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Anyone have any tips on catching squid?


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#1 jacob64

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Posted February 12 2011 - 1:49 AM

I know of one way that involves some sort of net and and am dying to try it. I have a few questions though:
1. Can you net squid? Dip or cast
2. What types of rigs do you use for em' and do you fish for them at night.


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#2 MichaelT

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Posted February 12 2011 - 7:22 AM

Yo-Zuri squid jigs in bright green or pink work well.

Bright lights shining down on the water at night will draw them in.


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#3 StriperSurg

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Posted February 12 2011 - 1:46 PM

Do we ever get squid up here in Maine? I know they get them down in Mass, but have never heard of them being caught up here, recreationally.


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Posted February 12 2011 - 4:51 PM

Lots of squid around July through August.


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Posted February 12 2011 - 6:44 PM

Yo-Zuri squid jigs, then head to the south facing beaches of cape cod around may 15th-6/1 ish


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#6 Capt. Walt

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Posted February 23 2011 - 10:28 AM

Lots of Squid in Maine.

You can jig them in the Pisscataqua River at night in winter under the floodlights or just about anywhere offshore.

Im thinking of rigging some car headlights in PVC Tubes and dloating them in the water for Squid Jigging next onth as soon as the snow melts off my boat.

Get out very early in the morning while its still dark out before daybreak.

They are delicious.



This is all you need.

Rig 5 or 6 in a row on your rod with a 8 oz sinker on the bottom


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#7 Tlacey21walden

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Posted August 13 2011 - 10:37 PM

Anyone catching any? or seen any? I remember reading this thread back this winter and thinking that it would be fun to try.


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Posted August 15 2011 - 6:27 AM

Got 2 dozen while jigging herring Friday night, not so far offshore. Live lined a couple for tuna, looked awesome & lasted all day even with the hook buried inside them, no takers though. But the stripers certainly gobbled them up when we got back to the dock, some of them you couldn't even close the bail before going tight, think the longest one soaked was 3 mintutes.


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Posted August 16 2011 - 7:56 AM

I.ve been seeing some around the warfs at night under the street lights. Seem to be more in the spots that are more seaward looking towards open ocean. I see a few in Sorrento the other night. They seem to like it around our cod fish pens too.


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#10 StriperSurg

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Posted August 17 2011 - 4:51 PM

How about around the Portland area? where to go? would love to catch of few for some Calamari.


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Posted August 17 2011 - 6:34 PM

Got 2 dozen while jigging herring Friday night, not so far offshore. Live lined a couple for tuna, looked awesome & lasted all day even with the hook buried inside them, no takers though. But the stripers certainly gobbled them up when we got back to the dock, some of them you couldn't even close the bail before going tight, think the longest one soaked was 3 mintutes.


Can you keep them alive if so whats the trick in a barrell or live well or did you chunk them
Might be the change in bait that granma striper will swallow


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Posted August 18 2011 - 8:48 AM

They're pretty hardy, those guys were in a live well for 18 hours or so, but I've keeped them in a plain old bucket in the past. Live or fresh dead always seems to pay off for me, never tried frozen.


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Posted January 29 2015 - 1:09 AM

For someone who has never been to the Pisscataqua River, would you be willing to give any tips on where exactly or abroad for location of catching these awesome creations? Has anyone tried in the Portland area? Does "Bug Light " allow fishing? Thanks for your time.



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#14 bdowning

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Posted January 29 2015 - 12:29 PM

I don't know the area well enough to offer specifics, but generally any pier or float in a river that is tidal is a good starting point. The squid chase small bait like spike mackerel or herring so any river that supports small fry like that is good. If the dock or float is lighted above at night, so much the better as it attracts the bait and then the squid chasing the bait. Guys often bring lanterns to shine in the water. You can often see the squid come in, if there's enough light. Marinas are good, if they allow fishing. Problem is that many are off limits because of idiots leaving behind trash, etc.

I like the weighted Yo-Zuri jigs, on the smaller side, on a light rod. Make sure the jig gets down in the current, may need to add rubber cores sometimes.

Never tried netting them...

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Posted January 29 2015 - 12:54 PM

I don't know the area well enough to offer specifics, but generally any pier or float in a river that is tidal is a good starting point. The squid chase small bait like spike mackerel or herring so any river that supports small fry like that is good. If the dock or float is lighted above at night, so much the better as it attracts the bait and then the squid chasing the bait. Guys often bring lanterns to shine in the water. You can often see the squid come in, if there's enough light. Marinas are good, if they allow fishing. Problem is that many are off limits because of idiots leaving behind trash, etc.

I like the weighted Yo-Zuri jigs, on the smaller side, on a light rod. Make sure the jig gets down in the current, may need to add rubber cores sometimes.

Never tried netting them...

-bd

He nailed it here, basically the best way to get after them from shore!


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