Going through the freezer back at kampung, I found few packages of "fresh" squids...yes, its "Candat Sotong" (Squid Catching/Jiggling) season again in Terengganu...mmm...the ones in the freezer must be from my brother-in-law's trip(s) or from his group's...
and I "cut-it-short", fried with onion and served for lunch that day..hehehe...
(excerpt from : http://bustamann.blogspot.com/2004/12/candat-sotong.html)
"Fishermen will leave as early as 3 pm to scramble for the choicest lubok, where the most squids congregate.
Soon after night falls, the fluorescent lights, powered either by a generator or an auto battery (wet cells) will be switched on to attract the squids (or calamari, if you haunt Italian restaurants). The fishermen use multiple hooks (the candat) with fish bait or they use a jig made of lead with 10 hooks embedded. This is called a "twist" by the locals. The candat and the twist are both attached to a separate fishing line, usually nylon.
During the candat season, squids are easily caught. Depending on the lubok, the fishermen can catch between 40 to 100 kg of squids per night. The squids hardly put up a fight although they are known to hose you with their black ink as soon as you get them on the boat...."
Cabaran Candat Sotong (Sirkit Kuala Terengganu) :
(Candat Sotong challenge)
Date : 30th May 2009
Organiser State Government of Terengganu / MTPNT
Desk Officer PKKWNT
Telephone No : 609 623 1553
Fax No : 609 622 1957