Winter whiting or SBT – your call
  |  First Published: June 2013

Pull out the old thermals and brave the winter cold either to bring home a tasty feed of whiting or head down to Portland on the southern bluefin tuna for a game fishing adventure you will never forget.

Tuna fishing is some of the best game fishing on offer in Victoria (along with shark fishing in Bass Strait of course), but with the cold weather settling in and other game fishing slowing down Portland picks up as SBT move in. It’s a great experience with plenty of rod bending action. However, by mid July the weather starts to turn in Portland, so it’s worth getting out there in June whilst you still have the chance and get amongst the action, there will be plenty of time to hibernate under the doona in August.


Whiting are the feature for the following months and providing many with a decent feed during the cooler period. Now is the time to start searching for the whiting, in the bight. We have found success on the whiting using fresh pipis and mussels. If you find that they are being a bit finicky then try dropping down in leader size, this may help.

Whiting have been found in their masses, and with bag limit captures coming in relatively easily and at a decent size range of 34-40cm.


Squid can be found near St Leonards, though smaller in size at this time of year, but jigging for them is always a bit of fun.

Pinkie snapper

Pinkies and nannygai are up for the taking off shore. Bigger pinkies and nannygai can found out the front of Barwon Heads and we find that fresh squid and barracouta are their preferred choice.

So when not fishing down in Portland and chasing SBT, Queenscliff and Bass Strait are still worth braving the frosty mornings and heading down for a fish.

It is a great place to base yourself and target the whiting and pinkies. So don’t let the cold weather discourage you it’s definitely worth the effort.

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