Haven't been there since 2010 but always had a good time at perdido. My preference is the national park at Johnson Beach. I'm a walker so I usually carry a 7-7'6" rod with a 3000-4000 spin reel. A little waist bag with jigs, gulp and fishbites. Have always caught pompano, reds, ladyfish and a few other species. If the winds are not favorable off the gulf, just go across the street and fish the ICW. Reds, trout and pompano. Always found it best early am or around sunset. As with everything weather is the wild card. Have a great time.