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Updated: 05/02/2014 08:00:01AM

Big fun …

… in small packages

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By Robert Lugiewicz

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Tarpon fishing is starting to go off in the Harbor. Cobia are showing up under the U.S. 41 bridges and elsewhere. There are massive bull sharks gathering in Boca Grande Pass. And so I’ve decided to take this opportunity to talk about whiting. Yes, seriously.

Whiting are a fish that almost everyone overlooks. Yet they’re usually willing to bite, they’re fairly fun to catch on light tackle, and they’re a decent table fish. True, they’re not huge, at an average of about half a pound. Nor do they have the power of a pompano or the jumping ability of a ladyfish. But if you use the right tackle, they can give a good account of themselves and provide a delicious meal.

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