My Recommended Whiting Rigs

Unless there’s a really strong current a paternoster rig is the rig I choose for Whiting fishing in most instances. Where there is a strong current a running sinker – or a hybrid paternoster rig with a running sinker is the ticket. With Whiting, the goal is to get your bait just above the seagrass. A Paternoster Rig is the ideal way to do this. The sinker sits below, allowing the bait to move freely above.

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When it comes to Whiting rigs the Paternoster is probably the most common rig you’ll see most experienced fishos using for Whiting.

Just enough weight to hold it in place.  Allowing your bait – or lure – to dangle in front of feeding shoals of King George Whiting.

Learning how to tie your own whiting rigs is an important skill.  Tying a paternoster isn’t hard, but does require practice.  So in the interests of helping you to get started fast – I’m going to suggest you buy some pre-tied paternoster whiting rigs.

You’ll find they are professionally tied, so quite strong.  They use knots that help in avoiding tangles and they’re actually incredibly cheap to buy.

So cheap, in fact, I just buy them these days, only tying if I run out.  This is because they mostly come with a good choice of hook sizes for KG whiting – and a sinker and swivel already attached.

A quick caveat:

Generally, I use the Jarvis Walker pre-tied rigs.  There are others, including the excellent Black Magic range.  I find the Black Magic rigs to be a little too expensive at some outlets.

While unquestionably quality made it’s just to easy to cast, snag and lose your rig.   At around the $15, at some tackle shops, I think the, roughly $4 Jarvis Walker rigs to be much better value for money.

This is down to personal taste and experience.  You may have or develop a different view.  If so – that’s fantastic!  I’d love to hear all about it from you in the comment section.

Just tie one knot from your mainline to the rig and you’re ready to bait up and start casting.

The JW rigs don’t come with the skirts and beads – but there’s is nothing stopping you from adding those yourself, if you wish to do so.

I bulk buy these rigs.  That means I carry half a dozen in my tackle box, with a few different other kinds, like running etc as well.  

Basically so I can change to different species and conditions depending on where I’m going to be fishing.

Generally, I’ll carry rigs comprised of either a size 6 or size 4 hook.  I tend to lean towards the size 6 due to the shank length being about right for the soft plastic lures I use.

The sinker size is a 30g on these rigs.  This gives you enough weight for casting and holding the rig down in most conditions.



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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