Squid is a favourite bait for most species of fish. By Dean Dickinson
The dingle dangle has become widely used along our coast, as it allows one to use bigger baits when using a circle hook. It also gives the bait a more natural appearance in the water. The float places the bait in mid-water, and the wire that attaches the bait to the hook allows the bait to move freely, giving it the appearance of a live bait fish.
I have used a clear squid skirt in the front of the bait, removing the tassels from the skirt with a pair of scissors to make the bait look more natural, with two eyes. I have used No 6 piano wire with a 1/0 adrenaline circle hook to make up the dingle dangle, and tied blue foam onto the wire to help the bait to float. You can use any colour; red will work well for this bait, mimicking a blood worm.
Because the hook is completely exposed, you can use a smaller hook than you would normally. This is an ideal bait to use when targeting kob, steenbras and baardman especially, but most fish that eat squid will take this bait. I have also landed eagle rays using this bait.
Find a nice patch of working water puffing with sand and cast the bait into it, as this is the perfect place to get a pull on this type of bait presentation. If you haven’t had a bite after a few minutes, pull the bait a few turns, moving it through the water; this often triggers a bite. This is a good bait to use with a running trace and a ball sinker, allowing the bait to move freely through the water. This bait will also work well when fishing in a river.
Take a clear squid skirt and cut off the tassels. Thread the wire through the head and cotton a thin strip of foam onto the hook. Then cut two thin strips of squid to cotton around the foam on the dingle dangle.
Using a chokka hammer, smash both strips of the squid, releasing the smell from the bait and tenderising it.
Make sure the strips of squid are longer than the foam, to allow for the two tail ends to hang off the bottom of the bait. These will look like a natural tail as they drift around in the current.
Using ghost cotton or latex, cotton the two strips around the foam, leaving the tail pieces to hang off the bottom of the dingle dangle. Pull the eyes of the squid over the front of the bait to finish off the presentation, giving the bait a very lifelike appearance.