Mornington staff member, Jeremy De Haan spent most nights down at the Mornington Pier over the past week in the mayhem of this seasons hottest squid bite. Hundreds of people have been flocking down to the pier as the reports of record numbers of squid have made their way down the burley trail. People have easily been able to take their 10 bag limit throughout the day and into the night however the best times have been late afternoon and into the evening with huge numbers of squid congregating ready for a feed.
Jigs and Techniques.
Currently the average size squid isn't huge with the occasional bigger calamari caught in a session. Many jigs have done the damage for good bags of squid in particular in the 1.8 size. Darker colours have proven to be successful over the brighter jigs and a hot favourite jig is the Yamashita 1.8 BK which is a jet black jig with green eyes, this particular jig has a very slow controlled sink rate which the squid just cant get enough of. Another hot favourite is the Odori jigs in 2.5 size which unlike most jigs in this size has a slim profile. This has been a proven killer on the slightly larger specimens but because of its slim smaller profile the smaller squid still hit it aggressively. These 2.5 size, 10g jigs are perfect for those situations where you are casting against the wind or into deeper water where there is some current.
An alternative method to the standard is a dropper rig that has proven very effective in keeping a jig in the bite zone as it is important to keep the jig in the bottom 3rd of the water column. Squid sit in the weed and rocky reefs and watch for their prey to move above them which is when they attack. Light leaders are also recommended with 6lb flurocarbon being a hit favourite for the guys fishing braid with the smaller sized jigs.
Good luck on your next squidding adventure, below is a map of the pier with my hot spots.