Well you'd almost have be hiding under a rock to not know that Mornington pier has been producing a bucket load of squid lately. While you can expect a
bag of small sized squid from the pier on most nights, these squid are in plague numbers at the moment and your bag of 10 can be achieved in 10 casts!
Make no mistake though - as they CAN be super aggressive, like every form of fishing there is certain technique and gear that will see you bag out
while some go empty-handed.
Jig size is critical for success at Mornington pier at the moment. While you can catch small squid on a size 2.5 or even 3.0 at the moment, for every 1 that you catch on bigger jigs someone else will catch 5. These squid are small and they are feeding on small prey, so size 1.8 jigs have been the absolute best. These size 1.8 Daiwa Emeraldas Nudes have been super effective and have multiple standout reasons why they are working - come in and check them out, before they run out.
Many anglers have been setting their jigs up 'paternoster' style as well - there is no need for this. 1; you rarely have to cast more than 20m from the
pier even in windy conditions and 2; You don't want a sinker thumping the bottom as you work the jigs back - it can put the squid off. These quality
jigs are designed from the ground up to fished without a paternoster setup, and you WILL catch more squid using them this way when compared to the
rest of the crowd!
Customers Harry and Jim had a quick session on the pier during the week to catch some squid. Size 1.8 Yamashita Naory jigs in red head were the best, especially
when sunk to the bottom and subtlety darted back.
Staff member Don has been at the pier multiple times this week and has managed to bag on the squid, with 8 squid from 8 casts just the other day! Don has
found small jigs worked back quite fast and mid way through the water column has been a good way to trick this small squid into grabbing hold. Colour
choice has not mattered, with some certain colours working for a small period and then others taking over, especially as the light or conditions change.
Don also found that the pier was crazy busy, but amongst the crowds only few were catching as most were too busy copying the 'sinker brigade' and not
focusing on keeping their jigs in the right area, and experimenting with different colour options and shades to catch their bag.