October is usually game on for surf fishing in this part of the state. You'll usually find puppy drum, speckled trout, blues and an assortment of other tasty little fish like spot, croaker and the like. First stop should be East Coast Sports in Surf City. Buy a few hooks and sinkers and ask them where to start. If you have 4WD and are willing to pay $100 for a beach driving permit (or $50 for a week), that gives you the best shot for scouting likely spots. If not, then try to get info from EC Sports on some of the more popular spots within walking distance of public parking access points. The points at New Topsail and New River Inlets are always good bets, but you'll also want to scout at low tide to find bars and sloughs. Those are constantly changing though. The piers usually post fishing reports too. Good luck.