Sport

Fishing: weather means whiting are there for the taking

Matthew Osley with a Coomera Mangrove Jack caught on a Imakatsu Killer Bill.
Matthew Osley with a Coomera Mangrove Jack caught on a Imakatsu Killer Bill. CONTRIBUTED

WITH the weather heating up, many anglers are chasing a feed of summer whiting.

These can be found throughout the bay and even up the canals.

They can be a lot of fun to target as they will take a range of lures, flies and bait.

If you have access to a boat the Rainbow Channel is a great place to start as there are numerous weedy sand banks and drop offs that the whiting love.

The best bait for whiting is sandworms or thinly sliced squid.

By running a 60cm light leader and small weight you will increase your catch rates.

Long shank hooks allow a larger bait while allowing the whiting to swallow it easily.

Lures will also work on these whiting - soft plastics and poppers are the most productive.

Soft plastics like the Isome Worms can be cast onto the sand flats and slowly worked into the deeper water.

Casting small poppers like the Bassday Sugar Pens, small Halco poppers and Daiwa Gekkabijin can be a fun and exciting way to catch a feed. If a whiting comes up to attack your poppers don't slow down your retrieve. The faster the more chance you have to hooking the fish as they jostle for prime position. Make sure you twitch the popper or surface walker to entice a hook up.

Mackerel have also followed the warmer currents into Moreton Bay and along the beacons off the beaches near Tangalooma.

If you are fishing the Beacons, icro jigs like the new Shimano Colt Snipers in 60g range are doing really well.

Chrome and pink seem to be go-to colours at the moment.

Make sure you take a few extra jigs with you. You may need these extra jigs as mackerel have very sharp teeth and are known for borrowing them.

The best retrieve with the jigs seems to be "burn and kill" but hopping them or a constant wind can be effective.

Baits of un-weighted pilchards can be very productive and you can get lucky as kingfish, cobia and long tail tuna often hang out under mackerel picking up scraps.

Topics:  fishing, outdoor-living, whiting



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