Pier fishing can be very productive for whiting. The best fishing for whiting usually occurs in the surf within 20 feet of the beach. Many of the fishing piers allow anglers to fish the surf from the pier and this can be very effective for whiting. Fishing the deeper water of the piers tends to be the least productive for catching whiting. A simple drop shot rig with a pyramid sinker and a small piece of fresh shrimp is all you need to catch whiting from the piers.