How to Rig Cut Squid for Fishing

How to Rig Cut Squid for Fishing
Visit just about any coastal bait store and you will find squid. A versatile bait used for a range of game fish such as flounder and sea mullet, cut squid is a go-to bait for many surf anglers. Squid is available fresh or frozen, with the frozen variety typically cut into strips. Fresh squid may be purchased whole, in part or cut into strips. Rigging cut squid is a simple process easily accomplished by most fishermen.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Surf rod with matching reel
  • Monofilament line
  • 2-hook bottom rig
  • No. 2 or No. 3 long shank hooks
  • 1/2-oz. pyramid weight
Step 1
Attach a two-hook bottom rig to your fishing line with an improved clinch knot. Form the knot by passing the free, or tag, end of your main line through the swivel eye at the top of the two-hook rig. Five to 6 inches of line should extend past the swivel.
Step 2
Wrap the tag end around the main line for six to seven turns. Begin near the eye of the swivel and work up the line. Turn the tag end downward and pass it through the small loop formed just above the eye of the swivel with the line. Pull the line through the small eye and then pass it through the larger loop to the side of the knot. Moisten the knot, pull down tightly and trim excess line from the knot.
Step 3
Attach a 1/2-oz. pyramid weight to the bottom of the two-hook rig. Open the snap at the bottom of the rig by pressing the U-shaped wire inward. Place the weight on the wire and secure behind the retaining clip.
Step 4
Select a No. 2 or No. 3 long shank hook. Locate the snaps at the end of the leaders on both sides of the main line. Open the snap by once again pressing the U-shaped wire inward and slide the hook eye onto the wire. Secure the wire behind the retaining clip.
Step 5
Hold a strip of cut squid in one hand and a hook in the other. Insert the hook into the cut squid about 1/2 inch from the end. Slide the end of the squid up to the eye of the hook and then insert the hook through the center of the squid strip. Repeat the process so that both hooks are rigged with cut squid.
Step 6
Cast the bottom rig out beyond the breakers. Allow the weight to take the rig to the bottom and move with the current in the water. Reel in enough line so that a strike may be detected.

Tips & Warnings

Attach an old or inexpensive cutting board to the top of a Styrofoam ice chest for cutting bait. Include enough ice in the chest to keep the cut squid cool while fishing.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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