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Nantucket Sound Squid Fishing aboard FV Skipjack

Nantucket Sound Squid Fishing aboard FV Skipjack


Hi folks, Capt. Mike here from Salty Cape. Today I’m here with local sharpie and good
friend Larry Backman. Today we’re squid fishing. Squid fishing is a springtime special here
on the south side of Cape Cod. I’ve been doing it for about 15 or 20 years. Every year about this time the loligo squid
move into the Sound in shallow water to spawn. We’re in about 10 feet of water off Hyannis. There are 15 to 20 boats here. There were 60 boats here yesterday. We filled all of our buckets with squid in
about 3 hours. It’s a blast to have squid squirting at everyone. It’s a great fishery for kids. Bring your wife, bring your kids. Everyone catches something. Everyone has a great time. What I like about it is it’s nice and easy
cruising light tackle fishing and the best part is the fine cooking at home later. Nothing beats fresh fresh caught squid. How much ink can they have in them? The side effect of squidding is you have a
boat that needs to be bleached at the end of the day, but it’s well worth it. This episode is brought to you by Clorox bleach. The number one boat cleaner on Cape Cod in
May. So today we’re fishing with traditional squid
jigs. These particular jigs happen to be made by
Hogy Lures. They’re pre-rigged on a 30-pound test dropper
loop. Basically we’re calling it the squid sabiki
rig. We’re in 10 feet of water as Larry mentioned
so we only have 2 ounces of lead. Sometimes you need to go up to 3, sometimes
4 ounces. It’s pretty plug and play fishing. I have my rigs rigged up on dropper loops. Simple. I’m going to send this down to the bottom. It’s very similar to any bottom fishing you
do. You’ll feel the tap tap tap. Now I’m on the bottom here. There’s a couple things you can do. You can raise and lower your tip. You’ll notice those squid jigs have a little
bit of a keel on them so they’re balanced to stay in that attractive horizontal position. I’m just raising the rod and lifting it. That’s technique number 1. Technique number 2, which has been particularly
effective today, is just dead sticking it on the bottom. When you feel a tap-tap, give a slow lift
of the rod. You’re hooked up. The third and final tip I have for squid fishing
is one that Larry’s wife actually pointed out to us is to fish these on a 45 degree
angle. We’re going to send this down to the bottom,
which isn’t much we’re in 10 feet of water here. So I’m on the bottom, we’re at anchor, and
I’m just slowly working the jig back to us. Again the three techniques are slow vertical
jig up and down, a dead stick up and down, or you can cast it out and work that 45 degree
angle. I like to give them a clean shot there. What I love about this squid fishery is it
introduces our whole spring and summer fishery here on the Cape. Following the squid, you get the bottom fish
coming in, you get the fluke, you get the sea bass, and you get the scup following the
squid. As soon as the squid are moving up in the
flats, both the bluefish and the striped bass move in. My other favorite fishery around here is fishing
for bluefish and striped bass in about 3 feet of water, which is going to show up in about
a week. Love this early spring fishery here. So you’ll see that these Hogy squid jigs have
a very large keel weight. Basically what this weight is going to do
is help give it that sexy horizontal position on the drop. It’s also going to give you a little extra
weight to cast. As Larry mentioned earlier, we’re only in
10 feet of water. So if you look right now, this bait is going
to have a pretty good descent rate. It’s going to get right down to the bottom
in 10 feet. It might take you three times to time it,
but still you’re talking 10 feet so you’re down and you can have that very natural, neutral
buoyancy with the bait going up and down. So it’s really effective at slack tide, you can
get a real subtle approach. Now the other thing you can do is with this weight, you can cast these out and get some distance. Now I can cover a lot of water column with
these. So I’m twitching and reeling. We’re getting a lot of hits when these baits
on the drop. So I’m going to let it drop. This isn’t a technique I do to fill totes
full of squid but certainly when the tide slacks out, it’s a great way to entice some
a.) finicky squid and b.) cover a little more ground. It’s always fun to shift gears because when
this bite cooled down, putting on these lightly weighted, just with the keel weight, stripping
them back, that was a game changer.

17 comments on “Nantucket Sound Squid Fishing aboard FV Skipjack

  1. That was pretty kool😎 will you make a Striper video. I love Striper fishing. I fish for inland Stripers here in Fresno, Ca. Would love to see some saltwater Striper action.

  2. thanks for the advice guys, I sailed out to an island just out of Auckland New Zealand five days ago and finally found squid, I was excited because I've always wanted to catch them and yep I could not find my squid lures…

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