@Kingfish, you're right on the gear buying gyan. I was able to focus on some lure list and filled up the slots over the weekend. I am certain that there is ample room for improvement, but I didn't want to go ballistic with this selection for a couple of weeks of fishing either. So here goes.....
1. Okuma Nomad 10' MH Surf Travel Rod 1-4 Oz
2. Penn Battle II 6000
3. Daiwa J-Braid 8X 50# 330yd
4. Seaguar 100% FC 30#
5. TA Angler Clip 75#
6. Power Swivel -Ball Bearing Type -75#
1. GT Ice cream 1.5-4 Oz -several flavors (needle nose, flat, skinny, plug)
2. Rapala X-Rap Surface 1-3/4 Oz
3. Halco Roosta Popper 1.5 Oz
4. DOA Shad -Rigged weedless
5. DOA Shrimp w/ popping cork
6. Couple of spoons in various colors and weights
Phew! boy was all that a task. The biggest issue while buying lures was that I hardly came across any over 3/4 Oz. I am not a big fan buying something I am going to use the first time on water over the internet, I like it old school w/ some touchy-feely action. But after that initial cuddling it's better online just for the ease of it, sorry for sounding hypocritical. I think I visited every single big brand tackle shops in my county! I finally fell upon this tackle shop next to a beach owned by this elderly gentleman who was a treasure trove of knowledge on fishing Texas saltwater. Great guy, sound advice, nice selection of lures and great salesman as my credit card bled while swiping!
So yesterday, I sat down and upgraded the hooks on all the lures and pinched the barbs. Set up the reel w/ all knots and all that. Did the same with my fly tackle and flies. Found a cozy bag to fit everything in and placed 'em all nice and tight for the plane ride half way across the globe. Seems like it was an eventful weekend.
Only thing left to do is to catch some nice fish! Hopefully the fishing gods bless me with a few bruisers.
Hopefully I can manage some both on east and west coast of India. I might be in Chennai last week of December and it would be fantastic if someone from the forum could join me and show me a thing or two about surf fishing the beaches around Chennai. I think I'll start another thread for the India fishing chronicles!
I can't thank each and every one of you enough for helping me out with this, if there were ever a noob success story this is it! Way to go fellas.... Cheers and tightlines.....