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#29370 Newport Ri 2016 Squid Season

Posted by Gilligan on 28 May 2016 - 02:08 AM

Check out my squid hat and socks!! Gotta be properly dressed for maximum catches. Of course some people run from the docks when they see me in the hat!!

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#29354 Newport Ri 2016 Squid Season

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!!



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#31169 2020 MA/RI Squid Thread

Posted by Matsquidman on 14 May 2020 - 05:14 AM

No one was squiding in Newport. It was like a ghost town with everything closed up. It felt like the middle of winter. There have been a few at night but not many yet! No bait in the water.
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#30749 2019 Rhode Island Squid Report

Posted by Squid No1 on 02 May 2019 - 09:49 PM

27 April,2019 

Size good,


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#30388 2018 Rhode Island Squid Report

Posted by OneEyedSquid on 01 May 2018 - 10:12 PM

My squid senses are tingling.  Get your jigs wet this weekend, I guarantee you will struck oil. 

Warning!! Whoever wears white shirt will catch the most. >= )  

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#29424 Newport Ri 2016 Squid Season

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   :ink  inches.

Last night fished for almost 4hrs and managed 98 :ink   big tubes. Great 2 nights of squid fishing. Can't wait for next outing.  :rolleyes:   

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#29366 Newport Ri 2016 Squid Season

Posted by alaskanaturally on 28 May 2016 - 12:37 AM

It's actually a king (chinook) salmon. Not very big, about 30 pounds. Here's another midnight sun fish:

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#29362 Newport Ri 2016 Squid Season

Posted by SquidFox on 27 May 2016 - 10:05 PM

Squid are in at The Vineyard.
A little over 200 pounds by two of us. Usually we only need one trip for the squid we would have enough.

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#29357 Newport Ri 2016 Squid Season

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!!

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#29312 Newport Ri 2016 Squid Season

Posted by tongvo on 20 May 2016 - 09:59 PM

Newport squid fishing was excellent last night. 

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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.

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#29171 Newport Ri 2016 Squid Season

Posted by skwidbert on 27 April 2016 - 05:54 AM

Rain tonight? Who cares right?!
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#28924 Newport Ri 2015 Squid Season

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

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#28824 Newport Ri 2015 Squid Season

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...

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#28403 Newport Ri 2015 Squid Season

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):



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#24588 Newport Ri 2012 Squid Season

Posted by Squid_Man on 04 May 2012 - 11:34 PM

The bite has been sucking because of the Full Moon. It sweeps the bait and squid in and out. The currents are too strong the baitfish and squid are more spread out. The New Moon always supplies the best bite.
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#28788 Newport Ri 2015 Squid Season

Posted by squidman13 on 23 May 2015 - 05:11 AM

Bristol was hot but last night the cops came down and kicked everybody off both town piers for fishing the private float docks.boats were getting inked and trash was being left behind as well as pot smoking and alcohol use.i wasn't there personally but received a call from a friend as soon as it happened.only a handful of locals with parking permits were allowed to stay in the parking lots.if anyone is planning to head there tonight beware of the posted signs now that they've been there they will b back every night unfortunately.just park on the main road and fish the main dock.not worth getting tagged and towed for squid.
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