The wife gave me the go ahead to buy everything we'll need for pier and/or surf fishing for our vacation in late April. We'll be in Destin, FL for about a week and rather than renting gear I would like to purchase it so that I have it for future trips. I've never fished saltwater and I'm not a very experienced freshwater fisherman. But I enjoy fishing immensely. So I need advice from you fine folks on where to get started AND if you have any gear recommendations for someone starting from scratch that would be fantastic. I have a budget of roughly $400 for everything. Also I have some gift cards for Cabelas so if you have any recommendations from there that would be helpful as well.
Thank you in advance!
It depends on how you prefer to fish. If you're going to just throw a line out and soak bait, a 10-12' surf rod with a spinning reel in about the 6000 size range would be ideal. It would also have enough backbone to pull a decent size fish up on to a pier. The tackle you would need amounts to a few weighted leader setups (which you can find premade at any decent tackle shop) plus the bait itself. If that's the kind of fishing you're looking at I can give you some more detail. If you'd rather throw lures then that would require a completely different setup.