My first time surf fishing. We were on vacation near Destin Florida and I decided to buy some cheap gear and give it a shot. I picked up a $35 10′ Tundra rod combo from Amazon and some Pompano rigs. I threw on some shrimp and a 4oz pyramid weight and was ready to go! I caught a ton of fish and had a great time! I cut a 4′ piece of PVC for the sand spike (rod holder for you Iowans). If you ever vacation on the beach take some time and give it a try!!