Recommended Fishing Gear-(Ideal & broad list)
Leader material: 15 or 20 lb test monofilament or fluorocarbon
size 8 cricket hooks;
size 1 and 3/0 O’Shaughnessy hooks,
size 4 treble hooks
Bass casting: ¼ and ½ oz
Pyramid (if bringing a midsized rod and reel) 1 and 2 oz
Spider weights (if bringing a surf rod and reel) 2-4 oz
20 lb swivels
10 lb snaps (with or without swivels)
Round red and white bobbers: 1” to 1 ½ “ diameter
Popping cork/leader combo: large popping cork
Monofilament with one or two hook drops
Reels: Any of three types
Closed face spinning reel-considered a beginning reel, get a good quality Zebco brand with a drag adjustment
Open face spinning reel: an ideal, easy to use reel, get one that will stand up to salt water. Shimano is one of the best brands with a very large range of reels.
Baitcaster: a difficult-for-beginners reel, but the first choice for most surf fishermen going for bigger fish. It is also the predominant style for medium sized fish. You can very accurately control the distance of your casts but does have a learning curve to master casting.
Line: 10 or 12lb test monofilament
Make sure that they match the type of reel that you use. Because you need to throw out fairly far into the surf, a longer rod is preferable. At least 5 ft long, up to 6 ½ to 7 ft. Surf rods for large reels should be 10-12ft in length.
Surf Zone Rod Holders
PVC pipe, heavy walled.
2” diameter for big rods, 1 ½ in for medium and small rods
4 foot long sections with one end cut at about 30 degree angle
Hook-out or other hook removal pliers, hemostat, etc.
Chair or stool
Crab net, long handled
Spoons: Gold (and Silver) ½ and ¾ oz
DOA Shrimp: gold flake color
Top water lures: Top Dog, She Dog, Top Pup, Catch 2000; bone color, black and silver belly
Jigheads and Shrimp Tails
Live bait bucket, aerator & batteries
5 gal plastic bucket, pickle bucket, etc., extremely well rinsed
Fishbites-synthetic bait: assorted colors and flavors