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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - – ROB ERSK­INE, ERSK­INE’S TACKLEWORLD

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.

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