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#1 trackair



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Posted 18 July 2006 - 09:23 PM

Hi All,
Here is my 2 cents worth on squid rods and tackle:
"The Southern Calamari ranges in size form one hundred grams and less to well over four kilograms. With this in mind I will always fish with line no heavier than six kilograms, I find that light line makes it easier to work the lure. I have also noticed that the more natural the line colour the more effective the setup. Blue, white and green lines seem to be the most effective. The reason for these colours in lines is the fact that they are less visible in the water. When fishing for squid I like a light to medium rod that has a slow taper. The reason for a slow tapered rod is that you hook a squid by the tentacles and the sharp pins on the lure are easily pulled through the squid’s soft flesh. I find that a slow tapered rod helps absorbs the squid's lunges and reduces the amount of pulled hooks."

What do you guys find works best for you ?

Tight lines

Paul :th :) :)
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#2 Old Salt

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Posted 19 July 2006 - 03:41 PM

In my part of the world(Gulf coast-Florida)the surf Squid are not as large,But your rod selection would be correct here for the same reasons you stated.Also the slow taper aids in retrieval as any delay after initial hook up will result in a half eaten squid by predator action :th !!!!The Bluefish,Mackeral,Pinfish,Shark,Skate & Ray luv to eat also :) !!!Tight Lines :)
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Posted 26 March 2009 - 08:25 PM

I've just got myself a Daiwa heartland 7' today (4-8lb) and plan to use it as my new squidding rod. it has a very slow taper and hope it would work fine!
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#4 ru 12 mug

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 08:54 PM

same go's here , I like a slow taper for the same reasons.
so many squid are just hooked thru the tentacles and without a soft rod to absorb the lunges from the squid trying to escape you would end up with less than half you land.
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make squid your friend...then bag them

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 10:49 PM

personally, while I know and acknowledge that some rods are more suited to squidding, I would never choose a rod for squidding as I've pretty much had success on any old rod. A $30 combo from Kmart has done just as well as my 8 1/2 foot flippy tip rod, I just like to have a rod just long enough to at least get a decent casting distance, apart from that i havent found it to matter too much.
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