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with regards to times of the year when is it considered worth targetting squid and cuttle and when is it a waste of time?

I have a box full of jigs but as yet haven't got them wet but am very keen to

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Hi Mark,
Cuttlefish come close to the shore to breed anytime from Feb to July, there are specific times but what they are depends on to many variables.

I would certainly advise setting up a 50lb mono handline with a link swivel and 6-8oz lead, make two 2-3ft long 30lb branch lines off the mainline using 3way swivels as connectors, one branch 3ft above the lead and the next 4 feet further up.
Make sure that your jigs are the floating variety, not those with a piece of lead under the nose end (they are casting jigs 'eggi' in Japanese).
Cuttlefish and Squid jigs are the same and are designed to imitate a prawn, so make sure that your jigs have the clicker that is inside working (prawns make a click when they are alarmed).
High quality jigs like those made by Yozuri will catch much better than the Chinese copies, but if you have the time you can open up the Chinese ones and ensure the clicker works correctly then re-glue them so they remain waterproof forever, this is what the professionals (in Iberia) do if they cannot obtain the Yozuri jigs.

Mornings are often better for Cuttle catching, and live baits always catch the real monsters ie; 2-3kgs+ especially if your fishing around structure in +30m deep in late summer.
Watch as the 'fish comes up as it will panic and try and escape, land from behind with a net and dump immediately into a bucket (no water) and it will die within a few mins. Don't handle them near the mouth as they have a nasty parrot-like bill.
Once gutted and debilled you can eat everything, even the ink tho it makes your mouth a bit black for a while, brilliant on the bar-b-que by the way!

All the above applies to Squid except they are here all the year around and are very active in the evenings, that said they can be caught over sand (where they bury themselves) during the day.

Lastly, on the times I've tried around the Solent Bass have provided an interesting bycatch.......maybe possibilities for our enterprising members.
In Iberia its quite common to catch Tuna with Squid jigs so who knows?

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Have a bucket of clean water at the ready to wash your deck off strait away as those cuttle fish will squirt ink all over the place just for the fun of it, and once it stains your nice white deck if you leave it it will take you an age to get it off.
I used to trawl them up by the dustbin load years ago in the solent and flog them to the Chinese, ink included, god knows what they did with them.
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We were on the Boulder bank on Saturday and saw a couple of cuttle bodies float by.
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Mick

Thanks for the info and I will let you know of any success!

I love squid and imagine cuttle will taste the same

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ahab Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2013 at 3:48pm
i always  net  them   but  before  i get them in  the   boat  i  grab em  and  squeeze em   after  2 or 3   squeezes  all the ink is  gone  much  cleaner  for  the  boat
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Hi all, Have been reading this thread with interest as never tried for squid / cuttle. Only ever caught one by accident and that was offshore wrecking. Where would the experts suggest a first try for squid in the Solent this time of year? 
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