WARM SPRING DAYS BRING THE WHITING ON THE CHEW
Summer and golden lined whiting move into our water ways between early October and late April and will provide anglers with good sport fighting fish on light tackle that school up in good number on the sand and mud banks throughout the river. These fish are probably the best quality eating fish in the river, with delectable sweet fillets. The warmer than usual weather that has graced us during the first few weeks of September has had direct influence on the water temps in the Sunshine Coast rivers. This increase in water temperature is as good as waved the checkered kicking off our annual whiting season.
These whiting move in schools throughout the rivers of the coast, travelling up and down with the daily tide. They forage on yabbies, worms, small soldier crabs and small shellfish in the sandy banks as they move throughout the river. To catch good numbers of these great fish we need to replicate what the whiting are feeding on and present the bait in such a way that it looks natural.
Blood worms can be purchased at your local bait and tackle store and yabbies can be pumped from the flats on low tide, so as anglers we have top quality bait at our finger tips. Blood worms should be rigged on the hook so that they lay flat in the mud with a small section of the worm hanging off the end of the hook.
Pumping live yabbies is still very productive and cost effective for most anglers. The only problem with yabbies is that when sitting on the bottom stationary, the big whiting can literally suck them clean off the hook. The best way to combat this is to lash the very end tail section of the yabby onto your hook using elasticized multi strand bait cotton called ‘bait cotton’. There are no knots required, just wrap the cotton around the tail several time tightly and this means the whiting have to work a lot harder to get it off the hook and hopefully it will get hooked up I the process. At $3 a spool bait cotton is a cheap way to increase your catch rate. The other way to ensure a better hook up rate using yabbies is to drift fish with them. Summer whiting are more like to swallow the yabby whole on the drift, where as they will pick at it when stationary.
Fish any of the sand/mud banks (especially those that have many yabby holes) at the lower end of the river at the start of the making tide and work your way up stream as the tide floods in. Start on the edge of the sand banks and work your up onto the top of the bank with the tide. Work your way up to the top of lower or mid way up the middle reaches and once the tide turns work your back down towards the mouth on the ebb tide. If you can fish when the tides running strong at dawn, dusk or overnight your chances of catching big whiting increase greatly.
We can look forward to many months of good whiting fishing ahead with more and bigger fish on the way.
LOCAL FISHING REPORT
Noosa: Coral trout, yellow tail kingfish, amber jack, snapper and sweetlip from northern end of Sunshine Reef and the Jew Shoal. Jewfish up to 75cm on soft plastics along the Ski run. Large numbers of whiting in the Frying Pan. Snapper, jewfish, dart, bream, trevally and tailor from the rocks at Double Island Point.
Maroochydore: School mackerel, snapper and sweetlip from Old Woman Island and the Inner Gneerings early in the morning. Golden and giant trevally at the Cod Hole on the top of the tide on soft plastics. Whiting from the Black Banks and Bli Bli bridge on live worms and nippers.
Kawana: Good number of pearl perch, snapper, amber jack and sweetlip from the Barwon banks. Good numbers whiting and flathead around McKenzie’s bridge on the incoming tide. Plenty of bream still around the boat moorings. Chopper tailor, whiting and dart along Kawana beach and from Currimundi beach.
Caloundra: Snapper, pearl perch, parrot and school mackerel from Currimundi and Caloundra wide. Flathead from the river mouth to Bells Creek on live herring. Bream in the blue hole and off the board walk at night. Whiting between 25cm to 30cm from the Power boat club on nippers.
Andy Gunn was out in some pretty bumpy conditions yesterday morning when he boated quality spangled emperor and a 4kg snapper on caloundra 12 mile.
Dave loves working surface lure over the flats behind Chambers Island from his kayak on his days off and came up with a 35cm whiting for his efforts.
Scott Arnall was drifting on his kayak through the cod hole when this 3.2kg golden trevally smashes his peeled prawn.
Reece was fishing with live worms from Chambers Island bridge when he caught this 32cm whiting.