Using Squid For Bait article by John Staten
Calamari - Loligo Squid
I personally believe that squid are thee most under-rated fishing bait out there.
Calamari squid is a good cod bait especially one or two mounted on a large hook but I think the Loligo squid is recognised by most anglers as the squid to have. Loligo squid (unwashed) is most affective because of the abundance of squid around our coastal waters and so the fish see it as a natural food, and of course (unwashed), it retains all it's properties without having anything destroyed. Frozen Calamari squid can be bought at most tackle shops in 1lb or 5lb boxes. I would mention here that if you do buy squid from your local supermarket, be careful about it's freshness. In my experience and something I don't do now, is that it doesn't last more than about a day, although they all advertise 'fresh fish' in my opinion, it isn't! Buy from a good local tackle shop or one of the online bait suppliers.
The ink inside the squid is the thing that gets the fish, a bit like the effect of the coral inside a crab I suppose. There is a bit of a debate about which type of squid fishes best but I must admit I do like the baby squid that normally comes over from China. You can either tip off with one whole squid or use a few to act as one big bait on a pennel rig. Also with a squid bait, it does resist the crabs for a while longer than either mackerel, herring or a worm bait being a lot tougher and it does make for a good 'tipping' bait.
You can of course use squid to 'wrap' other baits in. I often cut and wrap a piece of squid around other baits such as mussel, unused lugworm from a previous trip etc making a nice sausage shaped bait bound with some elasticated cotton and then frozen down ready for my next fishing trip.
Most of us think of squid as a 'boat' bait or for winter fishing for the likes of cod and whiting but bass as we all probably know are becoming more and more popular as a sporting fish and one a lot of anglers drool over, trying to find them by using various methods such as popping, using jigs, lures of every colour and description, live baiting for them, using worms and just about every other method they can discover.
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