or follow NRGarrott's boatPut the broom sticks away and get a medium power fast action rod. Cast spooks and rattletraps anywhere andypat tells you to.
bluefish1928, You got my attention with your fishing only from shore. IMO it is more of a challenge to catch fish/rockfish without a boat. I fished out of boats all my life, but I gave it up a few years ago, and now only fish from shore. Do you live on the water and fish there, or do you travel around to find the fish? How about a few pictures?or follow NRGarrott's boat
You can follow me as well but I will probably use your boat as target practice to refine my surf-casting skills. I primarily fish from shore.
In all seriousness....
Light tackle approaches
breakers- jig underneath for bigger fish. Both metals and soft plastics can work. One may be better than the other. big birds=bigger fish breaking
BKD's, bust em's on a jighead
sting silvers and lil bunkers
shoreline cruising- topwater along fishy places- points, shoals, humps, shadow lines and current. Be careful not to spook the fish.
Super spooks, Storm chug bugs
Trolling: other guys can probably give you better information. As a crew member, we run deep parachutes around breakers and balls of bait. Unlike the spring, the idea is to cover depths over a smaller area vs a wide spread (planar board).