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My friend TimAnderson in his istructable reminded to me with his knife the summers where i go octopus hunting and he suggest me to do this instructable so I dedicate it to Tim.
In Mediterranian sea we love everything that is coming from sea. The sea is our life. I swim everyday for 4-5 hours and i have many activities than a sumple swiming. I love fishing and me and my family we eat all the "fruits" of sea. But far more we adore octopus. Why? Are delicious when are grilled but can be cooked by several ways (stew, conservated in vinegar and garlic etc).
Zac Kousto said that otopus are the cats of the deep sea and is true. When i meet a new baby octopus i can touch them, are innocent without fear of man, and are coming when u swim and play in your feet like cats do. And when you touch them smooth they close teir big eyes like cats do. So now we have a rule. WE DONT TOUCH BABY OCTOPUS WITH A HUNGER WAY. NO NO NO!!. Besides doesn't worths because the real hunting is an adventure for real man. I hunt octopus since my childhood and always with just a knife and bare hands. No weapons, no harpoon nothing.

OK dudes lets start the course...wear your gogles sharp your long knife and go...
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DanielJ25 months ago

Great advice! I was looking for this mainly out of boredom to see people's ways. I like this one specifically because it is very similar to my way. I live just by the Mediterranean Sea and love hunting octopus although I enjoy to catch them show them to my sisters dad e.c.t. And then real ease them. My method is I fact just with goggles, a snorkel and my bare hands. I do this by turning over rocks and hoping there is an octopus there, sometimes your lucky and sometimes there is nothing. I also like to check small caves in between the large rocks that make up the groynes. If any octopus happens to be under a rock it will either try and escape or just 'cringe' and change colour if it cringes I just reach down and grab it then it will try to flee. Sometimes it is successful and swims using ink and it's jet to a new rock or cave and tries to hide there. If that occurs I simply keep an eye on it and then swim towards it's new rock and try all over again and get it. The only 'danger' is if a poisonous scorpion fish emerges from beneath the rock instead of an octopus but if that happens my reaction takes over and I bolt away although they are more scared of me than I am of them. Another 'danger' is the weever fish although they tend to be under the sand and not under any rocks so where weever fish are octopus aren't near them simply because they hang out in other areas of the beach. So happy octopus hunting/catching and good luck.

agis68 (author)  DanielJ25 months ago

I am pleased you enjoyed it.....Zak Coousteau had said that octapus are the kittens of the deep blue. Had right. Octapus are very cuddly if you approache them quietly and just reach to touch them. baby octapus are closing their eyes like kitten do.

This summer I hunted about 15 octapus only big one and never in reproductive days (february to May and end of August). Both the males and females of the species will die after the eggs hatch. An improvement beyond the knive and bare hands (actually gloved to prevent urchines spins) is a hook fited in wooden stick of about 50cm long. The hook can be done by strong wire like those they make the hangers or any other. Might be shiny metal so the octapus when see it will try to grab it. After it attached to the hook its easy to take it out from its nest. Also if the octapus try to escape and drops a lot of its ink that means it's really depert and its baby octapus. An adult octapus never spends its ink at once. Also most of escaped octapus are try to hidding to near stones and rock so after some time your view is clear again after the ink you will find it in near rocks and most of the times in a depth not more than 2-3 meters.

good luck and thanks for the comment

phmanzano1 year ago
Thanks agis68 and web_18designer. I saw one this morning in a hole. It won't go out so I think of using a harpoon dart.
agis68 (author)  phmanzano1 year ago
Enjoy it my friend!
usb-e-kits2 years ago
foberos xtapodakias milame..
Poy einai oi photo?
H mixani 5ara einai?dixronila kai etsi?
agis68 (author)  usb-e-kits2 years ago
efxaristo!! To meros einai Galaxeidi fokidas, apenanti apo Itea kai kato apo Araxova kai delfous. Exei polla nisakia gyro gyro kai apisteutes paralies kai mpoliko psari. H varka einai Souidikh toy 79 kai h mhxani kainoyrgia (eixa mia 4) kai ayth einai 9 tetraxronh kai a8oruvh kai paei sfaira
georion4 years ago
Octopus = acreature that may be smarter than Man !!!!!!!!!!!
So............... Lets kill them all off.
agis68 (author)  georion4 years ago
It's smart indeed but Man smarter...No I never said to kill them all or to vanish them. No way..That's why I support the hunting of older octopus...and not of the younger...
Now cause your comment is kinda of heretic and provocative....please keep your opinion for yourself...and don't eat vegetables...and loose your teath
Saw your instructions and had to give my feedback. I cought hundreds (if not thousands) of octopuses in my life and your instructions, while informative can be greatly improved.

In particular the catching of the octopus, while a knife can be used it is not the best way - at least if you dont have a ton of experience.

The best, easiest and safest way is to either use a Forked spear (with 3 tips) or a 2 or 3 inch hook soldered to an iron rod.

Once the octopus is found, one should not delay. At this point simply check the enviroment, if the octopus is in the open (not in a hole) act fast and simply use the forked spear on it - else it will escape. (If this is not done the octopus will feel thretened and simply escape after seeing you)

If the octopus is in a hole, inspect the hole and see if the hole is deep or not. If its not deep/large, simply use the forked spear and thats all - as easy as that.

If the hole is deep and you are afraid that when you will use the spear it will escape(by going deeper in the hole), you can either take your chance or use the hook explained preciously - this way once you hook it thers no escape.

A kinfe is not reccomended for newbies, I personally use a knife but for the simple reason that with a knife its much faster to just use it to scare the octopus out of the hole and then catch the octopus by hand - obviously this is more dangerous and risky but if you re used to do this its very easy

Happy hunting!

agis68 (author)  web_18designer4 years ago
 My dear friend,

Thanks for your advices, I prefer knife, I learned to get then with knife since I was 6 years old. Of course you may use the spear but you may lose the adventure!...Every season I gather around 100-130 octopus!!! (my season is counting for just 20-30 days of vacations). And the spear sometimes can't be used if the past to nest is very thin. Knife and a little  dead fish is the best.

Anyone on his forces.....
Hi Friend,

Thanks for your comment. I would like to clarify a little bit my previous comment. I use a knife myself, so I'm not saying that a knife is not a good tool.  I use it for the simple reason that its much easy to take an octopus out of the knife(once its cought), instead of out of 3 tiped spear. (Actualy a knife can be replaced with any pointing object, it dosent really matters)

Anyways, my suggestion of using the 3 tipped spear (There are many variations and there are some specific for octopuses which are small and are designed to enter in holes easily) is not a way to say that a knife cant be used. Obviously it can. But from a beginner point of view "Trying to CATCH an Octopus with a knife" is not an easy task - therefore the spear is raccomended to get started.

Most people reading your instructions will never had cought an octopus in their lives, and using knives for these individuals would be dangerous and with a higher risk of loosing the catch(Especailly if the octopus in questions is a big one! one wouldnt simply want to catch a big one with a knife - it would be extremply dangerous). While if using the standard weapon of choice the above problems are all sorted easily :)

Btw in here, there are many octopus catchers(some do it full time) and my feedback is simple common knowledge :)

It i were you i would add a special section for beginner catchers :) It would sure help them out!


agis68 (author) 5 years ago
 I will send you one too! Next?
lemonie5 years ago
Please replace "u" with "you" at the very least. L
lemonie,all u ever worry about is spelling isnt it?
No, I worry about la Inquisition hiding behind the shed too...

buut eff it wus speelid lik dis et  wood bae diiifernt but u jest complainin
tecneeq5 years ago
Mhhhmmmm, octopus! I'll probably never hunt one myself, but i like to eat them (in germany you only get them frozen)..
agis68 (author)  tecneeq5 years ago
i will sent u some....:D
V-Man7375 years ago
Heck yeah!! That looks delicious. Too bad I'm landlocked...