Welcome to the Whiting Fishing Guide Victoria. Whiting also known locally as Tings or KG’s are a long, slender and slimy fish with a small mouth. Tings are 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. 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. 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.
How to catch Whiting Fishing in Port Phillip Bay and Western Port
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.
Best fishing locations to catch whiting in Victoria
Whiting can be caught throughout Port Phillip Bay and Western Port. Some known hotspots include Corio Bay, Kirks point, Geelong, Wedge spit, Middle spit, Flinders, Anderson’s inland, Portland & Werribee. Remember to berley often and fish an area for 15 to 20 minutes. If your not getting catches then lift the anchor and move onto a new spot. It’s often a case of several moves before finding them.
Best baits to catch whiting fishing guide
Our recommended baits for catching whiting include pipis, small pieces of peeled prawn, yabbies, sandworm, pilchards, squid, chicken, whitebait, mussels. Sandworms and earth/scrub worms will also work well too.
Best lures to catch whiting when fishing
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.
Recreational fishing guide
You can obtain a free Victorian recreational fishing guide from the Victorian Fisheries Authorities
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