I fish a lot inshore out of lynnhaven, but am in hatteras a lot and would love to be able to give the drum/blues a shot when they are blitzin. Also love the seaside of the eastern shore and have been going out to the barrier islands for years. I have two TLD star drag 20/40's spooled with 30 lb test. Curious if these are what people typically use in the surf. Is 30# a little too heavy or will it be ok? Also, where could I find a relatively cheap rod etc... how big ...?? (i guess you would have to be able to heave around 3/4 pound of bait/lead etc a good ways) any help would be appreciated. by the way i did read the post below but am really interested in fishing with a conventional setup.