King George whiting is a very popular marine species, offering a great fishing experience for beginners and avid fishers alike. King George whiting are typically targeted by recreational fishers for their sporting capabilities and quality eating (Vitamin B, Magnesium, Protein and omegas). King George whiting are endemic to southern parts of Australia, including lower parts of Western Australia, NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania.
In Victoria, we have a legal size of 27cm and a bag amount of 20 per person. In the other states, they have smaller bag limits and different rules. Therefore, anywhere you travel it’s best to look up the rules and regulations for that area and species and whether a license is required.
In NSW and along the eastern coast of Australia, sand whiting are more common than King George whiting. They can reach up to 47cm in length and weight around 1kg. They can be identified by the lack of a silver stripe long their side, and the blotch at the base of the pectoral fin.
Whiting are commonly caught around 35cm but can grow to a maximum length of 72cm and weigh up to 5kg. But the size and quality of your catch will vary depending on where you’re targeting them. Sexual maturity is 30-34cm at 3-4yrs of age. They tend to spawn in water depths of up to 9 meters or in estuaries, before being recruited by ocean currents where they live in the seagrass where they grow and the grass protects them, venturing out into the deep continental reef shelves when adults.
Whiting love choppy water as they can hide and see their prey, with their typical diet consisting of worms, a variety of crustaceans, molluscs, and fish.
Their predators are diving birds, salmon, snook, barracouta, sharks, rays, dolphins, squid, and juvenile kings.