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Species Spiels: Squid, by Nick Martin

Squid, by Nick Martin

Southern Calamari (Sepioteuthis australis)

Common names: Squid, Kingfish Candy
Identifying features: Easily identified by its wing-flaps which run the entire length of its body. The squid has control over its chromataphores (colour bearing pigment cells) so it can range from transparent to a rusty brown colour.

Size and lifecycle: The biggest male calamari recorded weighed in at 3.6 kg and had a dorsal mantle length of 550mm. These calamari live for less than a year meaning they put on between 5-7% of their body mass per day! They reach sexual maturity at about 7 months of age and spawn in the summer months in relatively shallow water (between 3-5m).

Diet: Fish and crustaceans.

Distribution: The Southern calamari is found in the near-shore coastal waters all the way from Brisbane in Queensland all the way around to Perth, WA. They are also found in Tasmania.
Fishing applications: Southern calamari make excellent bait for both kingys and jewfish. With kings they can either be used live or strip baited. So if dissecting the squid you will end up with a head bait, a gut bait and a number of strips from the mantle. If strip baiting try and keep the gut ink sack intact as it acts like a magnet when being lowered down. For kings these baits should be suspended mid water. For jewfish these baits should be placed on the bottom.
Fishing techniques: Southern calamari tends to hang around any kelp beds or ribbon weed. They will sit just above the kelp, camouflaged and then ambush any unsuspecting prey. So to catch squid we use squid jigs which look like a prawn. In terms of price you really get what you pay for so i suggest spending a bit more and go Japanese and use yamashitas and yo-zuri. In terms of size this needs to be matched with the squid available so just after the squid have spawned you will be looking at using a 1.5 or 1.8 and working up to a 2.5 or 3 as they progress through their lifecycle. It is important to remember that big squid will take small jigs however small squid are not as likely to take big jigs. In terms of colour I use pinks, natural colours and at the moment I am having success with orange.
In terms of the range of motion the aim of the game is for your jig to spend as much time as possible just above the kelp bed without getting stuck. It is fine to get stuck once in a while as it means you are getting your jig to the right depth. The squid will generally take the jig when it is sinking. So cast out, let it sink almost to the bottom, give it a couple of tugs (makes it swim like a prawn) and wind up the slack.
Squiding at times can be a test of patience but perseverance it key as for kingys in the harbour it outfish's all other baits.

Eating qualities: Southern calamari are excellent to eat making it very difficult sometimes to feed them to the fish. It terms of eating squid here are 3 options:

1. Don't cook them. Eat them raw as they make exceptional sashimi. Craig once had a Japanese fellow get into one whilst it was still alive. Apparently watching him naw on one with squid ink all over his face made for quite a spectacle.

2. You can't really go past salt and pepper squid. Dust it in part cornflour / part rice flour and smoked paprika and salt then fry. Serve with lime and chilli aioli. If you can't be bothered making your own aioli simply add crushed garlic, chilli and lime to whole egg mayo. Or buy it from a shop.

3. Or try slow cooked squid. Fry off squid pieces in patches and remove from pan. In the same pan, fry garlic with 4 French shallots. Place squid back in pan and flambé with brandy. Add fresh tomatoes and tomato paste, chilli and an anchovy. Then white wine and herbs. Cook slowly for 40 -50 minutes. Soooo yum!
The only fishing line that catches fish is the one that is in the water so get out there!




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