Westernport Bay Whiting

King George Whiting, KGW, Ting
Post Reply
User avatar
Mattblack
Rank: Premium Member
Rank: Premium Member
Posts: 1577
Joined: Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:08 pm
Location: South East Suburbs
Has liked: 101 times
Likes received: 63 times

Westernport Bay Whiting

Post by Mattblack » Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:04 pm

Can anyone tell me how much effect the tides will have on Whiting fishing in Westernport Bay?
Is it better to fish deep on low tide & shallow on a high tide, is a slack tide the prime time to get them? etc etc.
Thanks in advance!



Remove these ads.

AE092
Rank: Cephalopod
Rank: Cephalopod
Posts: 121
Joined: Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:47 am
Likes received: 10 times

Re: Westernport Bay Whiting

Post by AE092 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:19 pm

Much of my success has been in finding drop off or contours where the depth goes from 2-3 to 6-8m and fishing those drop offs as the turn runs out. The fish use these ledges as highways and when you get one the pack isn't far behind them. I used to fish shallow but have found toadies a pesk.

Tides make a difference as the fishing shuts down at the peak/bottom of the tide, we go and find squid in shallower water and as the tide turns, we go find the whiting and put out fresh/larger baits in hopes for a gummy or snapper.

smile0784
Rank: Premium Member
Rank: Premium Member
Posts: 9221
Joined: Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:16 pm
Has liked: 35 times
Likes received: 253 times

Re: Westernport Bay Whiting

Post by smile0784 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:32 pm

I seen boats fishing in shallows through all tide changes in shallows.

I use to do good in 4mt at slack tide.

Picked up a few on the start of the tide change in 12+ mt and seem to be bigger too.

User avatar
yepi'mon
Rank: Premium Member
Rank: Premium Member
Posts: 668
Joined: Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:00 pm
Location: South East
Has liked: 3 times
Likes received: 23 times

Re: Westernport Bay Whiting

Post by yepi'mon » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:41 pm

Whiting love current and murky water.

Whether it’s deep or shallow, I’ve found you need to have some movement in the water.

Bear in mind that westernport has much more current than the north end of ppb where you normally fish. You won’t be able to hold bottom using typical whiting gear if you fish when the current is howling... especially in deep water.

User avatar
Mattblack
Rank: Premium Member
Rank: Premium Member
Posts: 1577
Joined: Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:08 pm
Location: South East Suburbs
Has liked: 101 times
Likes received: 63 times

Re: Westernport Bay Whiting

Post by Mattblack » Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:51 pm

Cheers Gents....if you're fishing deep (& murky water), do you still look for weed and sand or do you just take trust in the sounder and look for drop offs?

laneends
Rank: Australian Salmon
Rank: Australian Salmon
Posts: 448
Joined: Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:58 am
Likes received: 10 times

Re: Westernport Bay Whiting

Post by laneends » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:01 pm

making sure you are over weed areas and especially trying to find sand patches between them is much harder in the mud pond than in PPB



Remove these ads.

cobby
Rank: Gummy Shark
Rank: Gummy Shark
Posts: 2415
Joined: Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:39 pm
Has liked: 8 times
Likes received: 49 times

Re: Westernport Bay Whiting

Post by cobby » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:30 pm

You want flow. They'll rarely bite around slack tide. Fish the drop-offs in 2-10m then either have an hour chasing squid, or go deep over reef and rubble for the big Whiting while you can get baits down without 6+oz of lead.

Post Reply

Return to “Whiting Fishing”