Location: El Cerrito
|1. There's very few guides, if any at all, that specialize in surf fishing. You'll have better luck asking someone who knows the area you plan on going and asking if you could shadow them for the day.
2. Again, not many rental places that rent surf fishing gear out. If they do rent, then it's mostly boat/deep fishing gear. I remember down in SoCal, there were some rental places but they were usually located on piers and catered to pier fishing. Places like Pismo Beach Pier.
3. Surf Perch or jack smelt. Likely the easiest species to catch from the surf. Otherwise, its possible to target dungeness/rock crab, stripers, rockfish, and lingcod from shore.
4. Most grubs (Kalins, Berkley) will get you perch and jack smelt. For larger game fish, then poppers, crank baits, and swimbaits will work. As for bait, anchovies, smelt, shrimp, squid, mussels, clams, or just about anything will work.
5. There's no "clubs" per se. Some small groups and/or individuals. Best to ask in PM messaging and follow specific reports.
6. Start getting used to looking at tide charts, reading NOAA depth charts, and learning to read the surf for underwater structure. If you don't have luck finding anyone to teach/show you how to fish in the surf, then having at least 1 of the 3 skills listed above will greatly improve your chances in fishing.
Best of luck.
|Let's say it was your first ever surf fishing trip.
1. Professional guides (names, please)?
2. Equipment? (are there rental places?)
3. Since it is your first time, you would target...
5. Clubs willing to guide/teach newbies? (Newbies having taken a solemn oath never to fish without the teacher(s) in the his/their spot(s). Seriously.)
6. Anything else that you could think of?