An Introduction to Squid Fishing

By Justin Graves , last updated February 5, 2012

If you're searching for a proper introduction to squid fishing, there are several key components of this sport that you will want to be aware of. Squid, or cephalopods, are popular fishing targets because they are fun for fishermen of all skill levels. Squid can also be used in a variety of tasty dishes and meals. Or, you may wish to catch smaller squid so you can use the squid as bait for larger fish. In fact, squid comprise some of the best baits available for fishermen. Similar to other forms of fishing, squid fishing can involve a variety of different tactics and methods.


It is important to know what type of lures to use when attempting to catch squid. Generally, baited skewers and artificial jigs are the most popular lures used to catch squid. Baited skewers are long skewers that use dead fish as bait. When fishing with baited skewers, it is common to use a passive floating method to catch the squid. Alternatively, when using artificial jigs, you will want to make the jigs look like prawns, so plenty of jigging movement is involved. In either case, you simply want to make your bait look attractive so that you can draw the squid in.

When choosing different jigs and baits for squid fishing, it is important that you experiment with different options. Overall, the artificial jigs are much more fun to fish with than baited skewers. For one thing, the baited skewers tend to smell pretty awful since they require you to use dead fish. Also, you can have much more fun by jigging the artificial prawns and experimenting with different colors and styles. Two great artificial jigs brands include Yu-Zuri and Yamashita.

Where to Fish

Next, you need to find a decent spot where squid are likely to congregate. You should avoid any areas where the water is notably rough, since squid tend to navigate away from such regions. You also need to fish in areas that will have plenty of rocks and weeds that are attractive to the squid. In most cases, you should look for clear water and low wind areas. If you notice any ink stains in the water, this is a helpful sign that squid are likely to be nearby. Other great squid fishing locations include rocky shorelines and jetty areas.

When to Fish

As with other types of fishing, you should plan to fish for squid in the early morning and early evening. Keep in mind that fishing at your local jetty can be a great option during nighttime hours, since squid are generally attracted to bright lights. Also, summer is usually the best time for squid fishing, although you shouldn't be afraid to go fishing for squid throughout the year.

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