How to Catch King George Whiting
Rigs and Techniques
A light, 5-8kg bait-casting rod will do nicely for king george whiting with 4-8kg mono or braided line. It is largely accepted that fishing with bait is the best way to catch king george whiting. The best baits are squid, sand or blood worms, prawns and whitebait threaded onto a long shank hook. Berley can be effective when fishing for king george, however this will attract a lot of scavengers which makes it hard to get your bait to the bottom.You may want to use a small sinker to drop you bait onto the bottom and you may need to give a light tug on the line occasionally to ensure your bait is still on the bottom. Whiting are fussy feeders and they don’t bite hard (which is why many king George fishermen use the more sensitive gelspun line) so if you feel the fish ‘suck in’ the bait they may spit it back out again and you will benefit from giving them a little line so they can have another go at it. Once the bait has been taken though it will only take a firm upwards movement to set the hook.
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