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 that have undoubtable reputation of high eating and decent fighting qualities that make them a highly targeted species for anglers. Most common are the King George Whiting and smaller grass whiting. They are often found in weedy areas within the shallows of the bay and estuary systems. There a great bread and butter species to target by boat, kayak or land.

Scientific name:

Sillaginidae/Odacidae

Size & limits: 

There are 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. 

Bait Recommendations:

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

Lure Recommendations:

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

Tips:

Whiting respond 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 have small mouths so use smaller size hooks.

Rod/Rig setup:

Whiting fishing requires a subtle finese, 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 pound 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 longshank hook or a paternoster rig with 2 hooks and a size sinker depending on your conditions.

Eating:

Whiting are 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 its well worth the effort.

Best times:

Whiting are 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.