Fishing Bait Spotlight:Salted Cured SquidSquid is one of the tried and true methods of bait for most types of ocean fish. Squid is easy to cut, has lots of natural scent, and stays on the hook very well. The problem with using squid is that it is messy, and you have to keep it on ice or it goes bad in the warm sun. Ways to Use SquidThere are many ways that you can use squid. You can tip your hook on your lure to add some natural scent that fish crave. You can add it to other bait that tend to fall off easy, like sandcrabs, so that if the sandcrab does fall off during the case or with the current and waves, that you will still have bait on your hook so you can still catch fish. You can fish with it alone on your hook. Some people like to add a bead just above the hook for a little extra attractant. What to BuyYou can usually buy squid in a supermarket or a bait shop. It does not have to be bait quality, it can be food quality as well. In fact, I buy mine at my local grocery store, so that I can salt and cure my squid before taking it to the ocean on my next trip. When you buy squid it usually comes in a box, and the box may look similar to the box below. How to Salt Your SquidThaw - The first thing you have to do is to thaw out your box of squid. It usually only takes a couple of hours to thaw out your squid. Drain - Once your squid has been thawed out, you can pour out the squid juice from the box to make it less messy to work with. Head Removal - Pull out one squid at a time and cut off the head. You can salt the head too if you want. Some people like to use the heads, some people don’t like to, it’s a personal preference. Slice Lengthwise - Then slice through one side of the squid down the full length of it to allow you to spread the squid open. Remove the Gunk - Pull out the gunk on the inside, including the hard clear piece on the inside so all you have left is the squid itself. Remove the Skin - Pull or scrape the colored thin outer skin off the squid so that you can expose the inner white meat fully when you use it as bait to release as much scent into the water as you can. Spread the Squid Flat - Spread the squid out flat. Cut into Strips - Slice the squid lengthwise into strips that are about ¼ to ½ inch wide. A squid will average four to seven inches long. You may want strips that are that long, or you may want smaller strips. If you want smaller strips you can cut them in half or thirds, whatever your preference is. Salt the Strips- Get a container or ziplock bag to store the squid strips in. Sprinkle a good layer of salt in the bottom of the container. Add a layer of squid strips and put another layer of salt on tops of the strips, enough to coat the top of these strips and the bottom of the next layer. Add the next layer of strips, and continue to repeat the process. Additional Attractant - I like to add food coloring (neon pink, neon chartreuse green, neon yellow, neon blue, etc… ) to a small batch of strips too, to change it up a little. To do that you would need a second container of ziplock bag, and mix up some food coloring with the squid strips before you salt them. You can also mix a teaspoon or so of glitter to give them some bling and glimmer as well. Optional Easy Method - You can put the strips in a container and bag with the salt, food coloring, and glitter, and shake them up, if that is easier. Bait Storage - Refrigerate your salted squid until you are ready to use it. If it will be more than a couple of days you can also freeze your squid. I also re-use my squid that has been cured with salt as it takes a long time to spoil, so I throw it on ice on my way home, then back in the freezer and ready for the next trip. Putting the Salted Squid on Your Hook•Thread your squid on a bare hook•Hook through just the top part of your squid strip to let it dangle freely•Add it to a hook with other bait, like sandcrabs•Add a squid strip on a lure for extra natural scentPautzke High Octane Fire Dye Bait Dye SystemPro-Cure Bad Azz Bait DyeBerkley Gulp Sand Crab Flea See more fishing tackle in ourFishing Gear and Tackle store.Disclosure: This post is brought to you by the Mendenhall Outdoors team. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. We frequently receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. If you click a link on this page, then go on to make a purchase, we might receive a commission – at no extra cost to you, and does not impact the purchase price of any products that you may purchase.