Going into Surfside on 288, you'll have several bait shops to buy from just before you cross the causeway. I like RodBenders, last one on the right.
Cross the causeway, hang a left on Bluewater Highway and you'll have your choice of surf to fish for 10-12 miles. If you pull in Entrance #4 and head either direction, you're in some good water.
I fished 2 Sunday's ago before Church, tossed out finger mullet into the second gut. I had a shark hit a big piece of ladyfish (10" long) that tail whipped me and cut me off, then had a good pull on the other rod with mullet but no hookup, then caught a blacktip in the 3.5' range. All of this in about 45 minutes. I went back this last Sunday in the afternoon, no action on whole mullet for 2 hours, decided to cut one up and the bites started coming. In 30 minutes I had a 28" red, a gigantic ladyfish that's now in the freezer for shark bait and a sand trout.
Be careful wading, the bars are all jacked up from the change of the surf direction (I guess). You can step off in holes/edges that drop 2' in one step and the current was very strong. I'm wading to the first bar I think (waist deep after going chest deep in the gut), and tossing into the middle of the next gut. It's not like I'm used to where you have a wade gut, first bar, first gut, second bar etc. It's like they've all moved in a lot closer to shore and they're jagged. It's creating some good turbulence and the bait is there most of the time.
About 6 oz of lead, double drop with 5/0 circle hooks for the reds, 8+ oz of lead, single 9/0 circle hook for the shark. Ladyfish or stingray for the sharks, mullet for the reds. Lots of current and seaweed this past Sunday that made it a challenge. For reference, it's about 75 yards off shore where I'm fishing. I'm heading back this evening after work.
I love to fish...... but only when I'm alone or with somebody