Basic guide to catch CHOKKA (Squid) needed

jpet

Member
Hi Guys,

 

I believe that there are plenty Chokka (squid) around .I am not experienced on how to catching CHOKKA.

I will be going on the boat by the weekend conditions permitting.

 

Can more experienced Sealiners offer some help or advise with regards to:  

 

-         What line Thickness to use?

-         What jigs are the best to use - type and colours?

-         What is the best way rig the jigs – i.e single or double etc?

-         How to catch them - rod or handlines – which is best?

-         Are there and special techniques or jigging methods to use?

 

Any useful advice or comments most welcome

Thanks chaps

 

(NB – Chokka is good to eat and excellent bait)



 

Jpet
 

G and T

New member
Hi

We use the normal chokka jigs, a weighted one at the bottom and the floating type on the same line about a metre up. We use a light rod cause it make it a bit easier to feel once the chokka is on the lure. We drop it down till it hits bottom, pull it up a bit off the bottom and then use a gentle up and down movement to give the lures a little life. There is no real bite as such as with bottom fishing...the line just becomes heavy...don't strike...just reel up steadily and be prepared to be sprayed with water as you pull the chokka clear of the water surface. Play around to see which colours work best on the day and have fun.

This has worked for us.... 

If any chokka boffins out there can shed more light and improve our technique and catch rate I'm all ears....

Cheers
 

Hammertime

Sealiner
The only thing we do differently is we do not put the two so far apart. The floating one ends up about 30-40cm max away from the bottom weighted one. 10kg line is the heaviest you should use. We use 4kg braid with a 6kg mono leader. We only started using the braid last December and it makes one hell of a difference as you can feel everything. Different places seem to like different colours although the pink floating yamashita has to be my all time favorite and I don't think I'm alone on that one.

Recently I have found the orange and green striped canvas covered jig with all the barbs on it to be superb. Have no idea what make they are, I buy them at False Bay tackle.
Also the blue and black stripe (mackeral colouring) works very well. When they slack, rub them (the jigs) on some pilchard. Even cut tiny pieces of sard and put it on. Thats been a winner for us. I have left one or two in the Berkley "juice", not sure if it made a difference on that day as it was thick anyway and the whole crew was firing. But the pilchard trick works well.
 

FishExcutnr

Sealiner
pink floating yamashita is the best!! i dont even use a weighted jig, just a barrel sinker and then 2 pinks, or a pink an white about a ruler length apart..
 

Dorado75

Sealiner
chartreuse color lead jigs are deadly in false bay.... been using the same color for 15 years fishing in false bay and never let me down!!
 

jb2

Sealiner
Dorado75 wrote:
chartreuse color lead jigs are deadly in false bay.... been using the same color for 15 years fishing in false bay and never let me down!!
Don't forget the "Policeman" blue and chartreuse combo!
 

jpet

Member
Hi Guys

thank you so much for sharing your info  - at least I have an idea of how to go about it now , this will certainly help me catch some chokka

thanks once again.
 

Hammertime

Sealiner
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There you go.
 

MouseDog

Senior Member
Here is my little collection, the ones on the bottom row are all weighted, the top ones are not, the white one in the top row is a new jig, someone gave me 10 of them, seems to be quite nice, it is mainly made of rubber and is flexible.

Friday is chokka catch day on my boat, 3 guys = 60 chokka = enough bait for a while
 

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jpet

Member
I have seen some guys using the luminous green 6mm snap sticks , attached just above there chokka jigs - they proved to be very successfull  , don't know what you guys think about that
 
I plan on catching my chokka this year too. Asked the commercials a few questions and I have now aquired a powerful submersable light that gets dangled out the back of the boat on a float. Then use squid jigs like mouses while the trap stick waits for a live bait. Fill the hatch with chokka while the trap stick hunts other monseters also interested in the fuss.

We'll see how it goes!
 

Dorado75

Sealiner
156 wrote:
Has anybody tried using lights at night in False Bay to attract chokka?

we catch very good chokka at night under the lights at simonstown on the wall!! especially the corner one near the yacht moorings!!

 
 

156

New member
Dorado75 wrote:
we catch very good chokka at night under the lights at simonstown on the wall!! especially the corner one near the yacht moorings!!

 
Assuming this is in the Navy yard, access is restricted/ prohibited here isn't it?  We have tried off the yacht moorings during the late afternoon but the seals were all over us maybe we should try a late night outing. 
 

jb2

Sealiner
When the squid are about half the dockyard workers are under the light.

There is a funny weed on the bottom so have a look at your jig every now and again.
 

Dorado75

Sealiner
jb2 wrote:
When the squid are about half the dockyard workers are under the light.

There is a funny weed on the bottom so have a look at your jig every now and again.

yeah that weed is a bugger, if your jigs just touch the bottom they are completely fouled up!

 

156- we are referring to fishing under the lights there from the boat, and not from the wall
 
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