Squid and Whiting Information Night
Squid and Whiting Info Session
Squid and Whiting Info Session
Squid and Whiting Information Night
Squid and Whiting Info Session
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Squid and Whiting Info Session
Squid and Whiting Info Session

Thanks to everyone who attended the Squid and Whiting Information Session on Friday, 16th February 2024.

Once again, Club Gold Sponsor, Anglers Fishing World (AFW) and their guest speakers from Vexed Fishing put on an informative session detailing the best jigs and places to catch squid and whiting! 

Many lucky attendees won raffle and door prizes generously donated by Anglers Fishing World.

Book the Squid and Whiting Competition – 23rd March 2024 – click to book

 
 

Read our five top tips about catching squid:

 

1.Use the right equipment

 Ensure you have the appropriate gear for squid fishing. A squid jig is a specialised type of lure designed to sink at a know rate and can come in a range of colours and/or reflective materials to attract the squid. Additionally, a light to medium-weight fishing rod with a sensitive tip is recommended for better control and feel.

2.Choose the right location

Squid are often found in coastal waters, especially around structures like piers, jetties, and rocky areas. Look for locations with underwater vegetation or other features that attract baitfish, as squid are likely to be present where their prey is abundant. Consider fishing during the evening or night when squid are more active and feeding near the surface.

3. Understand squid behaviour

Squid have large eyes and are known to be attracted to light, so using a bright light source near the water’s surface can increase your chances of attracting them. They are also responsive to movement, so imparting a subtle jigging action to your lure can make it more appealing. Pay attention to the depth at which squid are feeding, as they may be found at various levels in the water column. Consider where the squid will be viewing your lure from and if it will provide contrast or a silhouette against the background.

4. Be patient and gentle

Squid can be sensitive to disturbances in the water, so it’s important to approach quietly and avoid excessive noise. Once you’ve located a school of squid, be patient and make subtle movements with your jig to entice them. When you feel a bite, avoid setting the hook with a strong jerk; instead, use a gentle and steady motion to prevent tearing the soft flesh of the squid or dislodging the hooks.

5. Handling and cleaning

Handle squid with care to avoid ink stains and bites from their beaks. Once caught, place them in a container with a damp cloth or wet newspaper to keep them fresh. To clean squid, grasp the body and head, and gently pull the head away from the body. Remove the quill (transparent backbone) and internal organs. Peel off the skin and wings, leaving only the mantle, which can be cut into rings for cooking.

Read our five top tips to catching whiting:

 

1. Bait selection

Whiting are opportunistic feeders, and the choice of bait is crucial. Fresh bait is often more important than type. Fresh squid is hard to surpass but worms, mussels etc can be used with good effect as well. Consider using artificial baits like soft plastics or emerging lures like the vexed micro jigs. Experiment with different baits to see what the whiting in your area prefer.

2. Use light tackle

Whiting are often found in shallow waters, and they are not known for their powerful fights. Using light to ultralight tackle can make the experience more enjoyable and increase your sensitivity to subtle bites. A sensitive rod with a light action paired with a small reel is ideal for whiting fishing.

3. Target sandy bottoms

Whiting are bottom-feeders, and they are commonly found in sandy areas around broken ground or reef. Look for locations with gently sloping sandy shores, sandbars, or channels.

4. Time of day matters

Whiting are often more active during certain times of the day. Early morning and late afternoon tend to be productive periods for whiting fishing. However, they can also be caught throughout the day and even during the night

5. Practice patience and finesse

Whiting can be somewhat finicky, and feeling the subtle bites requires patience and finesse. Use a light touch when setting the hook to avoid pulling it out of the whiting’s mouth. Keep the line slack to allow the whiting to fully take the bait before setting the hook. If you’re not getting bites, consider adjusting your bait presentation or moving to a different spot.