Squid local fish species facts and Limits. Squid is a truly a unique and magnificent creature which can be targeted from piers, jetties, rock walls and out in the open sea by 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 of weights and colours to choose from.
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Squid size and catch limits
Squid are measured by their hood. They 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.
Best squid jigs
Squid jigs come in a whole range of colours and patterns. various sizes ( 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 grams ), and sinking rates. Some squid jigs come with rattles, reflective cloth, UV shine. The range of jigs colours and prices is almost endless. Every day is different the best approach is to have a range of colours and sizes to switch between on any given day. 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.
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Bait recommendations for squid
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 generally target squid with squid jigs.
General tips for squid fishing
If you’re 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 a weight on your line lift gently and reel in the squid. Target shallow weedy areas they can be sounded up if you’re 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 and rig setup for squid
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 to catch squid
Squid is an all year round prospect more active at dawn and dusk. We find them to be most active in clear waters during sunrise.
Best locations to catch squid
Mornington, Queenscliff, Mount Martha, Point Cook, Corio Bay
Recreational fishing guide
You can obtain a free Victorian recreational fishing guide from the Victorian Fisheries Authorities
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