How to Make a Squid Jig

Updated April 17, 2017

A squid jig, also known as an artificial jig, is a type of metal or bamboo fishing device that is used to catch squid. Squid jigs mimic the movement of a prawn, in a bid to lure the squid to take a bite. Store-bought squid jigs can be expensive, but you can make your own basic squid jig for a fraction of the cost, with materials that are available to purchase from craft or hardware stores.

Place the long, thin metal bolt onto your workspace. Attach a single hook to the end of the bolt just below the bolt head, by wrapping the thin metal wire around the flat side of the hook and the metal bolt. Repeat this process with eight to 12 hooks, so that the entire edge of the bottom of the metal bolt is surrounded with hooks.

Wrap a length of lead wire over the flat edge of that fish hooks, and up the side of the bolt. This will add some weight to the squid jig.

Repeat step 1, but position the new layer of hooks approximately half-and-inch above the first layer of hooks. Apply another layer of lead wire around the flat hook edges and the length of the metal bolt.

Hold the jewellery pliers in your right hand (or left hand if you are left-handed). Grasp the tail end of the metal bolt with the pliers, and twist to create a small loop.

Wrap the coloured wire around the metal bolt, starting at the base of the second layer of hooks, and ending just below the metal loop.


Bright fluorescent colours, such a neon pinks and yellows, are the best colours to attract squid.


Exercise caution when tying the hooks to the metal bolt. Wire cutters should only be used under the supervision of responsible adults.

Things You'll Need

  • Thin metal bolt
  • Small hooks
  • Thin flexible lead wire
  • Jewellery pliers
  • Jewellery cutters
  • Coloured wire
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