Whiting local fish species facts and Limits. Whiting also knowns as Tings or KG’s are a long and slimy fish with a small mouth. They have amazing eating and fighting qualities that make them a highly targeted species for anglers. Most common are King George Whiting and smaller grass whiting. They are often found in weedy areas within the shallows of the bay and estuary systems. They’re a great bread and butter species to target by boat, kayak or land.

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Whiting size and catch limits

There is no size limit, but a maximum daily bag limit of 20 per person. Whiting can grow over 60cm in size however most whiting caught in Port Phillip Bay and Western Port will generally be between 25 and 40 cm. 

Best baits to catch whiting

small pieces of peeled prawn, pipis, yabbies, sandworm, pilchards, squid, chicken, whitebait, mussels. Sandworms and earth/scrub worms will also work well too.

Best lures to catch whiting

Whiting will happily take worm and minnow imitation plastics such as gulp turtle back worms. They also respond very well to small surface poppers and pencil lures in shallow areas. Good choices include the small Storm Gomoku Poppers and Savage Gear poppers in smaller sizes.

General fishing tips for whiting

Whiting responds really well to Berley. You can easily make your own, something as simple as chicken pellets, Tuna oil and some pilchards will work well. Weed beds are the best place to target Whiting. If you’re in a boat you can sound in reasonably shallow areas for weed on the bottom. Whiting has small mouths so use smaller size hooks.

Rod and rig setup for whiting

Whiting fishing requires a subtle finesse, therefore we recommend a light 1-3 or 2-4 kilo spin rod around 7 foot in length. Coupled with a light 1000-2500 size reel, spooled with 4 pounds or 6-pound line and leader. When bait fishing a simple running rig with a small sinker to swivel, then 40cm of 4-pound leader to a small baitholder long shank hook or a paternoster rig with 2 hooks and a size sinker depending on your conditions.

Eating rating for whiting

Whiting is a prime table fish and considered to be one of the best-tasting fish around. It takes a while to learn how to fillet them quickly, but it’s well worth the effort.

locations to target whiting

Whiting can be caught throughout Port Phillip Bay and Western Port. Some known hotspots include Corio Bay, Kirks point, Wedge spit, Middle spit, Flinders, Anderson’s inland, Portland & Werribee

Best times to catch whiting

Whiting is an all year round prospect and can be caught at any time of the day, However, they are more commonly caught in Summer and Autumn and during high tide.

Recreational fishing guide

You can obtain a free Victorian recreational fishing guide from the Victorian Fisheries Authorities

Additions or Corrections for this fish species

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