How to catch a squid with Alistair McGlashan

Alistair McGlashan shares the finer points of catching squid. They're perfect as table fare as well as bait. In this video Al shows where to catch them, tackle to use and techniques to employ.
Al McGlashan: If there's one species that's growing in popularity, it has to be the squid. There's anglers now that are literally dedicated to catching them. You know what? This is the perfect location. A bit of reef, sea grass beds, a little bit of cover. That is ideal squid country. When it comes to catching them, the prawn style jig, it's absolutely revolutionized the way we fish. Now, the complicated part is they come in every size and color imaginable, from a tiny little guy like that, which is a little size two, right up to size three, and they keep going.

So, how do you tell the difference? Which one do you use? As a really basic guide, the shallower the water, the smaller the squid you're chasing, the smaller the jig. The heavier the jig or the larger the jig, the deeper the water. That way you're still working through the water column. So, once you find that right ground, the kelp or sea grass bed, the next step is just to drift across it, but fan those casts out. The more people casting the better. The key is let it sink down at least half way down the water column, and then a slow stop start.

You pull it up and it comes forward and then starts drifting down. Now, when the squid grabs it, you'll come in, grab it like that, and then steady weight will pull him down onto those hooks. Don't yank it, don't strike, because if you do, quite often they'll end up with just a tentacle, or he'll just pull himself off. So, if I hook a squid now, Steph lines up, casts straight over the back of me, because squid are never, ever on their own. They've always got mates. If you hook one, you get the rest of them fired up, so you turn a single hook up into a double.

The key to catching the squid is just persistence. Just keep going and going and going, and you will catch them. The biggest problem is do you eat them or do you use them as bait?

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