The Shimano Sephia Egixile range, a staple among Australian EGI anglers, has undergone a significant transformation. By collaborating with Shimano Japan, a new and unique Australian product has emerged, inspired by local baitfish. The key feature of these jigs is their ‘hot coat’ layer, which maintains the jig up to 1°C warmer than the surrounding water, aiding in attracting more squid.
This innovative approach also includes the use of barbless lures on monofilament lines, which are jigged mechanically. Various methods are available for catching squid, with jigging being the most popular. This hands-on method involves casting a jig and retrieving it slowly, with pauses, to mimic natural prey movements. For those preferring traditional methods, squid spikes remain a reliable alternative.
The market offers a variety of squid jigs, like the Savage Gear 3D Swim Squid Jig, which is based on a 3D scan of a real squid. These jigs are designed for effectiveness, with features like luminosity for high visibility in both freshwater and saltwater. The Soft Galeb range by DTD, for example, offers soft silicone bodies in three different colors.
Addressing the technical aspect, the angle and speed of squid jigging are determined by factors like the weight and position of the lead on the jig. This technique is not only effective but also accessible to both beginners and experienced anglers. The ideal setup involves light PE lines and 8-12 lb fluorocarbon trace, offering the perfect blend of strength and invisibility.
Shimano’s integration of Flash Boost technology in the Sephia Flash Boost Egi range exemplifies the advancements in squid jig design, featuring an internal panel that continually shimmers to attract more squid. This, along with other innovations in the field, marks a significant leap forward in squid fishing technology and methodology.