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.
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.
Handle carefully as they can lose scales easily.
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.