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Ed Olson
07-08-2007, 10:44 PM
Hope I found the right place...
Let me first introduce myself. My name is Ed and I live in Charlotte, NC. Been fishin' all my life, but not as a hobby, or a sport. Mostly with Grandpa(when I was younger) and with friends later on in life. Recently, fishing has dropped off the map for me. But alas, my time has come again.
We, the family, are going on vacation to Topsail Island in August. I plan on doing some fishing, which lead me here. Well, that and a Google search on Charlotte Fishing forums:)
In any event, as the title says, I'm a newb to SW fishing and need some basic, and maybe semi-advanced education.
I'd like to fish the surf and from the pier.
At the very basic level, what would I need to get started? What lb.test? What lures, if necessary, or live bait? When's the best time of day to catch what?
My experince is cathcin smallmouth bass and crappie, so I know this sw thing will will be completely different, I'm sure.
Side note: I made the jump from a 20g freshwater aquarium to a 90g saltwater aquarium and thought there would be a lot of likenesses. Boy was I wrong. So, I'm guessing this will apply, going from fw pond and lake fishing to sw ocean/surf fishing.
Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance for your help.

07-08-2007, 11:39 PM

Just to give you the bare bones basic, you need an rod and reel with I'd say 20lb test. least that's what I use. dead shrimp catches almost everything surf and pier fishing. Buy a twp drop bottom rig in wal mart or any baittackle store with a 3 oz weight and you're good for business. Again, that's the barebone stuff.

07-09-2007, 08:18 AM
Welcome Aboard Ed!! ;cool;

07-09-2007, 09:46 AM
Welcome to the club Ed! :thumbsup:

07-09-2007, 06:37 PM
Ed, Bass Pro Shops in Charlotte has some decent combos for recreational use. The guy I spoke with (three years ago anyways) was really helpful and put together everything I needed for reasonable $$. They won't last forever, but I got three seasons out of the reel (coroded from being dunked and not cleaned well) and the rod is great. As I recall I got a 10' uglystick surf rod and shakespeare reel for less than 80 bucks. My brother picked up an 8' rod and cabelas brand reel for less than 60 on sale on has a nice pier/surf fishing section also. has a good surfishing forum with way more than you ever though you wanted to know on fishing the surf.
Good luck,

07-10-2007, 08:46 AM
For even more infor , log on to they are locals who enjoy the sport and are very helpful, you might even find someone who'll take you offshore. I run charters out of Emerald Isle and if I can ever be of help let me know'

Capt Bud Wegner

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