Friday, 16 September 2011

Quick trip with Daz

I managed to get out for a quick session yesterday afternoon with a mate Daron, Daz has been squid fishing for years but has only recently grasped the more aggressive action needed to swim the egi as designed and clearly he has got it sussed. We started off heading to an area known for big squid at this time of the year but upon arrival it was clear that recent rain and big winds played a part in the water clarity with the water holding lots of sediment, we had a quick cast but it was made obvious in a short time that the water clarity giving approx 1 meter of sight below the surface was not going to assist in getting any big squid from distance, a short move to the Queenscliff area brought a similar conclusion so a trip back towards Portsea was called. he water was much clearer here but looking around we observed plenty of other boats in the area and no one had rods bent or were landing squid. Daron landed one half decent model around a kg but the water was fast as was the wind, thoughts of a location with slower water and better wind were at the front of our minds. A quick move to a location known to us both well and sure enough in a short time the squid turned on. I dont know how many we landed but there was enough for Daron to have a feed (I dont eat fish or squid) and plenty to go back to finish off what they were doing there in the first place, making more squid.

Last nights trip did do one thing, it helped with a bit of data I have been looking at on squid patterned spawning. The location we fished in the southern part of Port Philip Bay was a spot I have been going to a lot over the past few months, on previous trips I have noticed the size of the squid were smaller than on previous years for the time of the year we were fishing. The water temps have been warmer in the bay than previous years and although the squid were bigger in size in the past they were in less numbers. This year they appear to be smaller in size but in higher numbers in the same area. 2 months ago the squid we were catching were averaging the 18 to 25 cm size yet now the same area is producing squid averaging 35cm. It appears that the resident squid from 2 months ago have remained in the same area, from the squid kept as food when cleaning we noticed an abundance of females with egg's and some fertilized eggs. This would indicate that the squid were were catching 2 months ago were preparing to spawn in the same area and had done so as the water temp changed. This is a great sign of things to come as we know that at least one other spawn will happen in October as the water temp goes up a bit, we also know that squid were in spawn as early a June when some bigger male squid were caught with sperm packets ready to distribute. In the past we were of the belief that squid only spawn over a 2 month period yet from this years catches we have been able to show that it is now occurring over a 4 month period.

Why is this so important? as squid only live for between 300 and 350 days with the spawn spread out over a longer period the squid sizes will be of a higher average throughout the year with breeding taking place over a longer period. It also means that the concentration of spawning squid will be wider spread an less pressure will be on squid in spawn at particular times of the year. Here hoping for a bigger and better future for squid locally.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Osaka Tackle Show

Tickets are done hotel is booked and Japan will never be the same again, I will be taking both my DSLR camera and the HiDef Video camera so I can share some of what I experience in Japan and Hong Kong at the Hong Kong egingu club, the Osaka is the show that predicts most of the new trends in fishing world wide and give an indication of whats to come, as its the first major Fishing Tackle Trade show in the world it has become the flagship tackle show for most companies introducing new products into the market. It will not be all business for me as I plan on doing a bit of fishing while there, although February normally comes with a touch of snow and some freezing cold wind, not sure how my standard uniform of Crocs and Shorts are going to go but I will give it a dip and see.

For those interested in the next couple of months we are expecting a visit from our good friends from Japan, the guys from Gan Craft are coming back to do a series of talks throughout Australia, I will be joining them on the tour from Sydney to Melbourne and then to Perth. I am sure with the response the guys received during their last visit they will be just as welcomed the same upon their return, for those who missed it last time round we should have dates and locations up soon so keep your eyes on the dates that will be available here and on

For those not yet aware we have a couple of egingu clubs in Australia and believe it or not one on the Gold Coast, I am going to hit up the Gold Coast again in a few weeks to meet some of the club members and see how the club works.

I have been invited to go to the Bass Straight Game Fishing Club to do a squid presentation in the near future will post dates when available and we are going to again do some on water clinics as we did earlier, for more information on the on water clinics please contact me via email or on the phone 0417590547.