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An Interesting Top Water Experience | Category: Fishing Reports

johnjohn 2 years ago

Hello forum,

Had an interesting experience yesterday afternoon spinning that i would like to share for some feedback:

Was spinning top water (specifically sandeel savage gear lures) in a very shallow very small marina (imagine one single concrete ramp). After a few casts, i had a tail from what i thought was a small grouper, as soon as i stopped the lure, i had the bite. Wasnt a grouper, squid from the looks of it approximately 1.5-2kg's! Didnt manage to land the fish but brought it at about 1 meter from me, keep in mind the strike happened at around 2 m out, all visible to me which was quite a thrill but rather puzzling.

I have fished squid with jigs quite a bit actually, never knew that i could catch them with a walking bait! any ideas on this? as to why this has happened or anyone out there reading this had a similar experience?


Mark Totzke 2 years ago

Hi johnjohn,

that's interesting. I never noticed squid following hard body lures, but I fish soft baits (gulp jerk shads) a lot.
And quite often I have had them attacked and eaten up by squid.
I was thinking they were mainly attracted to the gulp scent.
But perhaps they attack anything that resembles small wounded bait fish.
How fast were you reeling in those lures?


a snapper a day keeps the doctor away
itsaboat 2 years ago

Hi Johnjohn,

Yeap...sounds pretty normal to me.

squid are pretty much everywhere.

It is not uncommon to get them with as little as 6 or 7 feet of line out. So, yes you can get squid right at your feet !!

I am going to take a guess here...I guess you hooked a cuttlefish. Very similar to squid. But...

Squid tend to like bobbing lures. Under a float and just let the ebb and flow move the lure...Cuttlefish, on the other hand will actually chase a lure. If you were working the lure close in against a rock wall and it looked like a squid...yep = cuttlefish.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
johnjohn 2 years ago

Hi thanks for the post.

I was walking the dog actually medium fast, bite was right when I stopped the lure, i had visual on the squid by this point and Intentionally stopped it.