I like to use two rods, one 7ft for fishing close to shore in the wash and an 11ft for casting farther out. This way I can target different species and have better shot. I use the Sea Striker "Surf Pal" sand spikes for rod holders. I like these because they have a small cutting place and a slot to hold bait knife. Additionally, they have little storage area that is perfect for bait or for holding your favorite beverage while you reel in a fish. If I am walking to my site, I also like a backpack beach chair with pockets to store tackle etc. Lastly, I carry softside cooler. Be sure to take sunscreen and bug spray. Those biting flies are nasty.