“Mencandat sotong” or squid jiggling/hooking is a traditional method of capturing squids. It is an experience of its own. Fishermen will leave as early as 3 pm to scramble for the choicest lubok, where the most squids congregate. Soon after night falls, the fluorescent lights, powered either by a generator or an auto battery (wet cells) will be switched on to attract the squids (or calamari, if you haunt Italian restaurants). The fishermen use multiple hooks (the candat) with fish bait or they use a jig made of lead with 10 hooks embedded. This is called a "twist" by the locals.

The candat and the twist are both attached to a separate fishing line, usually nylon. During the candat season, squids are easily caught. Depending on the lubok, the fishermen can catch between 40 to 100 kg of squids per night. The squids hardly put up a fight although they are known to hose you with their black ink as soon as you get them on the boat.




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