Squids are great fun to catch and delicious to eat. And most of all, they are the number one bait for almost all targeted fish species. The following guide aims to provide a few pointers on how to choose the right squid jigs to catch you more squids!
There are basically two types of squid fishing tackles: baited skewers and artificial jigs. Baited skewers are usually fished passively under a float. While fishing with artificial jigs, you cast and retrieve the jig to mimic the movement of a shrimp or baitfish, and this is called "squid jigging". Squid jigging is the exciting, fun and often the more productive method to catch squids. It is also a lot more pleasant because you don't need smelly fish baits and don't have to worry about "bait pickers".
Choosing the right jig is important and it will certainly affect your fishing success, so a bit of homework now is well-worth your time. Here are a few things to consider when choosing squid jigs:
Size: Squids come in different sizes, so does the jigs - from 1.5 up to 5.0 and larger. These size numbers generally correspond to the length of a squid jig from its artificial "eye" to tail (excluding the hooks) in inches. To work out the overall length of a jig, you would add 0.5 inch for the "head" and 1 inch or so for the hooks - so a size 3.0 jig would be approximately 4.5 inches in length, or 11-12 cm. The larger the jig you use, the larger the squids you target. Large squids and cuttlefish can grow to over half a meter in body length and weigh over 5 kgs. But large squids do take smaller jigs, and sometimes a small jig is more tempting to them. If you spot a large squid not taking your jig, swap to a smaller jig and you may get an instant hit - so it's always a good idea to carry jigs of different sizes.
Colour: This is a hot discussion topic. Ultimately all colours catch squids - but one may do better than the others in the given conditions. Some believe that brighter coloured jigs work better in brighter days. Other elements such as pearl belly, shiny coating or colour change increase the visibility of the jig and are more effective in attracting squids attention. I would suggest to pack some warm coloured jigs (such as pink/orange) and some cold coloured jigs (blue/green) in your tackle box. Be prepared and you will be rewarded!
Weight: The weight of a squid jig determines how fast it would sink, and whether it is suitable for your fishing condition. Heavier jigs are good for targeting squids in the deeper water, as well as casting and jigging in windy conditions. But if you are fishing at a quiet pier, then lighter jigs sink slower and remain in the "strike zone" for longer - maximizing your catch rate and reducing bottom snags. Unfortunately most sellers here on Ebay either don't mention their squid jigs' weight, or confuse the weight with size (a squid jig can never be 3 grams - that is the weight of a 5 cent coin!) A standard size 3 squid jig is about 16 grams, but some can be up to 35% heavier! So if you want to know the weight, email the sellers and ask them!
Materials: The main body of a squid jig is can be made of plastic or wood . Plastic is a better material because it is harder, stronger and more resistance to wear/corrosion - all premium jigs are made of plastic materials. Cheap imition jigs are quite often made of soft wood, and they cant withstand the teeth of a large squid. Natural wood may also have some inconsistency in its weight which could affect the balance and buoyancy of a jig. (If you are buying wooden jigs from oversea, note that some countries may have prohibition on importing wooden materials). Some jigs have a layer of cloth wrapped around the body. This gives squids a better "touch" and stimulate them to attack the jig again. The cloth is also better in absorbing squid-attracting scents if you use any.
Hooks/barbs: Hooks have to be extreme sharp and corrosion resistant to ensure a solid hook-up. A good set of hooks should "stick" on your skin as soon as you touch it - sharper than your premium fishing hooks. Remember that unlike fishing hooks which you replace after a few uses, hooks on squid jigs would need to last longer and will likely to face more snags, so quality is very important. Many cheap imitation jigs have rather blunt hooks, they rust and could fail apart when you hook up. When buying jigs, check the hooks carefully and do not make assumptions!
Buoyancy: The buoyancy is actually the most important aspect of a jig, but you cant check it until you have tried the jig out yourself. A jig would need to be perfectly balanced in water to mimic the exact action of a live fish or shrimp, and to catch you more squid. This is where premium jigs really step out from their imitations. Yo-zuri squid jigs are famous for their excellent buoyancy, quality and craftmanship, and they are the number 1 choice for professional and amauter anglers around the world. Grab a Yo-zuri jig and you know that you are using the best in the world, this will boost your confidence. Your confidence will catch you more squids too!
Hope this helps. And please vote for the guide if its useful for you! Happy fishing and squidding!
Choose the right jigs to catch more squids
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5 March 2009
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