3Ts – Squid Essentials

Follow our 7-simple squid catching tips and pull in tasty critter like this!

Follow our 7-simple squid catching tips and pull in tasty critter like this!

 

One positive of having the cooler weather around is the fact that squid are now available, in good numbers, to many anglers around Australia.

Since we know you all love to target these fun-to-catch and tasty eating critters, we have put together the top 7 squid catching tips for Kaydo members. Take note of the tips, watch the video and enjoy getting into more squid this winter!   TERMINAL TACKLE – Use a light rod generally rated between 1 and4 kg matched with a reel around the 2000 size. We also recommend a light leader – 6lb will be plenty enough. Use an ‘ezy clip’ so you can change squid jigs quickly. This also saves tying new knots all the time.   WHAT SQUID JIG SHOULD I USE ? – Always have a few different jigs in your kit. Have a variety of 2.5 grams , 3.0 grams as the water is depth changes over certain reefs. The bigger the squid jig generally the bigger squid you’ll catch.  Having a variety of different coloured jigs is also recommended. As well as brightness of sunlight will determine what colour you choose to use.  
Look for broken sandy and weed covered country like this for squid.

Look for broken sandy and weed covered country like this for squid.

WHERE DO I FIND SQUID ? – This part is easily – look for the broken ground such as rock, weed & sand broken up. This this gives the squid ample hiding spots as every creature enjoys the humble squid for dinner. Squid are generally found around jetties so look for squid ink marks on the timber deck – this is a tell-tale sign that squid are around the area.   BOAT OR LAND-BASED ? – The beauty of fishing for squid is that you don’t need a boat. Most inshore reefs are close to the shoreline and jetties are known for being a squid hotspot. Generally squid fisherman fishing out of a boat are normally fishing the same areas as the land-based fisherman.   INCLUDE YOUR FAMILY – Kids absolutely love catching squid as it’s an easy form of fishing. Just slowly wind in your squid jig, with a few erratic knocks on your road, then pause for a bit then slowly repeat this over and over again. Nothing beats seeing a child smiling from ear to ear after catching a few squid.   RETRIEVALS –  The good news is there’s no right or wrong way to this. As long as you are catching squid with the way you feel comfortable is all that’s important. Whether that is a violent whipping upright action or a gently pull down of your rod – included with a few pauses you will catch squid. Just be comfortable with your fishing style.   SQUID INK – One negative about squid fishing is this – these little mongrels generally get you every time you try and lift them from the water. Try netting your squid first and wait for the squid to empty his ink sack otherwise  you’ll be covered in ink or the boat will need a good clean up when you get home.

Most of all squid fishing is great fun so grab your rod, grab some squid jigs and give it a go.

Some fine looking specimens kept in a bait tank after capture.

Some fine looking specimens kept in a bait tank after capture.

   
Troy Eaton & Scott Wakefield

About Troy Eaton & Scott Wakefield

We have been keen fisherman since our early childhood and have spent fishing experiences together in learning and experiencing all facets of fishing in the Victorian region. In our early years we weren't afraid to ask questions and were really keen to achieve the best results we could with our fishing.

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