@Navodit, welcome to the club and nice post! Looks like you enjoyed it!
As a recent entrant into the saltwater surf fishing myself, I would say patience and persistence is the key. Looks like you're doing the right thing. Great choice with the Okuma Nomad rod and the Penn B2 reel, I have the exact same setup. I loved the rod so much so that I bought a 9' and a matching Daiwa BG, and a 10' heavy setup.
Get a light tackle, 7' (1/2-3/4 oz) and a matching reel. It will help you when you don't find the big fish but the small ones are biting. If possible carry a backup rod as well. Been bitten once and shy since then. Okuma has a great replacement warranty for just $50 and you get a brand new rod!
Learn to tie the FG Knot well....... really really well, it's necessary if you're using braid, which is kind of preferred if you'd like to get distance out of your casts. It'll be frustrating in the beginning, but trust me, once you get the hang of it there's nothing like it. Learn to tie it with wind in your face, your back and everywhere in between. Helps you master it under the most extreme conditions.
One tip I'd like you to have is to never give up. There will be times when you question the rig up, the line, the leader, type of lure, it's color, and or even retrieve. Let it not bother you, be tactical in your approach and you'll find them fish. Learn from the old timers, they're are a treasure trove of information. Always if possible practice catch and release.
Tight lines and cheers!