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Cuttlefish...wonderful creatures,,,,wonderful supper.

By the begining of April, anywhere between Hastings and Brixham, the cuttlefish start moving inshore to mate and die. They arrive in large numbers with males outnumbering females by as much as ten to one. Traps are put out. These resemble lobster pots but with a different entrance, one that a cuttle can glide into but cannot get out of.

Each trap is baited with a female and hauled every one or two days. The catches differ but often the traps are crammed full and as they are pulled clear of the sea the cuttles let out sprays of their ink covering fishermen and their boats in black.

CuttlefishCuttles are first sent to an ink factory in Italy. The ink is used for writing and drawing and later the bodies are sold for food. Italians have many recipes for cuttlefish. Unfortunately they are rarely seen on fishmongers slabs in this country.

By mid June, the season is over and the cuttles are gone. They only live for a year or two but the eggs laid now hatch in September and by November the baby cuttles are six inches long and growing fast, as they have big appetites.

                                                         Click on the photo to see a video of a cuttlefish in motion.

For fishermen who go for cuttles the rewards are big, but a good season depends on calm weather. A windy and rough, cold spring means no cuttles.

Cuttles are often landed at the Cobb in Lyme Regis close to where Harry's Marie F is moored and from where you can take a Lyme Regis mackerel fishing or Lyme Regis deep sea fishing trip with Harry.


Published on 02/05/2014.

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