The Squidgies Slick Rig in both its Standard and lighter Pro Range configurations is one of the deadliest soft lures ever designed. Not only is the Slick Rig an absolutely essential component of every barra fisher’s lure collection, it also has a place in the tackle boxes of anglers chasing snapper, mulloway, flathead, kingfish, Murray cod and a host of other predators. Here, in a nutshell, is how to best use the Slickie:
When fitted with the standard hook-and-weight insert (as supplied), the Squidgies Slick Rig is extremely easy to use. Simply tie the lure to the end of your line or leader (use a loop knot or a sturdy, round-radius clip if your line or leader is heavier than about 10 kg breaking strain). Cast out, allow the lure to sink to the depth you desire and then commence a steady, medium-paced retrieve. An occasional pause will allow the lure to sink back to your desired running depth.
Squidgies Slick Rigs can also be trolled very effectively at speeds between about 1 and 5 knots (up to 8 or 9 km/h). The further you deploy the lure behind the boat and the slower you troll, the deeper the lure will tend to run.
Beyond these basic presentation strategies, the sky is the limit! Squidgies Slick Rigs also work extremely well with a stop-start or lift-drop action, combining lifts or sweeps of the rod tip and pauses of the reel handle to create a more erratic up-and-down action through the water column. They may also be simply spooled to the bottom, then jigged or retrieved vertically. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
Finally, Squidgies Slick Rig bodies work extremely well if they are carefully removed from the standard hook-and-weight insert before being re-rigged weedless or snag-proof (Texan-rigged) on a wide-gape worm hook. Weight can be added via a sinker, either fixed or running on the leader, or strung in the leader loop knot ahead of the lure. Articulated worm-hook-and-weight combos are also available from some jig head manufacturers. Fish this weedless rig slowly, with numerous pauses and drops, and be especially alert for hits and pick-ups as the lure sinks.
There’s a very good reason for the long-term popularity and success of the Squidgies Slick Rig. Find out today why so many Aussie fishers swear by this amazing lure!