This is a surprise to me! I'm new to squid fishing but here in the NE USA (Newport R.I.) and all I have ever seen people do for squid is to hang a jig off the side of the dock on a fishing line around lights.
Can you tell us more detail on casting for squid? Do you retrieve it slow or fast, jig it or what and how deep?. I think I'm going to take my kayak out this year to get away from the crowds and if I could get them casting I could cover a lot more area. Also, this may be a dumb question but how do you make it "dart"?
I saw in another post that some squid are more aggressive than others. I wonder if they'll all take a jig that is moving or will some only take one that is hanging still in the water.
Thanks for the help. I love catching squid and they're delicious!
Well, first of all you need to use a rod and reel. Preferably a light rod because you need to jerk it a lot. Plus its best if its quite stiff because you want all of your action to go to the lure and not be wasted in the rod. I use a Daiwa EG83M. For the same reason, braid is better than nylon. I use a 10lb braid with a fluro leader. You don't need a leader but where I fish is usually rocky and it also helps to protect against ripping tentacles off.
Next you need to use an egi
not a jig
As for depth, if you fish during the day, you need to fish the bottom. Let the egi touch the bottom and then jerk it. With a little slack on the line, give it a short jerk to get the egi off the bottom and then follow it up quickly with a big jerk. Its hard to explain, but don't drag the egi. You want most of the energy to go into taking up the slack. When you feel the weight of the egi, stop, don't follow through. If you want to you can jerk again. I usually jerk 3 times and then let the egi fall, keeping tension on the line so I can feel if any squid touch. In the daytime however, you can let it free fall. Its more difficult to feel any touches but you can search more carefully. In the daytime it helps if you wear polaroids so you can see any line movement.
With darting, you kind of wind with the rod. Keep your reel hand stationary and jerk the rod more or les horizontaly and wind with your rod hand. It takes a bit of practice but it works well with young squid in autumn. It seems to work much better than a straight retrieve.
This video here
will give you an idea.
The main purpose of darting and jerking is to attract the squids attention, especially when they are not in close to the shore. They will usually strike during the fall or when the egi is on the bottom.
Everyone has their own style. Some days I out fish my mates other days they outfish me. The most important thing is to have line slack and use short sharp movements.