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🎣 The Best Fishing Rig for Whiting

There are lots of different names for whiting: ground mullet, southern kingfish, channel mullet, southern kingcroaker and more. Regardless of what you call them, they are quite delicious and primarily caught around Florida specifically for their meat. Fishing for them can be a bit tricky which is why we decided to show you some great rig options that you can either order online pre-tied or you can make yourself!

The Best Pre-Tied Whiting Fishing Rigs

1. Sea Strike Whiting Double Drop Rig – The Best Double Drop Rigs for Whiting

  • Sold individually.
  • 2-drop rig.
  • 2x #6 hooks.
  • 25lb fishing line.
  • Great for Whiting & Perch.

Sea Strike’s 2-drop rig is an excellent choice for those that are too buy to tie their own rigs. It’s durable, inexpensive and strong enough to easily catch both whiting & perch.

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2. Whiting Surf Fishing Rigs – Best for Bulk Whiting Rigs

  • Comes as a set of 6 rigs.
  • Each rig is individually packaged to prevent tangling.
  • Perfect for a variety of fish species including whiting.
  • Size 1/0 hooks.

These Whiting rigs come in a set of 6 and can be used for a wide variety of different fish including pompano, snappers, sheepheads and of course whiting.

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3. Sabiki Hayabusa Whiting Rigs – Best for Two People

  • Comes with two rigs.
  • Fluorocarbon line.
  • Double hook rig.
  • Available in four different colors.

We recommend Sabiki’s whiting rigs if you’re specifically looking for rigs for two people. These are also the cheapest rigs we’ve found on the market for whiting so if cost is a big issue then these are your best bet.

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How to Make a Fishing Rig for Whiting

It’s often much more cost effective to make your own rigs than it is to buy them premade, assuming you need several or already have the spare gear to make them yourself. Below is a list of the required equipment and a how-to guide on how you can tie your own rig so you can catch all the whiting you want!

Required Tackle

Main Line

KastKing SuperPower Braided Fishing Line

Pretty much any braided fishing line that’s rated for 15 pounds should work well, but the KastKing is an excellent choice if you don’t already have some. 15 pounds should be more than enough to handle any whiting, but it’s always a good idea to go higher just in case you happen to hook a larger fish.

Leader Line

P-Line 250 Yard Fluorocarbon Fishing Line

Your leader line needs to be 100% fluorocarbon and should be rated at 15 pounds, though you may go higher if you’re concerned you may hook larger prey while fishing for whiting.

Circle Hooks

Owner Mutu Light Circle Hook

The size 2/0 is perfect for hooking whiting and these circle hooks are great at keeping the bait on the hook and are strong enough so they won’t break under pressure.

Snap Swivel

American Fishing Wire Mighty Mini Snap Swivels

Any swivel snap hook should work great, but if you don’t have any these are an excellent brand won’t corrode in the harsh saltwater.

3-way Swivel

Thundermist Lure Company T-Turn 3-Way Swivel

You’ll need two of these 3-way swivels per rig you want to make. Any size should do, though the medium size ones will probably work best.

Pyramid Sinker

Bullet Weights Pyramid Sinker

Pretty much any sinker will work but pyramids are strongly recommend here and you’ll need them to weigh 2oz for optimal performance.

Tying a Rig for Whiting

The rig we’ll be tying is a surf fishing rig that is designed specifically to catch whiting:

A surf fishing rig specifically designed for whiting.
  1. Cut about 16 inches of your fluorocarbon leader line.
  2. Tie the pyramid sinker to one end.
  3. Tie the other end to one of the 3-way swivels.
  4. Cut about 24 inches of fluorocarbon leader line.
  5. Tie both ends to each of your 3-way swivels.
  6. Cut two pieces of fluorocarbon leader line to 8-9 inches each.
  7. Tie both pieces to each of the remaining remaining 3-way swivel spots.
  8. Tie hooks to the other end of each of those pieces of leader line.
  9. Cut another 12-24 inches of fluorocarbon leader line.
  10. Tie it to the last remaining 3-way swivel and attach the other end to the snap swivel.
  11. Attach your main line to the other side of the snap swivel.

If you’re at all confused, simply consult the picture above. The black line is your fluorocarbon leader line while the green line is your main braided line. The remaining pictures should be pretty self explanatory.