After a bit of nasty weather this weekend looked really good on WindGuru and I was hoping to get 2 days fishing in, so decided to start on Friday morning, but first – a painful life lesson…
I’ve been using softbait quick release clips while squidding, but if you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll have seen that I haven’t caught any – and not for a lack of trying! So trying to figure out what I’m doing wrong someone let me know that there are eqi swivels specifically made for squid fishing. So, off to Top Catch Clevedon and I got some really small egi swivels. The guy at the shop told me that he’s had to go back home to fetch his glasses to use these things.
Now all of the clips like these that I’ve used in the past you undo, clip the hook or jig through it and then lock it back into place. Something like this:
But these ones I got for squid is more like this, just much smaller and finer.
They’re so small and fine, I could not see the little hook where the jig is meant to go through even with my glasses on. So like a fool I sat there on Thursday lunchtime trying to unclip this thing that’s not meant to be unclipped. Finally after about 10 minutes I tried to open it with my nail and felt the “hook” sticking out, so I tried to fit the squid jig without opening the swivel and got it on. YAY!! So next challenge is getting the jig off again, but instead it gets stuck at the top of the swivel above the hook and I couldn’t get it back!!! Eventually cut the swivel with a pair of pliers and realized that it’s very important to pull the jig off in the same direction it went on, which is difficult when you can’t see what’s going on! Anyway, so 15-20 minutes on learning how to use these swivels!!! But that’s not the life lesson yet…
That evening my wife asked me whether I’m ready for my trip and I told her about my struggling 15-20 minutes to get the jig onto the swivel and asked whether she thought she could unhook the swivel. She loves a challenge, grabbed it and after a minute or so I told her that these swivels can’t be unclipped… BEEG mistake!!! Life lesson? Tricking your wife into sharing your struggle is a BEEG mistake! Around 3 hours later, not exaggerating, we made peace and I think she may have forgiven me!
High tide was meant to be at 5:08am and I wanted to be on the water at least an hour before that, so I set my alarm for 2:00am, but as I got into bed i decided that wouldn’t cut it, so moved it forward to 1:40am. Early rise, 3° celcius on the car’s dashboard and I ended up launching from Castor Bay on the North Shore just after 4:00am. Being alone out there while it’s still dark I didn’t want to venture out too far, so I anchored up close to the side in around 3.5m of water. One rod with a sinker and 2 squid jigs in a rod-holder and the other rod casting and retrieving. Loads of pipe fish or something like that and other fish under the kayak and something bumped the kayak a few times, but nothing too serious.
Just before the sun came out I finally felt that pulsating pull of the squid on my line and I brought my first squid up to right next to the kayak!!! YAY!! But a final squirt there next to the kayak and off she goes. So now I’ve briefly had a squid on the line on a previous land-based trip and I’ve had a squid right next to the kayak… surely the next step must be to actually land a squid!!!
Anyway, that was the end of that… When the sun came up I moved around the corner where I’d seen a lot of weed banks on Google Maps and later I moved into around 6-8m of water, but no more squid. the most action I saw was this stupid shag (bird) that’s obviously learned to fish around boats. It flew in and landed next to the kayak and for the next hour+ it kept diving under my kayak and ignored all kinds of scare tactics I tried to get rid of it. Poor thing had a hook through its throat with a very thick leader sticking out of its neck, obviously acquired from a previous boat it had been stalking. Not much I could do as I obviously couldn’t get anywhere close to it. then I tried to motor away from it at full speed, but it just comfortably cruised along next to me.
Anyway, so another unsuccessful squidding trip, I returned to the beach at 12:00 and did the walk of shame… Ever noticed how Murphy’s Law dictates that when you have a full bin of fish nobody will ask you how your fishing went, but on the days when you come back empty handed a number of beach-goers will ask “how’d ya go?” and you have to respond with a shameful “uhm, nothing today”.
Got any advice for me? Please comment below and help me catch a squid or two!