Squid local fish species facts and Limits. Squid are a truly a unique and magnificent creature which can be targeted from Pier, jetties, rocks, kayak or Boat. They are an ambush predator and master of disguise. However they taste brilliant and are loads of fun to target.  They introduce a whole new dynamic to fishing and have provided anglers with an explosion of jig types weights and colours to choose from. Click here for our detailed guide on how to catch squid around Melbourne.

Size & limits:

Squid are measured by their hood. Squid vary in size, but fishing from Western Port and Port Philip bay most catches will have a hood size between 20 to 40 cm. No size limit, with a bag limit of 10 per day.

Bait Recommendations: 

You can use a squid spike and place a full pilchard or silver whiting, this can be slowly retrieved or suspended under a float. However we would recommend switching to a squid jig

Lure Recommendations:

Squid jigs come in a whole range of colors, sizes ( 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 ), sinking rates, reflective cloth options and prices. Everyday is different the only right answer is to have a range of colours and sizes to switch between. Often starting with a 3 gram size in glow white, dark red and black colours then working your way up or down the scale. Some great options include Shimano Egixile, Daiwa Emeraldas, Yamashita live


If your on a boat or kayak stay drifting and cover ground. The temptation when getting a hit is to strike, however with squid fishing this will work against you. When you feel weight on your line lift gently and reel in the squid. Target shallow weedy areas they can be sounded up if your on a boat or kayak. Squid jigs can be worked by simply casting your jig out and retrieving it back very slowly with some erratic pauses and lifts.

Rod/Rig setup:

There are many EGI rod combos on the market. There generally light rod between either 8 or 9 foot in length and 3-5 kilo capacity. Coupled with a 2500 or 3000 size reel spooled with 10 pound braid.

Best times:

Squid are an all year round prospect more active at dawn and dusk. We find them to be most active in clear waters during sunrise.