Welcome to the Whiting Fishing Guide Victoria. Whiting are known locally as Tings or KG’s are a long, slender and slimy fish with a small mouth. Tings is a top table fish with fun fighting qualities which makes them one of the most popular fish species targeted in Victoria. They come in a few different forms but most common are King George Whiting and smaller grass whiting. They are found in good numbers in Port Phillip Bay and Western Port in shallow weedy areas. You will also find them in estuary systems. They’re a great bread and butter species to target by boat, kayak or land. 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.



Scientific name – Sillaginidae/Odacidae. The legal size limit is 27cm and 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. Whiting is a prime table fish and is 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.

How to catch Whiting

We would highly recommend watching our whiting fishing masterclass. This is a free 30-minute video on how to catch whiting. Including whiting characteristics, where to find whiting, berley techniques, fishing rod reel and tackle selection, rig setup, bait options and more. We then hit the water and bag out on a good feed of whiting followed by running you through some easy filleting techniques.

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.

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. Watch our video below which walks you through how to make your own whiting rigs. Starting with a runnining sinker rig than paternoster rig.

Bait to catch whiting

Our recommended baits for catching whiting include

  • pipis
  • small pieces of peeled prawn
  • yabbies
  • sandworm
  • pilchards
  • squid
  • chicken
  • whitebait
  • mussels
  • earth/scrub worms

lures to catch Whiting

Whiting will happily take worm and minnow imitation plastics such as gulp turtleback 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.

locations to catch Whiting

Whiting can be caught throughout Port Phillip Bay and Western Port. Some known hotspots include

  • Port Phillip Bay
  • Western port
  • Corio Bay
  • Beaumaris Pier
  • Mornington Pier
  • Barwon Heads
  • Kerferd road pier
  • Kirks Point
  • Queenscliff Pier
  • Wedge Spit
  • Clifton Springs
  • Avalon
  • Middle Spit
  • Williamstown
  • Sandringham Breakwall
  • Portland
  • Werribee
  • Mordialloc Pier
  • Flinders Pier
  • Geelong Grammar lagoon
  • Cunningham Pier
  • St Helens
  • Anderson inlet
  • St Leonards
  • Portarlington Jetty
  • Mount Martha Rocks
  • Sorrento Pier
  • Dromana Pier
  • Portsea Pier
  • Blairgowrie Pier
  • Rye Pier

Remember to berley often and fish an area for 15 to 20 minutes. If you’re not getting catches then lift the anchor and move onto a new spot. It’s often a case of several moves before finding them.

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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