DTD is a company in Croatia that produces high quality squid jigs and accessories, which are distributed worldwide. Croatia sits on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, and boasts some of the most beautiful shallow reefs in the world, so it’s not surprising that they’re producing such good gear. We at Fishing Monthly were lucky enough to have a few sent to us for testing. They’d already racked up impressive accolades for innovation in Europe, so we were keen to try them.
Opening the box to see what they’d sent us, we realised DTD have a massive range, with many realistic colour schemes and sizes. The attention to detail on these jigs was impressive, and obviously based on science. I was intrigued by the range of bibbed minnows with squid prongs at the back – something I’d never even heard of. DTD have even gone as far as to print little fish parasites onto the some of the jigs. Strong cloth, steady tow points and razor sharp prongs come standard with each jig, with some even having rattles. I’ve never used a squid jig with rattles, and was very keen to see if this made any difference to the action of the jig, and of course, the appeal to the squid. From what I could read on the packet, I noticed that most of the jigs had a slower sink rate than most other jigs, which suited me to a T. I like to fish very shallow for my squid, and a slower sink rate meant more time for the jig to sit in the squids’ face! Up here in Queensland, the main quarry is tiger squid, or northern calamari. I was charged with the task of finding squid for the team to catch, so it was time to get out of the office and hunt some tentacles!
In the field
We started by looking at the action of the jigs in the water. I was immediately drawn to the Retro Oita model in size 3.0 and in an orange colour, because it reminded me a bit of the jigs I’d normally use. The difference was that this DTD jig had a rattle, and a tantalisingly slow sink rate. With a steady wind, the jig cruised upright, much like a prawn or baitfish would when not being chased. However, upon employing the popular, fast whip-like action that’s taken the squid community by storm in recent years, the jig really came to life! The side-to-side motion of the jig looked so good! And when worked, it came right up in the water column for anything in the area to see and home in on. That was enough mucking around, it was time to start fishing! For some reason, the action was quite slow in my usual area this year, but I was confident we’d catch squid. We got a few aggressive swipes and bites from flathead and trevally, which was a good sign. If it’s good enough for wily flathead or trevally, then a silly old squid probably won’t ask questions! Finally, I spotted a big loner cruising along a rock wall, and I suggested to Fishing Monthly’s Michael ‘Foxy’ Fox to pop one near it. Almost immediately after the first few jerks, the chunky animal wrapped its tentacles around the jig and Foxy’s rod buckled over. Rattles work for squid! Since that first encounter, we’ve enjoyed using these innovative Croatian squid jigs. Unfortunately, we only started using them at the tail end of the Queensland squid season, but we’ll be well equipped for next season. I can’t wait to test out some of those other weird and wonderful jigs from DTD, especially the bibbed ones!
Bang for buck
In the world of squid jigs, you definitely get what you pay for. Spending that little bit of extra money is recommended if you want to catch more squid, and have your jigs last longer. DTD’s range of jigs present the perfect balance between price and quality, and have proven their worth on Aussie squid. There’s a place in tackle boxes all around Australia for these innovative imports, and I’m keen to see what DTD will do next!
– Bob Thornton