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Squid Jigging In Malaysia

May 19, 2014 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

Did you ever know that there is a form of fishing called “squid jigging”? Most people are not aware of how squids can be caught and it can indeed be an eye opener.

In Malaysia, one wonderful way to find out is to go the seasonal sport fishing activity of squid jigging, which is the traditional way to catch squids.

Squid jigging is a method that uses a jigger or “candat” which resembles a bait. When dipped in sea water, the jiggers look luminous and attract squids. 8 to 10 hooks are fastened to a jigger and the squids get caught in the hooks when approaching the jigger. Imagine, during the squid jigging excursions, one can pull out of the water, squids weighing up to 2 kilogrammes or over one foot long!Excellence250X250px

Malaysia is a hot spot for squid jigging. The best times to enjoy this fishing sport is from April to June every year, off Peninsular Malaysia’s east coast. During these months, the squids are very fond of swimming around in the sea at night and hence, they are much easier to catch. However, for those who love warm weather, this interesting activity can also be done in the daytime.

The joy of squid jigging

Squid jigging excursions are popular in the seas off Malaysia’s East Coast. and incorporate overnight sailing experiences. On these excursions, the boat will transport you to the squid “stable”, where you can be mesmerised by the beauty of the sea under the shimmering moonlight.

When the moon glows brightly, clusters of squids can be seen splashing the surface of the waterscape. Surely, this reminds us of “The Little Mermaid” movie where you can see the wonders of marine life splashing happily like a squid festival.

In the waters of Terengganu, squids can come in various hues including pinkish white hues as well as greenish white and bluish white shades. The best way to jig a squid would be to drop the jig all the way down, and then jerk it a few times.

If your jig suddenly feels like it has caught into something, this means that a squid could have hitched to the hook. Stop jerking and pull up the jig. It is often a tug of war with the bigger squids as they struggle. Other squids may even attack the tagged squid and it may be pulled up with bite marks from attacks from other squids.

A reminder to squid fishers is to look out for the squids squirting black ink in retaliation to being caught and as an attempt to free itself. The more fun part is that on an overnight squid jigging trip, some people may even pull up to hundreds of squids in just a few hours!

First timers or those prone to seasickness should bring along motion sickness pills on such trips as the boat may tend to sway a lot. Often, during the squid jigging season, a fleet of boats bearing lamps could be seen converging offshore Terengganu.

For those who are interested to experience the joy of squid jigging, there are various tour packages promoting squid jigging by local travel agents and operators.

Typically, the annual squid jigging event is held around the Terengganu coastlines and island paradises such as Pulau Kapas, Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Chepu and Pulau Redang. In Kelantan, there are two preferred locations for squid jigging in Tok Bali and Kuala Besar.

Squid jigging fans can also choose in other locations such as in Johor, Pulau Sibu and Pulau Tinggi, Mersing. However, the squids in Terengganu are often said to be the biggest.

For those who prefer to remain on Peninsular Malaysia’s west coastline, the best season for squid jigging is from December to March. Although these are in different months of the year, nevertheless squid jigging around Kedah, Perlis and Penang still gives the same joy and satisfaction.

How does it feel to be a squid hunter? Squid jigging is a unique form of sport fishing and in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014, it would be a great time to enjoy squid jigging together with the over 200 exciting events and festivities all-year round around the country.

Squid jigging is an experience to savour. Where better to enjoy it than now? Truly Malaysia.

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