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By: Daniel Hagan - Managing Editor

Whiting – Fish Profile

The Whiting is one of the most frequently caught fish from the Florida surf and is often caught in inlets, bays and harbors.

The whiting is popular because of its very lightly flavored white meat.

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Species Name Menticirrhus littoralis
Size Whiting average a little less than a pound but have been known to reach over two pounds.
Food Value Very good!  Whiting can have a slight iodine flavor that can be easily removed with a salt water bath or by freezing overnight.
Fight Very scrappy, but are often over matched with heavy surf gear.  On light tackle they can be quite fun.
Equipment While Whiting are often caught on gear that is far to heavy to enjoy their fight, any salt water equipment will work.  From smaller spinning reels to baitcasters.
Baits Live sand fleas are the tops!  Live shrimp, cut shrimp, cut clams and sometimes cut fish works.
Limits No limits

Although we try to keep our database up to date, be sure to check with the FWC before harvesting any regulated fish.