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#1 Nautilusly

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 01:21 PM

I usually go squidding in the afternoon around 6 and fish to about 8-9. sometimes i stay longer to 11 pm but have never had many luck after 9. Everyone is going on how great night squidding is and i would like to learn a bit more on how to do that. I use these half luminescent jigs (i do charge the jigs sometimes, but usually couldnt be bothered) and fish on a bridge with a little bit of light source, doing constant casting and retrieveing. How do you guys do it? I have plenty of chemical light sticks that i can use. I dont have a spot light or gasoline lamp to shine on the water surface, is that absolutely necessary to ensure a good catch?
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#2 congo

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 11:31 PM

everytime i go i seem to catch more during the day

but if i do shine the light on the water i seem to make off with a couple at night only problem is everyone else seems to have the same idea so it kinda defeats the purpose
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Posted 22 April 2007 - 04:17 PM

I usually go squidding in the afternoon around 6 and fish to about 8-9. sometimes i stay longer to 11 pm but have never had many luck after 9. Everyone is going on how great night squidding is and i would like to learn a bit more on how to do that. I use these half luminescent jigs (i do charge the jigs sometimes, but usually couldnt be bothered) and fish on a bridge with a little bit of light source, doing constant casting and retrieveing. How do you guys do it? I have plenty of chemical light sticks that i can use. I dont have a spot light or gasoline lamp to shine on the water surface, is that absolutely necessary to ensure a good catch?



Richard,

The best catches for squid at night are around bridges/jetties that are well lit. The light attracts squid, but I know from experience that too much light actually scares squid away, or makes them shy when feeding. I have these new jigs that are luminous and actually start glowing as soon as they are put into water so there is no need for 'charging' them. They seem to work really well and are all I use at night.

Also there are lights you can purchase that are specifically for squidding. You actually drop them in the water, rather than shining on the surface.

To be honest with you my best catches have been early morning, and squidding during the day is just easier!
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#4 Nautilusly

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 09:47 PM

Richard,

The best catches for squid at night are around bridges/jetties that are well lit. The light attracts squid, but I know from experience that too much light actually scares squid away, or makes them shy when feeding. I have these new jigs that are luminous and actually start glowing as soon as they are put into water so there is no need for 'charging' them. They seem to work really well and are all I use at night.

Also there are lights you can purchase that are specifically for squidding. You actually drop them in the water, rather than shining on the surface.

To be honest with you my best catches have been early morning, and squidding during the day is just easier!



Cheers for the info mate! i did try to attach a chemical stick in front of the jig but didnt seem to enhance my catch rate -- i acturally felt more "puts" but no squids, and i think squids grabbed the light sticks instead of the jigs :thumbsup2:
yes i agree that day squidding is much easier -- just couldnt keep the mozzies away at night :angel:
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#5 SouthCoastSquidder

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 10:41 PM

I think the light sticks just turn squid of. I have seen lots of people try but with no real luck at all. Luminous jigs are the way to go for sure.

Bloody Mozzies! those things with some sand flies thrown in is a killer. I still have scars on my legs from being attacked months ago! :thumbsup2:

Thinking of a perfect example about lights and night squidding. On the weekend we were out in the boat just on dark and I switched the deck lights on so we could get the gear ready to go bottom bashing for snapper. The lights shine right into the water at the back on the boat. As soon as that happened huge numbers of squid came up to the back of the boat....do you think one of them took a jig though!! they didnt even try and grab the jigs whatsoever! You would have had better luck scooping them up with a net. We had caught our bag limit between 3.00pm - 6.00pm and on dark they just come out to play I guess..

The only problem I guess is the fact that most of us don't have time during the day to get out and go for a squid..leaving the late arvo and evening only.

Daniel.

Edited by SouthCoastSquidder, 23 April 2007 - 10:42 PM.

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 03:52 PM

Hi all.

When the tide drops low under lit up structures, the squid head deeper.
When off a pier, as the water drops, move deeper and I'm sure you will snatch the inky critters.

I have a good spot for anyone that chases squid at mornington. P.M me for the info, I don't want the whole world to know.

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