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Where squid are abundant, they are a major food source for fish. But squid don’t live everywhere in Southwest Florida.

If you take a look through the freezers at your friendly neighborhood bait shop, you’ll find an assortment of options. Of course there are shrimp, but there are probably also many other choices: Mullet, sardines, whitebait, clams, crabs and a bunch of other stuff. All of them catch fish, but there’s a time and place each is most effective.

One of the most common frozen baits is squid. Squid are one of the most important food sources for saltwater fish worldwide, so they’re an important bait. Sometimes you’ll find whole small squids; other times, large or small pieces of “wing” from larger squid. I generally prefer large wing pieces for offshore fishing and smaller chunks for inshore applications, but whole squid are useful for some purposes.


Robert Lugiewicz is the manager of Fishin’ Frank’s Bait & Tackle, located at 4425-D Tamiami Trail in Charlotte Harbor, and a co-host of Radio WaterLine every Saturday from 7 to 9 a.m. on KIX 92.9 FM. Call 941-625-3888 for more information about the shop or for local fishing tips, or visit them online at FishinFranks.com.

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