For the surf, go to the surf, put a shrimp or cut mullet, maybe gulp, on a bottom rig and cast out into the cuts. Areas where it is deeper. I usually walk out to the second sandbar and cast about 15 yards and then either walk back and set my pole down or if the bite is really fast, I stand there and wait. That will catch you whiting( most often), black drum(less often), and redfish(less often). You may also catch other species like pompano, lady fish, and catfish.
You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take.