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SizeMax Length 90cm.
The Southern calamari squid is a mollusc and is plentiful in South Australia. More abundant in the southern states. Identified from other squid species by the length of it’s wing flaps which run for the length of it’s body. White appearance with rusty brown colouring.

Average fighter on light line, squid move by water jet propulsion.

Bait and Tackle
bait: Tommy Ruff

Other: Baited jigs, prawn imitation jigs.

Link: 3kg monofilament.

Hook: imitation or baited jig.

Fishing SA for Squid

The bait and tackle you will need is a rod you only need 5 kg line on your reel,some squid lures and thats just about it,or if using a jag suspeneded below a float you will also need some bait usually a tommy ruff.You see there are two methods of squiding,i will take you through both and assume you are fishing from a jetty because from a boat is a little different again.

The first method is using a lure,you simply cast the lure wait for it to sink nearly to the bottom than work it like a soft plastic give it a few jigs let it sink again .You want to get it just over the top of the weed because thats where they are.

For the the second method you need some bait and tackle,put the tommy on the jag set the jag so that the bait is somewhere near the bottom let the line out and thats it,wait for the float to move you have a squid.

Now you have your squid i will tell how to prepare it and cook it or get it ready for your favourite recipe.Pull the head off keep this for crab bait,pull back bone out,turn hood inside out cut off flps but do not disgaurd them they are good to eat as well.You need to take the outer layer of skin off,all the black stuffonce you have done that rinse in water.
Where to fish
Squid can be found in estuarine and inshore habitats from inshore reefs and weed beds to rock walls, jetties and offshore man made or natural structures. Being a predominantly ambush predator these places offer them not only refuge from being attacked but also a place to prey on food such as prawns, baitfish and crabs. This ‘How To’ will focus mainly on the Southern Calamari species.
How to target
There are two options when it comes to squid, they are cast and retrieve with squid jigs or using a squid spike/prong and bait. When casting jigs let them sink to the bottom and add an upward whip of the rod on the retrieve to make the lure dance in the water. Doing this imparts a prawn or wounded baitfish action alerting any squid in the area. Let the lure sink and repeat.
When using bait insert a baitfish onto a squid spike/prong and cast out underneath a float. Wind in any slack line and when the float goes under you on, then gently start winding.
Rod & Reel
If land based fishing for squid a rod in the 9ft range and 3-5kilo line class is ideal. The extra length will aid in not only casting ability but will also give you some leverage around the rocks, jetty, etc. Balance your outfit with a 2000-3000 size reel.
The same setup can be used when fishing from a boat, however leverage isn’t as paramount and a shorter 7ft rod will provide greater maneuverability and ease of use.
Best Lures
All jigs/jags will catch squid, some days certain colors will out-fish others so it pays to have a selection on hand to find the right one on each day. Popular sizes are 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5, this number being the feet/second drop rate.
Yamashita and Yo-Zuri both make exceptional quality jigs in a wide range of colors & styles with exceptionally sharp hooks – this may often be the result in a good day’s squidding or a not. Squid jigs last a long time so don’t skimp when it comes to purchasing.
Best Bait
The best bait for squid is fresh baitfish such as Herring, Sauries, Yellowtail, Whiting and Pilchards.
Hints and tips
Squid can be caught right around Australia year round. However, the southern half of the country arguably offers the best squidding during the cooler months of the year and they are most certainly a fun species to target whether it be land based or from a boat. Looks for those structure such as weed beds, reef areas or rock walls and they shouldn’t be too far away.
Carry a wide selection of jigs in various colors and sizes. Alternate between them to find what’s working best on the day.
When targeting from a boat drifting allows you to cover more ground and is more productive than at anchor.
When fishing from the rocks its always handy to have a landing net at hand.
Make sure you imply some action in the lure with short fast upward whips of the rod to make the lure dance.
Make sure you imply some action in the lure with short fast upward whips of the rod to make the lure dance.
Rigging for cast and retrieve
Targeting Squid on jigs is great sport and is a fun alternative to targeting fish. It is also a great option if you are fishing with kids or someone who is new to fishing. Use a 4-10lb braid mainline and join it to a 1-1.5m, 10lb fluorocarbon leader with an Albright knot or similar. At the other end of the leader tie a loop knot such as a Lefty’s Loop directly to the jig to allow the lure more freedom to move during the retrieve. Alternatively tie on a snap swivel or speed clip for ease of changing jigs.
Rigging for bait fishing with a float
Whether bait fishing from the shore or from a boat the rig you use remains the same. Tie your mainline to one end of a barrel swivel with a Fish N Fool knot or similar. On the other end of the swivel tie on desired length of fluorocarbon, it may vary depending on depth you are fishing. Slide on a teaser float (when land based a weighted float improves casting distance) and tie the leader onto a snap swivel. Slide herring or other desired bait on prong and attach to snap swivel.
To cook simply cut hood into rings and shallow fry,its that simple.there are more complicated recipes you can use but just fry for two minutes and thats it.
Squid can be caught in most South Australia waters and from most country jettys just look for the ink stains on the jetty if they are there people have been catching squid there.

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