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Sunday, January 28, 2001

TUTORIAL[A3]: Egging

Egging is simply the term for the act of catching a squid.

Now squids are very interesting creatures. Their attack pattern is to manovuer behind the prey, and use it's tentacles to grab it from the behind. Making use of this behaviour, squids can be caught by a squid jig, designed to capitalise on this.

The squid jig is actually a prawn looking lure, with an umbrella hooks. The hooks are meant to hook on the tentacles when the prawn is attacked from the back. Squids have good eyesight, and jigs that glow in the dark is a bonus to catching them.

If you use a large squid jig, expect lesser catches as the tiny squid would not want to attack it. But large squid jigs can catch big squids at times. Smaller squid jigs are more productive, but the catches are also usually smaller.

The act of egging is to throw the jig far out and slowly reel it back in. Other variations are to let the jig go to bottom, pull up the line like stretching a long noodle, reel in one or two rounds of the reel, and repeat the whole process. This will move the jig across the vertical water column, letting it rise and fall.

If a squid attacks, there will be a sudden pull as if you have hit a snag. If the "snag" is movable, then congrats, you have gotten a squid. But be warned. Make sure to let the squid "squirt" out all its inky contents before you get near to it. It can be downright messy.

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