It’s Whiting, Whiting, Whiting!
  |  First Published: March 2005

If you’re a whiting fan, now is the time to be on the water chasing these hard fighting, great tasting fish. But the whiting action is not the only fishing option during March.

Surf Beaches

Kilcunda, Williamson’s and Baxter’s Beach are providing some good-sized flathead in the deep holes. The salmon are not around in big numbers but there are some good-sized mullet on the edge of the gutters at low tide and gummies are being caught after dark on the rising tide.

Powlett and Bass Rivers

The Powlett is not fishing well apart from the odd bream and a few mullet. Local fishos are chasing whiting instead and doing a good job of bagging some braggers.

San Remo Bridge to the Entrance and Cape Woolami

At San Remo above the bridge, there are plenty of whiting on the go, although they are not as big as the earlier run. There are also some big mullet being caught along with salmon and garfish with the fish biting on both sides of the tide. Below the bridge the whiting are bigger at 400-600g. There is a great variety of fish to be had - salmon, couta, pinkies, mullet, silvers, tailor and flathead. Outside the entrance, in the 20-40m line, there are flathead to 2kg as well as large barracouta and arrow squid in good numbers. For best results, a light wind and slow drift will give you good results. For the shark anglers, the 50m line is the go with mako and blue sharks in good numbers. There have also been some reported sightings of marlin off Cliffy Island at Wilson’s Promontory.

Flinders Area

The big whiting are there but it’s a case of chasing the fish as they are not present in big schools and you have to move around a bit to find them. One day you’ll catch 20 or 30 and the next day, nothing. If you want to be sure of a feed, there are plenty of small fish of about 29-35cm in the northern reaches of Western Port Bay. In my last four trips, I have had no problems bagging out. The Middle Spit has also been constantly producing fish.

The rocky are adjacent to Kilcunda Beach are worth a look, especially if the sea is calm and the rocks not awash with white water. Always take care when fishing from the rocks.

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