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#1 Chick3n

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Posted 24 May 2005 - 03:23 PM

Hi,

Just wondering how you would rig a whole squid on a set of 3 gang hooks? Is there any special method? Would you include the tentacles as well or save them for whiting bait?

How do they rate as a snapper bait?

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#2 Jazman

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Posted 24 May 2005 - 05:12 PM

I don't think there is really any special method, and I would definatele leave the tentacles ON. Another way you could do it is by using 2 hooks, one at the bottom of the leader, and one hook snelled about 5-10cm above it (depending on the size of the squid you are using) - place the top hook in the top of the hood (this takes the weight of the bait), and put the bottom hook in the head of the squid with the point well exposed.

I am a huge fan of using squid for bait, and never leave home without some (when I'm leaving home to go fishing that is!). I only use squid for elephants and gummies, and they are also a top snapper bait. I don't think there are many fish that would refuse a fresh piece of squid.
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Posted 29 May 2005 - 05:48 PM

if i were to rig squid on ganged hooks then it would have to be either a strip off the hood or a bit of tentacle. As for using squid as snapper bait, YES YES YES :beer

I have caught my biggest snapper on a cuttlefish head, a mate caught his first gummy 5~6kg on an arrow squid head...

When fishing offshore, 50m depths, i use hardly anything else. You dont want a pillie being picked to bits after only being down for a couple of minutes and then having to wind in a 6oz sinker up 50m :beer

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#4 Chick3n

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 06:44 PM

thanks for the help.

By a strip of the hood does that mean you clean out the guts? as for squid heads is that just the eyes and beak part of the squid? Also, would flathead take squid?

I appreciate the help.

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#5 aok47

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Posted 30 May 2005 - 07:43 AM

By a strip of the hood does that mean you clean out the guts?


nah i generally just cut where the hood ends and then cut wide rings and make strip baits from that, if the strip bait needs to be longer then slice open the hood :beer leaving any guts etc attached to the hood should act as natural berley :ink

as for squid heads is that just the eyes and beak part of the squid?


i leave the beak in place, i use a 2hook rig with one hook snelled (as Jaz described) and place one hook in the head with the point of the hook well exposed and then the bottom hook goes into the thickest tentacle...

Also, would flathead take squid?


flatties will take a hook with no bait sometimes,... squid is ideal for flatties cause you wont have to rebait as often as you would with pillies and other softer baits :beer

I appreciate the help.


thats what the site is here for, if you get a chance tell us how you go...

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#6 Chick3n

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Posted 01 June 2005 - 07:28 PM

Once again thanks for the info.

What meant by the flathead question was that whether flatheads will take the bait intended to be for snapper. I hear they can be pests.

Also, i dont think i'd be trying this anytime soon, its too cold for me and i hear snapper season is long over :th

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#7 aok47

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Posted 02 June 2005 - 07:50 AM

chance of a flatty taking a whole squid head rigged for snapper are low but sometimes they do latch on the little buggers!

snapper season is over but there are still good fish winter snapper about if you believe the reports/photos :th ;)

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Posted 19 June 2005 - 03:17 PM

flathead love squid and prawns! those are the two baits i use when aiming to catch flatties.

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