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hey guys,
i've been doing a lot of research here lately on rockfishing in the surf. i've caught a fair number from a boat before and i'd really like to get one from the OBX surf.
i understand that there are subtle differences between drummin' and rockfishin'. i've got a few of questions that hopefully some of the more experienced can answer.
1. what is the preferred water temp and wind direction for pushing rockfish on the beach.
2. is it wise to fish the same beach structures you would normally fish for drum?
3. should i drive the beaches looking for birds during the day or is it better to setup shop on a spot and soak bait until they swim by?
4. i haven't a clue what the bait situation is like during december on the OBX, so should i get my bait in VA before i get on 12 south?

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hey guys,
i've been doing a lot of research here lately on rockfishing in the surf. i've caught a fair number from a boat before and i'd really like to get one from the OBX surf.
i understand that there are subtle differences between drummin' and rockfishin'. i've got a few of questions that hopefully some of the more experienced can answer.
1. what is the preferred water temp and wind direction for pushing rockfish on the beach.
2. is it wise to fish the same beach structures you would normally fish for drum?
3. should i drive the beaches looking for birds during the day or is it better to setup shop on a spot and soak bait until they swim by?
4. i haven't a clue what the bait situation is like during december on the OBX, so should i get my bait in VA before i get on 12 south?

thanks
1. Striper like cooler water, book says 55-65, I have found below 60 down to upper 40's is the range I typically catch em. Wind, most will say NE, but I like a NW, I think anything N is generally good.
2. That's what I do.
3. Good question, if ya hear the boats are getting em close to the beach, do the drive, soak bait, do the drive. Sometimes ya zig when ya shoulda zagged.
4. Bait can definetly be scarce. If ya can get bait in Va do so, but don't forget to patronize the tackle shops down there too.
 
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