CATCH BIGGER SQUID WITH THESE 5 TIPS
When the prime fishing season is over and the water temperatures drop, most anglers around Victoria pack up and head home to wait for warmer climes. I, on the other hand, relish the opportunity to take my kids out squid fishing. The cooler months bring more squid to the area and they are bigger than anything I see in the summer. As a result, squid fishing has quickly become quite popular with families going out fishing. The constant action keeps the children interested and makes for a great day out.
But with so many on offer, taking smaller squid does become tedious. We set our sights on the bigger beasts over 40cm in diameter. There are plenty there, you just need to know how to snag them.
GET YOUR TIMING RIGHT
Between June and October are prime squid-targeting months and it will be in this time frame that you start landing the whoppers. Out of this golden window, there is usually only one month when the big ones are around. Sometimes it is early on in the season, in June or July, sometimes they make you wait until September or October, gradually teasing you with bigger and bigger squid until they throw the real prizes at you.
The biggest squid are best found in the morning in the first few hours after the sun comes up and in the evening during the first few hours after sunset. If you are looking for a more sociable time to get the kids involved, you can catch bigger squid in the middle of the day but you’ll need to start your search in deeper water.
I have had plenty of luck taking squid at night. When the sun goes down, get a light source, such as a lamp, and cast some light on the water. The squid like to hunt in the artificial light. It might be because they like the light, or it might be because the baitfish like the light and the squid know they will be there in abundance. Either way, the end result is the same; squid is on the menu.
LOOK AROUND ENTRANCES TO BAYS
Look for the biggest squid at the entrances to bays. I will scour these spots for signs of a seagrass bed. Traverse the seagrass bed trailing a squid jig and you should get some action pretty quickly if they are there. The only thing to remember is that squid are visual hunters. If there is limited visibility, chances are there will be limited squid and little to no action. They also prefer calm water, so if the swell is up and the conditions are choppy, you might struggle.
FISH WATER FROM 6-8 METRES DEEP
The best water for bigger squid is between 6-8 metres with good visibility. If the waters are crystal clear, squid are more likely to be on the deeper side, around 8 metres. If there is a little bit of sediment in the water and visibility is hindered, try the shallower side of the range at around 5-6 metres.
PAY ATTENTION TO THE MOON
The best days for catching squid come during the new moon. When the night is at its darkest, squid rely on the light produced at dusk and dawn and will capitalise on this light to hunt. When the moon is full and the nights well illuminated, the squid can hunt all night and are not so frenzied around dusk and dawn. To give yourself the best chance of landing a biggie, head out during the new moon at dusk or dawn.
COLOURS AREN’T AS IMPORTANT AS YOU THINK
Some fishos think to catch the biggest squid you need the best, most expensive lures. This is codswallop. I have caught big squid off lures I picked up at bargain prices while shopping tackle shops online. One of my most successful squid-catching lures I had altered the design myself using duct tape to make it appear striped like a prawn. If that isn’t an advertisement for cheap lures, I don’t know what is.
Next June, don’t join the exodus of fishos packing up and going into hibernation. Get your gear together and set your sights on the biggest squid on offer. It is time to gorge on calamari.
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