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HOW TO CATCH SQUID: BASIC TIPS, TRICKS AND TECHNIQUES

By the very nature of the word, fishing is all about catching fish. The term fish also includes squid. Squid are generally smaller and less aggressive than most fish species, but they provide for a different kind of excitement. I love squid fishing and the resulting food is delicious, not to mention, easy to cook.

If you want to know what the fuss is all about, here are some tips, tricks and techniques that will help you catch squid.

WHERE AND WHEN TO CATCH

Squid can be caught all year round in Australia. They can be found around the coast, specifically in shallow sand, rocks and weed beds. You have better chances of catching squid at daytime and in clear water. However, you can still catch them at night. Squid are attracted to light, so a fishing spot under a bridge or road light is often a great spot.

LURES

Unlike fish, squid have a different way of catching their prey. They use their arms and tentacles entangle their prey and then pull them towards their beak. You can actually use a traditional treble hook and a lure to get the squid’s attention. However, you might have a hard time catching them. The most proven method is to use a squid jig which has treble hooks attached.

A squid jig consists of a body that is made to resemble fish and several rows of tiny sharp points, which allow the squid’s tentacles to get caught up. They come in various sizes, compositions, weights and colours. Some are even luminescent. They glow in the dark if you leave them in the sunlight for a bit.

Squid are often moody, which means it is a good idea to have a variety of squid jigs with you on any given fishing trip so you can mix it up.

As a rule of thumb, though, squid lures with plastic bodies and reflective inserts tend to be most effective in the daytime, while those with textured bodies are best used at night. Both natural and bright colours appear to be effective in catching squid.

GEAR

You can actually fish for squid using any rod and reel. You can even use a handline if you want. However, the best results can be obtained when using a standard length graphite rod; something in the 6-7 foot range. There are also rods specifically designed for catching squid.

They have a soft tip with a fast taper to enable your squid jig to move optimally in the water. I recommend using 10lb braided or fluorocarbon line on a size 2000–3000 spinning reel. You can work with single or multiple squid jigs at once.

TECHNIQUES

The basic technique for catching squid is to cast your lure out and let it sink. When the lure is about 5–10 feet below the surface, whip your fishing rod upward and aggressively a couple of times. This action mimics the movement of prawn, which squid love to feed on. Afterwards, allow the lure to fall back down again. Make sure you have moments where the lure is motionless as this is usually the time when the squid strikes.

A slow retrieve is preferred so that the squid has ample time to latch onto your lure. If you retrieve too fast, they might detach from the lure. Also, you must have a smooth drag to prevent ripping out their tentacles as they take the bait.

When the squid tends to be more aggressive, you can opt to have a faster and strong retrieve. Be careful when landing your squid. Their typical defence mechanism is to shoot ink or even bite.

Squid fishing is immensely popular because they’re a lot of fun to catch — regardless of whether you’re a novice or expert angler. Follow my basic advice and I am sure that you will end up with a decent catch.


 

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Jackson Williams
jacksonw@dinga.com.au

Jackson Williams has been fishing around Australia for 20 years and loves his home region of far north Queensland.