The art of squid jigging has evolved significantly over the years, with various innovations and techniques enhancing the fishing experience. A prime example of this evolution is the OROOTL Luminous Squid Jig Hooks. This saltwater fishing kit includes 5 or 10 glow squid jigs, designed to attract cuttlefish and octopuses with their fluorescent allure. These hard fishing baits come conveniently packed in a tackle box, making them a perfect choice for both beginners and experienced anglers.
The lure itself has been a game-changer in squid jigging, with its slow rolling action triggering significant catches, including chunky cod weighing up to 24lbs. The effectiveness of squid jigs is influenced by factors like animal density, fishing season, jigger color and size, jigging depth, fishing time, as well as environmental factors like the solar and lunar cycles, and tidal conditions.
Traditionally, Egi jigs were crafted from wood, but modern technology has enabled mass production using plastics such as ABS resin. The Savage Gear 3D Swim Squid Jig, for instance, is a testament to this advancement. Based on a 3D scan of a real squid, it boasts superb details and a super realistic profile. The technique involves casting jigs from a pier or lowering them from a boat or kayak to the ocean bottom, then reeling in slightly and flicking the rod to mimic squid movement.
In Japan, the development of squid jigs and jigging technology has been largely driven by fishermen. The harvest technology for high-valued squids has seen various developments, including the invention of a modern squid jigging prototype in 1458, particularly for the small-scale fishery of the Japanese flying squid (Todarodes pacificus) in Sado Island. Jigs of various types, makes, and colors are attached to the handline at intervals of 70 to 90 cm.
For those preferring traditional methods, the humble squid spike remains a reliable tool. Regulations often limit the number of lures to four at one time, leading anglers to gang-tie multiple jigs to their main-line. This method is effective for different types and sizes of catfish, including Blue, Bullhead, Channel, Flathead, and White.
Whether you’re an enthusiast or a seasoned angler, understanding these nuances of squid jigging can greatly enhance your fishing experience.