Pompano, whiting, redfish, black drum are being caught regularly when surf conditions are favorable.
If you are new to this productive pastime, you’ll need to grab a new tackle box and fill it with the equipment you need for a successful trip to the beach.
You’ll need to bring a variety of rods and reels if you want the full experience from 6-foot light action rods to 10-plus-footers to cast heavy weights into deep water. During low tides, the fish will move into deeper water, which means you’ll need more casting distance. At high tide, the fish will be closer to the shoreline, and you won’t have to make a long cast.
In your tackle box, you’ll need several spools of line and leader material. For your largest rig, consider a braided line with 30-pound break strength with a fluorocarbon leader. If the water is clear, the fish can shy from a straight braided line. Then start matching your line with your tackle. For your 7-8-foot rods, try 15-pound monofilament, which will have more stretch than the braided line and allow for good fight. Finally, if you’re brave enough to bring along a light action rod, try a 6-8-pound test monofilament or fluorocarbon line. If the surf is relatively calm, the lighter line will almost always result in more bites.
When it comes to weights, my rule is to always use the least amount of weight for the task at hand. You don’t want your weight to be rolling around in the surf because of the current or wave action. You want it stationary. Some days, that means you can use it. Most surf anglers choose pyramid weights because of the resistance to rolling, but several other types are available, including coin weights and flattened teardrops.