All it took was a quick trip to walmart and I'm now equipped for surf fishing. I was able to pick up a setup for around $50 (thanks mom and dad). Not too shabby. I got out twice this weekend for a few casts. Using cut up shrimp on a 2 ounce down rigger (it is a bit like a lindy rig), I was able to catch one whiting and a bunch of small croaker. And those croakers really do croak. It is pretty funny to hear/feel them burping in the palm of your hand.
I have to thank JM at Something's Fishy for giving me the confidence to get this started. It is going to be another fun way to catch some fish, even if I'm not throwing that 2 ounce weight with a fly rod :)