Whole sand whiting as bait, what has it caught you?

 Hi all,

looking for some real world examples of what whole sand whiting had landed you as far as memorable catches. I'm not looking for the old folk law story of "shark bay snapper love em" because let's be honest, when thir hungry, shark bay snapper would eat just about anything. The reason I ask is I have used whole whiting as baits whilst demersal fishing, and it doesn't even get a lick. And rest assured I have given it a go on a number of occasions now!


my personal opinion is its just not smelly and oily, therefore nothing seems to want to touch it. I must point out that whenever I have tried them as baits out deep, it's always with dead but fresh baits, and on a snelled paternoster rig. I'm asking the question as I know a few spots which hold good bait sized whiting, and am wondering whether it's worth the effort of catching some for future baits or not. 


Any real world success stories or photos would be appreciated 






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On the Arvo

Wed, 2017-11-01 20:15

I got the Snapper in my avatar. The first Snapper I caught was on a whole snelled floating whiting and it's still my second biggest Snapper to date. (The avatar is the biggest, about 10/15 minutes apart)


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 Absolutely top notch bait,

Wed, 2017-11-01 20:16

 Absolutely top notch bait, caught a 10kg Dhuie on a whole one. And I will take a heap of the up north to Gnaraloo every year as they get mauled. 


Love the West!

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My biggest dhuie...

Wed, 2017-11-01 21:54

 ...as much as it pains me to say it coz it wasn't a lure, at 22kg, came on a whole sandie...snelled double, 8/0 thru the head, 6/0 thru the tail.

Have also caught snapper on the frames of sand whiting...best of both worlds. 

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Got a couple just legal

Wed, 2017-11-01 23:34

Got a couple just legal dhuies on sandy heads from the boat.

Tailor smash them from the beach both dead and alive, have also landed a couple sambos from the beach on livies as well as small sharks and rays.

One of the best live baits from the beach IMO and the boat wouldn't be too different

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 Dhuies baldies  love them

Thu, 2017-11-02 03:49

 Dhuies baldies  love them


Anywhere anytime

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dhuie and break sea cod

Thu, 2017-11-02 05:49

 caught a 12kg dhuie on whole sandy alway have have a dozen freshly caught on board , without doubt chunks of whiting for break sea cod

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 Countless reds and goldband

Thu, 2017-11-02 06:39

 Countless reds and goldband up north 

we take up several hundred each year cryovac'd into bags of 10

as a mate calls it 'red candy' and I have to agree it's excellent bait 

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Good call on the baits for up north

Thu, 2017-11-02 07:17

 Particularly because whiting don’t hold a lot of blood ect, it “should” help reduce the attraction of sharks.


looks like I might have to go and stock up on some baits after all. Cheers guys




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My goto bait for reds up north trout love them aswell

Thu, 2017-11-02 07:36

 Always stop for a few sandies on the way out dhuie fishing .whiting and occy 2 best baits going for dhuies 

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Thu, 2017-11-02 07:46

has to be one of the best baits all around WA (and probably all of Australia). Have caught almost every NW species on YFWhiting we caught of Dampier in the shallow sand flats, but now I would rather eat them than use them for bait.
So the biggest "thing" I have caught on whiting is myself - Yum.


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Top dhue bait

Thu, 2017-11-02 07:52

Pinks . As quoted prior big reds up north love them

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 Couldn't catch my desired

Thu, 2017-11-02 09:31

 Couldn't catch my desired livies to troll so I caught some candies to troll for kings. Caught a few that day.  So YTK won't say no either lol

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 Sandies *

Thu, 2017-11-02 09:31

 Sandies *

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Cooked it up for a chick who

Thu, 2017-11-02 09:33

Cooked it up for a chick who didn't like fish... She loved it and I got a root... catches women to lol