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Posted 05 March 2004 - 11:25 AM

Hi all. Been squid fishing for about a month or so and am doing reasonably well. I've been squiding in lake macquarie on a public jetty with a street light attracting them in. Trouble is, lots of people also go there. I have a small jetty near the back of my house and want to set up some small halogen lights (very powerful though) to try and attract them. I did so last night but did not see any squid about though less than 1km up the lake people were catching plenty. What tips can you all give me for tying this approach. Should I set up the light before the sun sets?
Leave for a recomended amount of time before going down?
Any help would be very appreciated!
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Posted 05 March 2004 - 04:07 PM

Sounds like a reasonable approach to me. I'm in the US, Washington State, and fish in the puget sound area. Many of the piers have lights, which is where most people set up, although quite often the lights don't shine down to the water very well. A lot of people either bring portable generators, or auto-marine batteries with a power converter to plug in lights.

Many people use Halogen lights which work allright. I personally use high-pressure sodium lights, as they put out a LOT more light than the halogens do, with less energy use. ALSO, if you read much about the commercial squid boats, they use either high-pressure sodium, or metal halide lights to attract squid. The likely reason is that these lights give off a wider range of light than halogen's do. I have done quite well using the high-pressure sodium.

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 09:33 PM

Adding some slow release burley to the end of the jetty may help attract some smaller fish which would get the food chain going.
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Posted 16 March 2004 - 01:02 PM

Ive seen guys at night using massive halogen spotlights to attract the squid, but the squid will stay out of the light, and only some into it to feed - so if you can berley up some gar/tommies into the light and then just feed your jags through the light you'll have a good chance............
Will work really well if the jetty doesnt normally lights as you wont have to compete with the other lights........
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Posted 28 March 2004 - 02:21 PM

hi all
Regarding lighting, sometimes you can have too much light which can spook the squid , try having a few hand lines with floats set up just out of the light , you will find that squid often sit in the dark waiting for something to attack ,just as fish do.
if you read my postings on queenscliff and the seals you will find that the seals dart out and take squid that have come into a well lift part of the water the same tactic can be said for squid.
I have fished in dark areas just away from the lights and absolutley knocked them on the head while other anglers have gone home fishless, so I always make it a rule to have a line out just where the light fades out , I also keep a line right down nearly under the peir and cuaght them as well. the berley rule is a must and not just to attact small fish but to attract the squid as well
My first expirence with berley for squid I dumped a frozen block of fish and prawn guts heads and such betwwen my lines with in 20 minutes I had the first squid in my bucket and bagged out over an hour. If you fishing for squid on a peir with lights always try to cast out past the lights and then slowly spin I find this successful 99 percent of the time. the general rule with squid fishing is dont wait for them to appear in the light go in the dark and find them youll find that they will chase jigs into the light
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Posted 31 March 2004 - 06:29 AM

:au: :wh ;) well robit ther are more then lights that attract ie bait use about 1kg of bait and grind it up in to a mash and then use your lights that shoud attract your squid
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