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Choosing a location with seagrasses for King George Whiting

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Getfished Tip, Choosing a location with seagrasses for King George Whiting

This post is a small part taken from our King George Whiting, How To Catch More Using The Best Rigs Getfished Article.

Choosing a location with seagrasses for King George Whiting is a good starting point.  These days I use Google Maps satellite imagery to assist in finding locations.  Some maps will show reefs, rocks, holes and seagrass areas.

Seagrass is where whiting finds their food – along with the advantage of being able to hide. An important factor for a timid, schooling fish.

This is one of the most important reasons for choosing a paternosterPaternoster Rig Paternoster Rig style rig for this species. The paternoster gets the bait above the seafloor, potentially above the grasses – and into the vision and smell range of the whiting school.

For example – Altona Pier – or offshore to the south-west of the boat ramp you’ll see seagrass areas that make excellent Whiting fishing grounds.

The Google Map technique is worthy of looking at a little deeper, so let’s discuss that further down.

Suffice to say, that focussing on seagrasses for King George Whiting is going to be your best shot.  You are going to find them elsewhere, there are no hard and fast reliable rules.  But it is the most likely place to find them.

I’ve seen good-sized whiting off Altona pier, in Melbourne, in January.  This was first light on a very warm day.

Before I could get setup swimmers started diving off the end and the whiting school was gone.

As I mentioned earlier, you will find Whiting to be very timid.

While it’s a nice pier, Altona wouldn’t be my first choice for Whiting.  This is despite the seagrasses and the new reef just offshore of the pier.  It’s just to busy during the summer months. Unless you’re arriving a few hours before dawn.

You may find it a bit quieter during the week and on days when people are less likely to want to swim.

Which is a huge shame, because it’s otherwise a nice place to fish.

Choosing a location with seagrasses for King George Whiting is a good starting point.  These days I use Google Maps satellite imagery to assist in finding locations.  Some maps will show reefs, rocks, holes and seagrass areas.

Seagrass is where whiting finds their food – along with the advantage of being able to hide. An important factor for a timid, schooling fish.

This is one of the most important reasons for choosing a paternosterPaternoster Rig Paternoster Rig style rig for this species. The paternoster gets the bait above the seafloor, potentially above the grasses – and into the vision and smell range of the whiting school.

For example – Altona Pier – or offshore to the south-west of the boat ramp you’ll see seagrass areas that make excellent Whiting fishing grounds.

The Google Map technique is worthy of looking at a little deeper, so let’s discuss that further down.

Suffice to say, that focussing on seagrasses for King George Whiting is going to be your best shot.  You are going to find them elsewhere, there are no hard and fast reliable rules.  But it is the most likely place to find them.

I’ve seen good-sized whiting off Altona pier, in Melbourne, in January.  This was first light on a very warm day.

Before I could get setup swimmers started diving off the end and the whiting school was gone.

As I mentioned earlier, you will find Whiting to be very timid.

While it’s a nice pier, Altona wouldn’t be my first choice for Whiting.  This is despite the seagrasses and the new reef just offshore of the pier.  It’s just to busy during the summer months. Unless you’re arriving a few hours before dawn.

You may find it a bit quieter during the week and on days when people are less likely to want to swim.

Which is a huge shame, because it’s otherwise a nice place to fish.


By Dave - from Getfished!

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Dave spends most of his time split between fishing, working on Getfished and on boating and kayak fishing. After 30+ years as a programmer spending more time as a fisho has allowed him to grow his passion for the hobby. Running Getfished has meant Dave's been able to share some of the places he loves to fish at. As well as some of his favourite tackle and gear.