You'll want long, heavy rods. Most surf rods are 10'-12'+ with line wts of 15-30, 20-40 with reels that hold at least 300 yds of 20-30# braid or mono.
When I fish from a beach, I take 3 rods. An 8' 10-20 casting rod with a Pflueger Trion 66 that I throw topwaters, swimbaits, bucktails or jighead with shrimp or gulp baits.
When I catch something, I can chunk it up (if not an illegal out of slot/season gamefish)(again check 'myfwc.com' before you come). If not, frozen squid or sardines work.
I put that natural bait on my 8' StCroix Tidemaster 15-40 with Okuma VS-80 spinning reel.
I also bring my 9 wt fly rod just to change things up a little.
I usually put on 4-5' of 40-60# flouro leader with a 2-3 oz egg sinker as a slip rig. (Tie leader to main line with uni-uni, slide on a bead, slide on sinker, slide on other bead, tie hook on with loop or palomar knot.I use beads above and below the sinker to keep it from getting stuck on knots. Use a 4/0 circle hook to start. I also have 6/0, 7/0, 8/0, and 10/0 depending what's biting. Also have wire leader (40-80#) just incase sharks are biting.
Cast out the natural bait and set it in rod holder and continue fishing with other rod.
2- rod/reel combos. 1 to keep working, 1 to let sit out with bait/circle hook
40 and 60 # flouro leader, beads, 1, 2, 3, 4 oz egg sinkers, depending on gear and tides.
40, 60, 80# wire leader
1 1/2" x 3' PVC cut at angle on 1 end to go into sand for rod holders
Pliers, dehooker, gloves, extra hooks in various sizes
Make sure if you are using cut bait, you're not amongst a lot of swimmers, check with actual city by-laws to check legal distance.