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#1 Nautilusly

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 06:01 PM

What do you guys reckon? I personally prefer Yo-zuri but some told me that Yamashita outfishes Yo-zuri...
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Posted 24 December 2006 - 08:48 PM

Hi,
My first guess after 10 days of solid jigging for squid in English channel (see link http://www.squidfish...showtopic=1217) would be that Yo-zuri might outfish Yamashita on one day and that the opposite might be true the following day. I would suggest the best way to be effective would be to carry an arsenal of jigs and dont let the squid become used to one particular type.

I use the above statement as an observation as it is difficult for me to compare brand for brand as supplies of squid jigs here in the uk are pretty poor but I have found far more success with fabric covered jags (particularly blue mackerel stripes over flourescent plastic body), than with any other I have tried recently, however if these are not effective a complete change of colour, shape and size can trigger a result.

The species I am attempting to target is Lolligo Vulgaris (very similar to "Chokka" squid in South Africa) wich seems to be a little fussier than the much more aggressive L. Forbesi or veined/flame squid we also catch here, this species will attack anything, often hard enough to completely negate an 8oz weight.

Carry on Jigging!!

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#3 Nautilusly

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 05:04 AM

Hi Jon,

Thanks for these experimental backed results! With those extensive testing work, you sure have the authority to make statements :). Just wondering if you have tried some of the other brand or no-brand jigs as a comparison. If yes, do yo-zuri and yamashita outfish the other brands noticeably?

Have a Merry Christmas mate!

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 08:08 AM

Got a couple Yo-zuri jigs as Christmas present from my girlfriend :)
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 05:57 PM

I just bought a Surecatch Jig, Not a famous brand but it will do :)
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 11:07 PM

yah, same here, I have no money too :) i have a whole bunch of no-brand jigs which i got from ebay. I suppose these will work in most places but here in botany bay, these squids are pretty damn smart (too many ppl jigging there) and my old jigs just dont seem to work on them. Its frustrating if you squided there for a whole afternoon and didnt get anything but then another guy came with a better jig and nailed 3 in like 20 minutes. I am still in the trail stage andfor me yo-zuri worked better so far. I have not yet tried Yamashita (tackle shop here dont carry them).
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Posted 29 December 2006 - 12:24 PM

I only have the cheapies in my tackle box $2.50 - $3.00 Jarvis Walker from Kmart. These almost always outfish other people using yozuris etc. I should say that I almost always spin using jigs with a good graphite spinning rod and 6 or 8lb thread and I am not scared to get down low skimming the weeds with the cheapies. The fact that you are not scared to lose a jig improves your result a great deal.

When it comes to hanging a jig off a float that may be a completely diffrent matter, if you are not prepared to keep it moving you may need all the help you can get.
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Posted 30 December 2006 - 07:16 AM

Thats a good point! :th i did that too with the cheaper jigs, but i found that "bottom skimming" really gets a lot to snags. Most of the time you wont lose the jig (i used 12 lb line), but you end up jigging with you a piece of seaweed, which i think it makes the jig look unattractive and also reduce hook-up rate? But surely it is more "stressful" to use expensive jigs, because it will hurt if you lose it :)
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Posted 31 December 2006 - 10:29 AM

Hi guys,
I am a newcommer to jigging and keen to get up and running, have had a couple of unsuccessful attempts.
I thank you for the info i have just had and hopefully i will add a post soon on my success.
Im on the sth coast NSW so Kmart will be my first stop,

thanks
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#10 Nautilusly

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 01:35 PM

Hi guys,
I am a newcommer to jigging and keen to get up and running, have had a couple of unsuccessful attempts.
I thank you for the info i have just had and hopefully i will add a post soon on my success.
Im on the sth coast NSW so Kmart will be my first stop,

thanks


Hi Micheal,

Welcome to the forum! Yah i am relatively new to squiding too. But there are many useful info and pros here so you can browse and ask around. Yah Kmart will be a good start. Here in Sydney they dont hold expensive jigs but the cheaper jigs do work and it might just provide you with some practice (I lost 2 jigs in my first jigging session :) ) Have fun and good luck with your next squid run :th
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Posted 12 January 2007 - 11:09 AM

Before we all rush out and clear the shelves of expensive jigs perhaps we should consider the way we contort our faces when jigging.
I find jutting my chin out, grinning in a disturbing manner, lifting my left eyebrow whilst displaying a twitch across my forhead is by far the best way to catch squid. :)
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Posted 12 January 2007 - 02:29 PM

Before we all rush out and clear the shelves of expensive jigs perhaps we should consider the way we contort our faces when jigging.
I find jutting my chin out, grinning in a disturbing manner, lifting my left eyebrow whilst displaying a twitch across my forhead is by far the best way to catch squid. :wh


Nice one Jon :) :lol

I like yozuri shrimphunters - an awesome jig but expensive, and therefore scary to fish close to cover. The smaller yamashitas are great (especially when the squid are shy), but I find they sink very slowly - normally this is good, but if you're drifting quickly, or fishing in a strong current, you'll need to fish them with extra weight. My favorite jig for shy squid is a tiny Yamashita 1.6 in green - they only have one row of hooks, but nail finicky squid regularly for me.

Some other more pricey brands that I have great faith in are Hayabusa and Egi-Lee - but at $25+ a pop they are not for everyone.
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Posted 12 January 2007 - 10:39 PM

Nice one Jon :) :lol

I like yozuri shrimphunters - an awesome jig but expensive, and therefore scary to fish close to cover. The smaller yamashitas are great (especially when the squid are shy), but I find they sink very slowly - normally this is good, but if you're drifting quickly, or fishing in a strong current, you'll need to fish them with extra weight. My favorite jig for shy squid is a tiny Yamashita 1.6 in green - they only have one row of hooks, but nail finicky squid regularly for me.

Some other more pricey brands that I have great faith in are Hayabusa and Egi-Lee - but at $25+ a pop they are not for everyone.



Yah, shrimp hunters are great, worked well for me. have you guys tried yo-zuri flash dancer and pheremone skin jigs before?
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Posted 15 January 2007 - 10:42 AM

I haven't tried either of them, but I had a look at the pheremone jigs at the tackle shop - the way they change colour is pretty amazing :)
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Posted 16 January 2007 - 11:08 AM

Arrgh, Me hearties!

Ray's outdoors be havin' 27 1/2 % off all tackle. Bought two little Yo-Zuris and a Shrimp hunter for $32!

Jazman, visited yer old lab yesterday, apparently there is still a KK gift awaitin' ye there.

Also bought a 'Flook' anchor fer the boat off ebay, clever little thing:

http://www.dulhunty.com/flook2.htm
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Fresh air, tight lines, scales, slime and fins, 'tis the salty sea dog life for me. Arrrgh!

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 12:28 PM

Arrgh, Me hearties!

Ray's outdoors be havin' 27 1/2 % off all tackle. Bought two little Yo-Zuris and a Shrimp hunter for $32!


Geez, that's a good bargain you got mate!
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 06:15 PM

I guess you guys are fishing with rods and line? If so do you use the jigs as you would a normal spinning lure? Does any one use handlines to catch em.
I am using three handlines from a boat with two bouyant jags set at 1/2fm from a 6oz weight on each line. if you can keep a constant retrieve on the jags when you catch one and try to create a rising/falling curtain of jigs to attract the buggers in the first place then it doesnt seem to matter what jigs you use, if however you find yourself with no jags in the water the squid will move on very quickly. My best evening to date was 21 squid for less than 2hrs fishing!
Should any one get the opportunity then it is a very busy way to spend an evening (away from the pub)
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Posted 23 January 2007 - 12:56 PM

I guess you guys are fishing with rods and line? If so do you use the jigs as you would a normal spinning lure? Does any one use handlines to catch em.
I am using three handlines from a boat with two bouyant jags set at 1/2fm from a 6oz weight on each line. if you can keep a constant retrieve on the jags when you catch one and try to create a rising/falling curtain of jigs to attract the buggers in the first place then it doesnt seem to matter what jigs you use, if however you find yourself with no jags in the water the squid will move on very quickly. My best evening to date was 21 squid for less than 2hrs fishing!
Should any one get the opportunity then it is a very busy way to spend an evening (away from the pub)
Jon



i fish with a rod and 1 jig, and i think most people do that? For me its just random casting anc retrieveing, and there will be no constant attactions for the squids. thats probably why a good jig is important to draw the attention of these free swimming squids.
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Posted 08 October 2007 - 07:30 PM

Digging up an old threadI know but :)

The different makers also seem to suit different fishing styles. Mine is a high tempo active style so I want a darting jig. I have used Daiwa, Yamashita, Yo-zuri, Gan-craft, Fina, and a couple of bargin bin types. I think it comes down to personal preference. I have basicly settled on Daiwa and Yamashita, leaning towards Yamashita because they're cheaper. I like these 2 because the dart well and feel light in the water. Gan-Craft were expensive and Fina feel heavy and hard to dart. The cheapies just dont dart.

The idea of just dangling a jig off the pier just doesn't cut it over here. You have to cast out and make the jig live. Even if that means sitting it on the moment, it has to sit naturally.
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Posted 08 October 2007 - 07:32 PM

i noticed from the japanese jigging videos i have seen on youtube that they take the darting action very seriously!!! does it really help? i thought they might scare of the squid since the jerk the jig so violently!

http://www.youtube.com/group/squidfish

the videos were "handaegg" were good examples.
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