Whiting Fishing

Whiting Fishing

Whiting

Whiting
  • Size 1 lb
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Low
  • Habitats Nearshore, Offshore

(Menticirrhus americanus)

Whiting is a prolific fish in the Atlantic Ocean that you can hook up from almost any beach in North and South America. Whiting fishing is a lot of fun for the kids and they’re great for live bait.

How Big?

Whiting adults are usually in the 12’’ range, but you can find some specimens up to 20’’ long. The all-tackle IGFA world record was caught in 2021 in Florida and weighed 2.4 pounds.

When and Where?

You can find Whiting in coastal waters, stretching from Nova Scotia all the way to Argentina. They prefer sandy-mud and hard sand bottoms, mostly around beaches. You can find them in waters up to 120’ deep.

How to Fish?

You can reel in Whiting on pretty much any saltwater rod, due to their small size. You'll need to use heavier tackle to get to them, because these fish often hang out behind the wave break. When fishing from a dock, spincasting with light tackle is what most anglers go for. The most effective bait are sand fleas, but you can also catch it on live shrimp, peeled shrimp, clams, and other similar bait.

Good to Eat?

Whiting has a delicate and moist flavor, similar to Cod, but softer. They’re great when fried with some salt and pepper!

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