The allure of squid fishing lies in the use of realistic lures, such as the Yamashita jigs, which mimic a real squid, tricking even the most cautious predator fish. These jigs have no hooks but feature prongs designed to entangle the tentacles of striking squids. The key to success with Yamashita jigs involves dropping them to the ocean floor from a stationary boat, then slightly lifting to avoid snagging, thereby positioning the jigs effectively.
The aesthetic appeal of your jigs, such as their sparkle or the meticulousness of your rig, is secondary to the technique of working the jig. If not done correctly, squids may ignore your lure. The Little Jack Onliest, with its semi-transparent body and internal reflector, is an excellent choice, capitalizing on light reflection to attract nearby predators. These jigs are handcrafted by professional fishermen in Spain and are ideal for weighted squid fishing.
In Washington state, Puget Sound offers year-round squid fishing with a generous daily limit. For versatile squid jigs, the Shimano Sephia model is recommended, effective in various conditions. Attaching a piece of squid to mimic a swimming baitfish often yields great results. Moreover, the HTO Hot Coat Squid Jig stands out for its effectiveness, especially when other lures fail. The Shimano Sephia Egixile squid jigs, now available in the new standard BB range, are another excellent choice for squid fishing enthusiasts. When setting up for squid fishing, remember that technique and jig selection are paramount.