Surf fishing is a great past time, whether you drive your gear onto the beach or just lug it on. Surf fishing is an art like any other type of fishing there are techniques you learn as you go. It can be difficult at times the Atlantic ocean is HUGE and your standing on the edge. A beginner can outfit for surf fishing for under a $100. Your freshwater gear is not good for saltwater. We do use our smaller 7 -foot boat rods in the surf for casting lures.