Simple 1-2-3: Squidding For Cod

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Simple 1-2-3: Squidding For Cod

Postby MisterX » Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:38 pm

As fishermen, we sometimes get caught up in the latest and greatest thing. Whether its a new jig or a fancy reel, were always looking for ways to better our catch.

Often overlooked is the technique we use. Most guys are content just tying on a 16oz Lav jig and bouncing it on the bottom. This seems to be the accepted method of jigging North and South of the Cape. And it works. Countless numbers of fish have fallen to this tried and true method.

However, there are times when the fish want something different. There are times when the fish are chasing sandeels and are more aggressive than usual. That's when squidding shines brightest. Squidding is used to catch many different species of fish from bluefish to sea bass in our neck of the woods. When the pollack are around, it can be deadly.

For this thread, we'll concentrate on catching COD but the techniques described work for other species as well.

(We have now set the images up so that you can CLICK ON THEM to ENLARGE & also view in a slideshow)


CodSquidding TUBES (M).jpg

When preparing for a trip, there are a few things that I cannot be without: Tubes and Jelly worms. I like to bring Green, Red and Blue tubes with me as well as a good supply of Pink jelly worms. When the fishing is good, I'll go through a couple dozen jelly worms a trip.


CodSquidding REELS (M).jpg

There are several types of reels I like to use. From left to right they are: Newell338, Torium30, Saltist40 and Saltiga40. I like to load my reels with 40 - 50 lb Ande MONO. I prefer MONO when squidding. I dont use braid.


CodSquidding Red RubberGrub (M).jpg

CodSquidding Green Latex Tube (M).jpg

Rigging for squidding is straight forward. 8-16oz Diamond jig (depending on the tide) and a teaser about 18" above the jig. I'll use 60-80lb leader material. Below are 2 rigs I like to use: The first is with jelly worms on all hooks. The second with tubes. This will change in the course of the day depending on whats working.


Squidding is basically casting out, hitting the bottom, reeling in a few turns, free spool to the bottom, reel in a few turns and repeat. Its simple in theory but there are a few twists that are important to understand.

When yo-yoing the jig on the bottom, the rod is doing all the work.

When your squidding, the reel does all the work.

The jig moves depending on how fast or slow you turn the reel handle. Certain days require you to squid faster than others to catch fish. Every day is different. Below is a basic diagram of how you work the jig. Hit the bottom, reel 10 cranks, drop down and repeat.

CodSquidding Basic Tech (M).jpg

Its important to change speeds until you find the the speed the fish prefer.You may only need to turn the handle 5 cranks. Or sometimes 15-20 cranks. Experimentation is the key until you find what works. REMEMBER: You need to stay near the bottom!


Depending on what side of the boat you are on, you might have to cast or you can drop straight down.

When fishing "into" the drift, a long cast is required. Work the jig back to the boat as was previously described.

CodSquidding Into the Drift(M).jpg

When the line is moving away from the boat, casting is not necessary. Just drop down and squid until your line is too far from the boat.

CodSquidding Away from the Drift(M).jpg

If squidding sounds simple its because it is. Its a method that doesnt beat you up and can be very productive. Give it a try. You just might have as much fun as these guys!(Murph, Pizza & Pete)

CodSquidding The Bay Cod Crew(M).jpg

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Re: Simple 1-2-3: Squidding For Cod

Postby shebeen » Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:41 pm

Excellent post and information by Serg.

Lots of people (lazy people like myself) after working a drop, or several drops, will switch tackle, colors, rig configurations and......when nothing happens, chalk it up to the fish not being on the chew.

As MisterX clearly points out, there's more than one way to skin a mule..... technique over tackle.

Sometimes after a blow if things are slow at the rail, I'll start squidding, thinking the fish might have been pushed over a wider and flatter area...and maybe a bit worn out and disinterested. This is what I believe anyway, mojo, works for me. You sort of have to assess where you need to be on the boat and the people you're fishing with.

Squidding has definately risen much closer to the top of my 'go to' list after looking in Serge's cooler after what most onboard would consider a 'so-so' trip.

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Re: Simple 1-2-3: Squidding For Cod

Postby EC NEWELLMAN » Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:49 pm


Over the years I have read numerous articles that just barely touch on this subject when codfishing, because many of the authors cannot explain the CORRECT way to JIG or SQUID, what it actually means, how and when to properly do it and when to adjust your cranking speed.

This is one that will make the archives because in all my years as I have said before, I have never seen as great an article on this topic then this one right here.

I hope everyone reads this and understands that our Mister X is one of the top guys when it comes to this fishing in the waters of the Cape and Nantucket (back in the day). He has seen the great fishing that the Viking and Helen H have done over the years in those areas, and what he has shown here is what I term GOSPEL on this topic.

The rigs you see here are similar to what I use, and the use of MONO is something many top cod fishermen still fish with (remember the story written by Downeast Jay), which many would think is strange in this day of high tech braided lines.

If you want to know how to jig and squid from the experts, THIS IS IT. The diagrams posted here give a perfect picture of what you are suppossed to do when doing this type of fishing.

Again, great article!

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Re: Simple 1-2-3: Squidding For Cod

Postby Capt. Rick » Fri Dec 12, 2008 7:13 pm

Nice job, thanks for sharing your insights.
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Re: Simple 1-2-3: Squidding For Cod

Postby Sullivan » Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:13 pm

Yeah I agree, that was just what I was looking for. Now tell me, the guy in the pic with the sunglass and beard, is that Murph?
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Re: Simple 1-2-3: Squidding For Cod

Postby fishark531 » Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:39 pm

Tremendous Post Sergio - I can attest to being schooled by Sergio as I was jigging while he was squidding. I actually had a few trips last year where all I did was the squidding technique not only did I catch more fish than most but my arms and shoulders felt 1000 % better than usual. Squidding DEFINETLY seems to work better from a drifting boat but works well on the anchor as well.

Bottom Line - TRY different ways of accomplishing the same goal.

Thank you Sergio for a great article.
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Re: Simple 1-2-3: Squidding For Cod

Postby Audrey Mae » Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:56 pm

Sergio is one of the best maybe even the best so pay attention!!! And the best thing about the serg is he uses "MONO"""" Yes indeed!!!
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Re: Simple 1-2-3: Squidding For Cod

Postby MisterX » Sat Dec 13, 2008 1:48 am

Thanks all. Yes Sullivan, thats J. Murphy. :o
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Re: Simple 1-2-3: Squidding For Cod

Postby billikin » Sat Dec 13, 2008 12:27 pm

Great pictures Serg,I love pictures.One more nugget to my collection.
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Re: Simple 1-2-3: Squidding For Cod

Postby daddy0 » Sat Dec 13, 2008 5:41 pm

There's a lot of knowledge in that hat. Does osmosis really work?
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