Fishing for King George whiting off mandurah

Hi--------looking for some suggestions regarding catching KG offshore at mandurah----I have seen one big one caught by a friend but it was a fluke catch  and not targetted.    I go out to about 20 metres near the James Service reef area and have seen some great reef formation around there .  Was wondering where the KG are likely to hang out  .  The bottom seems to be either sand with lots of small fathead and whiting or butterfish or else jagged reef with "millions" of wrasse ------not much else in between .  Anyone got any ideas or can give their own experiences of this area .

 

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Out from Dawesville

Fri, 2010-10-29 06:18

we used to catch a few big ones amongst the Dhuies at this time of yearWink

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KG's

Fri, 2010-10-29 16:30

"Generally" schooling KG's wont hang out in areas of sand/wrasse/whiting/flathead etc. Go deeper ie 25m plus and explore using a good sounder .

Broken coral with coral weed is the preferred habitat. These areas have the right structure & food source for the offshore KG's, works for us.

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Baits for large KG whiting

Tue, 2010-11-16 10:50

Hi guys

I'm new to this forum and from what I've seen so far, I'm very impressed with all the friendly help and advise that's freely available here.

My question relates to what baits are most suitable for large King George Whiting when fishing for them in deeper water? Would soft plastics be an option?

We're venturing out this Saturday in the new 590 Trailblazer and we're keen to get a few runs on the board....was looking to try the areas due west of the Cut, around the 25 to 30m mark.

Any comments or advice wold be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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Fresh squid tentacles

Tue, 2010-11-16 11:18

or skinned occy would be a good choice of bait.

 

As for plastics I have caught a few on the Gulp crabs, but I don;t think they make them any more.

 

 

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mate when we fish for the kgs

Tue, 2010-11-16 13:41

in rockingham we generally fish 30 to 45 metres broken coral or gravel bottom and use fresh squid heads or occy cubes! if you head out from mandurah theres alot of groud out there that is similar to what we fish

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Tue, 2010-11-16 14:07

or just beyond the reef there is good broken country. But also in 15-25 straight out from Melros you will hopefully get into a few.

Good luck.

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Bets baits

Tue, 2010-11-16 14:09

for us has always been fresh Squid, Occy, Cuttlefish. Match that to say a couple of 2/0's on a paternoster with the bottom hook trace a little longer than normal so it hangs lower in the water column.

We used to get them in 30-40m SW of Dawesville while chasing Dhuies. Also quite often near cray pots.

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KG baits

Tue, 2010-11-16 17:50

Thanks to everyone who's offered a helping hand, much appreciated.

My new fishfinder hasn't arrived from the USA yet (it left Chicago international airport on 31/10/10) so we'll be fishing a bit blind, but it will give me a chance to try out the new Lowrance HDS-8M GPS....I'm sure we'll find a bit of ground to bounce a few baits off.

I'll post an update on Saturday arvo after we get back home.

 

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when fishing for kg's we use

Tue, 2010-11-16 22:34

when fishing for kg's we use snelled 2/0 hooks and use a decent strip of squid or skinned occy. if you dont skin the occy it swells with water and you are unlikely to get anything on it. fishing this way you can also get larger species , i have taken a dhuie of over 7 kg and others have taken even bigger .

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King George Update

Sat, 2010-11-20 20:38

Hi all

After getting to bed at 1.30am this morning after wiring up the new Lowrance HDS-8m GPS and a new Furuno FCV620, we launched the TB590 from the Dawesville boat ramp and headed out thru the cut.

 

Our first stop was approx. 20kms WSW to a 24m marker surrounded by 30+m and we had high hopes of catching a few fish.

 

Either our GPS and sounder weren't working properly or that 24m marker isn't there any more because all we found was a relatively flat bottom all along the area of this spot.

 

The current was running quite fast in a SW direction and we were drifting at 1.3kn....maybe a sea anchor is required!!

We had 5oz on the end of our rigs to stop the line drifting out at a 45' angle.

Having the 'trails' turned on the GPS made retracing our path a breeze.

We did hook up a couple of Western king wrasse, which enjoy a fight on light tackle, but no sign of any KG.

We ventured out a bit deeper into 36m but more of the same....flat bottom! The sounder was showing 'activity' above the bottom which looked promising, but didn't yield anything.

 

We ended up closer to shore off Whitehills, and had some success with 2 breaksea cod and a juvenile yellowtail kingie...which all went back. Lost a good sized skippy at the boat and also had what looked like a pinkie chase the bait up to the boat!

Plenty of wrasse but they all went back, too, as we weren't sure about the eating quality of these fish.....any comments about these would be greatly appreciated.

 

Logged off at 4.30pm tired, but had a great day....very impressed with all our new toys....the boat, the GPS and the sounder.

 

Why am I still rocking around, even though I'm back on dry land?????

 

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is there any chance of

Sun, 2010-11-21 00:46

is there any chance of hooking up a KG LB? i've never caught one before and i don't have a boat. if i could where could i get them?

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ask sammytheshark

Sun, 2010-11-21 18:37

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a sea anchor is a must make

Sun, 2010-11-21 18:51

sure you buy a decent size one as well!! also when your fishing thirty metres you will find the ground may look flat if your scope is from 0 to 30 metres if you change you scope so you only see the bottom ten you will find the ground is not as flat as you think! be carefull though this will enhance the movement of the boat due to seas and swell! you dont need much of a lump for the kgs as they will congregate around the flat coral as well! the hard part is finding that ground! this time of year is a great time to find good ground as the cray pots are out and where theres crays theres usually good ground and fish

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