Squid Patterns are productive this time of year also. That is some of the best advice I have ever heard coming out of Bass Pro,
Not Neccesary with a mono backer. But not discouraged either.
Spool it on with the reel as opposed to the machine
Albright mono to braid
Alberto is also a good choice.
Good Luck with the Rod and reel.
I will see you around Wellfleet some time. I spend many weekends in Eastham over the summer