YES you are total ,, right ,, fished at the Pin for years for bream ,, the blacker the night the better the fish size , unless you fish the top of the sand flats of a night time after the high tide ,, of late i have been fishing up at the Swains Reef ,, dark nights are great for squid ,, most fish sut-down of a night , but there is the change over from light & dark times ...
Fished out bush for years as well ,, murry cod bite well on DARK nights !
Last time they were only eating mussels...This time they were taking almost anything...Next time they might only like deep fried banana.
I could throw mussels into a bath tub full of snapper all day long...but if they are not eating mussels on that day ? ...You have to match the hatch if you want to make the catch
Squid fishing is easy.
Yeap, for night time a jetty is good. Yes, you will need lights. Pee in the water...you read right, pee in the water. Yes, urinate in the water. I don't know why it works, I have never looked in to it. Just shine a light like a torch into the water and pee where the light is. You will see the squid come in, then just drop your jig right where you have just peed...It is good to have a few mates with you and plenty of drinking water (or beer) so that you have a steady supply of pee.
Day time is also good for squid. I use a mirrored bobby float. Don't try to "work" the jig. Put it under a mirrored bobby float and let the water movement do the work. The mirrors get the squids attention and when they come in for a look, they find a "prawn" (your jig).
itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
haha - I do all my fishing during the major or minor times, since I started FR almost 10 years ago
When it comes to squid, I think my problem is not the timing but finding them. Or maybe the season hasn't really started yet... I used to have a few spots where I could catch them at about this time of year. But I moved and need to find new spots.
Used to catch them from my kayak in the mornings when the minor times aligned with high tides and with little to no current and wind. The area I'm fishing now looks even better for squid with lots of weed beds and a rocky shoreline.
But casting squid jigs around hasn't proven successful so far. I also couldn't see any swimming around. The eaten up pilchard is a good tip. I must try that.
I normally fish with gulp soft baits. At my old spot I could tell when squid were around because they left lots of triangular bite marks and almost stripped them down to the jig heads. They really seem to be attracted to the gulp scent (maybe that's why peeing in the water also attracts them?).
Here at my new spots I had the same happening to my soft baits. But when I switched to squid jigs... nada. So I assume it either wasn't squid and instead some other little picker fish, they're just not interested in the squid jigs or I don't get the jigs down to the right depths. Next time I'll try to rig a soft bait onto a squid spike and see if that gets any attention.
Well - I'm still on trial and error, every place works a bit different I guess. I won't give up until I can catch them more consistently. I think from September onwards their numbers and size will increase.
G`Day , Been fishin for 60 +++ years , started with cord-line , then a bit of platusp which we untancled over a week or more , &^ put on a old coke glass bottle , seen the pin run of bream a few times , decades , fished out bush at Cubby Station for a few decades on the rivers that run through the area , got smart & went to do a few charters out of Gladstone , think 2 - 3 decades ago . You would find that squild will run ( lay eggs ) at the change of tempture , i fished on charters April - May then August to Septermber each year for a few decades.
All the above i used the moon phase to work out times to fish till your site came along !
Had even bought a computer that did that & told of the tides in any area , but it is past its use by date now & can`t sort out its self , think the maker is long passed on ?
You can buy a shaft that has the squid barbs on it , just put it into a fish from the back to the mouth & try the line on ..
i e just like a live bait , we caught many a tub of bait out there as well as a few feeds for before tea .
"Pee in the water...you read right, pee in the water. Yes, urinate in the water. "
I'd love to try that except ... other fishos (strangers) might be around (when fishing from a jetty) and there might be ladies too. What would they think LOL? I'd absolute try this if I'm the only one fishing LOL, thanks for the tip!
About the peeing into the water bit I'd just got an idea that popped into my head now ... pee into a coke bottle at home and bring it along. That way it doesn't matter if there are other people around. They won't know what's in the bottle I'm pouring into the water LOL. I'll give that a go next time I get a chance to go fishing.