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Hey everyone. I've been surfing these forums for a week or so trying to learn a little more about surf fishing. I am a descent fresh water fisherman from AL. I have an adventure planned next month to Fort Pickens campground. We're going to ruff it in a tent. Should be a blast!

I've gotten a bunch of gear ideas from here, pomp rigs, leaders, popping corks, gulp shrimp, pyramid sinkers, the works man. I'll prob just stick w live shrimp or sand fleas once I get down there.

My question now is, is there anything in particular I should be looking for to cast towards? I mean, read a couple things about sand bars, but I think the lingo was flying over my head lol.

Also, how far should you cast out? Should I walk far out then cast far or what? Any tips are greatly appreciated. Thank!
 

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Welcome aboard! Sounds like you have a fun trip planned. Not sure what your arsenal is like but I normally take 3 rods. I cast one sort of close in, one medium ways out and one as far as I can sling it. This helps me determine where the bite is that day and I can adjust my casting accordingly from there. Sand fleas and fresh peeled shrimp will be your best bet I think. Keep checking the forum like you are and I'm sure you'll hear all you need to know before you head our way.
 

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Thanks Scouticus and Hopin4aboat. I'm all brushed up on cuts, guts, bars and rips now. Appreciate the heads up.

Scouticus, I'll def give that a try. I have 2 808 zebcos w 30lb test on them and an open face also w a 30lb test on there. I have a few smaller setups with 15lb test, but will prob use the big setups for the surf fishing because it looks more like what I need to be using.

I'm kindof curious what the sound/bay side has to offer too since it's even closer to the campsite (walking distance). If I don't have any luck, I might give it a try. But I'm already seeing success at Langdon Beach on these post which makes me all warm and fuzzy inside lol. I'll def be posting my pics if any luck. I wonder if I could catch some bluecrab too. I have a couple pots I got last year for a trip to Seagrove, but I only got 1 stinkin crab haha
 

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The bay has reds specs and flounder to offer that time of year and there are some decent flats to wade close to the campsites as for crabs I would go buy a 5$ dip net and a good flashlight and walk the shore at night dipping crabs. Lots of fun and easy, it's a great family activity.
 
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