All about Sepia Fishing from Shore and Watercraft

Welcome one more day to PescaCosmar, today we are very excited to present our report today, as we will talk about the fun fishing of Sepias, we will teach them to capture them from a boat or directly on the coast.

The days of fishing of Sepia are very productive, can be captured alive to be used like bait later, or you can take them home to enjoy a great and delicious dish. It is also an ideal day to teach the little ones of the house to fish, or for those who are starting.

Go for it!

Knowing the species

The Sepiida is the scientific name corresponding to the cephalopods commonly called Sepias , Chocos, Cachónes or Cuttlefish, which are in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea.


Normally they measure about 20 cm without counting the tentacles, but can reach up to 30 cm or 40 cm in length.


Its body is flattened and thin, which covers a kind of hard carapace in the form of keel, leaving that it extends like a mantle towards the sides, which end up functioning like fins.

Ten irregular tentacles are detached from the lower part of the body, two of which are particularly longer and stronger, using them as dominant limbs.

Like the squid, it has an ink bag that allows it to flee in case of danger, and a powerful ventral bag that propels it in its long swimming.


It is easy to distinguish the sepia by its gray, beige and brown, which closely resemble the pattern of colors of some felines, and cover the upper body and tentacles, notwithstanding its head although it has the same colors It does not have the same pattern or intensity. Underneath its color is whitish pinkish and slimy texture.

The patterns of colors do not remain immutable, in fact their skin is covered with chromatophores cells that are controlled by the Sepia, to better camouflage in the environment and change pigmentation in just a couple of seconds.

His camouflage is quite intelligent, not only tries to mimic the background, but also can make visual effects, confusing the direction in which nothing and painting false eyes on the back to look more dangerous. You can also communicate with other sepias using different patterns to alert other sepia camouflaged.


The sepia are pleased to prowl the seabed with vegetation, as it gets there its main source of food. Usually located between two streams as this allows you to move from one place to another with greater comfort.


Sepia are predators of small mollusks, shrimp and even crabs and small fish that have not yet reached adulthood.

When to Fish Sepias?

According to alltimefishing, the ideal season for fishing Sepias is in the months of April and May, however from February to October the fishermen can find good catches. It is a species that is fished quite well in almost any season.

As for the best time of day for the fishing of Sepia, it is possible to say that just before dawn its appetite is very voracious and they fall quickly to the lures, mainly in zones slightly separated of the coast. On the shore you can catch them during dawn and early in the morning, but you will have to put a lot of emphasis on quality lures that will deceive you.

Where to Fish Sepias?

Before preparing the gear and throwing ourselves blindly, it is vital to determine the best spot in our fishing zone, as we will not find the Sepias throwing at random. Whether you are in a boat or launching from the shore.

The Best Places to Fish for Sepias on the Coast

Going to the point, we will be located in breakwaters, beaches and ports.

In the case of the breakwaters, make sure they are quite long and as far away as possible from the coast, get right on the tip, but be careful with slippery stones, back off if the area is not safe.

If you prefer the beaches, this should be very fine sand and turbid waters, ideally you enter as far as possible with a wader, and throw as far as possible.

Finally, for those who do not have a high-end equipment, we recommend fishing in the inner part of the ports. Since you can fish vertically, the area should remain illuminated, especially artificially if you go fishing at night, as the light attracts the cuttlefish as if it were an insect.

Locate fishing zones by boat

Sepia or Cuttlefish are kept almost permanently in current areas, even more so if they are rich in algae and sandbars, the boat should be placed at the beginning of a stream of water and drift to travel from end to end.

If for some reason the boat is diverted, correct the route and start again from the beginning of the current.

Sepia fishing gear

Although the modalities are different, the fishing equipment for sepia is quite similar, except for the cane.

Fishing Rods for Sepias

For fishing from boat a rod with a maximum length of 2 meters will be quite well, preferably that is progressive action and hybrid toe.

But if it is fishing on the beach or docks, it is better to have a reed that exceeds 3.5 meters in length, as it takes more strength to send away the rigging, the toe on the other hand has to be strong, Since the thin ones would break or cause too many problems in the collection.

Fishing reels for Sepias

Some boat fishermen do not even use reed or reel to catch cuttlefish, but that is a nuisance for our hands. While you do not need power or a high-end appliance, any 3 to 6 reel is more than enough to efficiently collect your Cuttlefish or Sepia.

Fishing lines for Sepias

At this point you should not skimp on the thickness, especially if you are fishing from a breakwater or the bottom where the Sepias are found is stony. The thread suffers a lot in these areas and you will have it shattered quickly if you do not choose quality, we recommend using monofilament 0.30 mm or 0.40 mm. Avoid twisting as it is entangled terribly with the vegetation of the bottoms.


The net of the sacadera is the one that finally prevents the flight to the Sepia and can serve us to strip it of its ink before to save it in the quota with salt water. It is an indispensable piece in this fishing day.

The best lures for Sepia

The well- known Jibioneras, like poteras or “birds” have a form of hook specially designed for cephalopods, and therefore they are considered indispensable in the fishing of Sepias.

The models are infinite, but here we will highlight the most important characteristics that poets should have, for the days of Sepias:

  1. Color striking, preferably bright, because sepia like sun reflections.
  2. Good quality on the rear crowns so they do not give in to the Sepia bite.
  3. Double crown to secure the bite.
  4. Realism of colors and eyes.
  5. Bib only in case of fishing in boat to a depth between 10 and 25 meters.
Interesting bait for Sepias

There are those who use female cuttlefish to immediately attract males to the rig.

The method consists in embodying alive and without damage to the female and walking around the area for a male to hug and so we can attract both to the net.

How to fish Sepias?

It may be the same species, but when it comes to a day at the shore vs. a boat day, conditions, fishing equipment and techniques, completely change from one mode to another.

Sepias fishing from the shore

Undoubtedly the most complex and the most demanding.

Divide the convergence of the sea currents and the zones with more illumination in that area, then you must throw towards that zone, pushing the line bass with the throw, as far as your arms and equipment allow.

The lure or poets, should not be in the bottom but half water, so that when we move the rod the lure make natural movements and attractive for Sepia. The movements will be made by giving small tugs upwards, so that the poets maintain the illusion of being jumping.

Distinguishing the Sepia bite is a bit difficult, but with these observations you will not have any doubts: To start you will feel as if the line has been hooked to a bag or a knot of algae, if that happens, stop the movement of the Cane and do not pick up, if the line continues evasively by changing the feeling of weight in the reed, you can be sure that you have the cuttlefish chopping your bass.

To nail it and secure it to the hook: raise the toe and pick it up with a couple of firm turns, then pick up calmly and continuously until it is drawn close to you. Do not give up one millimeter and deposit it quickly in the pot or directly in a bucket with salt water. You can not cut her tentacles and escape.

Sepia fishing from boat

Once the correct route is taken, which is almost always defined in a natural way parallel to the coast, between 5 and 20 meters in depth, the lines are released, whose rigging can be placed at different depths and with different lures.

With the reeds we will give long pulls to raise and lower the lures creating undulations. At the moment of the bite, gently pick up the line leaving the thread taut at all times, if you feel strong lollipops of the Sepia, pick up slower but not silks the thread.

When it is already close to the surface, it uses the sacadera to capture it definitively, and if you want to avoid the jets of ink, raise the sacadera and then introduce it in the water, that way Sepia will expel its ink to try to escape, but Thanks to the mesh, you will not be able to do it and you will get rid of your ink safely. Repeat the process two more times. To the third ejection of ink: it definitively raises the Sepia of the water and introduces it in the bucket, in that moment it will be recharging and it will not be able to stain to you.

“How did you like our report on Sepias? We hope you liked it and have learned more about it, do not hesitate to write us if you have any comments or questions. See you soon and good fishing.