Traveling to Florida - Going to try to surf fish?

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  1. ayopierre

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    I surf fish in our local waters often but I am traveling to Melbourne, Florida for a week and staying walking distance from the beach. I've heard Florida is the surf fishing capital of the U.S.

    I was wanting to get out there and try my luck - was planning to hit Walmart and get a really cheap rod and gear just for the 1 or 2 sessions and give it away when it's time to fly back.

    Does anyone have any advice, recommendations, tips, or experience surf fishing Florida waters?

    Thanks!
     
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    Never been there myself but know people that travel to that are a for work and fish before or after work.

    Some only take poppers and crocodiles in various sizes. Others take plastics. Some take hooks for fishing live shrimp which can be purchased locally.

    If bluefish are present you will want to have wire leader otherwise you will loose all your terminal get quickly. I like Tyger leader, which is knotable, but others will do. A heavy fluorocarbon bite leader (a foot of 40 or 50 lb) will be useful if snook are eating (the sharp gill plates are abrasive and can cut the hands, teeth are not the problem). Bucktail jigs, plastic baits. Gunfish or other walking baits work for a lot of things. Suspending hard jerk baits for redfish and drum.
     
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    Your best bet is to look up the name of several local tackle shops in the Melbourne area and then pay them a visit for recommendations. Yea a cheap WalMart rig will do but as you know it's the bait,lures and terminal tackle that catches the fish so buy what you can from them and then go to WallyMart for the rod/reel. They can also give you some spots to try out so you don't waste your time. Having lived in south Florida I always found where's there water there's fish to catch and Florida has LOTS of water both salt and fresh.
     
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    Before you get a cheap combo and dispose of later, check out the daiwa ardito travel rods. Fairly priced and almost identical to phenix red eyes. They don’t even have to be saved for travel, they act as if they are a one piece rod

    I have both the red eye and arditos and fly with them a lot
     
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    thank you everybody. i will update you all when i get back
     
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    update:

    well its interesting to see how different fishing is in florida. step into a bait shop and they have 10 different live baits including fresh croaker and many many different frozen bait.

    Went for snook and got skunked so just went surf fishing the next day and literally hooked on before i could even set my pole up on the spike before casting. From then on it was a fish every 5-10 mins.

    Super fun and wish I went on a charter. Thanks all!
     
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