Although whiting is a year-round destination, it is from November to March that they are in greater numbers. A paternoster platform allows two baits to be hung a little higher in the water above the weeds and grasses, where whiting can easily sip the bait. In Australia, sand whiting is distributed along the east coast from Cape York, Queensland to eastern Victoria and Tasmania. Match a reel of 2000 or 2500, which is more than enough for the fish you catch. Sand whiting inhabits sandy areas of estuaries, bays and coastal beaches at depths of 0.5 to 6 m. In the estuary, they visit sands/mudflats at high tide and canals at low tide. On the beach they prefer the surf area and are found in ravines and shallow holes, wavy ditches and divots as well as the edges of faded sandbanks. Sand whiting is typically caught in estuaries, bays and surf beaches from northern Queensland to Tasmania. Anglers take a finesse approach, using light lines, light outfits, and live bait or surface bait to target them. In an ideal world, it`s not so easy to combine an outfit to cover all the bases, but it`s possible. Due to the large difference in depth and tides for whiting on both waterways, the Wilson Texalium RLFTX32 allows 2-4kg anglers to fish for light sinkers in the shallows, but can handle up to 8 ounces of lead at depth, so you can get away with a single rod for all whiting scenarios. Sand whiting is primarily an earth-eater that digs through the substrate and sifts through to attack a variety of invertebrates such as worms, shrimp, crabs, molluscs and shrimp.
They will also eat small fish less regularly. On surf beaches, use a lightweight 10-12 foot cane and balance yourself with a 4000-6000 rotary reel or lightweight graphite alvey. Ship your whiting humanely and immediately after capture. Let cool in a damp bag of Hessian (or similar), Ice Esky or an ice mud made of salt water up to a few hours before direct sunlight and let cool as quickly as possible. As the snapper season draws to a close, anglers quickly swap their snapper gear for whiting gear and go hunting. For their size, whiting goes strong. Although the average weight of whiting is around 500 g, the initial hook will determine whether you land it or not, which is why it is important to use the right hooks and fishing rods. Using Berley for whiting is very effective, although there are those who don`t like to use it and those who do. Using berley attracts a variety of species, but so does whiting, and if you use berley, it means you don`t have to move much to find a school of fish. By targeting sand whiting, you will have the opportunity to fish for bait in estuaries, bays and beaches, and attract them to estuaries and bays. When fishing for bait, use live or fresh bait and incorporate slow recovery with an occasional break in your style.
If the surface baits are constantly covering new terrain, eject the current and follow the tide and vary the action and pace of recovery. Taking a break from a quick and erratic recovery is dynamite on shy fish. To adjust the hook with whiting, use a slow lift or slight tilt rather than a sudden stroke. Port Phillip Bay is home to the most popular whiting in the southern region around Mud Island and adjacent canals, St. Leonards, Queenscliff, Portsea, Sorrento, Blairgowrie, Rye, Rosebud, Mornington and north of the bay at Beaumauris Bay, Sandringham and Williamstown. 5 stars. Sand whiting is a sweet-tasting food fish that can be caught every month of the year. The meat is tender and white and for this reason they are a commercially sought after species. They offer a low yield and have a number of tiny pins, but otherwise they taste delicious when fresh and can be cooked with the skin on. When it comes to cooking, they are best prepared simply. Lightly floured fillets with skin, fried flat in olive oil with a broken sea salt spice is difficult to beat.
They are also beautifully crushed, grilled, broken, crumbled, grilled, steamed and baked. In the deep waters of the Western Ports canals, a paternoster platform with two Mustad hooks size #2 Demon Light Circle is recommended. Since salmon, snapper and other hard-to-control species are also attracted, the paternoster platform should be tied by a minimum of 16 pounds of fluorocarbon guides to prevent it from breaking. The whiting won`t be afraid of the thicker leader in the deeper waters and you won`t have to worry about being ripped off if the bite is hot and you`ll have to tie a leader again during the chaos. Sand whiting spawns twice a year, where it forms large communities at the mouths of estuaries. In the western port, you can either fish the shallow mudflats with whiting in 2-5 meters of water with a weight of 1-2oz to hold the bottom, or at 15-17m of water with a weight of 6-8oz to hold the bottom. You will need two separate outfits; One for depth and one for shallow, because a lighter rod, which is better suited for shallow fishing, is not able to carry a 6 to 8 oz sinker at depth. Silver whiting closely resembles King George whiting and yellowfin whiting. Make sure you know the difference so you respect King George Whiting and Yellowfin Whiting`s size, bag and boat limits.
If you hook a whiting and it throws the hook in the first seconds of the fight, it swims to school and scares them, so you can fish without biting for next time. Then you will have to make one move or several moves to move the school. To enjoy more sand whiting fishing, it is best to take a fine approach with a light and light hold. In sheltered waters, you opt for something like a 2 to 4 kg and 7 foot graphite spinning rod and a 1000 to 2500 size roller. Whether you are bait fishing from shore or from a boat, the rig you use remains the same, the only thing that differs is the amount of weight you use. Fishing for a monofilament main line can be beneficial because elasticity reduces the likelihood of hook shots. Sand whiting platforms vary, but a simple platform that works consists of a 4-8 long size shaft hook, a 0.5 to 1 m monofilament guide, and a ball milling running on a swivel joint. Bait with live tongs or a beach worm and you`re in business. In shallow water, whiting are often quite shy and stay close to the ground. For this reason, running milling or extended paternoster rigging is used. These two platforms allow the bait to be closer to the bottom. Due to the nature of whiting, which is shy in shallower waters, it is best if the platform is made of lighter fluorocarbon, let`s say something around 6-8lb and as for the hook, a Mustad #6 long Bloodworm tree.
There`s a lot of talk about which platform is best suited for whiting fishing, and while there are three main platforms, each has its advantages. Instead of deep fishing, whiting is found in greater numbers at depths of 2 to 5 metres. Silver Whiting has no size, bag or boat restrictions, just take what you need. Aiming for sand whiting on surface bait is a great sport and can be very productive. Use a 2-4 lb main braid and connect it to a 1.5 m and 4 to 6 lb mono guide line with a single double knot or similar. At the other end of the guide, a loop knot (e.g. Lefty`s Loop) walker surface baits that allow freedom of movement and zigzag baits during recovery. Alternatively, attaching a knot to the drag point of a cup-side popper helps the popper run straight ahead during a constant blooping recovery. The best baits for sand whiting are live ghost claws (claws or yabbies), bloodworms, beach worms and pippies.