Last year I caught over 100 fish with a Sabiki, during a slow week when most others were catching nothing. Sure, most were small, but there were some keepers. Lots of pompano, some mullet, spot, and I forget what else. Even a little flounder. This was in a trough right up against the beach -- casting only a few feet. On the pier was great, too. Dropped straight down near the pilings, I often pulled up 2-4 at a time - some decent size. Trust me, if the bluefish were hitting I'd have been after them instead, but they weren't. And this was fun!
I'm heading to the OBX next week, always hoping and trying for the big catch. But, I'll have couple Sabikis on hand just in case. I'm certainly no expert, spending one week per year surf fishing - but I had a blast! You and your grandson will too!