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Squid Fishing

Squid season starts mid to late May and goes right through to December.  Squid fishing is great shore based technique that can be done when the water rough.

Want you need:

The gear requirements for squid fishing are not large, most soft bait fisho's will have the majority of the gear required already.

A small spin reel, between the 2000 (20) size and 3000 (30) size. A large capacity reel is not required as you are casting between 40-70m and use braided fishing line

A Light squid rod, the rods I run are in the 3-6kg range and usually above the 7'6 length, the length allows better cast distance, while a soft tip give good lure movement. a light soft bait will work too.

Braided line, light braided lines allow a fast sink rate of the lure due the less current resistance on the line. 6-15lb is desirable but you can fish heavier, the faster the braid sinkers the quicker you can get your into the strike zone.

Fluorocarbon leader, light leader is ideal with 10-15lb being the best size, i have used up to 20lb and not seen any disadvantage with my fishing style.

Squid jigs, there is a large number of options out there, a good quality Japanese lure is ideal, my preference is Yamashita jig, i love the warm jacket technology it gives me an edge.

Squid floats with Lumo sticks

Lighting: High power battery powered LED Light, and head lamp

Where to fish:

Squid are a predatory fish species and like cover to hide in, they are a brown colour which makes it ease fro them to blend in to their surroundings.  Squid like to hang out in areas where the is allot of sand, rocks and weeds. They swim above weed or rocks waiting for baitfish to swim through the channels ambushing them as they move past. looking for sandy beaches where the is weeded area, wharves or rocks the squid can hide in. They are attracted to bight lights so wharves and piers can be a good place to find them.

What technique to use:

There are a several ways to fish for squid, land based is my preference but these techniques can be used from boats and wharves aswell.

Casting a lure: simple cast your squid lure, wait for it to sink to the bottom, give it a couple of quick flicks, while winding the slack line then let it settle to the bottom again.

Dropper rig: simply make a dropper rig (simular to a snapper dropper rig) put a sinker on the bottom and the squid jigs The sinker need to be heavy enough to keep the in touch with the bottom. Attached squid lures to the where the snapper hooks would normally be. This is the same as a flasher rig in setup but instead of using feathered hooks using squid jigs.

Floating: attach a squid float approximately 1m from the end of your leader (this may vary depending on the depth of the water you fish in) where the lure is attached, the floats have a place to attach a glow stick, the glow stick creates attention for the lure, while the float gently moves the lure as the water moves. Cast the float and lure out allowing the lure to bob in the water, the float will be dragged under if the lure is taken. You may   

The high powered light can be good for fishing from boats