I do a lot of squidding in the shallow bays around my home town of Port Lincoln here in South Australia. Squid make a fantastic bait for a wide range of species, but they’re also very tasty on the table themselves.
Our local bay system is quite vast and encompasses a wide area, with the shallow reef and weed beds around the perimeter of the bay quite productive for southern calamari. Most of these grounds lie in around 2 to 6m of water, and by keeping on the move and working jigs over multiple areas, it’s usually pretty reliable to find a few calamari.
Over the past few months we’ve been using the new range of Sephia Egixile BB jigs, and they have been dynamite on our local calamari. I’ve been impressed with previous Egixile jigs in the past, with the new BB range offering a new selection of colours based on Australian baitfish to appeal more to our local calamari.
The new range of Sephia Egixile jigs are available in both Glow and UV Keimura bodies in 3 different sizes, a 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 to cover all bases. Their low profile and weight distribution offers a sharp action underwater which, when worked correctly, looks like a prawn or baitfish scurrying.
I do most of my squid fishing from the boat. Once I have chosen a suitable drift ground I’ll cast ahead of the drift direction and let the jig settle close to the bottom, before starting an erratic lift and drop retrieve, which makes the jig hop along the seafloor. Don’t be afraid about getting your jig down too deep – if it rests in the weed most times it will pull free without a problem. Getting close to the substrate on the seafloor is important.
I prefer using the larger 3.5 jigs when drift fishing from the boat, just to ensure the jig is getting down deep enough. Even small to mid-sized squid will aggressively attack larger jigs. Some of the effective colours for us of late have been the King George, Natural Pilly, Glow White, Keimura White and Natural Yakka. I’ve been having the most success with the darker colours during low light (sunrise and sunset) as they typically silhouette better, with the brighter colours being more effective during bright daylight.
It’s important to choose an outfit capable of working the jig effectively; you don’t want a rod that is too soft. Lately I’ve been using a 3 Zero 6102 Spin 2 – 5kg coupled to a Stradic HG 2500. I run 10lb braid on this outfit and it’s great to cast with, and nice and light and responsive.
I also do a bit of squidding off some local rocks, and the new range of Sephia Egixile BB jigs have been effective in this scenario too. These jigs cast really well, with the smaller 2.5 model is really effective when worked in the shallow water surrounding rocks or even from a jetty or pier. Check out the new range of Sephia Egixile BB jigs if you haven’t already, they’re deadly effective!