A question that was raised by a great member on another forum a few years ago, that I reckon needs revisiting....
My big challenge I set myself this year (And since starting kayak fishing) has been to chase and successfully capture squid. Usually I then use them to take to Corinella to have a crack at the secret silvers (As yet unsuccessful
) but I also enjoy them on the plate. I have had some sensational trips lately, although by the sounds of it this is more by the abundance of squid in PPB rather than my own tactics. I would love to hear how people fish for them, favourite areas, favourite tides, favourite time of year even and favourite jigs.
My new favourite area is Mornington. Anywhere around the area seems to be good, however Mornington seems to have squid which are slightly smaller than average (Although the odd monster is there too!) which are perfect bait size.
Until last trip I'd just cast, wait 5-10 seconds, give the rod a few quick jerks and repeat the wait. Now I still use this method, but rather than leaving the other jig dangling below the boat I cast one rod, then the other, and work them simultaneously. This allows me to cover a wider area and last time 11 of these 'double casts' bagged 10 squid, with double hook-ups common! If I do happen to get a squid on one rod, I put the other rod in the holder. To avoid the rod without the squid on dropping too far and snagging, as I pull and wind the squid in I wait until I have winded (i.e. Rod tip is closest to the squid and I have tension in the line), then really slowly pull it back and wind the other rod (Now in the rod holder) with my other hand.
Still haven't worked out my favourite time or tide. I was thinking early morning, although last session was my best ever and it was 4.15-4.45pm on an outgoing tide, full moon with nothing really special about it.
My favourite jigs are the 2.0 yamashitas. One in the natural colour and my other in the black. Granted I haven't tried a lot of jigs, but these two seem to stand out. I also have been using the yamashita "shallow" ones that sink really slow and they seem to be good also.
I'm still not certain about my favourite time of year - Maybe snapper season as I can turn them into a big red??? :D
How do you fish for squid?