Second, one-on-one and hand-to-hand combat is so much more fun. But I use a 7-8 foot rod with an 8 lb to 6 lb monocarbon guide. Soft-tipped rods are more suitable for whiting. Like whiting have soft mouths and walk hard. So they can pull hooks. Soft tips and good air resistance help keep the hooks inside, while keeping the fish running. But you can only use a standard spin from 6-7ft spin to 6-8lb if you know it. Whiting is one of the few saltwater fish species not yet regulated by the Florida Marine Fisheries Commission. This means that there is no minimum size or limit on the number of fish a person can keep. Small lightweight plastics are also a great way to put some whiting in your pocket. 2-3″ plastics in paddle tails or back shafts. But wriggling tails and worms work better. Waving tails look like a worm when resting on the ground.
The color of the bloodworm is the best.  If you suspect illegal fishing, whether you see it in person or online, report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116. Sand whiting itself is used as live bait for larger species such as Mulloway, mangrove mackerel and large flatheads, although fishermen must still adhere to the minimum size restriction.  Painted crabs (decorated lobster) The size limit is 11.5 cm tail and 9 cm carapace length and applies to all Qld waters. Many species of whiting are schools of fish and hunt in packs or schools. Some depend on species other than food, as most of their food sources are buried. Thus, they will shade curtain fish and feed on yabbies, worms or crustaceans brought to the surface by rays, sawfish, shovel noses. You`ll also shade packages of mackerel, bream, queens, and even dishes and plaice.
Anything that disturbs the sand and hunts in this lean water. The species was first described in 1829 and has long been considered a food fish and is frequently sought after by recreational and professional fishermen in New South Wales and Queensland. Small pieces of squid strips are a great way to get food in the bay. A light patanosta-style fishing platform set up around the Rous, Morton, North Straddle, Sandgate and Redcliffe cleans the whiting. Nominal fishing effort in 2013 (number of fishing days) in general estuary fisheries (approximately 9793 days, added by methodology), deep-sea fisheries (approximately 292 days) and deep-sea trawling – shrimp (approximately 217 days) were among the lowest reported.8 Partly due to the historically low nominal effort, Sandwittling`s catch of 61 tonnes in 2013 was below the long-term average of 145 tonnes. The minimum legal length for commercial and recreational fishers in New South Wales (27 cm TL) reduces fishing pressure on spawning stocks. Recent mortality estimates based on fishing curves indicate that fishing mortality is lower than natural mortality.3 The above data suggest that this stock is unlikely to be overfished due to current fishing pressures. Fishing for sand whiting is most productive in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales, where the species is most abundant, often with other whiting species in estuaries and beaches.
Because of its importance as a commercial fish, extensive research has been conducted on the species, particularly feasibility studies on the use of sand whiting in aquaculture. Sand whiting is a popular food fish often equated with King George whiting, making it a common target for commercial and recreational fishing. The flesh is white, tender and has a moist composition and little oil, which makes it easy to digest.  Aquaculture studies of the species began in the 1980s and led to the development of farmed sand whiting. Small lightweight plastics are also a great way to put whiting in your pocket. 2-3″ plastic in paddle tails or back shafts. But wriggling tails and worms work better. The waving tails look like a worm when resting on the ground. The color of the bloodworm is the best.
S. ciliata is most often referred to as “sand whiting” because it prefers sandy substrates to some members of the genus that prefer muddy, muddy or grassy substrates. The nominal commercial fishing effort in Queensland in 2013 was much lower than in previous years (3922 days in 2013 compared to 4771 days in 2012 and 5400 days in 2009), which improved the commercial catch rate5. Spending in the recreational fishing sector has decreased since 2016 and the introduction of a property line (30 fish) in 2009 brings the harvest to an acceptable level. The current minimum legal size for sand whiting in Queensland (23 cm total length [TL]) allows some adult fish to spawn at least once. Sand whiting has a high survival rate when released by recreational fishers, reducing the impact of discard mortality on the stock.7 Estimates of sand whiting mortality in Queensland (based on fishing curves) are high. The fishing mortality rate corresponds to the natural mortality rate and indicates a fully exploited stock; However, these mortality estimates have remained stable since 20075. Current fishing pressure is unlikely to lead to overexploitation of this stock.
Legal requirements that apply to recreational crab fishing in Queensland include: In tidal waters, no more than four crab traps or dillies or a combination of both may be used or owned on one boat per person. Some really deadly surface baits on the market right now. Suga Pen and MMD Splash shrimp are certainly the exceptional baits for whiting. But most small poppers and baits work well. It`s more about recovery than specific bait. High stem tip and uniform winding. But mix it up a bit too. The slower oscillating rod tip also works well. But if there is a package behind it and it does not hit. Wind faster.
“Sand whiting is uniformly silvery (no spots), with the pectorals, pelvic and fins pale yellowish. A canal-like process extends from the ventral surface to the urogenital opening. The morphology of the swim bladder is unnecessary to determine between S. ciliata and S. analis because they are almost identical.  “Winter whiting and summer whiting are often misidentified, and fishermen could be fined up to $471 locally if they get it wrong.” Bait traps are illegal for fishing in Queensland`s tidal waters. Recreational fishers do not use cartridge traps, funnel traps or round traps in tidal waters, and bait traps are subject to these fishing regulations. Although sand whiting extends to Victoria and Tasmania, the species is not abundant to constitute a significant part of its fishery, with other Sillaginidae such as swarm whiting and vigorous whiting accounting for the bulk of catches. However, it is one of the most common species in New South Wales and Queensland, particularly in Lower Queensland.
The species is often indistinguishable from golden whiting or trumpeter whiting, meaning that fishing statistics do not reflect the total catch of the species. In 2000, 238 tonnes of whiting were harvested in Queensland, down from the previous 4 years.  The species is mainly caught in the estuaries of New South Wales and is also included in the general category “whiting swarm” when caught on beaches.  Research has shown that the average commercial harvest of individual estuaries was about 1-2 tonnes per year, with most rivers increasing in the 1970s and 80s. Most of the whiting on the Gold Coast is found on the sandbanks leaking into the tides. The more yabby holes, the more whiting there is on the shore. They will also hang around sand patches near weeds. They like to sit behind small ledges and settle on sandbanks and can sit in formation behind a hill or drop on these banks and wait for the bait to pass. Yabbies have always been the pre-eminent bait for whiting fishing and are so easy to collect. All you need is a Yabbie pump and a ebbing tide. Find the best banks with the most yabbie holes.
Then start sucking them up. Be sure to change the water in your bucket regularly. They therefore remain in the higher order. A sieve helps to dig in the water. Be sure to release all females with eggs or soft shells to keep your sandbar healthy with good numbers.