I'm now living in the Virginia Beach area. The only excuse I have for not surf fishing is that I don't know what I'm doing. Where can I go or what can I read to get an education in short order. I've done a little bass fishing in my time and, as a kid, did some saltwater fishing from a pier using bottom rigs for spot and croaker. I own two 10' surf casting rods with spinning reels; one fast acton graphite rod, 12-30 lb., 2-8oz. and one medium action fiberglass 10-25 lb. Bought and used them once about 8 years ago on a trip with a buddy looking for stripers. He had to rig them for me. We were bait fishing. They still have the original line. Leader was cut off of one because it got all clustered. The only fishing knot I know to tie is the fisherman's knot. I can learn others, just don't know what's appropriate where. I'd prefer to use lures.
I don't own a 4wd, so I'll be walking to my fishing spot, either Back Bay surf, Rudde Inlet, or somewhere else if I discover it. I'm interested in catching tasty fish for my consumption, not much into trophy fishing at this point. I don't know what species are tasty. Blues? Had a short-term job in my 20's doing creel surveys of saltwater fishermen. Saw a cooler full of tautog. The guy who caught them said they were very tasty. I see the limit now is 2 per day. I don't need a lot, but two seems rather low unless I get other fish too.
I read a book about stripers and some online info about surfcasting in general. I'm also aware of http://www.mrc.virginia.gov/vswft/Angler_Guide/angler_web_catch.pdf
Any advise on what species to target, what lures to use and how to rig the line is appreciated.