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I don't post much but this forum has served me well for my yearly beach vacation where I try to fish as mush as my family will allow. I went from a rented rod on North Topsail back in 2009 or 2008 to having so much gear that I am embarrassed since I live 6+ hours from a beach.

This year, we are heading back to Satellite Beach, FL which has coquina rocks/reefs close to shore. I prefer soaking bait over using lures so I want to avoid the snags. I think there was a beach nourishment there recently but I doubt they covered all the reefs. We were there two years ago for Thanksgiving, and I lost so much gear that week with the rocks. However, the last few days of that trip I sort of figured it out and had my best surf fishing experiences ever (structure brings the fish in). I was fishing right behind the shore break with great success catching blues, black drum, margates, speckled trout, spanish macs, small permits, whiting, and sharks. This time, I would like to cast further out without taking out a small loan to cover all the gear I lost the last time.

Is there a way to use a bottom rig in rocks/reef while surf fishing? I found some things online with people hooking floats to the hooks or trying planers but I haven't really found anything conclusive. I tried weighted bobbers from the local tackle shop there but they never stayed still with the waves plus I didn't catch a single fish using them. I didn't lose any gear with the bobbers though.
 

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Seems like if you're catching that many fish you should keep doing what you're doing. There's not much you can do with bottom rigs in rocks especially when you need a long cast. It's inevitable but I've seen sinkers with a kind of wing that supposedly helps lift your rig when you start reeling with a high rod tip. Other than that ask those local bait shops what they recommend. Floats or topwater baits would be a decent way to do it but the float is going to move with the wind, waves, and tide (which is not a bad thing if you're actively fishing one rod).
 

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If the rocks were also close to shore I wish I could fish there with a DOA Night Glow 1/4 OZ. Shrimp. The hook rides up and the lure can be slowly fish in and around the rocks. I caught loads of snook, flounder, and trout with the DOA Shrimp. Dose your beach look anything like this?
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I like to fish New River Inlet in NC, most of it has structure to get your line snagged, read a article years ago in Saltwater sportsman magazine about placing your sinker inside a plastic whiffle ball, I used the practice golf ball size, bank sinkers are easier to push inside the ball with just a few small cuts and have stayed inside the ball so far for me, simple and it works, not to say your hook cannot get snagged but that has not been a problem for me, hope this helps, good luck,...pop.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. I can catch fish there but I would like to get bait amongst the rocks for a chance at some bigger fish. I may look into putting the sinker in a ball idea.

this video gives you an idea of what the beach is like there.

 
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