Catching Squid

Caching squid, or “squiding” as it is affectionately known as, is my favourite part of fishing. Most people would prefer to catch the normal fish as they are more dynamic than squid and provide a bigger fight, and obviously the chances of landing a big one is better. But there many reasons why I like squiding over conventional fishing:

  • Squid are in abundance, so much so that there is no size limit on them, so you can pretty much catch them where there’s water.
  • You can catch squid with a squid jig, meaning no mess with bait and the squid slides straight off the jig when landed.
  • Squid makes a great meal, whether it be salt & pepper, crumbed or even sashimi.
  • And last but not least, as a keen fisherman, squid makes the best bait to catch the big ones.

Important tips on catching squid:

  • Choose the right jig. I only use the Japanese brand “Yozuri”. Don’t bother with the cheaper brands. They can still catch you a squid, but less likely to hook up.
  • The size is not too important, but the bigger squid are attracted to the bigger jigs and the bigger jigs generally do not attract the small squid. In saying that, I have still caught big squid on the small jigs and since I normally use them for bait anyway, I choose to use the “Yozuri Ultra” jigs. Some say the colour does matter, but I have been using them indiscriminately. I use the green one mostly, but the largest one I have caught was on the larger blue jig.
  • Probably the most important point is to use strong line, like my choice of Berkeley’s Fireline (6lb or 10lb). When I first started out, I lost many jigs due to snags. But since using Fireline, I have lost very few if any at all. With strong line you can tear through a snag which will bend the hooks that can be bent back in to place.
  • Fish on dawn or dusk. I prefer dusk since I can’t wake up that early, but make sure you choose a well lit area as squid are attracted by lights.
  • If the squid falls off your jig, get it back down there straight away. The squid are not as smart as fish and will go for a second bite.
  • Squid will generally travel in schools so if you catch one, try the same area again. More than one squid may also try to attack the jig so if you wind it up slowly you may be lucky enough to see another trailing.