Large head with one barbel at tip of lower jaw. Flattened belly. Overall silvery color, tan- nish on top. Indistinct dark blotches on side.
SIZE: Usually less than a pound. Sometimes 2 pounds. World record 2 pounds, 13 ounces.
FOOD VALUE: Bland but good.
GAME QUALITIES: Runs well against very light tackle.
TACKLE AND BAITS: Light spinning, casting and surf tackle. Best baits are sand fleas and pieces of shrimp or squid. Readily hits small jigs and flies. On bright, calm days,Whiting can be sight-fished at the very edge of the surf along many beaches.
FISHING SYSTEMS: Still Fishing; Casting.
RANGE: All Florida coasts; more common in Atlantic.
HABITAT: Roams sandy bottom. Abundant surf fish.