Ok let me start off by saying, I don't know anything about surf fishing. I have done some research on the internet on various brands of rods and reels. We are wanting to find some sharks in the surf. For the money and the time I have to fish on the coast I purchased my shark rod and reel. I know it's not the best but it's what I could justify spending on a decent rod and reel.
My reel is a Fin-Nor sportfisher st50 conventional reel. I bought a conventional because I'm not a big fan of spinning reels. I may regret this later but I think if I can spend some time practicing with it I could get a decent cast out of it. Some specs on the reel- mono line capacity 450yd-50lb , 975yd of braid. Max drag is 33 lbs.
I chose a okuma longitude 12' surf casting rod. Lure wt is 3-8oz, line wt is 20-40lb.
So I want to ask, if this was your rig what would you put on it as far as line? Mono or braid? If I spooled it with just mono say 40lb, would I need to put on a shock leader? If so what size and how long? Also what size weight would you use? I was thinking 6oz.
Thanks for any and all advise.
Not a beach shark expert by a long shot but have visited and talked to sharkers a bunch along Mustang & Padre Islands beach and the gulf piers. IMHO, the biggest thing is getting the bait out to the right water. Casting probably ain't gonna do it. Kayak, etc is probably your best bet cause the size bait you want to fish is gonna be large to catch shark. You can fish smaller, castable baits but often reds will grab the smaller bait. So consider that.
As far as line, lots of options but it seems most serious sharkers run a good braid underneath and then top off with a long topshot of mono, 100 yards or so. Some run a longer, others shorter topshot.
Definitely run a shock leader, lots sharkers use weedeater line. Basically you want a heavy shock leader for the rough shark skin and any sandbar scraping the line might do. Run a 10'-12' shock leader so any 6'-8' shark running away from you won't tail slap your main line and weaken it so it breaks.
Weight depends on current, bait size, and tide. Large baits will take more to secure on the bottom 100-200 yards+ out.
All the factors above are why casting probably is not the best option.
Hopefully some of the sharkers out there will come in and add or correct this info. Good luck, right now is prime time to fish for sharks, (once this storm clears the gulf), when shrimp season reopens July 15th lots of sharks follow the shallow dragging shrimp boats instead of being along the surf line.