Squid jigs are unlike any other fishing lure. Instead of traditional fishing hooks they have a ring of thin, very sharp barbless wire hooks. Rather than hooking the squid in the mouth, the wire hooks snag the squid's tentacles as the squid attacks the lure.
Most squid jigs consist of a hard body that represents a shrimp or baitfish. On the back of the jig are barbless spikes pointing toward the front of the jig. The jigs are most commonly covered in cloth, the cloth is in place as squid suckers do no grip well to it so they slide down to the barbs to be caught.