Whiting at Balnarring, Western Port
  |  First Published: December 2011

King George whiting are a favourite among most anglers and if it is big fish you are chasing, then this is the place to be.

You may not catch the big bags, but you will catch big whiting if you are prepared to persist and learn.


This area fishes well year round but is better from December through to April.

Try and fish over a tide change, but remember that whiting like a bit of run in the water.


There are several rigs that will do the job, but I am a fan of the extended paternoster. Tie a 2oz to 4oz bomb sinker on the bottom of the rig with an Optia swivel connecting the rig to the main line.

I like to use 12-16lb Nitlon DFC leader as it is tough and can handle a lot of the by-catch that you will get in this area.

The length between your swivel and your sinker should be 40-60cm with a dropper coming off at a right angle at the mid point.

The dropper should be 40-60cm long and have a size 4 long shank Bloodworm Instinct hook tied to its end.

Finish the rig with a couple of whiting beads sliding down onto the hook.


Try to locate sand holes in between reef, weed and broken ground and cast baits onto the sand. The whiting will sneak out onto the sand to feed.

Berley is also handy but it can attract undesirables like toads and other pickers.


Big whiting love bass yabbies, fresh calamari strips, whiting worm, mussels and pipis.

If you have a good spread of these baits on board, you will do pretty well.


Be prepared to move often in search of fish. If you keep moving, eventually you will drop on them.

Once you have them on the go, try to keep a hooked fish in the water to hold the school at the boat.


You will have to pick your day as getting around ‘the front’ can be a little difficult in nasty weather. Make sure you ask someone in the know about your best option.

Big whiting love sandworms.

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