Atlantic Squid (Loligo pealei)
Like all other cephalopod mollusks – Squid have a distinct head, bilateral symmetry, a mantle, and arms. The Squid’s body consists of eight arms and two tentacles. The long tubular shaped body is the mantle. The Squid’s mouth is nestled in between the arms. Squid range in length from one inch to six feet. There are over 300 species of Squid that can be found in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans – geographic range varies for each species.
Argentine Squid is found off the east coast of South America – near Argentina and the Falkland Islands. The Illex squid is darker in color, larger and tougher than the Loligo.
Uses: Squid is one of the most versatile baits to use. Anything that will bite a hook can be caught with squid. Squid can be used cut, whole and may be used as a terminal bait or trolled.