From Jigs to Technique: A Quick Beginner’s Guide to Squid Fishing

Date Posted:22 September 2022 

From Jigs to Technique: A Quick Beginner’s Guide to Squid Fishing

When we think of fishing, our mind often goes straight to the classics like tuna, salmon, and barramundi, but in actuality, fishing has a considerable amount of variety. For those that want to try something a little different, squid fishing is a perfect choice. That said, there are some differences between squid fishing and your standard fishing setup, so at OZ Fishing, we’re here to get you started.

With that out of the way, let’s dive into some ways that you can start reeling in some squid.

Luring and Targeting

To target squid for fishing, you have two main options: you can use a high-quality squid jig to lure them in, or alternatively, you can use a squid spike with some bait on it for a similar effect. For the first option, your squid jigs, you’ll be trying to emulate a baitfish or prawn, so let your squid jig sink to the bottom of the water and make use of upward whipping motions to dance the jig through the water. Once it gets near the surface, drop your squid jig back down to the bottom of the water and repeat again.

For option two, when you’re using a spike or a prong to catch squid, you’ll want to cast out just beneath a float. To achieve this, simply cast out, wind back in until any slack in the line is gone, and when your float goes under, you can start winding more gently. Each method is highly effective, but both may take some time to start seeing results. For those that are just starting out but have some experience with other forms of fishing, the squid jig method may feel more natural.

Choosing Your Squid Rod/Reel Setup

One thing to keep in mind when you’re chasing squid is that they can be tough, requiring quite a bit of leverage and maneuverability to catch. The ideal choices will also be different depending on whether you’re fishing from land or from a boat, so keep that in mind when you’re making preparations.

For those that prefer land fishing, the best setup is going to be a 3-5kg line class paired with a long rod; about 8-9ft should work well. The reason for this longer length is that it will provide you with a lot more leverage when it comes to reeling in around jetty and rocks. Pair that with a 2000-3000 reel size, and you should be well on your way to success.

If you happen to be fishing from a boat, the setup is practically the same. The only big difference is that a shorter rod would be recommended, as the longer variant won’t be as beneficial when you’re further out and in deeper water.

Some Good Lures For Squid Fishing

It can be tough to decide on equipment for your first squid fishing trip, but luckily, most fishing stores are going to be able to help you out with some squid-specific equipment and gear. For example, when it comes to squid jigs, there are several options that will prove helpful from our collection, including:

We also have a few other beneficial additions to your squid-catching arsenal, such as squid jig cases and, on occasion, squid rods.


This is by no means a full guide to everything that you can do to get more out of your squid catch, but it should hopefully provide a solid basis for how to see success with your next trip. If you want to learn more about fishing tips, tricks, and equipment, stay up-to-date with future OZ Fishing blogs, and explore our store today for a wide selection of high-quality fishing supplies from across the globe.