I've heard of Humboldts attacking pinks on the hook. They are relatively recent immigrants to this part of the world, at least in large numbers and since people started to take note of these things. I found a dead one on the beach about ten years ago, and I had no clue what to make of it. I'm pretty sure that they are eating a bunch of fish, but I don't know if they get enough to hurt much, since they give a lot back by being food for other predators, taking some pressure off of salmon. I don't think a population boom of them is going to be good for us, but there isn't anything we can do about but wait and see. I doubt that this is the first time that they have wandered up here, or the last. We often see schools of little bait squid at night, particularly if we are anchored around a tender with their sodiums on. I can remember jigging them of the docks here in Craig as a little kid. I always let them go, but I strongly remember watching them chase my shiny treble hook around the pilings. Writing this makes me remember my Dad telling me about the time he pulled up an octopus on his bottom leader, not hooked but simply refusing to give up the pink it grabbed.
Garrett Hagen, F/V Abundance