April 21, 2013
The Southern Kingfish (Whiting), Menticirrhus americanus
Large head with one barbel at tip of lower jaw. Flattened belly. Overall silvery color, tannish on top. Indistinct dark blotches on side.
Usually less than a pound. Sometimes 2 pounds. World record 2 pounds, 13 ounces.
Bland but good.
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.
Still Fishing; Casting.
Southern Kingfish Southern Whiting King Whiting
All Florida coasts; more common in Atlantic.
Roams sandy bottom. Abundant surf fish.