Look up Webhannet Bait and Tackle for fresh bait. I believe they rent rods too. Bring the cat rod so you have two lines in the water. Rig them both with bait or cast artificials with one. Bring raingear. When it rains my family hits the outlets and I fish. I'll also get up at 3 or 4 am and fish till 8 or 9 when everyone else is just getting up. Like I said talk to Webhannet B & T, their email is [email protected]
. I can't say enough for clams up there from the surf. Especially in nasty weather. Good luck and no regrets this trip. I did the same thing for years until I didn't.