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TIPS TO CATCH WHITING ON POPPER LURES

Whiting are a coastal marine fish that usually feed on worms, nippers and prawns to survive. It may be difficult to learn how to catch Whiting on popper lures, but the key to getting that bite is understanding their behaviour and getting as close to them as possible.

Below are guides to help increase your chances of catching Whiting on popper lures.

WHERE DO WHITING RESIDE?

The best way to catch Whiting is to know their habitat. As they say, location is the key and this mantra also works when fishing. Whiting are usually situated in the relatively shallow parts of the water like sandy flats, lakes, lagoons and sometimes around estuary systems. Take note that searching on flats with good water current will give you a greater success rate of catching Whiting.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO CATCH WHITING?

The best time of the year to catch Whiting in Australia is from October to March when the weather is a bit warmer. Whiting spend more time in the deeper parts of the water during low tides and as the tide rises, whiting swims near the flat to feed. Take your cue on that. So, as soon as the Whiting reach the feeding area, this is your opportunity to chase them on a popper lure.

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR POPPER LURE?

Choose a popper lure that can naturally imitate or mimic your prey. A small fish or a prawn is their favourite prey, so search for a popper lure that has almost the same action and colour as their prey possess. Poppers with a smaller cup face move across the surface of the water with a spitting retrieve, and it usually performs better.

HOW TO RETRIEVE PROPERLY?

The basic technique for catching Whiting is usually a long cast and a steady retrieve, but it still depends on your comfort zone and preferred style. Moving the popper with constant motion across the water surface increases your chance of catching the fish.

WHAT ARE THE OTHER TOOLS NEEDED TO CATCH WHITING?

A lightweight rod that’s longer than 6 foot is a good choice with a size 2500 spinning reel to catching Whiting. Whether you’re land-based or fishing from a boat, it’s advised to always wear light clothing to help you move comfortably and easily.

So in summary, first, get to know where a Whiting can be found. Second, know the best time to catch one and lastly, choose the right popper lure and know the right ways on how to handle and retrieve them for a better chance of catching the fish.


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Jackson Williams
jacksonw@dinga.com.au

Jackson Williams has been fishing around Australia for 20 years and loves his home region of far north Queensland.