Surf fishing is a great beach activity in Hilton Head, and many visitors decide to try it while here. If you are new to the sport, here are some tips from About.com on how to have an enjoyable day surf fishing.
You can use your own spin casting gear to surf fish, but ideally you would have more heavy duty equipment. Usually the rods are 10 to 12 feet long. Most places will sell heavier-duty surf rods and reels for between $20-$50. The rods need to be capable of slinging 6 ounces of lead weight, plus a bait up to 100 yards beyond the breaking surf and withstand the harsh salt water.
As far as weights and sinkers, you will need a multi-ounce, pyramid sinker. Other designs will work, but the pyramid shape helps it dig into the bottom and hold the line tight.
There are many different forms of bait used, including live bait fish, blood worms, cut bait, frozen shrimp and sand fleas. It’s also fun to catch your own bait, which you can do with a cast net, preferably 5 -6 feet long, that costs about $10-$15.
For information on fishing licenses needed for saltwater fishing, call 1-866-714-3611 or visit the SC DNR Web site.