With squid fishing (Eging) becoming more and more popular it is no wonder why people are looking for specific squid fishing (Eging) techniques to not only upgrade their squid (Cephalopod, Ika) catch rate but also to uncover what seems at first glance to be a secretive and confusing fishing technique, In this article we will try to help shed light on what is actually involved with catching these elusive squid (Cephalopod, Ika)
Helpful Japanese Search Terms
Squid fishing (eging) being derived from Japan is full of Japanese language, here is a quick reference for those still on the entry level of researching who should start by understanding that an Egi is a squid jig and Eging is the art of fishing the Egi
|Squid fishing rods||Eginguroddo||エギングロッド|
|Squid fishing braid||Egingurain||エギングライン|
|Squid fishing reel||Egingurīru||エギングリール|
What Squid Jig (Egi) To Use
With so many different squid jig (Egi) sizes, weights and colour schemes you may find yourself wondering what one to choose and unfortunately it is not as simple as just choosing one unless you are heading out squid fishing (Eging) and you already know what the squid (Cephalopod, Ika) are striking on. Squid (Cephalopod, Ika) are forever changing what they will strike and from experience squid jig (Egi) manufactures have developed many different factors for different conditions like tide, location, day, night, clear water, murky water and the list continues.
The only fair assessment on what squid jig (Egi) you should choose would be to choose as many as you can so that you have an arsenal to use for different conditions and squid (Cephalopod, Ika) moods, nothing is worse than seeing lots of squid (Cephalopod, Ika) swim around your squid jig (Egi) but strike your friends squid jig (Egi) every time because it is the correct size or colour for that particular time or location. If you are unable to purchase several squid jigs then ask your squid jig (Egi) supplier what colour and size is the most popular in your area.
Although there is an abundance of cheaper basement bargain brands of squid jigs available bare in mind that the high end squid jigs have been perfectly balanced, designed and shaped and on most occasions will last longer than a cheaper alternative, but hey if you are just wanting to try squid fishing (Eging) then these may be for you as they do catch squid and can be a great way to introduce someone to squid fishing (Eging).
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Squid Jig (Egi) Size
Squid jig (Egi) size often comes up in conversation and the basic argument is that small squid jig (Egi) for small squid (Cephalopod, Ika) and a big squid jig (Egi) for bigger squid (Cephalopod, Ika) which in a sense is true however smaller squid (Cephalopod, Ika) will normally not have a problem striking a larger squid jig (Egi), larger squid will strike smaller jigs but over time I have learnt they do preffer a bigger squid jig (Egi).
When choosing a squid jig (Egi) size it is always a good idea to make the decision on the spot that you intend to go squid fishing (Eging), if you are going squid fishing (Eging) in deeper water or water that has a slight current then a squid jig (Egi) size of 3.5 will be more suited for its weight but if you were in shallow water or jigging above rocks then a 2 or 2.5 squid jig (Egi) size would be the way to go as a 3.5 size would sink too quickly and be harder to attract a strike (squid like to strike when the jig is sinking) or be lost in the rocks forever.
Squid Jig (Egi) Colour
It is believed that squid (Cephalopod, Ika) are unable to see colour and can only see monochrome colours and certain squid jig (Egi) manufactures would have you believe that squid (Cephalopod, Ika) can also see warmth and UV and have manufactured special cloth coatings for these purposes. As for squid jig (Egi) colour they defiantly can be the difference in catching squid (Cephalopod, Ika) and they tend to change their colour preferences a lot and it is not uncommon to witness this during a single squid fishing (Eging) session.
Squid (Cephalopod, Ika) will often become predictable when it comes to choosing a squid jig (Egi) colour to suit the conditions and a few all round colours that tend to stand out from the crowd would be Pink, Green, Red, White and Natural colours. If you are just new to the game then Yamashita a prolific squid jig (Egi) manufacturer have made a colour chart available to give you a better understanding regarding using different colours for different conditions.
Squid Jig (Egi) Sink Rate
A good quality squid jig (Egi) is designed to sink with the head facing down and at an angle of about 45% whilst staying stable and not wobbling from side to side. If you ever see a squid (Cephalopod, Ika) in strike position you will notice that they almost resemble the angle of a falling squid jig (Egi) with their head down and at an angle of about 45% and with a perfectly weighted squid jig (Egi) you will attract a strike at the base near the spikes which is perfect for catching squid (Cephalopod, Ika).
Something to keep in mind is that squid (Cephalopod, Ika) will strike more often as your squid jig (Egi) is sinking and explains why a quality squid jig (Egi) mimics the squid (Cephalopod, Ika) strike position, if your squid jig (Egi) sinks too quickly then the squid (Cephalopod, Ika) will not have time to get into position and strike, if your squid jig (Egi) sinks too slow it may drift in the current forcing the squid (Cephalopod, Ika) to unnecessarily move around to try and strike, float on the surface due to current or not act like a food source at all.
As mentioned above a 3.5 squid jig (Egi) would be preferred for deeper water or water with a slight current and a 2 or 2.5 squid jig (Egi) would be more suited for shallower water which you will often find them easier to fish over weed or rock beds. To measure the fall rate of a squid jig (Egi) manufactures will normally indicate how many seconds it takes to sink to a depth of a meter and can normally be found indicated on the packaging, sometimes this is not displayed or is in Japanese but it is easy to determine with a simple sink test before casting a new squid jig out into open waters.
Squid Jig (Egi) Extra weights
Extra weights can be purchased to increase the sink rate of your squid jig (Egi) which enables you to easily adjust the sink rate to suit different conditions and different squid jig (Egi) manufactures produce different types to suit their product, bear in mind that squid jig (Egi) sizes go bigger than 3.5 and manufactures often have a boat model that is even heavier.
Daiwa has a 3g and 5g option that can either be used with their Egi clip or placed directly onto the Daiwa squid jig (Egi) fixing points depending on how you were wanting to adjust the squid jig (Egi) sink rate, Daiwa also has a squid jig (Egi) nose wight option that is available in different weight classes but bear in mind that these types are attached with an Squid Jig (Egi) Clip.
Yamashita have extra weights available which attach to the nose of your squid jig (Egi) only which gives the user less options than Daiwa, I did spot fixing points on the new Yamashita JP+ series as well as the Yamashita EGI OH K series so lets see if Yamashita have a further option to customize the sink rate in the works.
[note] if you plan on purchasing a squid jig (Egi) nose weigh that corresponds to you Squid Jig (Egi) brand you will in most cases need Squid Jig (Egi) snaps as they are generally what these nose weights need to be properly fixed. I would suggest the Breaden Egi Snaps but any type will do.
Squid Jig (Egi) Action
With a quality squid jig (Egi) you should find that they can produce two different actions and do so to mimic either a swimming baitfish or a hoping prawn and should be used depending on what the squid (Cephalopod, Ika) are more attracted to while you are squid fishing (Eging), to mimic a bait fish a user will jig the rod on a slight angle rather than straight up and down, jigging straight up and down will mimic a hoping prawn.
Some high end squid jigs (Egi) are specially designed for a single action and it is always a good idea to to test a new squid jig (Egi) in close waters to understand it’s swimming action or actions as different brands have different variables even if slight.
Squid Jig (Egi) Coating
The squid jig (Egi) shape has for now been perfected and although in different countries you will find different shapes and I think it is safe to say the the main manufactures are not interested in changing the main shape of the squid jig (Egi), what is constantly being improved is the coating, colour schemes and eyes.
Gone are the days that a squid jig (Egi) was simply covered with cloth and now you can find a cloth covering that has the ability to contain heat when a user blows on the squid jig (Egi), it is believed that squid can see and are attracted heat and simply blowing on a squid jig (Egi) with a special fabric will be enough to carry enough heat to mimic a bait fishes body temperature.
Another cloth coatings that should be mentioned is the type of cloth that can be charged with UV light and it is believed that squid can see and are attracted to UV light, this coating can be charged with a UV torch similar to glow in the dark coatings that we commonly see.
Nude squid jig (Egi) will not have a cloth coating hence the name nude in its title, these jigs are amongst one of my favourite to use as they have less drag in the water and unlike cloth coatings can hold up to the angriest of squid (Cephalopod, Ika) bites with as little as some scratched paint whereas some cloth will rip and tear.
Squid Jig (Egi) Abalone Sheets
Abalone sheets are carved from abalone shell and are normally sold as a sticker that come in a variety of colours and are placed on the rear back of your squid jig (Egi), when in use the abalone sticker acts as a strike target for squid to attack the prime area of your squid jig (Egi) to increase hook ups as well as deter damage.
The theory behind this can be understood when you have a squid jig (Egi) with a torn cloth other than the ideal location and because the torn cloth acts as a weak or damaged point squid will strike that part over and over again which can leave you wondering why you are not hooking up.
Some squid jigs have strike points or dots built in to attract a squid strike to the ideal location on their squid jig (Egi) but Daiwa went the full hog and included an abalone seat into their Nudes range which was awesome to say the least because it has no cloth and an abalone seat.
Many questions regarding the use of abalone stickers can be found online and although they are not necessary I would recommend them to someone starting out that is either having trouble feeling a squid strike, is having trouble keeping a tight line or has damaged cloth over and over again, But then again I would also recommend buying a nude squid jig in whatever brand just for durability.
Torn And Damaged Cloth On A Squid Jig (Egi)
When using a cloth squid jig (Egi) you are bound to have a squid (Cephalopod, Ika) damage it when they are biting and it is a good idea to keep an eye on if the squid (Cephalopod, Ika) are as interested in your damaged squid jig (Egi) as sometimes they just seem to be turned off from the slightest damage while other times seem to be unaffected from the damage.
If torn or damaged cloth is hard to avoid it may be worth looking at a different squid jig (Egi) manufacturer as quality regarding cloth durability can vary depending on brand. Nude squid jigs that have no cloth is also a very forgiving option that can be the key to extending the life of your squid jigs, Daiwa has a line of these and can be found for less than ten dollars online and are a personal favorite.
If your squid jig (Egi) is damaged away from the spikes it may attract strikes in the wrong area of the squid jig (Egi) leaving you with a lot of bites but less hook ups, the easiest way to determine if this is happening is to check for further bite marks and damage to the squid jig (Egi) and if it is the case changing your squid jig (Egi) may be the best option until you can either fix or replace the damaged squid jig (Egi).
Blind Casting For Squid (Cephalopod, Ika)
Blind casting for squid (Cephalopod, Ika) is when you cast out without spotting a squid (Cephalopod, Ika) and will see you covering a lot of ground as you try to locate a squid (Cephalopod, Ika) and always keeping your eyes open looking out for a follow, if a squid (Cephalopod, Ika) has followed your squid jig (Egi) but did not strike then most times you will be able to cast out just past the squid (Cephalopod, Ika) and manage to entice a strike.
Spotting For Squid (Cephalopod, Ika)
Spotting for squid is more similar to hunting and armed with a bright torch or headlamp involves walking along side rock and known squid (Cephalopod, Ika) areas trying to spot a squid (Cephalopod, Ika), when spotted you will immediately stop shining the light so that you do not scare the squid (Cephalopod, Ika) and cast out your squid jig (Egi) and get the squid (Cephalopod, Ika) to strike. This method is very successful and great care should be taken when you find yourself over slippery rocks.
Squid Fishing (Eging) Technique
Squid Jig (Egi) action will more or less depend on what attracts the squid (Cephalopod, Ika) and normally a few different retrieves will give you a good idea of what they like to follow for that particular squid fishing (Eging) session, for a starting point if you are new would be to cast out and wait for five to ten seconds before giving your rod a twitch or violent twitch while at the same time winding in your slack line, wait another five to ten seconds and then give your rod three or four twiches or violent twitches and hen repeating from step one. Depending on the depth that you are wanting to target some will allow the squid Jig (Egi) to rest on the bottom and other times will avoid hitting the bottom targeting a certain depth. Have a play around and see what suits.
Another popular method for the casual squid fisherman is a slow retrieve and will see your squid jig (Egi) gliding across the bottom with pauses in between, the problem with this method is that you rely on squid (Cephalopod, Ika) being on the bottom and also that a strike is more likely as your squid jig (Egi) is sinking. Not to say this method is not affective or sworn by some but rather it needs a certain condition to see you land a few over the latest techniques on offer today.
Targeting a certain depth, acting like a baitfish, acting like a prawn or using less tension when whipping your rod to almost suspend the prawn action rather than covering ground are all things to play with and will come in handy for the days that the squid (Cephalopod, Ika) are acting shy or disinterested with everything else you have offered them, they will strike if you have the right method and right squid jig (Egi).
Below is a select few videos that show squid fishing technique which is a good starting point.
Squid Fishing (Eging) Locations
I am currently working on a table to document all of the popular places to fish for squid (Cephalopod, Ika) in Australia and will eagerly be trying to get it completed, you can view the current location list Here or help with the list building process and share your eging locations with Egi Pro.
Landing A Squid (Cephalopod, Ika)
Squid (Cephalopod, Ika) will constantly squirt away from from your rod and winding one in for the first time feels a bit strange however as long as you keep your rod at about a 80% percent upright and slowly but constantly wind in you should land it. If it is hooked properly the only reason that you should drop it is if you give the squid (Cephalopod, Ika) a bit of slack line, try to avoid doing this in a panic when it squirts at you and and don’t lower your rod or give any slack line if you need to bend down to pick it up from the leader if it is to big for the rod to handle.
Tiger Squid Vs Arrow Squid
when targeting southern calamari or northern calamari they will generally be amongst structure away from the current hunting for food when the tide is right and will strike with a thump and are also fairly sturdy so your drag can be set tighter but not to tight, if it is tight enough to whip the rod and not release drag but scream if you hit a weed bed then this would be fairly optimal. They do have a few different patterns so enjoy the good times while they last and mix up your retrieve when you can see them but they are not striking.
Arrow squid however enjoy the open water a bit more and seem to enjoy being in the current, they are quick, shy and the opposite of sturdy so your drag should be set loose as reasonably possible. they will strike quick and many times let go in an instant so unlike southern calamari or northern calamari it is important to keep a tighter line and strike your rod with speed if you feel a tap. I am unable to count how many times I have reeled in arrow squid feet before loosening my drag to the point of stupid or have not reacted quick enough to hook up. Arrow squid on a bad day will drive you crazy and tear up a cloth squid jig (Egi) without ever seeing one.
Squid Fishing (Eging) Rods
Eging rods are designed to handle constant jigging.
Specialise squid fishing (Eging) rods are generally around 7.5 to 8 feet in length with a soft, yet sensitive tip section approximately a quarter length of the rod. A sensitive tip is important so that you can feel a slight strike as well as giving the user the ability to use the different squid jig (Egi) actions and the softness of the rod tip is key to dampen any squid (Cephalopod, Ika) bursts as they try to get away without damaging or breaking the tentacles or arms of the squid (Cephalopod, Ika). The stiffer base of the rod gives strength and depending on size allows for lifting a squid (Cephalopod, Ika) out of the water.
Squid fishing (Eging) rods will normally have micro guides to help with wind knots and line wrap which also helps to cast a long way out to assist in reaching those distant weed beds that the squid (Cephalopod, Ika) like so much.
Squid Fishing (Eging) Reels
Squid fishing (Eging) reels are designed for constant jigging.
Squid fishing (Eging) reels normally have shallow spool capable of accommodating 130-150m of PE 0.6 to 0.8 line and are specially designed for squid fishing (Eging) so they can not only hold up to the constant jigging but have smooth gears and the breaking systems are spot on so that you don’t have to be worried about being too rough with the squid (Cephalopod, Ika) if your drag is set right, two that stand out from the crowd would be the Shimano Sephia or the Daiwa Emeraldas squid fishing (Eging) reels.
Some prefer double handles to help with balancing the reel over the single handle or knob which is usually purchased as an upgrade, because of all the casting and jigging involved with squid fishing (Eging) if you are right handed it is a good idea to place the handles or knob on the left side of the reel which takes a trip or two to get used to but makes for a much more efficient way to jig, it is not for everyone so give it a go and see how you feel about it.
Squid Fishing (Eging) Line
Specialty PE lines for squid fishing (Eging) are normally found in the 0.6 to 0.8 range and because squid fishing (Eging) relies on no to little line slack the specialised braid promotes floating as well as less bellying of the braid.
Fluorocarbon leaders are used due to their low light refractive properties and higher abrasion resistance and although some use 2-4lb it is generally recommended to use between 12-15lb fluorocarbon leader for normal conditions and whatever keeps you from loosing expensive squid jigs for everything else. Using 30lb leader when fishing in shallow rock beds, around sturdy weed beds or from a boat is not an issue.
Leader To Braid Knots
Micro guides can be a real pain when it comes to casting knots and often people will opt for a shorter leader or use straight braid while others risk their knots breaking from the stress of not gliding through a micro guide smoothly and many discussions can be found with people swearing by a certain knot whilst others are unable to make that particular knot work for them.
If you are having trouble with micro guides and leader to braid knots then I would suggest the PR knot which is what I use because it is super strong and super thin and goes through the micro guides smoothly, I was able to use my first attempt and about the only problem is that a PR bobbin tool is needed to be purchased to do this knot properly and can set you back forty dollars. Since tying the PR knot I have had zero leader to braid knot failures.
Here is a video that teaches you how to use the PR bobbin and a cheaper PR bobbin is being used, I recommend the Ebay forty dollar version as the quality difference is night and day. The review for the version I have can be found Here.
Suid Jig (Egi) Snaps
Egi snaps are specifically designed for squid fishing and are attached to your leader.
The same as lure fishing when squid fishing (Eging) no swivel is used and one would either directly tie the leader to the lure (squid jig, Egi) or use a snap, for squid fishing (Eging) specially designed Egi snaps are available for purchase and come in different sizes and designs which are generally small enough not to spook squid and allow the user to easily change a squid jig (Egi) without retying knots,. They are designed to not impair the action of the squid jig (Egi). Egi snaps can be found by many different manufacturers but the first to come to mind are Daiwa, Yamashita and Breaden being the preferred by many simply due to the ease of use.
Squid Fishing (Eging) Headlamp / Torch
No matter what torch or headlamp you use spotting for squid is a great way to improve your catch rate as it is highly effective.
If you plan to spot squid (Cephalopod, Ika) then a torch will be needed and the brighter the better, currently a popular product for its brightness is the Led Lenser brand which can be costly so a cheaper alternative although not as bright will get the job done. Just remember to take the light off the squid (Cephalopod, Ika) or change to a low setting as soon as it has been spotted to ensure it does not get spooked.
Squid Spike (Ika Shime)
A squid Spike or Ika Shime is a specific tool that enables to quickly and humanly dispatch squid (Cephalopod, Ika) and are normally made up of a sharp section to pierce through the squid (Cephalopod, Ika) and it normally takes two separate entry points to get the job done, you can do as many as three entry points and is a good way to see how squid (Cephalopod, Ika) are separated into sections as each section will instantly turn a translucent white while the non affected areas will remain alive and the normal colour.
- It is believed that immediately dispatching squid improves taste and preserves tenderness.
- Squid spikes will normally include a section that allows you to easily repair or bend your squid jig (Egi) spikes.