Sephia Egixile

Sephia Egixile

12/07/12 - Author: admin

For decades, squid fishing was something only indulged in by southern European gentlemen, and the typical Australian saltwater fisho saw squid as just a tough, picker-resistant bait for snapper, yellowtail kings and jewfish. As any dinky-di Aussie would tell you, you couldn’t eat them, that was for darn sure…

Well, haven’t times changed! Squid, or calamari, is a hugely popular seafood option — whether its crumbed or battered rings at the fish and chip shop, or tubes stuffed with all sorts of tasty goodies at a fine dining restaurant.

Squidding has gone from an occasional hit-and-miss catch to a fishery in its own right, now with specialist rods like the Sephia Au series, reels like the Stradic CI4 1000FML and braided lines like Power Pro that combine to make it more of a sport than just a just meat gathering exercise.

Traditionally, squid were caught on a multi-pronged jag baited with a whole yellowtail or a pilchard, fished off a handline and sometimes suspended under a bobby cork. While this was an undeniably effective technique (and still is given the right circumstances, especially when left to do its own thing while working artificial jigs), squid are arguably less numerous, specifically targeted, and therefore a lot more wised up. Consequently, our approaches have to move with the times as well.

Shimano’s new Sephia Egixile jigs have a number of features that will see suspicious, heavily pressured squid throw caution to the wind and latch on with abandon. This means that squid that couldn’t be interested before are now being targeted, thanks to six new colours coupled with some handy sink rates.

Squid can be mighty picky about what they eat, and there’s nothing more annoying than having them shadow a jig but not connect, but with the new Keimura Purple, Keimura Brown, Keimura Green, Keimura Black, Lame Purple and Lame Olive jig colours being added to the standing lineup, there’s sure to be a colour to turn lookers into eaters.

The Keimura cloth they are covered with reflects UV light and since UV travels further through water than sunlight, these jigs really stand out. This makes them perfect for low light conditions, and of course at night when squid are most active.

It pays to carry a few different sizes in the tackle box too, because as well as getting the colours right, it can be important to match the size of the predominant bait species in the area. The Sephia Egixile jigs come in three sizes — 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5, so there’s one to match whatever food fish our inky friends are switched onto at the time.

Sink rate is another important factor, especially when getting down deeper in the water column to where the Keimura cloth has its greatest influence. The 2.5 has a seven second per metre drop, and the 3 and 3.5 a faster 3 1/2 second per metre drop.

Squid tend to hang about in schools and they’re very curious creatures, so if you have a spare line ready it’s possible to turn a single into a double, and a double into a triple, just by leaving the most securely hooked squid in the water.

Finally, just remember to make sure your catch has expended its ink sack before landing it. They can squirt that sticky black goop a surprisingly long way and their aim is extremely good!

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