Time of Day


The morning can be a great time to fish.  One of the big advantages is less people on the beach, so you have more areas to fish in the surf.  If you have an incoming tide in the morning, the bite can be very good, however, an outgoing tide will provide some good fishing too.  If you have a slack tide, the bite will slow down big time.


The afternoon can be productive as long as you have moving water.  Tidal changes help get the fish to feed, so if you have an incoming tide or outgoing tide during the afternoon, there should be some fish biting.


The evening is usually a very good time to fish for whiting.  If you can pair it up with an incoming tide, the bite can be even better.  An outgoing tide can be good as well, however, if you end up having a slack tide right when you want to go fishing in the evening, the bite will be much slower.


Night fishing for whiting is popular on many fishing piers and bridges.  Because many of the fishing piers are located just off of the surf, there are usually some great places to target whiting in just 2 to 3 feet of water near the surf from up above on the piers.  The piers will usually offer some decent lighting at night, which helps attract fish to the area.  Whiting do feed at night and it is possible to catch them in bunches if they move into your area.

Some anglers will also fish in the surf at night.  Fishing can be good from the surf at night, although, you need to careful and it’s smart to bring a buddy at night.  Depending on what kind of lighting is in the area that you’re fishing, night fishing from the surf can be quite challenging.  Bringing multiple fishing rods that are already set up and ready to go is a must so you can just grab another rod and continue fishing if you end up getting a tangle or snapping a line.  Just like during the day, a small piece of fresh shrimp fished on the bottom is the best way to catch whiting.