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
Just got back from mt martha rocks, trying to get my mojo back after returning from my paynsville trip which turned into a disaster, boat motor issue, another topic! so i was keen for a fish
picked up just the one lonely squid tonight, fishing under a float with a brown yo zuri, letting the waves do the work while i enjoyed a beverage. was a good size though.
I normally like to fish the outgoing tide for squid, just seems to work best for me. i fish all diffferent methods, casting and winding like a lure, under a float, i even have a pole!! i love my pole!!
favourite jigs are 2.0 blue yamashita and 1.8 brown yo zuri, but at over 20 bucks a pop i cant really afford to have a huge variety!!.
i enjoy casting for them most i think, love to see 3 or 4 squid chasing the jog from the darkness, this really works for me at blairgowrie, sorrento i normally use the pole as the tide rips through there. the pole has definatley caught most my squid in the last year. i normally only fish for bait reasons, im not a huge eater of squid but if i get a few decent ones i normally tube them for the old man.
my method is to head out from mornington or fishermans beach, then work around the channel markers at fishy beach, or head up to sunnyside and work the broken ground around there.
favourite jig would have to be a brown and black striped clicks in 2.5g or a 2.5 yamashita in silver. just chuck em out and lift and stop, lift and stop. but its better when you cast them out and before you lift the first time they are on!
also while fishing for whiting at anchor around sunnyside with a jig next to the boat straight down can produce.
times are best in the afternoon that i have found. tried early morning, but i believe they like the evening when the day is cooling down, but thats just me
haven't devoted much time to calamari of late, but hopefully that'll change soon...
best way for me is when whiting fishing, as calamari are often on the same marks.
and l prefer a baited jig (sand whiting,grassy even a pilchard etc) skewered from the tail
out thru the mouth then fished in the current. the take is immediately identifiable as the rod tip
dips down in a steady tug which eases back then repeats etc.
this type of bite = squid!
however, where my method fails at bit, is when an eagle ray or unidentifiable takes the baited jig!
fortunately most times its a dropped bait after the intial run, with a few bent spikes
and a buckled stem, but one time it was a spool job in less then 10 seconds flat!
having seen and caught calamari many times as by-catch in both shallow and deep area's thru out
westernport, l firmly believe that they are a possibility in most area's during any stage of a tide, with
the limitation being more the successful hook-up when using conventional hooks.
this is where a baited jig fished near the bottom, during a tide cycle can proves it's value.
decided to try Mornington over the weekend to see what all the fuss is about.
Left one bright coloured 2.5g Yamahatsa (spelling???) dangling under the boat whilst working a natural 2.5g Yamahatsa whilst drifting between 6m and 2m over the broken ground. Bagged out easily one evening and again the next morning in 2 hours. They didn't come on properly until an hour after the sun came up in the morning session. They were biting hard in the late afternoon until we bagged out on dark.
Both jigs were doing well with the natural coloured one catching slightly more
No monsters but a nice feed and plenty of gummy/snapper baits for the upcoming months
Thanks Paul, l like the pictures!
not sure l'd be holding the squirty end towards myself tho... and of course they are different to our calamari, with a more rounded wing shape and markings etc.
so what do they call this species of squid?