What this rig is all about:
Whiting are also called channel mullet and are a cod-like fish most frequently caught in the Florida surf, inlets, harbors, and bays. Whiting are usually sought after for their sweet and light taste. Many anglers catch them to eat them. Read on to check out this very simple, versatile, and effective fishing rig for catching whiting. Also, you can check out a different variation specifically for surf fishing here.
Here is a list of materials/items that you will need to make this rig:
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– 15-20 pound fluorocarbon leader line
– 1 size 6 Mutu light circle hook
– scissors/nail clipper
Optional but recommended equipment:
– 10 pound monofilament main line
– Shimano Sedona 2500 10 pound reel
Tips and notes on this rig:
There’s not much to this rig once you’ve constructed. You simply cast out the rig with bait on the hooks and wait for a bite. Stick a sand spike in the sand and let that hold your rod for you or leave the rod against the railings on a dock. In regards to bait, whiting love clams, sand fleas, or shrimp.
The red beads on this rig allow the whiting to spot the bait easier. As they are nosing along on the sandy bottom, the red beads will catch their eye and attract them towards the bait. Fishermen have used red beads to attract fish with great success.
The sinker slide is great to prevent the whiting from feeling the line and the weight as it takes the bait. This is because the sinker will slide freely along your main line. This is another characteristic of this rig that helps you maximize your chances of landing the fish. Also, it may be wise to use a 5-6 pound rated line to attach the sinker. This is so if the rig gets snagged by the sinker, it will be easy to yank the rig and only lose the sinker as opposed to losing the entire rig.
When fishing for whiting is it also advised to use small hooks. The 6/0 Mutu light circle hooks work very well.
- The first step to constructing this whiting rig is to cut out about 2 feet of 15-20 pound fluorocarbon leader line and tie your hook to it. You can use a palomar knot or a uni knot. Both work great. Check out how to tie a palomar knot, check out this tutorial below:
- Now, attach your leader rig to the snap swivel. You can use whatever knot you like. Again, the palomar or uni knots are recommended.
And there you have it: a very simple and effective whiting rig for surf or for inshore fishing. Try it out and let the fishing community know how well this rig is working for you by rating it at the top of this article. Cheers and tight lines!