Swim the Squid Lure like a Prawn Retreating
The way a squid jig or squid lure works is by
imitating the likeness of a prawn right down to the way a prawn swims
when it is retreating from danger.
Using a lure to catch a squid starts with learning how to make it swim like a retreating prawn.
When prawns swim
normally they swim forward slowly. But when startled they retreat by
swimming backwards in short bursts, with a halt in between.
this action a squid lure or squid jig combines a factor of buoyancy
with a counterweight, so you can swim it like a retreating prawn.
swimming action of a prawn retreating is burst, halt, burst halt. The
way you replicate this takes advantage of the balance between the
slight buoyancy and slight weight of the lure.
You jerk the
lure forward a bit with your rod, then let it ‘halt’ then you jerk it
forward a bit more, then let it halt…. then you just repeat this
The lure does
most of the work and you can see how the lure swims, drop it in the
water where you can see it right next to the boat or jetty or wherever
you are fishing and practice the jerk then halt technique and you can
watch it do it’s prawn like retreat.