I will post soon.

 

 

 

 

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Dec 242012
 
Seahawks game at CenturyLink

Seahawks game at CenturyLink

I thought the hyped-up duel between the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson and 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick was going to be close last night. Boy, was I wrong! Instead, Wilson and the Seahawks totally washed out Kaepernick’s 49ers on a cold rainy Northwest evening in front of a national audience on Sunday Night Football. In doing so, Seattle clinched a playoff spot and stayed in the hunt for the NFC West division title.

Wilson went 15/21 (71%) for 171 yards with 4 passing touchdowns. Kaepernick was 19/36 (53%) for 244 yards with one touchdown. And Wilson clearly showed more poise and had a much better clutch performance than Kaepernick. The duel clearly went to Wilson who needs one more touchdown to tie Peyton Manning’s record for most touchdowns by a rookie QB.

With the Seattle defense AND offense showing up big time last night, the Seahawks made it look easy in dominating the number one ranked team in the NFL. The Seahawks are surging at the right time and can play against any team right now. With their playoff games likely played on the road, however, they will need to put together complete efforts like they have in their last few games. Under Wilson, I think they have a shot in the playoffs. It’s going to be an interesting post-season.

 

 

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Russell Wilson Vs. Colin Kaepernick: Who Will Win?

 Posted by on December 22, 2012 at 10:42 pm  Sports  1 Response »
Dec 222012
 
Seahawks game at CenturyLink

Seahawks game at CenturyLink

Tomorrow is the big showdown between the 9-5 Seahawks and the 10-3-1 49ers at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The whole city seems to be pumped up and looking forward to watching the showdown between these two playoff-bound teams. The NFL agrees that this game will be a classic showdown and flexed the game to Sunday Night Football.

Both the Seahawks and 49ers are red-hot and led by young QBs with amazing promise. Arguably, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick are two of the best young QBs in the NFL. Based on their stellar play and leadership this year, the Seahawks and 49ers have found their franchise QBs for the next several years.

Kaepernick toasted the New England Patriots last week with four touchdown passes. Since he started in place of Alex Smith, Kaepernick’s Total QBR is 79.5, only trailing Peyton Manning. He has led the 49ers to a 4-1 record since he was named the starter in Week 11.

Not to be outdone, Wilson threw one touchdown and ran for another three TDs last week in a total domination of the Buffalo Bills. Wilson has 21 touchdown passes as a rookie tying him for second place with Cam Newton. He will surely pass Newton with two games remaining.

Who will win tomorrow? It’s a toss-up according to the betting odds. All I know is that it will be great physical game. But with a perfect record at home this year, I am hoping that the Seahawks will claim their playoff spot tomorrow.

 

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