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Knowing When A Whiting Has Taken Your Bait

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Getfished Tip, Knowing When A Whiting Has Taken Your Bait

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

When whiting has taken your bait requires a little more finesse than some other popular target species.

Flathead kind of give you a gradual slow lazy tug.  The snapper is inclined to slam or jerk.  Bream will tap, tap, suck in and gently mouth the bait – then run.  But King George Whiting tend to have a soft bite.

So you need to keep gently lifting your rod up and down.  Testing for bites or the weight of a fish on your line. This will assist in knowing when whiting has taken your bait.

If you are using frozen bait then make sure it’s as fresh as you can.  Replace it every few casts.  Whiting can be fussy feeders.

Some of the pre-made rigs like “Whiting Snatchers” from Black Magic can really improve your strike rate. These rigs come assembled, usually as paternosterPaternoster Rig Paternoster Rig style, with glow-beads, feathers, glow-tubes and appropriately sized hooks.

They are a little more expensive than some basic rigs or DIY rigs, but they are proven in catching whiting.

When you finally land one for the first time – you’ll discover why some fishos call them “Kidney Slappers.”  You’ll need to hold them, to remove the hook, in such a way as their tail slaps against your kidneys.  This is because the whiting is a slender, long fish – and surprisingly slippery.

Don’t forget to check out the Tackle Box resource page.  It’s a list I keep of my go-to gear. The tackle I use and feel I can confidently recommend to you.  Plus some things I believe will help improve your fishing.

Also, if you’re interested in other Aussie fish you might like my article on How To Catch Flathead.

When whiting has taken your bait requires a little more finesse than some other popular target species.

Flathead kind of give you a gradual slow lazy tug.  The snapper is inclined to slam or jerk.  Bream will tap, tap, suck in and gently mouth the bait – then run.  But King George Whiting tend to have a soft bite.

So you need to keep gently lifting your rod up and down.  Testing for bites or the weight of a fish on your line. This will assist in knowing when whiting has taken your bait.

If you are using frozen bait then make sure it’s as fresh as you can.  Replace it every few casts.  Whiting can be fussy feeders.

Some of the pre-made rigs like “Whiting Snatchers” from Black Magic can really improve your strike rate. These rigs come assembled, usually as paternosterPaternoster Rig Paternoster Rig style, with glow-beads, feathers, glow-tubes and appropriately sized hooks.

They are a little more expensive than some basic rigs or DIY rigs, but they are proven in catching whiting.

When you finally land one for the first time – you’ll discover why some fishos call them “Kidney Slappers.”  You’ll need to hold them, to remove the hook, in such a way as their tail slaps against your kidneys.  This is because the whiting is a slender, long fish – and surprisingly slippery.

Don’t forget to check out the Tackle Box resource page.  It’s a list I keep of my go-to gear. The tackle I use and feel I can confidently recommend to you.  Plus some things I believe will help improve your fishing.

Also, if you’re interested in other Aussie fish you might like my article on How To Catch Flathead.


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.