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i will be at Holden beach staying near the bridge that comes onto the beach from the mainland. i have rented a house on the beach near the bridge. I am planning on doing some surf fishing if that makes any sense at all to do the week of July 18 to 25. As I am from Kansas and am as far away from an ocean as you can possible get, what kind of gear should I bring? Rod type, tackle, line strength etc? thanks in advance for any assistance as my only experience is farm pond and lake fishing in the midwest
 

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I have rented a house at Holden Beach for 7-18 to 7-25. I am from Kansas and given that I am as far from the ocean as you can get, what kind of rod and tackle should I bring? My fishing experience consists of farm ponds, creeks and lakes. Any advice would be appreciated
 

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First off welcome to the NC coast, you’ll have a great time. In as much as you will need quite different tackle, farm pond vs. ocean, I would suggest leaving your stuff home and just going to WallyWorld and getting a cheap outfit for the week. It’ll take a rather long rod that can chunk a couple of oz of lead, you will need some circle hooks and a bait carrier of some kind. I do not typically advise buying their canned outfits but in this case, because of transportation problems it may be the best trick. Let me think this over and I’ll be back.
 

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I agree about buying a rig locally, as well as being easier in terms of transport salt water will most likely put a hurtin on your freshwater gear even if you do wash it off well. For surf fishing I'd use 20-25lb test, 1/0 or 2/0 circle hooks, 2oz of weight (you may have to go up if its rough), and a standard bottom rig. Use fresh shrimp, cut mullet, or squid. Or if you can find sand fleas in the surf, they work great for whiting.

Alternately you could try a carolina rig with the same hook set up, and live finger mullet or any of the other baits above. http://www.daybreakfishing.com/bait/carolina-rigs.html

Bring something to dehook the stingrays and sharks you will likely catch. Also, know the size limits http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-fishing-size-and-bag-limits.

Good luck!!
 

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This is probably more important than all of this fishing advice, especially to those in NC. Once you’re settled in and had your fill of greasy seafood find you a couple of Bar-B-Que houses, one that serves Eastern style and another Lexington. After trying both survey your family and give us your unbiased opinion about them. One thing I can say about Kansas is they have some knock out steak houses there.
 
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