How to Fish With a Squid Jig

How to Fish With a Squid JigSquid are one of the most plentiful food sources in the ocean. Attracting bottom-dwelling and pelagic species of fish, as well as many other creatures -- humans included -- they are one of the most versatile baits as well. By utilizing a squid jig -- made to attract and catch squid specifically -- you can re-create the natural action of a bait that will attract these amazing cephalopods.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing rod and reel
  • Squid jigs
  • Lead drop weight
Step 1
Tie the squid jigs to the main line of the fishing pole using improved clinch knots separating them by 6 to 8 inches, making sure to leave enough of a tag end to tie on another jig. Anywhere from two to five jigs is adequate.
Step 2
Tie the lead drop weight to the line so that it hangs at the bottom, beneath the jigs. By placing it at the bottom, you avoid getting tangled in the jigs and the weight adds extra action to the jigs.
Step 3
Drop the line into the water from a dock, pier or boat and let the weight carry it to the bottom.
Step 4
Begin reeling in once the weight has made contact with the bottom. Add extra action by lowering the rod tip and then raising it abruptly in an up-and-down repetitive motion while reeling.
Step 5
Repeat as necessary until you have filled your bag limit.

Tips & Warnings

Fishing under lights at night is one of the most productive methods for squid fishermen. The squid are attracted by baitfish that come to the light to eat plankton.
Squid have sharp beaks and will bite, so exercise caution when handling.

Article Written By Justin Otto

Justin K. Otto is a freelance writer & editor from Pensacola, Florida. He has been writing for 9 years and professionally for just over 2 for several publications such as The Pensacola News Journal, a Gannett Publication, the PJC Corsair and Kayak Angler Magazine. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in journalism.

Don't Miss a Thing!

All our latest outdoor content delivered to your inbox once a week.



We promise to keep your email address safe and secure.