Whiting are in good numbers and excellent size in both bays. The Newhaven area has good numbers of whiting around the 43cm size with most taken on squid and pippies. Hayden reported using frozen whiting berley which kept the fish around without attracting ‘rubbish fish’.
Team member George tried his luck off Mornington and Mt Martha, landing whiting up to 38cm on pipi/squid ‘cocktails’, and using prawn based berley pellets to keep the fish in the area. Mornington Pier over Christmas also proved successful for Andre, who reported landing whiting up to 37cm and Salmon to 42cm. The whiting have been best on mussel and pilchard fillet and the Salmon preferring the whitebait.
Customer John and two friends launched off Hastings at the change of tide and landed 40+ whiting up to 50cm, with the average around the 35cm on squid and pippies. John’s tip – if you have not got onto the fish within 15minutes – move onto a new spot.
Whiting are also in good numbers around Beaumaris Bay in 7 metres of water with reports of fish up to 41cm being taken on pipi/mussel combo.
The Entrance to Gentle Annie Channel is also starting to fire with customer Simon reporting taking whiting up to 40cm on pippies. Also good sized Rock Flathead taken on pippies.