Need some Help Where to go, first time surf fishing
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    Question Where to go, first time surf fishing


    I live in North Potomac, MD and want to try surf fishing; however don't know where is a good spot closer to where I live, any suggestions? As for tackle I have a 10' Penn Spinfisher V rod/reel combo, no line yet...should I go braid? reel can hold 15/300 or so, any suggestions? what else gear wise I will need? lures? live bait? again not sure, whats biting nearby so any suggestions will be appreciate it. And in case you wondering, yes I have done saltwater fishing (inshore), bass fishing, fly fishing and others, just never surf fishing or specifically using surf fishing gear and targeting those fish species.

    Thanks for the help.

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    Default DelMarVa guys helping you out?

    Sounds like you have the gear....I've used both 15 to 25 lb. mono to good effect and braid..up to you really...
    It was primarily a bait deal, but if you see birds diving or fish breaking some metal spoons or plugs are always good to have on hand.
    Finding good beach structure requires a drive on the beach but there are walkover points available that will work.

    I cut my surf fishing teeth at Assateaque MD w/o a 4x4 years ago when I lived in Arlington VA....yes, it is a drive but you have to drive if you want surf.
    I carried my gear over the dunes and found good places.
    The 14 pound bluefish runs back then made it worthwhile, grey trout on occasion. There was a striper moratorium back then but that has changed.
    Bluefish most often... Spot, Croaker, flounder, Whiting/kingfish or Sea Mullet as they are referred to in NC , and yes...skates and dogs...they are there, caught them all.

    Tried Roaring Point and some other places where you can find access, occasionally Chincoteaque VA.
    I also fished Indian River Inlet jetty for stripers and grey Trout near Fenwick - north of OC MD....tried Lewes Delaware too.
    Last few years have seen a return of Red Drum and Stripers in Spring/Fall in Assateaque MD.
    Left in '97 and so I do most of my fishing in Hatteras OBX.

    Never tried my 9Wt fly rod in MD surf...I've been bringing that to Hatteras when wind/water cooperated...when fish run thick I know I'll get one on a fly...

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