I think you will get a lot of good replies here.
When I am wanting to just catch anything...http://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/texas-tackle-factory-double-shad-18-oz-rig
This will catch small trout coming and going in the late night lights if there are any around. There are small trout in over half the lights you ever visit on a pier. It is necessary to take needle nose pliers or other hook removal device so you can return the fish unharmed to the water. Bait such as live shrimp will produce as well.
If you want to give yourself a better chance at bigger fish the same thing in a the 1/4 ounce works as does bigger bait. Just know the small trout will still hit that stuff and hook up less.
Edit. You can use the 1 3/4 and catch more of the small trout because they can handle it better, but you will also get more deep hooked. Also recommend 2 packages per person fishing
Also using fresh water gear occasionally in salt water is fine, but rinse the rods and reels off well in the shower after each use. If they have a fish cleaning station with freshwater that is even better.
Edited by Oldtrackster (06/13/17 10:38 AM)
Can someone explain how the Feds count recreational Red Snapper catch?
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