What basic gear do I need to get started with surf fishing?

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asked Jul 1, 2017 in Saltwater Fishing by Jillian Myers (708 points)
Getting into surf fishing. What basic gear do I need to get started? Want to make sure I like it before spending too much. Thanks

3 Answers

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answered Jul 2, 2017 by NinjaShark (3,775 points)
Surf fishing usually requires a long rod, so you can cast further. Then you'll also want to have a place to rest your rod while you wait for the bite. I haven't been doing surf fishing much, but I do like to fish from shore, because i don't have a boat and I can't always take the Kayak out. For this i use a 6.6ft ugly stick combo - it has been working out pretty well for me so far and the combo is around $50 i think. I also have a 7ft rod with a kastking sharky II 4000 reel on it - i got this real because it was super inexpensive, and is supposedly waterproof, so if i drop it from the kayak, i shouldn't have to worry too much about it... haven't tested it yet but saw some reviews saying that it really did work. I've also been trying to get better at using artificial lures and I found the Salt Strong community does a good job in helping teach this. https://www.saltstrong.com/
commented Jul 2, 2017 by Jillian Myers (708 points)
Thanks for the information.
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answered Jul 24, 2017 by Countryside (65 points)
You don't have to spend a lot of money to surf fish. Get started with a $30 Shakespeare combo from your local Big Box store. Get a 2 ounce weight and some circle hooks, the bigger the surf the heavier the weight. Don't go crazy with bait. Any shrimp will do. You don't have to cast 500 yards. Walk in the waves a little and cast about 30-50 yards. Sit back and enjoy. Always wash gear with fresh water and spray reel with WD-40 when finished.
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answered Oct 18, 2017 by Cronnie40 (228 points)
A nice long rod..8-10 ft. ,Get a 6-8000 reel, a bait bucket,, PVC for rod holders assorted weights and hooks and get out on the beach
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