Southern School Whiting

Other names: silver whiting, sand whiting

Scientific
name:Sillago bassensis

Minimum size:
None

Bag limit:
15 (whiting species not including King George combined)

Possession limit:
30 (whiting species not including King George combined)

Identifying features:
Southern school whiting have a long body with slight tapering at the head.  The tail is markedly forked.  Colour is yellowish brown with a number of orange-brown spots on the body.  A silvery stripe can be seen along the flanks.  Tail, pectoral and dorsal fins are brown, other fins are yellow or white.

Grows to:
Up to 33 cm and 0.5 kg.

Habitat:
Young whiting are generally found inshore on sandy bottoms and in estuaries.  They move into deeper water as they grow and form large spawning schools seasonally.  Found in depths from 10-50 metres.

Fishing information:
Most commonly caught on a hook and line when using small hooks baited with pieces of fish, prawn or squid.  Marine worms are also considered good bait.  A good fighting fish on light gear.

Responsible fishing tips:
Release into the water using a de-hooker or pliers to remove the hook.  Easy to catch in large numbers so only take enough fish for your immediate needs.

Handling:
Handle carefully as they can lose scales easily.

Cooking:
  An excellent eating fish, though many Tasmanian fishers consider them rather small for the plate.  Whiting has low oil content, a delicate flavour and white flesh which flakes easily.  Use as fillets or whole fish.  Suitable to bake, barbecue, grill, foil bake or shallow fry.

Fish illustration by Peter Gouldthorpe
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