First of all I would like to thank: Marcos, Les, Patrick, Kim, Chun, Brian and all of the "old timers" who took me under their wing and showed me how to squid jig when I knew nothing about squid or jigging. I also want to thank my wife Tonya for encouraging me to eat squid. I would have never thought to try to eat such a weird looking creature. I admit it took me awhile to get past the thought of eating squid.
This type of fishing pole also allow you to feel even the slightest pull on your jig. With this type of set up you can see and feel when the squid are playing with your jig, which is usually much lighter than a fish biting on a hook. Very often when you have a squid bite it is like your jig just got lighter or is lifted up.You know you have a squid on the line when your jig gets heavier. I use 10 lb test line on my reel in areas where there is little to get snagged on.
I found that I liked the taste even more than fish the more dishes I tried. It was looking at and the thought of putting it in my mouth that was causing the problem. It’s funny we Americans can be so picky about what we will eat.
Let’s talk about squid jigging equipment. First off you will need a “light action" fishing pole or fly - rod the longer the better! The squid pros almost always use a fly fishing pole 9’ or longer with a small spinning reel for dock jigging. The pole length and light action allows for the perfect jigging action.
In areas where there is a lot of debris, I recommend a 20lb Spider wire product as the line dimension is small but the line is very strong. Better a bent hook than a lost jig.
Tie a swivel onto your fishing line using a fisherman’s knot. Attach a fishing weight to the swivel and lower it down into the water until the weight hits the bottom. Reel up your line a couple of feet move your pole up and down to make sure you are close to the bottom but not hitting the bottom with your weight. Take your line (at the spool) and put it on the clip on the side (see video below) now reel up your line.
Clip on the first jig to the swivel. If you want more than one jig, attach a swivel to the bottom of the first jig on the loop provided then attach 10” of line and put on another swivel and another jig. Use a different color or size jig if you are using more than one jig on a line. Most states allow from 2 to 4 jigs on a line. The more jigs you add the smaller or lighter the jigs should be. If your jigs are to heavy you won’t feel the bite and you won’t achieve a good jigging action. If you are using a big and a small jig put the heaver jig on the bottom so they don’t tangle up
Let your line out until the clip on your reel stops the line and begin your jigging action. A good jigging action is up and down then up quick and down slow then wait a few seconded and repeat. Look around you at people that look like they have been doing this for awhile to see how they jig and copy them. See film for my example.
If you don’t get any squid near the bottom reel up a couple feet and jig there for a while, Repeat until you get to the top of the water and start at the bottom again. When you begin to catch squid remember at what depth you are and return to that depth. Squid will move up and down in the water column as time passes. If they stop biting take a break and start again when you see others start catching them again.
Just like fishing, squid jigging can be challenging. Squid will like one color jig or size one night and something completely different the next. The specific weather conditions and lighting on the dock the night you are fishing dictate what is going to work - or isn't. "Trial and error" is the rule and having different colors and sizes of jigs will greatly increase your odds of catching more squid than your neighbor dockside.
It is also possible to have a lure that is identical to that of your pier neighbor who is having great success - while you aren't landing a single critter. This could be the location of your lure in the water, your jigging action or how it is or isn't catching the light. Watch what he does or doesn’t do and try it. When you are out at one of the public docks look to who is catching squid and check out what color and size they are using.Make sure you have a few different colors and variations and sizes.
The most common colors that work in the Puget Sound are green, orange, pink, white and blue. Some combinations of these colors work better than others and are real killers. Size of the squid jig can also be a factor. Squid in the Puget Sound like smaller jigs at some docks and med and large at others .
Weather conditions and tides:
I have caught squid during high tide low tide on a cloudy and rainy night and when the sky has been clear as a bell. You never know what squid are going to do, but "odds are" you will do well at high/low tides and an hour before and after high low tide. Squid seem to like to start feeding just after darkness sets in - then, they often taper off on their dining - only to decide they are hungry again after midnight or later. Don’t give up just because others aren’t catching squid. I have many times watched everybody else leave the dock.( Yep I wanted to go too) but I waited and filled my bucket latter with big adult squid.I have also seen some great sunrises and thats all i took home.
Remember squid eat and reproduce that's it. Wait until they stop doing one and start doing the other. They are unpredictable but voracious eaters; squidding can be excellent at almost any time during the night - all night long - or not start until the morning. I have found that squid can even at times be caught during the daylight hours.One more thing,get a good jig we recommend Squid Candy brand they work very well around the Puget Sound,so go see Troy at Auburn Sports and Marine they have the full line instock.