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squid baits.

Post by geejay on Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:15 pm

often used to bulk out, other baits .
its fairly easy to obtain from several sources.

supermarkets-
from this source its usually dressed for the table i,e- cleaned ,gutted,skined & roumored sometimes to be bleached.
this is a good standby bait and will still catch , but the cleaning process, i feel, removes alot of the scent however the brillient white flesh makes for an attractive sight bait.

bait shops
most often availiable is frozen calamari squid, in 1 lb 0r 5lb boxes , these squid are between 3 - 8 inches and can be used in many ways,

1, whole,-
though the boat anglers around the solent when targeting large winter cod tend to use several whole squid strung on a single large hook or pennel. my rods won't cast that big a bait from the beach & that size of bait tends to limmit your targets to gert big fish.
so i'd use just 1 squid ,skinned( take the thawed squid & pull both 'wings' down the body peeling off the pigmented skin revealing the bright white flesh) mount on a large single hook or a pennel & whip with bait elastic for big casts as the weight of the bait often strips it from the hook dureing casting.

2, squid wrap,
- skin squid as described earlier, slit one side of the body lengthwise, hook through pointy end , thread worm/sandeel etc bait onto hook ,pass hook point out about 3/4 the way down body (sticking hook through head if leaving head attached,)
wrap edges of squid around fish/worm bait and whip up with bait elastic, a pennel rig is best , secure running hook in pointy end of squid, job done.

3, strips-
skin squid & slit up one side of body , remove head n guts. cut resulting triangular shaped flesh into strips of a size to suit.
if float fishing hook lightly in/out one end.
hook through several times adding a twist to the strip each time to help secure it on the hook but leave a bit hanging off the end to wave about.( some match anglerts go to the trouble of cutting strips in the loose end to immitate tenticles)
alternitively bind a large strip alongside a worm or sandeel bait
or add small strips as a tip either above or below another hook bait , (worm/sandeel etc.)

4, heads,-
a whole squid head makes a great tip for a large worm cod bait , 1/2 a head makes a good bream bait,
when useing the head of a squid in a bait pierce the eyes to release a good scent trail.


party squid- 1lb packs of small squid, 1-2 inches in length.
hook singley, or in bunches but dont mask the hook point, or to tip.


frozen? when buying squid it should come from thr freezer near white in colour, if it has been partially defrosted n froze again it will be tinged pink , the more they have been defrosted the pinker they get when refroze , i've caught eels on smelly red squid , but not much else.

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Re: squid baits.

Post by Trash on Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:00 am

cheep, tough and smelly. i think squid is a great bait and alough ive always favoured the tail end because i think it flaps nice with the tide ive had some good results on the heads the last couple of times ive been.
ive never thought of wraping it around other baits tho. i like that idea.
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Re: squid baits.

Post by geejay on Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:54 am

i like useing wraps ( when i can be bothered) coz the squid protects a soft/ expensive bait from getting damaged from the cast or strong tides.
also helps prevent a large bait getting shredded by crabs or small fish for longer.

just 1-2 tenticles to tip a worm bait can be a good option for small baits.

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