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#1 Maltasquid

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 03:43 AM

I shall appreciate learning of the right way to attach jigs to the main line on a casting rod, for both baited and artificial jigs, ensuring the jig does not get tangled in the weed whilst staying as close as possible to the bottom.

Scetches would surely assist

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#2 glen

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Posted 16 September 2003 - 11:40 AM

bonju! (good morning)

kiyf inti? (how are you?)

hi, i presume you are from malta!

the best way to avoid weeds and snags is to use a float! set the depth so that the jig is suspended under the float approximately a metre from the bottom...then you will never get snagged. you can cast and retrieve a jig with a float if you want. often it is just best to leave it in one spot and wait for the float to be pulled under.

another option is to use what is called a paternoster rig. a lead weight is place a metre or so below the jig. the sinker may touch the bottom but if you keep a tight line the jig should stay a metre above the bottom. however, make sure that the sinker is not too well connected because if you get snagged, you will lose the sinker and the jig!

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#3 krazwrx

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Posted 25 September 2003 - 08:40 AM

hey guys,
im a newbie to squid fishing and i need all the help i can get.. :th
when using a basic squidjig, is there a technique to casting, then retrieving straight away through the water [like a normal lure or soft plastic]
or do u just cast it, let it sit there and wait for the squid to take it?
any info will be great!
thanx..
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#4 Jazman

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Posted 25 September 2003 - 11:27 AM

Hey Kraz,
I usually fish squid jigs very differently to a conventional lure.
If I'm fishing from a land-based spot with prawn-type jigs, I cast the jig out pretty far, then retrieve it 1-2 m, then totally stop for a few seconds, then retrieve, then stop etc. When you stop the jig will sink, so you have to make sure you don't let it hit the bottom and get snagged, but I find this method quite productive. Another good one is just to REALLY slowly twitch the jig back in, and I'm talking really slow. However, both these methods will leave you prone to snagging if you're not careful, so you could do what glen suggested and use a float or paternoster rig, and avoid snagging. And while the squid will grab a jig which is stationary under a float, I reckon you'll do better if you give the jig some life and move it around a bit.

One final tip - bend every third or fourth barb on your jig out a little bit, it will improve your hook-up rate.

Good luck
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Posted 25 September 2003 - 02:09 PM

Ive found the best method is with the sinker. I use a 1.5oz sinker, about a metre or less below the jag. I connect the jag straight to my main line using a swivel and then tie the sinker either to the swivel or create and loop and connect it with the jag.
Now, cast this out and wait until it hits the bottom, then give a yank and wait till it goes limp, tighten the line and yank again. Continue this until the jag is below you, and then hold it about a metre below the water and scan for any followers. Then recast and start again....
Also, i always have another jag sitting in the water close by so that if it gets off 9/10 it will hit the other jag.........
Good Luck!!
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Posted 25 September 2003 - 10:51 PM

i see alot of the old men at the Flinders Pier who have 10 or so hand lines baited up with a squidjig and they have a float connected to their line and they just cast it out and leave them there..
they have about 10 -15 along the pier.
[its annoying cos they take up half the pier]
i wonder if i could use this technique though.
any of you rigged up like this?(with a float)
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Posted 26 September 2003 - 08:54 AM

They can only use 4 lines per person with no more than 2 jigs per line. If they take up lots of space just fish right next to them and sing loud annoying songs. :th :wh :wh

Regards, Glen :P
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Posted 26 September 2003 - 04:23 PM

LoL glen.. :D
what rigs and techniques do you use when fishing for squid?
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Posted 29 September 2003 - 08:37 AM

If I am targeting other fish at the same time I like to leave a jig out under a float (e.g. during the day). In the evenings I would switch to jigging by casting and retrieving. I don't usually use paternoster rigs because where I fish the water is not that deep anyway (maybe 3 metres).

I find that the hook up rate with jigs under floats is not that great but it is a good indicator whether squid are around. if the float keeps getting pulled under then perhaps it is time to switch to casting and retrieving the jigs!

Cheers, Glen :th
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Posted 29 September 2003 - 05:14 PM

thanx for the tips mate :th !
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