Surf fishing is the most popular way to catch whiting. Most anglers that fish for whiting in the surf make the mistake of casting too far. Most of the whiting are usually caught in very shallow water often 10 to 20 feet from the shore. The cuts and sloughs tend to hold the most fish along the beach. The tidal changes in the morning and evening are the best times to fish.
Light tackle is fine for targeting whiting on the beach. Medium action spinning rods and reels with 10 to 12 pound test is plenty for catching whiting in the surf. Most anglers use a drop shot rig, but instead of using a drop shot weight, they will use a pyramid sinker because this type of sinker will do a better job of keeping your bait in place on the bottom. Whiting feed mostly on the bottom, so keep your bait near the bottom if you want to catch more fish. Small pieces of fresh shrimp are the best baits to use for whiting.