Combine this with the fact that none of us have been out in a European-built Jeanneau trailerboat […], by Steve Morgan •You might think that boat companies just take a fishing boat hull, whack a bowrider deck on the top, and presto an instant bowrider! The best Whiting Fishing Rig – Rods and Reels. 1) Get to the fishing location at low tide 2) Pump yabbies or worm (I didn't do the worming) and put them in a bucket of salt water 3) As the tide comes up, the whiting move up onto the sand flats to chase the yabbies, so we put our very lightly weighted (if at all - depending on depth) yabbies with the hooks in front of them The reason I say this is because whiting do tend to wait until darkness before they will venture really close inshore. If you miss a strike, try feeding some line back out to the fish with the rod still in the holder. I find these spots can fish very well at dawn and dusk regardless of the tide due to the structure provided for the fish, as well as the lower light conditions. Another tip is to use your sounder’s GPS like a fishing diary. Today, anglers can access an array of resources to help pinpoint the best fishing days, best times for freshwater fishing, and best saltwater fishing times locally. When fishing for whiting it is best to look for areas that have two sets of breaking waves. An incoming tide, or rising tide, is considered to be one of the best fishing tide times. Given the small window with the tides, it is best to have scoped these spots out beforehand so you know how far you have to travel between gutters. The rock wall has the benefit of extending out into deep water. The only time I find these plastics don’t work is when the water is glassed out and their little legs or feelers aren’t moving as your drift slows right down. As whiting feed they bury their nose, almost up to their eyes, as they pull worms, crabs or yabbies from the bottom, leaving a divot as they pull back and continue their forage. A larger swivel is also recommended for outfit 3. Type of fishing: Jetty Expect to find: Flathead, Whiting, Bream Best Time to go: Early morning I learnt these techniques from reading and going out fishing with local experts such as Wayne. Outfit 3 is a dedicated beach rod. You are using this rod because the sea and wind conditions are acting up. That is, ‘Winter whiting June 18’. Furthermore, during most winters some of the smaller fish (under 25cm) also enter the mouths of rivers and creeks. For the kids and the ‘rough’ anglers look for an outfit that is a little more robust. Plus, you'll learn about the 2 … Don’t feel too nervous about upping your mono rating. Think about the stage of the tide as well. A 7 foot full graphite spin rod, lightweight, rated 2 to 4kg. The gutter was only about 150 meters long and the tide was receding. These locations include the beach, sand flats and estuaries, deep river tactics, and winter whiting tactics. I hope it helps you to catch a few more of this very popular species. Well, this video tutorial below will show you the #1 factor to keep in mind when planning your next fishing trip. Mark spots where you are catching a number of fish, and then rename a mark in the middle of the fish with the species and date. Use live bait if you can. Be cautious of being too brand loyal. Jerking, blooping or ‘walking the dog’ encourage attack from below. Added to that, the smaller pieces of tubing tend to slide up and down the trace making your bait stand out that bit more. Braid is pretty well essential. The other consideration is to keep your rig very simple, with a very long trace and do away with the red tubing, as some of the best fishing in the Nerang at least can come at night during the late spring to summer months, so the tubing is ineffective and just adds more weight. Whiting tend to be concentrated where the … The waves generally curl up less than 0.5m and break right on the beach and thus expose beach worms and pipis to the hungry whiting. Added to that is the fact the sand spit usually holds their favourite menu of pipis and beach worms. My favourite whiting fishing weather is 5-10 knot south to southeasterlies or 5-10 knot south to southwesterlies. Another thing great about these fish is they will also take frozen baits such as red-dyed worms and you can also catch a bigger class of fish on artificial baits such as the Berkley Gulp Sandworm. And finally, for more tips, reports and fishing information, jump on my Facebook page, Ontour Fishing Australia. Fluoro leader to 6 pound is ideal, the hot tip is to get a leader as soft as possible. Just because the weather is acting up a little and the wave action is a little more aggressive, doesn’t mean there isn’t good Whiting to be had. Understand your budget then look at specs and ratings. Modern spinning outfits are perfect for targeting whiting offshore, even in depths of water of several hundreds of feet. Again, a long leader is suggested for inviting more bites but not too long as casting will likely be compromised. Keep the rig simple. The edges of mangroves are also a top spot for bream on high tide, as are tiny creek offshoots that are generally accessible only on the largest of spring tides. This is exhilarating fishing, but until you become very experienced at it, you shouldn’t expect the same results as bait if numbers are your end game. Wait until the rod tip dips down heavily before you lift and strike. The best time to fish for whiting is usually with a rising tide although the fish will bite right through the day. Try to fish the Big tide Tides For Whiting in winter and summer the image below show’s the different stages in the Tides. For outfit 1, spool up with mono to 6 pound if you’re casting flesh and live baits. Wondering what the absolute best tides for redfish, snook, and trout are for the flats, creeks, and bays? Live sand fleas is still the bait of choice for the whiting. Whiting are now a popular target on topwater lures like Bassday Sugapens. Light wave action is perfect. See the rigs diagram hereabouts. The whiting usually feed just behind the shore dump, so it is important to either retrieve your bait into this zone, or cast just behind the break with a heavier 4 ball sinker to hold your long 1m trace in the strike zone. This article describes the best tides and techniques for each location and then describes the best baits, lures, tackle and rigs to target summer and winter whiting. Working out speeds is often based on experiment for each session. These are natural feeding areas for fish as are points or other structure that may divert the tides or currents along the beach. Bigger whiting are better targeted using fish baits alone because they are a predator and do feed on other fish. The first set will break near the beach and the second a little further off shore. Some of those species are also regularly caught on lures. When casting lures choose braid 2 to 6 pounds. By far and away my favourite technique bait fishing the flats is the cast and retrieve method with a small Alvey reel and light rod. That’s exactly what Gold Coast boat builder, Stessl […], by Steve Morgan •At Fishing Monthly, we like getting the first look at new ranges of boats. “If God told me that I was only allowed to chase three fish species for the rest of my fishing days, Whiting would definitely be in that three.”. There’s a 40 cm plus Whiting out there with your name on it. There is nothing better. KG Whiting love fresh Squid. Baitfish and prawns hide in the thick of the mangroves on a high tide while predators cruise the periphery looking for a feed. You will be using mono or braid with flesh and live baits. Try to fish the Big tide Tides For Whiting in winter and summer the image below show’s the different stages in the Tides. Fishing for a few hours either side of high tide is best. If after 10-15 minutes you have caught no fish, or the fish stop biting, move to the next gutter of similar formation. By getting down wind, and using a good pair of Polaroid sunglasses, it is usually pretty easy to spot the schools of fish moving up on the flats. As the tide rises, the fish spread out with access to more water or disperse to cleaner, calmer water if the swell and water movement becomes too turbulent. This is for obvious reasons, they’re pointed at all sorts of fish. The action of the lure you are trying to achieve is either a triangular side-to-side ‘walk-the-dog” pattern with stickbaits like Bassday Sugapens, or a ‘bloop-bloop’ approach with poppers (dispersing water at the front of the cupped face of the lure). This is the rod you will be using most of the time. Big beach worms like this produce plenty of baits that beach whiting find hard to resist. I have three favourite types of beach gutters I prefer to fish at or around high tide. To deal with fast flowing current you want to use two anchors, one at the strern and one at the bow to prevent the boat from moving around. This can be true in the right gutters and conditions, but be assured that in certain circumstances the opposite applies, and the best time is the hour or so either side of the low tide. This article aims to provide you with the keys to unlock the ‘whiting code’ in four main types of whiting locations across South East Queensland and New South Wales. To enjoy the sort of success that experienced whiting anglers achieve, you need to understand the fish and adapt to the location and conditions. Let’s revisit this old chestnut in some detail. What is great about these fish, is they are a little less finicky (so will take more of a variety of baits) than the summer whiting and tend to gather in larger schools. If you intend to bait fish for whiting you need to plan your bait collecting prior to fishing and in general a session starts with bait collecting on the bottom of the tide and then you fish this bait on the run in tide as the water pushes up over the flats. When the pompano and whiting are holding on the outer sand bars during the least 3 hours of the outgoing tide you can catch a ton of fish. All is not lost, however. Due to the huge difference in depth and tide for whiting over both waterways, the Wilson Texalium RLFTX32 2-4kg allows anglers to fish light sinkers in the shallows but can handle up to 8oz sinkers in the deep so you can get away with having just one rod for all whiting scenarios. It is in these estuaries where most of the big ‘elbow-slapping’ whiting of 35cm+ are caught. This is certainly the case for rivers such as the Nerang on Queensland’s Gold Coast. In my mind, beach fishing is one of the most underrated yet productive ways to catch a feed of legal size fish. Added to that they are using baits like frozen prawns and squid, or fishing with line as thick as whipper snipper cord and with enough lead to sink a small ship! Throw some pauses of 10-20 seconds in as well if the action is slow to see how the fish might be reacting to the bait on a particular day. More often than not local conditions, such as the water depth and strength of tide, dictates the use of heavier tackle. This is why they are so much fun and so loved by Australian anglers. However, there is a big difference in the catch rates of the casual angler compared to the wily old whiting angler. The technique is to throw out your lines with very long traces (see rigs diagram) and lay up to two long whippy rods, around 10’6”, low to the water and out the front and back of boat and two shorter whippy rods of about 9” at the side of the boat. For the spin rod, strap a 6000 or 8000 reel to the rod. Falling Tide Because water is in movement when a tide is changing, these times are the best times to fish. If you need weight to hold your position or get over a sure break to a distant gutter, weight and strength is the answer. As the tide rises, you can anchor at the drop off and cast your baits up over the shallows (as far from the boat as possible) where the whiting will be feeding. So there you have it. Whiting will often hook themselves if you set your rods low to the water to offer minimal resistance. You can either hop out of the boat and wade the flats at low tide, or you could fish land-based from the shore of rivers, creeks, or my favourite location, the flats on the western sides of Queensland’s big sand islands. Other productive locations are sandbanks that don’t uncover at low tide with soft muddy sandy and an undulating bottom. This will create a cloud of water and berley trail that fish will come to investigate for food. Due to the huge difference in depth and tide for whiting over both waterways, the Wilson Texalium RLFTX32 2-4kg allows anglers to fish light sinkers in the shallows but can handle up to 8oz sinkers in the deep so you can get away with having just one rod for all whiting scenarios. These fish are keen and feeding. The sheepshead like to forage around the bridge pilings, dock pilings, sea walls and inlets for food. That is, fish closer to the entrance of the estuary as the tide begins to push in giving the whiting access to new banks. As the tide falls further, the best place to anchor is a little further back in the channel, so you are casting to where the sand bank drops into deeper water. Catching whiting while wading the flats is one of life’s simple pleasures. While Whiting can be caught some distance up river, the start of the brackish will generally put the brakes on the Whiting bite. King George Whiting are very fond of fresh squid flesh. A third type of high tide gutter I like for whiting is one which at low tide has a very shallow and clear inner gutter along with an exposed back sandbank (diagram C). Many of the areas mentioned above are excellent target locations for whiting, except with a boat you have the advantage of not only being able to move quickly between spots, but also fish from the deeper side of sandbanks. Using live baits however, is the key to getting big Whiting. We’ll look at Whiting fishing rigs, Whiting locations, the best lures for targeting Whiting, great Whiting kit and some good old Whiting fishing tips. Use a small hook or a cast net to catch live bait, and either fish it on a float or free-lined. A leader length just over a meter is generally advisable for best action and casting balance. Dyed in the wool Marlin hunters can’t help themselves but beam with joy with a 45cm elbow slapper in their hands. These fast-flowing rivers tend to have high banks, or man-made canals which means the water shelves away quickly, and being fairly narrow with a big funnel at the entrance, it means much more tidal run. What you are looking for in these deeper rivers are sandbanks, which, due to the depth of the river, are not exposed at low tide. Fishing Report: Whiting at high tide. As the tide drops, keep moving along the gutter until the tide has eventually stopped. As the tide begins to rise and water flows over the saltwater flats, fish begin to patrol these areas in search of food. Whiting live in the shallows and will forage the sea bed in waters a few inches to 6 meters deep (up to 12 meters for King George), they’re looking for worms, yabbies, pipis and other invertebrates uncovered by wave and current action. Usually, the gutter has a clear northern exit and entry point. The purpose of the long, light rods are distance, but a whippy tip allows the whiting to pick the bait up and run with it without feeling too much resistance. It has dedicated lifers who target nothing else. It’s found as far north as southern NSW, all the way around the bite up to just south of Geraldton on the Western Australian coast. In this case, waves will break on the edge of the bank and expose yabbies and worms, which will be washed by the force of the water just over the edge of the sandbank into the gutter. For outfit 2, spool up with 9 to 12 pound line. When it comes to rods, it’s best to use one with a soft, limber tip. 6 long shank hook, Torqeedo Lithium Battery – the ultimate for 24V users, by Gary Brown • There are more than 20 species of whiting found throughout Australia that can be caught on bait. The sand banks you are looking for have soft, sandy bottoms, which means the pressure of the river flow will scour out undulations on them. Here in NSW you […], by Sean Thompson • Chasing mud crabs over the summer holidays is a popular pastime and a long held tradition for many QLD families. The same principle then applies in reverse as the tide drops, so then you want to be working your way back towards the entrance. It’s a lot better than casting with light line, only to hear your line snap under the pressure of the cast. (5) Camera in a large Zip-Loc bag. Rising tides give foraging fish such as whiting and bream access to yabby banks and oyster racks in estuaries, which might otherwise be exposed on low tide. Whiting put up a fight that defies their diminutive size. Without a doubt the best baits for Whiting are live blood and sand worms, yabbies otherwise known as saltwater nippers and pipis. For most of us, it’s a special, a weekend target or the prize table fair from the day’s mixed bag. Tougher tackle shop brought bloodworms will take longer to crush and swallow than thinner mangrove worms, so if you have the former you really have to be patient. My favourite whiting fishing weather is 5-10 knot south to southeasterlies or 5-10 knot south to southwesterlies. Whiting (fish) are one of the most abundant, popular and tasty fish caught while surf fishing. Another good place to try is the edge of the sandbanks in the river where the sandbank meets the channel. The best time to take advantage of a falling tide is two hours before low tide. Essentially, the length is for casting purposes. Fishing Tackle Shop Blog – All About Fishing & Outdoors, Shop Now – Spin reels ideal for whiting rigs. A falling tide occurs when a tide changes from high tide to low tide and is the best time of the day to fish. The channel markers are a giveaway on these locations and are a good place to start. Avoid striking heavily when a Whiting bite, it’s easy to pull hooks, particularly if you’re fishing with braid. Yet, I’ve lost count of the amount of times casual anglers have been surprised to hear me say that. Of course you can fish lighter still, depends on how brave you are feeling. What makes this type of fishing different is the fast flow of the water and the need for you to adopt your techniques and rig. Whiting can literally be just centimetres from the edge, in less than a foot of water. The fact that so many casual anglers consider beach fishing unproductive probably comes down to where and how they fish. Otherwise you can use your sounder to spot these undulations that are like corrugated road bumps on the sandy bottom that provide the whiting not only with a spot to gather out of the tidal flow, but they are also an area where the water will eddy around carrying with it food such as jelly prawns, worms and yabbies. So that’s it. Beach photos of the surf, birds, and any fish you catch will preserve the memories of your winter whiting fishing trip. When these winds tie in with a rising tide at about 10am and overcast conditions, if I can locate the fish, I will clean up. The second set is breaking on a sand bar (the sandbar moves in and off shore slowly because of currents and tides over days/weeks). So in this case, a cast up onto the sandbank and slowly retrieved into the gutter just after the wave has broken and spread its foam over the gutter is the way to go. Beach photos of the surf, birds, and any fish you catch will preserve the memories of your winter whiting fishing trip. This combo will also be useful for fishing wider rivers, where the drop off is some distance from a gently sloping river bank. In terms of technique, cast your bait out into the gutter (not too close to the rocks that it becomes snagged), and commence a slow retrieve. When at anchor, I also try to concentrate the fish in the area by dropping over a berley bucket full of chicken pellets covered in a couple of capfuls of tuna oil. Run a long leader up to a swivel, and weight for conditions. Fish the back of the gutter on an incoming tide. For Outfit 3, Line rating will be determined by the rating of your chosen rod. Winds and swell can play a big part on your success on the beach. A good way to find sand banks that hold whiting is to walk a sand flat at low tide and look for small divots in the sand. It is also found at the top of Tasmania. When the tide falls, the fish retreat to the deeper water of the channels and drop offs. It’s graphite, 12 to 13 foot and can be spin or Alvey style. Lots of smaller whiting with a few larger-sized fish in the mix. As this is so close to the shore, do not walk right down to or even in the water before you cast. Quality finesse outfits are usually more expensive and often suffer in the hands of children, newbies and careless anglers. This ‘fast run’ will stir up plenty of bait and provide the fish with access to areas such as holes and drains that they can hold up and feed. Use mono or braid for casting fishing flesh and live baits or for casting lures. While still technically defined as ‘the beach’, beach corners are another brilliant location for whiting. I’ve also found a bit of a pattern in that if the water is very clear, they will move to deeper water (3.5m+). on Jeanneau Merry Fisher Marlin 605 and 695, on Stessl Funseeker Bowrider 6.3 with Yamaha F200, on Horizon 525 SunRunner with Mercury 115hp ProXS, Stessl Funseeker Bowrider 6.3 with Yamaha F200, Horizon 525 SunRunner with Mercury 115hp ProXS. In all three cases, I am looking for nice clean water with a bit of white wash. Keep west of the baths during low tide to increase the odds in your favour. Best Times to Fish. This is the fish mouthing and crushing the bait. It is possible the fish are right up near the shoreline, so your first casts should be with you standing more than a rod length away from the water’s edge. It allows live baits to move more naturally for longer, and encourages a more aggressive bite. Whiting are a small foraging fish that doesn’t like … You will need a line rating that will handle the pressure of a hard cast. The stakes allow you to fish another rod while you hold your primary rod in your hands. Keep the bait below the sinker. It takes about 6 hours for the tide to go from low to high and 6 hours from high to low. By high tide, the inner gutter has nice foam covering from incoming waves, while the back sandbank is covered by about 1m of water. How to read a Tide Chart with Diagram Best Time to Fish for Whiting Fishing Port Phillip bay. 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