The fish finder rig is a great bottom rig for fishing the surf or from the piers. It’s one of the more popular rigs that people use while surf fishing for whiting.
The drop shot rig is simple and gets the job done. Just make sure you use a heavy enough weight so your bait can stay put with the current and waves you will deal with while fishing the surf.
A heavy jighead can also be super effective, especially if the area you are fishing isn’t super rough. You just have to make sure you have a heavy enough jighead to keep your baits on the bottom.