Whiting, Yellow fin

(Sillago shomburgkii)

Commonly referred to as Yellow fin!

The yellow fin whiting is a species that has grown in popularity over the years to become one of the most popular target species of bread and butter fish available today. They are a strong, tasty fish that often frequents extremely shallow waters in search of prey items such as worms and prawns.

Distribution

Yellow fin whiting can be located along the entire northern coastline of Australia from Sydney in the east to Perth in the west making them the most popular bread and butter species available today.  They are generally encountered in water depths of 1 – 10 meters.

Growth

Yellow fin whiting are the mid sized species of the whiting group and average around 25 – 35 cm in length but can grow to over 50cm. Larger specimens are generally located in turbulent surf breaks and shallow sand spits leading into deeper water.

Habitat

Yellow fin whiting prefer shallow bays and warmer inshore waters to 10 meters in depth with large areas of sand present. Larger specimens may also be encountered in turbulent surf breaks and shallow sand spits leading into deeper water.

Identification

Yellow fin whiting can be easily identified by their medium sizing and complete lack of dark spots. The anal, dorsal and tail fins are bright yellow in colouration with a golden horizontal stripe running along the lateral line.

Taste rating

  • Ninety Taste Rating
    90%

Whiting are one of the finest eating fish in the ocean!

Sport rating

  • Sixty Sport Rating
    60%

Yellow fin whiting are a feisty species that do provide a fairly good account for themselves on ultra light tackle delighting anglers as they readily take offerings right at their feet.

Tackle requirements

Ultra light spin and over head combos are ideally suited to targeting most whiting species both from shore or from boat with braided, gel spun and nylon lines with breaking strains of around 2 – 5kg proving ideal. Light 6 -10lb nylon or fluoro carbon leaders of around one rod length help to prevent the fish from seeing brightly coloured lines when fish are being fussy during calm, clear conditions.

Recommended baits, lures and rigs

Live worms and prawns are sensational baits for catching yellow fin whiting with light running sinker rigs. Multiple hook rigs are preferred for chasing yellow fin whiting in deeper waters and turbulent surf breaks. Small, soft plastic and surface lures are also very effective on yellow fin whiting in shallow water and provide anglers with a more challenging and rewarding style of fishing.

Handy hints and tips

Polaroid sunglasses will aid anglers in identifying yellow fin whiting in shallow water, just look for the flashes!

Preferred fishing times and tides

Rising or full tides are best suited for targeting whiting around most areas although some deep water locations will also produce good numbers of fish during low and falling tides. New moon phases are also preferable for most fish species including whiting.

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