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Greetings everyone! Now that things are opening back up, I'm heading down to OBX for an extended weekend (wife's birthday). Pops bought a house in southern Nags Head a little over a year ago, so that will be my base of operations. This will be my first attempt at surf fishing. I've been through a lot of posts and articles, bought some gear (that will be staying at the house for many future uses), and would like your tips and thoughts! Time frame: June 4th late pm through June 9th am Luckily, this will give me a outstanding opportunity to catch the spring tide (if I can stay up late enough) and the next very low tide around 2pm. Scouting out where the 1st and 2nd troughs are as well as cuts. I bought two 9' X-Heavy Fast action rods w/ 7000 series spinners, one for me and one for my father in-law. Planning on doing almost matching setups, middle of the road, soaking bait and learning the ropes. Not worried about catching anything in particular. Main setup: 20# mono w/ 50# shock leader, two hook bottom rig w/ 4 oz pyramid and 4/0 circle hooks. Second setup: 17# mono w/ 40# shock leader, two hook bottom rig w 2 or 3 oz pyramid and 3/0 circle hooks. Do the hook sizes and weights seem middle of the road? I'm worried they might be on the big end considering the time of year. Does this seem like a waste (too close together)? should I stick with one setup and have the other be something "more different", like fish finder rig or much lighter/heavier setup? Plan on soaking the bait (and sun), probably squid and shrimp (and beer). Depends what the tackle shop guys recommend. Will mostly be walking/carting out a mile or two from the house. Might take a drive a few miles south but not onto the beach (have 4wd), and staying far away from the point. Also, I will have plenty of opportunity to go out at night, is there anything that is a "must have" for surf fishing at night (do those rod lights actually work)? Let me know what you guys think and I'll be sure to update here and let you know how it goes! Bill
Good Morning, I have been a member since 2001, but have not posted since. Lived in Deale and then moved away to the Midwest and eventually found my way to New Orleans where the fishing has kept me settled. Curious if there are any east coasters this way, and who from the days of the BS board may be rummaging around in the alleys. I was SmokerGuy, but now I am mostly just old.
Just got my first nice rod for surfcasting. It's rated for something like 2 oz total, and I think that is pretty common for a lot of the rods y'all have recommended here. And yet I see many people using rigs with pyramid or drop weights that are more than those two ounces. What am I missing? By how much is it safe to exceed that rating? Under what circumstances? Only weights? Or only lures? Only when throwing old pieces of fruitcake?