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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I went out to buy jigs for catching squid. The Yozuri brand had the following illustration complete with an Asian language set of directions on the back of the packaging. Are these jigs rigged this same way here in the USA? Does anyone know what these directions are telling us in English? Can anyone give us the ABCs of squid jigging in just a few paragraphs here?

Thanks for enlightening us all!

post #2 of 18
I just tie them on and jig them, they have a little weight don't they?
post #3 of 18
make a loop on the bottom for your sinker to be attached to and make 2 or 3 dropper loops, 10-12 inches apart, and add a yozuri squid jig on them
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by stripercrazy
I just tie them on and jig them, they have a little weight don't they?

Yah but, just HOW duz ya jigz 'em, Eddie?
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by Joey T
make a loop on the bottom for your sinker to be attached to and make 2 or 3 dropper loops, 10-12 inches apart, and add a yozuri squid jig on them

Yah but...

It is fairly apparent by the illustration that this is what the Yozuri Company wants us to do and, I'm quite sure, they would LOVE to have me to tie on three of their jigs at $7+ each!

But is that really how it's done around these parts?

I'm asking for a little brief explanation of the process and a description of the tackle if any one of the folks here care to enlighten us. An Atlantic Seaboard recreational angler for almost 40 years, I only just last season became aware of the fact that people in RI pay good money to go out on a party boat with the specific intent of angling for squid and that these critters can be readily caught from shore in the spring. Hey! Howzit dun?

Thanks, Joey!

post #6 of 18
Anyone???? Anyone???? OK, so it really goes, "Are you experience?"

Big Jim - good to hear you on here again. I jigged last year for the first time and have been a few times this year. I am by no means an authority, but I must say, I AM a pretty quick study. I am amazed at how much you can learn from someone who doesn't speak your language AT ALL, if you smile and are simply friendly. Smiles and laughs are universal - I am learning.

Here is what I have witnessed, with tremendous success and employ:

I use a 6' or so spinning rod with 8#-10# mono of your choice.

Tie to the terminal end of the standing line (the mono connected to your spool) a small barrel swivel (I use SPRO, but I'm sure any will do - Black preferred).
From that swivel go down 10"-15" and tie a 10" loop.
Go down another go down 10"-15" and tie a second 10" loop.
Go down another go down 10"-15" and tie a third 10" loop.
Go down another go down 10"-15" and tie a fourth 4"-5" loop.

To the first loop, tie on a pink Yozuri Squid.
To the second loop, tie on a blue Yozuri Squid.
To the third loop, tie on a green Yozuri Squid.
To the fourth and final loop, tie on either a 1 0z. sinker or a SS Stretch-em Squid jig.

Go to the desired location. Flip this rig out and let it hit bottom. Slowly, keep contact and reel in (slowly) giving a JIG every now and again. When you feel the slightest hit, reel up. there is no need to set the hook, just reel up. If you have seaweed, I'm sure you have experience on what to do there.

If you have a squid, haul your rig up over the bridge, and over a 5 gal. bucket. Grab the squid jib and turn upside down. Since none of the jigs I have seen have barbs, the squid just falls right off into your bucket. ONE WORD OF CAUTION!! As the squid leaves the water and is reeled to you, keep constant tension and let it "ink out." Meaning the squid squirts ink into the air and water and not on you. But if you are looking to make friends, there is no better way of breaking the ice with those around you than taking a direct hit from a squid to the have been told by a friend who said that happened to ago.

What I do is when I discover a pattern of them hitting on a particular color, I change out the other jigs to that color. I have have seen pink and white and blue (all three different jigs) work best this year.

Just my $0.02.

- ATG over.
post #7 of 18
Fantastic Info! I am hoping to catch my first squid soon. this should help.
post #8 of 18
On Friday, I played hookie from work and was on the water at 0600 and off at 2000. I fished nearly the entire time for squid anchored just north of a pominent bridge known for this sort of thing. Having so much time to watch several "shifts" of squidders come and go, provided me with a tremendous opportunity to learn from the best. Here is what I have learned:

1. Pink, Blue or Green Yozuri Squid jigs all produce. Pink seemed hotter than others, but only because of the overwhelming use of them.

2. The leader system I observed and used most successfully I made from 12# Ande BackCountry mono. It was approximately 4' long. A micro Spro barrel swivel was tied on to the top end. 12" down a 4"-5" dropper loop was tied. 12" down again, another 4"-5" dropper loop was tied. Another 12" down a third 4"-5" dropper loop was tied. 12" down a fourth time, a perfection loop was tied where a 1 oz. lead sinker was attached through a loop-to-loop connection with the eye of the sinker and the Perfection loop. The Spro barrel swivel was tied to the standing end of my mono connected to a rod and reel. I then affixed jigs of varying colors to the three dropper loops employing the loop-to-loop connection with the eye of the jigs.

I have been doing all the above with little success, until I just watched one particular asian woman who, as best I can tell, was clearly more skilled than other on the bridge. Here is were things changed for me. I literally switched rods. That's right!!! I used an 8' very soft blank with the same rigging, same location, same jigs, same cast, BUT - BUT - BUT - I would cast the line out, feel it hit the bottom crank, GENTLY back once or twice until I could vizualize a semi-taught line between the 1 oz. sinker and the tip of my rod. Bear in mind that these jigs are perfectly neutrally buoyant. With the slightest hit, ping, knock, tenseness, strike, pull or other faint movement, I would set the hook. My catch ratio went through the roof!!

I caught about 5 or so squid before this system was employed. After switching to much softer rod and feeling the hit, I caught another 40+ squid.

I wanted to share this G2 with the fellow SOLers for the following reasons:

1. I have learned so much from you all that it was my time to give a small someting back.
2. I have gone out about 10 times this year, and only on this trip wtih this rod and method of fishing, was I "successful."
3. I wanted to save people the time I spent in utter frustration, jigging vertically getting a squid every 2-3 hours. In hind sight, I must have missed many, many, many hits.

In conclusion, buy from TimS @ SOL, buy local, and watch those who clearly are out casting others.

Peace out.

post #9 of 18
I went squidding friday with a friend and withing 6 hours or so we managed to get about 15 gallons of squid. We used Pink, Blue and Glow yozuri's.

Tied dropper loops directly onto the main line about 10" up from the sinker and about 1' above that. just flip it out till it hits bottom. take up the slack. let it sit for a couple seconds, if nothing, a slow jig up about 3 or 4' and back to the bottom. You'll feel a little weight on the line, start reeling.

Had a bunch of HUGE squid 17 or 18" long. They will make great bait. But are very tough to eat. So I just cleaned about 50 or so of the smaller 8" ones and they are yummmy.

post #10 of 18
the jigs I had sank, we used no weights droped them to the bottom and jiged them up and down, if nothing happened and other people were catching we changed the depth we were jigging, pink was the hot color, we used freshwater rods, one jig at a time. this was years ago, those fancie jigs had just came out, they were catching much more than the old jigs we used to use. ed. I feel old now
post #11 of 18
4 jigs=28 bucks, gas to newport, hope jim likes squid.....baked squid, fried squid, boiled squid, squid on a stick, squid in sause
post #12 of 18
I would be very happy to buy and use good ol' RI squid jigs next year. Based on the plugs I saw at the RISAA show, I bet you could make some out of that stock plexi in pink.

What do you think?

post #13 of 18
those plugs looked tasty
post #14 of 18
Funny you mention that Been thinking of that HOT PINK acrylic WOWZER
post #15 of 18
Armand -

Try to make em. Id get a few to test/use/harvest squidders.

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