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Considering getting a pair of waders and a light surf rod 8 ft medium maybe and going out to onslow beach. I don't have a 4 wheel drive vehicle so I'll probably walk if I end up going. I don't like throwing live bait only artificials. What can I catch there in all the seasons? Is my rod choice alright? What kind of artificials do you use in the surf and weight? And if anyone knows how long the walk is, I'd love to know.
 

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I personally would go a little shorter on the rod, 7'6" maybe, if you are only throwing artificials. Be looking for small schools of stray drum or trout this time of year. As for waders, I can't speak for all, but I believe they are a must have in the cooler months. A nice set will last a while, and help keeping you warm. (neoprene) I don't have the expertise though to specifics on onslow. Hopefully you'll get what you need.
 

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I personally would go a little shorter on the rod, 7'6" maybe, if you are only throwing artificials. Be looking for small schools of stray drum or trout this time of year. As for waders, I can't speak for all, but I believe they are a must have in the cooler months. A nice set will last a while, and help keeping you warm. (neoprene) I don't have the expertise though to specifics on onslow. Hopefully you'll get what you need.
Whats around the surf in the fall, spring, and summer worth catching in nc? And what artificials would work? Grubs and swim baits with a 4th or 3/8th ounce jig head? Or more towards gotcha plugs and hard plastics?
 

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My setup is going to look like a 8-8.5ft med fast with a conflict or battle 3000. 15lb braid. Still unsure about leader size, lure choices and wt, if waders are absolutely needed, what fish are in the surf in the seasons
 

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Winter: drum and trout. Spring: drum, trout, bluefish. Summer: flounder, pomps, spot, mullet, bluefish, sharks. Fall: all of the above. Users choice on baits. I tend to lean towards swim baits all year. (Unless bluefish/ Spanish are around) 1/4 oz. heads, and mono. (I prefer the stretch in the surf/ less visible. Again, this is all general info. Hard to get specific unless you know what you want.
 

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Winter: drum and trout. Spring: drum, trout, bluefish. Summer: flounder, pomps, spot, mullet, bluefish, sharks. Fall: all of the above. Users choice on baits. I tend to lean towards swim baits all year. (Unless bluefish/ Spanish are around) 1/4 oz. heads, and mono. (I prefer the stretch in the surf/ less visible. Again, this is all general info. Hard to get specific unless you know what you want.
Appreciate the help, for sure excited for the surf. Now that I know what's there I'll start doing my own research on what works
 

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Thinking about getting a shimano convergence inshore, for the surf. Not sure if it will work or not. Stats Are below, I doubt I'll throw anything about 3/4th in the surf cause I'm only fishing artificials. What do y'all think?

[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]Length[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]7'6''[/FONT]


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[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]Medium[/FONT]


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[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]Fast[/FONT]


[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]Mono Line Rating
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[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]8-15[/FONT]


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[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]10-30[/FONT]


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[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]1/4 - 3/4[/FONT]


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[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]10.0''[/FONT]


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[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]3.5''[/FONT]
 

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Just 2 cents from an old surf rat, you want the waders, not only because of the time of year, water temp, so on, but because you don't want to have to even think about whether or not your feet are in the water but rather reading the beach, where you are going to try to place the next cast, how far it needs to be and the hit you're trying to get. You, the rod, the line and the lure, not whether or not you're feet are wet. If you wade into a cut between a bar and the beach like in Billy's pics above, WEAR A BELT around your waist on the outside of the waders. Lastly, if I could only take one plug this time of year on onslow beach, it would be a white on white 52 series or TT mirrolure slathered with pro-cure. If I had more room, spoons, metal like hopkins or Krokadile(sp?) Good Luck.
 

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Just 2 cents from an old surf rat, you want the waders, not only because of the time of year, water temp, so on, but because you don't want to have to even think about whether or not your feet are in the water but rather reading the beach, where you are going to try to place the next cast, how far it needs to be and the hit you're trying to get. You, the rod, the line and the lure, not whether or not you're feet are wet. If you wade into a cut between a bar and the beach like in Billy's pics above, WEAR A BELT around your waist on the outside of the waders. Lastly, if I could only take one plug this time of year on onslow beach, it would be a white on white 52 series or TT mirrolure slathered with pro-cure. If I had more room, spoons, metal like hopkins or Krokadile(sp?) Good Luck.
Thanks for the advice ghmason, what do you mean by a belt? Can't see the pics too clearly on my phone.
 

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Like a utility belt, an old (tight) cartridge belt, or any old belt that will seal the waders off from allowing water down in, in the event of a fall/slip. Hypothermia kills and you can actually float if you step too deep. Waders get much water in 'em things get dicey quick. Again, just my opinion based on experience and observation.
 

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I walked from the parking area to the New River inlet area in waders last year in an hour or so. I bought breathable waders at Eastern Outfitter and wore fleece under them. Waders are a must. I haven't had much luck from the shore, but I only went a few times and still think I struggle with reading the beach lines and breaks.


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I walked from the parking area to the New River inlet area in waders last year in an hour or so. I bought breathable waders at Eastern Outfitter and wore fleece under them. Waders are a must. I haven't had much luck from the shore, but I only went a few times and still think I struggle with reading the beach lines and breaks.


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Appreciate the information, hopefully I can catch on to reading the surf pretty good
 
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