How to avoid the wrasse

 Been catching far less whiting and much more wrasse lately. I use a burly cage with chook feed and fish in 5 - 30m of water, could the burly be the cause? They seem to be everywhere! 



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Wed, 2017-10-18 18:47

 Wrasse are reef fish and will also hang around hard bottom with weed. Whiting are found more on the sand. 

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I found that off Little

Wed, 2017-10-18 19:24

I found that off Little Island. The dirty sand just off the reef and weed holds the KGs and you only have to come in 5-10m and you get wrassed all morning


If catching wrasse is cool, consider me Miles Davis

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 dont go fishing . you could

Wed, 2017-10-18 19:04

 dont go fishing . 

you could try releasing less burley 


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 Sand whiting? If so no burly

Wed, 2017-10-18 19:26

 Sand whiting? If so no burly and always drift... drop your line and if no bites within a minute when over sand move along. Keep doing that and you will find them, when you get ones in the 20~27cm size ping the spot as they tend to hang around in those areas. Kids and I normally get our 90 whiting within an hour in the 15m mark... always put a whiting on a live bait rig as smaller sharks love them!

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 Awesome thanks

Wed, 2017-10-18 23:06

 Awesome thanks



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 When you catch a smaller

Thu, 2017-10-19 04:45

 When you catch a smaller whiting cut that up for fresh bait, whiting love it...

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 Interesting, ill have to try

Thu, 2017-10-19 22:07

 Interesting, ill have to try it



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 I've found the opposite.I

Fri, 2017-10-20 11:06

 I've found the opposite.

I was on a patch of lots of sand whiting, foul hooked a small one and it was going to die anyway, so cut it up for bait.

Had one hook with squid, the other had the whiting fillet, and only got hits on the squid hook after that.  Replaced the whiting fillet with squid and bang back to double hookups.


Just my experience.

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Zoom said ..

Wed, 2017-10-18 19:29

 What zoom said chasin whiting get on the 

sand ! Burly cage in 30ms is a new one for

me ! But hey what ever works bud !

cheers pirate 

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If kgs I drift

Wed, 2017-10-18 21:47

Until I find kgs . Drop marker float with burley bomb on bottom. Then I still keep drifting close to marker float ,very sort drifts. Don’t want to drag them away from spot, 1 drop up ,go back. If your on anchor baits sit to still , which equals easy picking for shit fish. Sandy’s I just drift no burley. Each to there own do what works best for you. Good luck

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 Whiting fishing is fun until

Thu, 2017-11-09 10:08

 Whiting fishing is fun until 10 kilos of pink bulldozer shows up