Squids are not only tasty, but also relatively easy to catch, as long as you as a spinning angler keep a few habits in mind. During my last holiday on the Adriatic Sea I spent almost every evening 1-2 hours fishing for squid and got some tips from the locals. I want to pass this on to you, because if not much goes, there are always a few calamari that go, even in the overfished Mediterranean.
The best squid hot spots
First of all to the right places for squid, which no matter where you are at the sea, are usually not far away. The best places are usually harbours and piers and the shallow outer areas, because squids come at night to eat in these shallow areas and hunt small fish. Light attracts them magically, because phototactic plankton collects there, which in turn attracts small fish and thus our cephalopods also come to the fishing spot. Ink stains on the bottom of the lake give away good fishing spots, because the squids let all the ink out after the catch. Water depths of 1 to 5 m are ideal, so you can also fish on a beach. I tried to catch my first really big squid with my hand when it was probably looking for crabs and small fish in the shallow water along a tiny stone pack. Unfortunately the colleague was a bit too slippery for my fingers and escaped with a huge cloud of ink.
The best time for squid fishing is probably the winter in the Mediterranean. But I have only been fishing there in summer so far and it worked out wonderfully anyway.
The right guide
The most important thing of all is the right guide, because the lure has to be caught very slowly in slow motion. You can take 5-10 seconds for one turn of the crank handle on the spinning reel! If you feel a “bite” or simply a weight on the line, no stop is set, but slowly pulled in. A landing net is almost obligatory, because otherwise you can quickly lose the squid when landing. But if necessary you can do without one.
Squids are rather boring in the fight and you feel very little, they don’t make any wild escapes or similar. That’s why the hooked wreaths do without barbs.
Gear and mounting
The only suitable line is actually braided line, because you want to have the best possible contact with the lure. A 0.10-0.15 mm thick line is then completely sufficient and you can land any calamari.
Some of the best blanks for zander were originally developed for squid fishing. So relatively taut rods of 2.4-3m are well suited to recreate squid from the shore. I was very satisfied with my Daiwa Megaforce Travel Spin; to test the Megaforce >>
As a reel, spinning reels with a low gear ratio are preferable. I found the Shimano Nasci >> perfect for the application.
There are two good mounts for catching squid from shore. One is a classic one like normal spin fishing and the lure comes to the end of a leader and is hooked into a hook.
Variant two was, as I mainly fished, on a kind of drop shot leader with a short side arm so the lure was always 5-25 cm above the ground. The used lead was about 10-20 grams and I dragged it more or less over the ground.
Squid lures do not have classic hooks, but barbless hook rings, which are very sharp. These are available in every fishing shop near the sea, but you can also order them here before your holiday. You only have to distinguish between octopus baits for boat fishing and those for spin fishing from the shore. The lures for spin fishing have a small lead in the head area and are excellent for casting far. Almost all of these lures are fluorescent and can be illuminated. A maximum of 5 seconds with a flashlight is sufficient. The squids usually bite best when the bait hardly glows for our eyes. At least that was my experience.
Squid baits for spin fishing are perfect suspender (floating) or extremely slow sinking. That’s why I also used the above mentioned assembly to always fish close to the bottom.