BOOM TIMES AHEAD FOR KING GEORGE WHITING

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BOOM TIMES AHEAD FOR KING GEORGE WHITING

Postby fishingvic » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:30 am

Media release
Monday 12 February, 2018

BOOM TIMES AHEAD FOR KING GEORGE WHITING

Very high numbers of baby King George whiting have been recorded in fisheries surveys of Port Phillip Bay for the second consecutive year, which is great news for whiting stocks and recreational anglers who hold the species in high regard on the table and as a sportfish.
Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Fisheries Authority, Travis Dowling, said anglers could expect sensational fishing from 2019 to 2021 when juvenile whiting detected in 2016 and 2017 will have grown to catchable size.
“Scientists have conducted annual surveys of small juvenile whiting in the bay’s seagrass beds since 1998 to help forecast the abundance of stocks and manage the fishery sustainably,” Mr Dowling said.
“Two very strong years in a row is wonderful news and will get more people fishing, more often, which is at the core of the State Government’s Target One Million plan that’s investing a record $46 million into a suite of projects to grow participation in recreational fishing, including bringing an end to all commercial net fishing in Port Phillip Bay by 2022.
“The survey results from Port Phillip Bay also provide an indication of what can be expected in the years ahead in other Victorian bays, including Western Port and Corner Inlet.”
Mr Dowling said that adult whiting reside in coastal waters and the tiny whiting larvae drift eastward from spawning grounds, most likely off far western Victoria and eastern South Australia, for approximately three months before entering our bays and estuaries during spring when scientists conduct the surveys.
“Westerly winds help drive the currents that bring the whiting larvae into our bays, where they take about two years to reach the legal minimum size of 27cm.
“At about four years of age, most whiting have left the bays to complete their adult life in coastal waters.
“Because whiting only reside in the bays for a few years of their life, these fisheries naturally fluctuate depending on the number of tiny larvae that entered the bays several years prior.
“People fishing outside the bays along the coast can expect increased catches of larger whiting during the early 2020s, as maturing fish move out to coastal waters.”
Victorian anglers are reminded that there is a daily bag limit of 20 King George whiting applies per person and they must be landed whole or in carcass form.
Media contact: Nick Foster 03 8392 6254



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Re: BOOM TIMES AHEAD FOR KING GEORGE WHITING

Postby smile0784 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:36 am

Sounds positive

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Re: BOOM TIMES AHEAD FOR KING GEORGE WHITING

Postby Lightningx » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:37 am

Great news!
Glad to hear it :thumbsup:

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Postby crumpet_avenger » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:45 am

I still wont be able to catch them...

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Re: BOOM TIMES AHEAD FOR KING GEORGE WHITING

Postby STriplett1997 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:09 am

Sounds promising. Whiting were on fire in December WP then disappeared after that for me

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Re: BOOM TIMES AHEAD FOR KING GEORGE WHITING

Postby Redhunter » Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:27 pm

Based on "research" from VFA, they claim whiting stay in the bay most of their lives, before venturing offshore when they get close to the 50cm mark. If that is actually correct, there should be good numbers available in the bays all year round. I don't understand why there aren't?? Bigger numbers are usually available between xmas and winter, which makes no sense as far as what VFA tell us. Am I missing something??



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Re: BOOM TIMES AHEAD FOR KING GEORGE WHITING

Postby cantcatchem » Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:39 pm

Redhunter wrote:Based on "research" from VFA, they claim whiting stay in the bay most of their lives, before venturing offshore when they get close to the 50cm mark. If that is actually correct, there should be good numbers available in the bays all year round. I don't understand why there aren't?? Bigger numbers are usually available between xmas and winter, which makes no sense as far as what VFA tell us. Am I missing something??

They are available all year round in parts of the bay like Queenscliff and St.Leonards and also around werribee and Pt. Cook but most are caught at night in those 2 areas in winter

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Re: BOOM TIMES AHEAD FOR KING GEORGE WHITING

Postby 4liters » Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:57 pm

Redhunter wrote:Based on "research" from VFA, they claim whiting stay in the bay most of their lives, before venturing offshore when they get close to the 50cm mark. If that is actually correct, there should be good numbers available in the bays all year round. I don't understand why there aren't?? Bigger numbers are usually available between xmas and winter, which makes no sense as far as what VFA tell us. Am I missing something??

They're around. It's just like everything else, they slow down over the cooler months. I assume that's because the water temp slows their metabolism and reduces their energy consumption, and need for food.
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Re: BOOM TIMES AHEAD FOR KING GEORGE WHITING

Postby TheLoneTurtle » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:25 pm

fishingvic wrote:Media release
Monday 12 February, 2018

BOOM TIMES AHEAD FOR KING GEORGE WHITING

Very high numbers of baby King George whiting have been recorded in fisheries surveys of Port Phillip Bay for the second consecutive year, which is great news for whiting stocks and recreational anglers who hold the species in high regard on the table and as a sportfish.
Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Fisheries Authority, Travis Dowling, said anglers could expect sensational fishing from 2019 to 2021 when juvenile whiting detected in 2016 and 2017 will have grown to catchable size.
“Scientists have conducted annual surveys of small juvenile whiting in the bay’s seagrass beds since 1998 to help forecast the abundance of stocks and manage the fishery sustainably,” Mr Dowling said.
“Two very strong years in a row is wonderful news and will get more people fishing, more often, which is at the core of the State Government’s Target One Million plan that’s investing a record $46 million into a suite of projects to grow participation in recreational fishing, including bringing an end to all commercial net fishing in Port Phillip Bay by 2022.
“The survey results from Port Phillip Bay also provide an indication of what can be expected in the years ahead in other Victorian bays, including Western Port and Corner Inlet.”
Mr Dowling said that adult whiting reside in coastal waters and the tiny whiting larvae drift eastward from spawning grounds, most likely off far western Victoria and eastern South Australia, for approximately three months before entering our bays and estuaries during spring when scientists conduct the surveys.
“Westerly winds help drive the currents that bring the whiting larvae into our bays, where they take about two years to reach the legal minimum size of 27cm.
“At about four years of age, most whiting have left the bays to complete their adult life in coastal waters.
“Because whiting only reside in the bays for a few years of their life, these fisheries naturally fluctuate depending on the number of tiny larvae that entered the bays several years prior.
“People fishing outside the bays along the coast can expect increased catches of larger whiting during the early 2020s, as maturing fish move out to coastal waters.”
Victorian anglers are reminded that there is a daily bag limit of 20 King George whiting applies per person and they must be landed whole or in carcass form.
Media contact: Nick Foster 03 8392 6254


It sounds good but still, i'm still not targeting them. Wasting too many trips that could have been for snapper on whiting with very little reward. :down:

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Re: BOOM TIMES AHEAD FOR KING GEORGE WHITING

Postby cobby » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:44 pm

I'd rather 3 Whiting than 10 Snapper personally...



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