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    Default Squid jig hunter and collector

    During my many walks along Victorian beaches over many years I've sadly noticed the increase of plastic on the shores. I've been around long enough to also notice that its been broken down to smaller and smaller pieces, micro pieces. This is probably not news to most people. Fact is I could easily fill a wheelie bin a day with bits smaller than say 2mm everyday, if I had the time. The problem is most evident on the shores of Port Phillip bay where I do most of my walking these days. Believe it or not, some areas that catch most of the drift are so bad that plastic is mixed more or less fifty fifty with sand.

    I know that some people regularly take the time to collect what they can, quietly and unheralded. I know one person who fills jars full of micro plastic every week. The problem is immense and most people don't see it, ignore it or don't care.

    While walking I've also noticed the prevalence of tangled fishing line, lead sinkers, lures and the subject of this post Squid Jigs. In about a year i've collected 121 of them from the beach and counting. I rarely not find one although I do go to places they'll probably be, the record is eleven in one walk and frequently collect up to five. These things are lethal to a bare foot or paw having a set or two or three circular rows of needle sharp hooks. Thankfully the hooks are not barbed but still would cause a nasty injury.

    I decided to house them within a frame and at the time I was heading towards ninety six so that became the number of compartments I planned for. As it's turning out I'm on course to accommodate another ninety six especially now that I know where to find them so this could turn into a three panel screen.

    So here's some of beginnings of the build, made from white washed Radiate Pine, half lapped (saddle?) jointed together with the ends tenoned into a moticed perimeter.

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    Looking forward to seeing this one Springy. Those jigs will look great.
    Those were the droids I was looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NCArcher View Post
    Looking forward to seeing this one Springy. Those jigs will look great.
    Thank you. It seems my eyes are now quite well trained to see them amongst all the suburban flotsam, jetsam and seaweed. Sometimes I think they're trying to find me. Some are obviously new but others have been in the sea for God knows how long, perhaps been washed up before then taken back in for another tumble. Others have been in the water long enough for barnacles and other crustaceans to form on them.

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    Well, I wouldn't want to be out in Bass Straight tonight! A fairly cold Antarctic blast for Victoria this weekend usually means many Squid jigs and plastic paraphernalia ends up washed up on our shores. I was able to get a relatively short walk in the late afternoon today and only found one Squid jig. I probably missed a few as the light was disappearing. You'll notice the lead ballast is missing from this one and typically shows its wear and tear. I plan to head to known squid jig snags during the week. I also collect soy sauce containers in the form of plastic fish. I find more of their red screw tops than bodies.

    I also found time in the shed to rebate all the beading in waiting for the windows to be put in place.

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    I wasn't expecting much on this mornings' walk because of the offshore wind and only had two in the bag until on the way back I was surprised and delighted to get another eight. So ten in the bag, close to a world record bag which I claim at eleven It often goes like that, I don't find many one way only to find heaps the other, must be the way the light is falling or something. Find of the day was when I caught a flash of iridescent blue amongst the amber seaweed, it turned out to be an eye of a squidgy jig.

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    Some late nights and early mornings lately rushing to get a birthday prezzie done before the actual birthday celebration for a change It was nice to get away from the squid jig case for a while.

    .7mm and .5mm galvanised wire wrapped in jute string then painted with gesso, dyed wool and acrylic paint.

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    What a catastrophe.

    I'd imagine these cursed things have been eaten by 100 animals, then died, then its off to the next to inflict its torture.

    We dont deserve this planet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodPixel View Post
    What a catastrophe.

    I'd imagine these cursed things have been eaten by 100 animals, then died, then its off to the next to inflict its torture.

    Agreed, they are ghastly things. We don't hear the screams from the pain they inflict unless we step on a beached one that is. I think though, with the advent of the myriad of artificial lures these days, at least they may to some degree relieve the over fishing of live bait.

    We dont deserve this planet.
    Apparently Mars is up for grabs

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    Quote Originally Posted by springwater View Post
    .7mm and .5mm galvanised wire wrapped in jute string then painted with gesso, dyed wool and acrylic paint.
    Whatís the target species for this type of lure?
    A thief stole my anti-depressants. I hope heís happy now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Tiff View Post
    What’s the target species for this type of lure?
    Young Homo Sapien female offspring

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    A short early morning walk resulted in just one squiddy and various other paraphernalia
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    Then finally got around to wedging in the legs of a coffee table present
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    Todays' catch a tangled duo

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    Gotouta work early so took advantage of the tide being mostly out and went to a known squid jig haunt close by home. I've had quite a bit of success at the place but lately I've been disappointed by not finding any but at least I get a bit of exercise as there's a couple of tricky rock hops and a creek to negotiate, not to mention getting down and up the cliff. I was happy to find one by the turn back but passed a spot where I'd previously seen a flash of colour under water, too deep and rough to get to at the time. This time I saw what I had seen previously was in knee deep water so the boots and socks came off and to my surprise the squiddy was snagged on an old rope which when pulled up had another five attached to it, yahoo! They're all a bit decrepit, who knows how many tides and storms they've endured and I suppose, given time, that old rope will snag a few more.

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    I spent a little time yesterday preparing to install the windows which I was going to do today but thought last night that it was better to do the outer frame while the inner frame was open. This allowed me to glue, clamp and screw the outer frame to the inner frame more surely. Luckily Bunnings had heaps of 19 x 89mm pine stock as I had to go through half of it to find three fairly straight and true quarter sawn 2.4s I could work with. While the inner frame is fairly strong, its only made from 12 x 42mm pine, it's the outer frame that'll make the whole thing more rigid. I came up with a finger/mitre joint combination to join the corners as it definitely needs strength especially on the bottom of the frame. The reason for this will become more evident in time.

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