Closest to real Squid I have found

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fishing Forum' started by ILHG, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. ILHG

    ILHG Well-Known Member

    Folks, the last few years while up in Haida I have come across lots of squid. Last year in the evening when the sun was still up I seen them all around the floating lodge at Hippa Island. The squid had brown/white colour & were bigger than what I seen on the north side of the island (I would say 7-9" in length). When up at the north side of the island I had witnessed smaller white squid at night that were attracted to the light.

    So anyways I have been looking for a match to the squid I seen & found these. They are about 9" long & in my opinion look very similar. The only thing I don't like is how the tentacles in the back like to stick together. However once in water it may not be a problem.

    I would like to get some feed back on these bad boys & also some input from guys whole run big squid baits behind flashers. How would you recommend running this? Or, would you run this? I admit to never hearing of running a 9" hoochie

    The pictures show both sides of it

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  2. kingblazer84

    kingblazer84 Well-Known Member

    what brand are they, look pretty nice to me!
  3. kelly

    kelly Well-Known Member

    I’ve played with a ton of colour patterns when they’re on Opal squid and have always found a UV white is the go to color.

    Depending on the density of squid and concentration of salmon I’ve also had my best days mooching squid that have been puked up or live mooching jigged squid. Usually have 2 rods jigging straight metal and 2 or 3 mooching squid. Bite will bounce back and forth towards one or the other. Some insane quad headers, lots of Hali and Chinook grabbing squid off the surface. You won’t be poplar doing this in a busy trolling tack though.
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  4. Fishtofino

    Fishtofino Well-Known Member

    Yeah those look nice but like Kelly said....jig up some live ones, put them on some hooks and hang on!
  5. ericl

    ericl Well-Known Member

    Silver Horde (makes the Coho Killer spoon) has the Golden Bait version of these in 3 sizes (up to 9") & 7 colors.

    The generic name for this style of hoochie is "Kajiki"; several companies make them. AKA Tofino Dog Turd.

    I rig mine with 50# stiff mono leader 44" long, mustad 5/0 Siwash hook & use a large Flasher. A Golden Bait OG55R will work too. I always direct tie my leaders to the flasher w/o a snap for more action.
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  6. ILHG

    ILHG Well-Known Member

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  7. ILHG

    ILHG Well-Known Member

    That is something I have wanted to do & spent time day dreaming about. I have a hole I call "The Pen", its a small pinical that comes to surface & has a kelp bed around it. I have caught some hogs trolling around it. I have always wanted to live mooch & just spend a day there waiting for the hogs to come to the pen..

    Only thing I can not figure out is what type of squid jig to use on the Opal squid? All the ones I see online look like they are for larger squid... Any help I can get on this would be much appreciated
  8. Fishtofino

    Fishtofino Well-Known Member

    The jig I use is about 4” long, glow white with a line of hooks along the bottom.
    Jig real slow and let them climb on
  9. Whitebuck

    Whitebuck Well-Known Member

    Good times at Florencia!!!!
  10. Dogbreath

    Dogbreath Well-Known Member

    Lots of different colours/sizes here
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  11. ericl

    ericl Well-Known Member

    Yeah but you need to know the right spot & when.
  12. Fishtofino

    Fishtofino Well-Known Member

    Florencia’s not the only place it happens. Just everyone knows about it now and is a gong show
  13. kelly

    kelly Well-Known Member

    I found that running around until you get a dense school under the boat and then jigging them with a salmon jig was more effective than using squid jugs. Slow jigs up and you’ll feel them. Get a bucket of water and they will keep for hours. Don’t plan on catch and release, most on the squid are hooked very deep.

    You couldn’t pay me to do this in the Florencia gong show. Squid spawn all over the place along the coast. Try any small bay when a spawn is on. Way better to do when you’re the only boat.
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  14. Whitebuck

    Whitebuck Well-Known Member

    Flo was fun before all the Tofino guides started running down to it lol:);)

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