Rigging for the Surf
As in most beach fishing situations, the right combination of rod, reel and rig setup will determine the degree of your success. There is a golden rule to fishing and that is - to fish as light as possible. That means; using the lightest line; the lightest tackle; and the most suitable rod/reel combination. For example, when targeting bottom dwelling fish, you may not want to anchor your bait to the bottom with a big heavy sinker. Going with a lighter rig that keeps the bait moving with the wave and tide action will help guide the bait to more fish. Now that said, using light tackle on the beach is not always doable, because surf and weather conditions, including the type of fish targeted will dictate how light you can go. Also, using lighter tackle puts extra strain on larger fish, which may cause it to expend far too much energy to survive the release.