Squid is one of the best natural saltwater baits, as well as an excellent menu. Whether you prefer them as hookstripe bait or fried calamari, the quickest way to learn how to fish octopus is to go with someone who can show you the ropes. Don’t you know such a person? Fear not, it’s not that difficult, so here’s some advice on how to fish squid as well as some tips on how to fish squid.
First, know these facts about squid: they travel to schools that are sometimes very dense; They are aggressive, fast swimming, and pelagic. They mainly feed on small fish. They are particularly active at night. and they are drawn to the light.
A key element in learning to catch octopus is the use of special “octopus devices”. These baits, which come in a variety of weights and sizes (usually 2 to 4 inches), are elongated with one to three (usually two) sets of tightly spaced barbed spines. The squid’s tentacles get caught on the spines. Most anglers use a single squid gauge, but you can upgrade several for deeper vertical fishing. It is also possible to catch squid on traditional jigging spoons, but squid fixtures are far more productive.
As for the actual jigging movement, sometimes a slow raise and lower is the fishing, especially in daylight. In other cases, a steady, faster series of jerks is required. Sometimes it’s best to stagger steadily, especially when there is a lot of squid. These movements can be done vertically or slightly horizontally after the bait has been cast and lowered before retrieval.
Here are some key octopus fishing tips:
- Red, pink, and fluorescent green or chartreuse are popular colors, especially when they glow or reflect light.
- Change the weight, color, or size of the jig if you don’t get any action.
- Night fishing is often best, especially under or near lighted areas on a wharf, dock, pier, bulkhead, or bridge.
- Bring a lantern or other bright light for unlit venues.
- Unless the squid is large or you are using multiple baits, you can use a relatively lightweight spinning device with braided line. A 7-foot rod is a good all-round choice.
- Stay off your leash as octopuses simply hang by the spines. You let go when it’s easy.
- When you lift an octopus out of the water, give it a moment to let it squirt its ink into the water.
Now that you know how to fish squid, after setting aside a bundle for bait, grill them whole or fry sliced tubular rings (dipped in seasoned flour) calamari style. Yum.
Check state regulations for size, harvest, and fishing rules for squid, and make sure you have a fishing license.