Knowing When A Whiting Has Taken Your Bait

Some species of the fish lunge and run – so you really know they’re there. Others seem to strike and tug a bit. Whiting is a little different. It can be difficult to tell when Whiting has taken your bait. You need to pay attention to your rod and line.

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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 paternoster 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.



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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