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Posted by K.O. on 26 May 2016 - 02:30 AM
I started squid fishing last year and not a master like other guys.
I use a fishing set for beginners bought in walmart and jigs & 20W light bought in Amazon.
I went to GI bridge at 11 p.m. on last Friday. There were about 20 people on the bridge.
It was sunny and full moon.
I caught 17 squids in 3 hrs. Other guys caught much more, but 17 squids are enough to eat with family.
My advice for beginners like me;
(1) Carefully observe guys fishing a lot.
(2) Ink spots on the road show the good position
(3) squids are in the bottom and squids bite your jig while jigs are falling, not pulling.
(4) Keep Clean around the sea!
Last year, Peak was early in June.
Let's enjoy squidfishing!!
Posted by squidman13 on 23 May 2015 - 05:11 AM
Posted by slayer666 on 21 July 2013 - 12:48 AM
Posted by postmansquid on 13 June 2016 - 03:51 AM
Wednesday the 8th fished for about 8hrs and managed a little over 70 ranging from medium to large, 12-15 inches.
Last night fished for almost 4hrs and managed 98 big tubes. Great 2 nights of squid fishing. Can't wait for next outing.
Posted by Gilligan on 09 June 2016 - 08:30 AM
Personally I don't really care for a lot of lights,and I don't like those underwater greenish light tubes. I have often caught many more squid fishing in a dark spot of a dock while others were using bright lights on another place on the same dock and caught few. I have slain many in total darkness. I do like lighted docks, and quite often do best jigging where the light "edge" is rather than directly under the lights. I am largely a dock fisherman and do understand that boats use lights with great success, but when dock fishing I prefer a little light to a lot of light. Janz is right about color, whatever they are hitting is the best color. If I only had two jigs to fish with I would carry a long discontinued Martinetti wood body jig with an orange back and white belly and a white smooth body (no cloth cover) Yamashita Naory Range hunter 1.8B also no longer available in this country. I also don't believe an overcast sky is better than a sunny sky when daytime squidding, I have caught thousands under a bright sun, when they're there and hungry they don't care about the sun. There are also "stick" jigs made from a short piece of 1/4 inch plastic tubing about an inch to an inch and a half long that work very well sometimes, usually in white or milky translucent plastic. Colman's Squid Jig Warehouse sells what they call a "bullet head" jig which occasionally will out fish the shrimp/prawn style jigs and are a must in one's arsenal, and the usual colors of white, pink, orange, and green often work best. When fishing the smaller prawn style jigs four pound test line with a tiny snap (no swivel) on a tiny sensitve rod will out fish all other rigs. (this is for single jig fishing here in the northeast) When I started squidding forty years ago there were no modern prawn type jigs and we used a 1/4" by 1&1/4" piece of dowel rod with a screw eye on each end and a small treble hook on one end and the dowel was painted white, and we caught thosands with this simple rig. Occasionally I see an old timer still fishing this way and doing well although I hardly ever use one.
Posted by Gilligan on 27 May 2016 - 01:35 AM
Very nice post K.O.! It is hard to tell how big your jig is in the photo, but it looks a little large to me. I prefer jigs around 3" total length, they usually seem to out fish the larger ones. I also use four pound test flourocarbon line which is almost totally invisible in the water. A small very sensitive rod also helps you feel the light touch of the loligo squid. When they are hungry and aggressive any jig will do, but when they are finicky you will find the smaller jigs and thin line work better. You don't need to put all thin line on your reel, you can put just 50' or so on to do the trick. The thinner line is also less wind and current resistant. I agree that the peak was and often is in early June for the spring run. I'd like to see "sunny and full moon at 11PM" sounds like fishing around the arctic circle in the land of the midnight sun!! Tight lines and an inky bucket!!
Posted by tongvo on 20 May 2016 - 09:59 PM
Newport squid fishing was excellent last night.
As I can see from many nights of fishing and I love fishing under the Newport bridge at night. I noticed that the squids surfaced on top because there are fish (scups, sea robbins) lurking on the bottom looking for a squid meal.
I think squids that come to the light always want to feed, no matter what depth. The are not "uninterested", they just scattered or moved to prevent being eaten. Sometimes you just need to present your bait at certain depth where the squid can feed. As always, I fish with my fish finder on because I can see where the school of squid hangs out. They can be 15 feet below your boat, or at the bottom. I use three squid jigs tied to the dropper loop. I cut the dropper loop circle so there's only 1 line and tied the jig about 6 inches or 7 inches out. Don't tie them too short. Squid might not have a chance to grab your squid jigs if you move them up and down too fast with a short line. Tie them a little longer so that you have water resistance (slow down) and allow enough time for squid to grab your jig. The jigs tied to the dropper loop present a swimming action that looks like the bait fish. I use 3 ounce sinker. I use 3 oz sinker because the water current can be strong and will hold bottom. Even in the middle depth around 10 or 15 feet. The 3 ounces sinker allow your line to stand in the vertical position even with the strong current. This way your jigs looks like swimming bait. The squid will attack your jigs. I see people doing "jig" action too fast up and down. "Jig" slow. Sometime you jig once, then wait a few seconds, then "jig" again. Or you "jig" 2 or 3 times fast, then stop for a few seconds..count to 20..then lift your pole slowly..I do this and always have luck with a squid grabbed to my jig or jigs..good luck. Hope this help.
Posted by skwidbert on 27 April 2016 - 05:54 AM
Posted by Gilligan on 26 August 2015 - 09:03 PM
Never wearing light color squiding again!----"If you get cranky without your silk hanky you'd better steer clear of the squid jigin" grounds!" A line from a great song called "Squid Jiggin' Grounds" by Ed McCurdy. If you guys haven't heard it you can find it on youtube. It's hilarious!! One verse:
Says Bobby the squid are on top of the water, I've just got my jigger 'bout one fathom down
When a squid in the boat squirted rigght down his throat
And they're swearin' like mad on the squid jiggin ground
Posted by tongvo on 29 May 2015 - 09:50 PM
This season is not over yet boys. I think the heavy squid numbers will be in this weekend. I went on Monday under the Newport Bridge and at around 12:30AM. The bite was heavy, it lasted for like an hour and a half. Big tubes. But it was really windy condition, and I was too tired to add more jigs to my rig. I was using 3 classic squid jigs and a sinker. I fished the bottom using this rig. I also used the the coleman jigs seen from the photo below. I let it go 10~15ft slow sinking..and got big tubes jigging this way too. Go out there boys..season's still in full swing..I am going tonight..hope you see more boats out there...
Posted by JANZ on 23 May 2015 - 01:55 AM
Went out with FF last night. Left the dock at 7pm and returned at 12:30am Was still light when we started
and fished for 1 1/2 hrs before it got dark enough to turn on the lights. not a single squid was caught during
that time. Once dark enough it was a very slow pick of mixed size tubes. Towards the end there were some
at the surface but very hard to get them to take the jig, they liked to look at it. I caught exactly 20 squid for
the night. Best on the boat was not much more than that. Even numbers of small med and large tubes.
Pink and crystal clear were the best colors. Most squid came on the top jig that was about 3-4 feet above
the bottom jig. But if you tried to fish that zone keeping your weight off the bottom got no takes. Got 3 at
the surface doing the figure 8 with top jig just under the surface. One double for me the whole night. There
were squid there just not concentrated in numbers like last year, heard every excuse in the books as to why
its like that. Mostly 2' waves then some rain and then flattened right out, but was cold. Met an angler who
visits the forum but doesn't post. Should have been there Wed night, story of life.
Posted by squidwhisperer on 18 May 2015 - 10:09 PM
I thought the new moon was the best time? went sat night in Newport and only had 3 come over the rail and into the pail all on a green yo-zuri. saw plenty of schools pass right through our light but they must have all been female because they couldn't make a decision about whether to eat or not
Posted by SquidFox on 10 May 2015 - 12:04 PM
Posted by greg ct on 25 April 2015 - 02:25 AM
I just checked the water temp. in Nantucket Sound and it is 44.6. Does anybody know where is the squid migrate from?
You can draw an idea from these charts (these are for ilex squid):
Posted by Gilligan on 18 April 2015 - 04:04 AM
$17 is too much!! Tomo has Naory RH 1.8B warm jackets for 12 bucks. How much were they at Lucky's? I was at Ocean State last year and he did't have much in the way of Yamashitas and he was higher in price than Lucky or Tomo. What's the white chin? I have a white one with a red head area that worked well last fall, but I tried several different Naorys in size and color and they all did equally well. I could only get the Naory 1.5 (the little one) in the light weight last year and although it took forever to sink it definitely slew the squids. Tomo also sells the nifty jig hook covers that are fantastic as you can keep a bunch in your pockets without them snagging on everything. There are pics of these cool little gizmos in my gallery here if you wish to see what they look like. (click on my user name and go to "gallery")
Posted by Squidman1 on 03 November 2012 - 06:43 AM