Tip of the week
A GREAT species to target during winter is the humble whiting. Many of our local creek and river mouths produce good whiting in the winter months including the Barron, Russell, Johnstone, Hull and Murray Rivers to name a few. While fresh prawns are great bait, freshly pumped yabbies are the premium bait for whiting along with yellowfin and pikey bream. Almost all estuary species will eat fresh yabbies. The secret is to use light line with a mono 12lb leader and soft-tipped rod. Yabbies are best rigged on a long shank No.4-6 hook with a light running sinker above a swivel. Red plastic tubing is often used just above the hook also to attract whiting looking for worms. Big whiting love smaller soldier crabs if you can catch them.