Melbourne: Whiting Fishing Reports – Autumn 2021

Whiting Fishing Reports. Sweet tasting fillets. Pretty easy to catch.

Sometimes called "Kidney Slappers" by older fisho's (hold a big one to your side while you take the hook and you'll soon know why).

Whiting start really getting on the bite as the weather starts to warm up. Usually October through to March in Victoria.

Scientific Name: Sillaginodes punctatus

Whiting fishing reports. Where are the “kidney slappers” biting?

Every year the Whiting move into Port Phillip and Western Port Bays when the water starts to warm.

Many fish wintering off far western Victoria and South Australia. A great article from this from Vic Fisheries here.

Whiting a a perfect table fish. They are highly prized as such.

Plus they make fantastic bait for many Victorian saltwater species.  Including snapper and gummy sharks. Which a lot of folks use a fillet of whiting for.

Victorian Whiting Fishing Season: Warmer months. Best fishing starts in October through to March. Best at dawn and dusk. More prolific around seagrasses.

Total Whiting Fishing Catches Reported From Victoria

Whiting can be caught right around the Victorian coastline. However, Port Phillip and Western Port Bays account for the bulk of fishing reports received.

Whiting Fishing Catches
October Whiting Fishing Catches*: 8.11%
Reported Bait/Lures:  
*Catches: Percentage of all fish species Reported to Getfished.

Recent Whiting Fishing Hotspots Map

Port Phillip Bay Hotspots: Bellarine Peninsula, Queenscliff,
Western Port Bay Hotspots: Western Port Bay, Quail Bank, Lysaghts,
Estuary Hotspots:
Misc Saltwater Hotspots:


Bellarine Peninsula


Western Port Bay


Quail Bank




Wallaby Bank


Western Port Top End




St Leonards


North Arm




Stoney Point


Middle Spit Western Port Bay Victoria Australia


Tooradin Channel


Joes Island


Western Port Top End


Tortoise Head French Island Victoria Australia


Middle Spit Western Port Bay Victoria Australia

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While I provide a fishing report summary in my Australian Fishing Podcast. It’s good to see great live-action, too. Plus pick up some awesome hints and tips from some great Whiting fishing experts I personally admire. I’m allergic to being photographed, so I rarely appear in still or video footage. You can thank me for that later!

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Some of the better Whiting rigs, I’ve found, a based on the paternoster pattern. That’s to say:

  • A sinker at the end of a leader.
  • Two hooks tied off of the leader.
  • Some skirting and lumo beads.

Look. One of the things I learned in my three-decade career as a computer programmer. Don’t reinvent the wheel if you can help it. If something works – use it!

I apply this principle to fishing rigs. If a pre-tied rig saves me time – allowing me to start fishing faster. I go for it.

So that’s what I do with Whiting rigs. You can go budget with the basic Jarvis Walker Whiting Rigs or get a more professional – and effective – rig with the likes of
a Black Magic Whiting Rig.

Regardless I always add lumo beads and some skirting/flashing.


Because it works. So if I’m using a cheaper rig I’ll add my own beads and skirt.

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I'm Dave, I live and fish in and around Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
When it comes to fishing I love going out to land-based fishing spots, heading out in the tinny (aka an Aluminum Boat) and kayak fishing.

I've been fishing since I was a teen. Beginning way back in the 1970s. It was a hobby I picked up myself as my family certainly had no interest. Making me the black sheep! My favourite fish is Flathead and Snapper. Though I'm partial to Flake (Gummy Shark) and Calamari too! While I enjoy fishing for freshwater species like Redfin and Murray Cod I prefer eating saltwater species. They're just so mouth-wateringly tasty!

I love writing about some of my favourite Melbourne Fishing Spots while fishing around Victoria. As well as the tackle I use and test.
If you see me while you're out fishing say "G' day" - I'll be the one in a bush hat.

When I'm not fishing I'm working on my websites, such as Getfished, or writing computer software (my profession.)

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