|This fish was plucked from a school of herring with a Halco Scorpion|
I am going to run you through how to catch yourself some whiting for either the table or just for fun!!
Whiting are bottom dwellers and prefer sandy bottoms.
there are a few different types of whiting that can be caught from 30m+ to 15cm deep.
I will be mainly focusing on the Yellowfin Whiting.
These fish love shallow, calm bays with lots of sand and weed.
|A solid fish taken on a Surface lure|
|My PB Whiting at 33cm taken on a Scum Dog|
I have had good success using surface lures such as the Berkley Scum Dog on these flats. A constant walk flicked over the top of a weed patch should see boils and splashes behind your lure. Just keep "walking" the lure until one of them hooks them self. I usually add another split ring on the back of my surface lure to aid in my hook-up rate. The picture to the left shows that adding an extra split ring aids in hook-ups.
Soft plastics have accounted for Sand and school Whiting in deeper water where they congregate over sandy bottoms.
Numerous Hardbody's have also produced Whiting for me. The Halco Scorpion 35 caught me my first Whiting on a diving Hardbody.
|A Daiwa Regal 2000 spooled with some 6lb Braid|
For line i opt for 4lb Fireline. Braid around 3-6lb is best because it allows you to cast lures better and have a better hook-up rate because of the no stretch factor. Where i fish for Whiting there is no structure so i use about a 4-3lb Fluorocarbon leader(Fluorocarbon is practically invisible underwater but Monofilament is more likely to be seen underwater.) but have caught fish on heavier leaders. A 1000-2500 size reel is a good size reel to get the best out of these aggressive fish.
|These fish are very aggresive despte there size!!|
I hope you have learnt a bit about Whiting and how to hook into some of these quality fish!!!