How to Use Squid As Bait when Surf Fishing
Surf fishing is a dynamic if not challenging form of fishing. It can encompass a wide variety of topographic regions and terrain. Some of the best fishing within the surf line is in kelp forests or from jetties. Either way squid is an optimal bait to be considered and used. Squid is a relative of the octopuses and cuttlefish. It is differenced from octopus by the number of arms and the specific lengths of two of the arms. Octopus have eight legs, while squid have ten legs, with two of these legs being about an additional 1/3 the length of the others. This article will examine sandy terrain, rocky terrain, and kelp beds. The end of this article will briefly look at some common gear and tackle that is used for all three types of surf fishing.
So let's look at some of the ways in which squid may be used. When determining the ways in which to use squid, one must first consider the type of area in which he or she is fishing. If you are fishing on a sandy bottom area in which species such as perch or some other pelagic species are found, then it is usually more productive to cut the squid into strips about 1 inch (2.5 cm) and about 1/4 inch wide (10mm). Squid flesh is very tough and resilient and therefore there is no "proper" way in which to apply this strip onto your hook. Although, some prefer to hook it only a couple of times at one end, this method simulate flat worms and may trigger strikes in which no other bait or method is working.
When fishing in a rocky area such as jetties, then using a whole small squid is usually very effective. To use these squids in this manner is very simple. You will want to hook it a couple of times through the head portion, this is the pointy end, and allow the legs to be un-encumbered. This method is highly effective, especially when allowing the hooked squid to drift between two rocky out copings. As the legs are un-encumbered it makes for a more lifelike appearance and will trigger hard strikes. Some of the species caught with this method include sand bass, rock cod, cabazon, lingcod, shark, halibut, flounder, bonita, and occasionally barracuda.