Hi guys, sometime soon, I will fish NC piers. I am going to try to catch some bottom-feeders (spot, mullet, croaker, seatrout, redfish, sharks?, ect.). I am wanting to know what is the best bait to use (shrimp, bloodworms, squid)? I am also thinking I have to use a stiff rod, so I can lift the fishies up. Is that true? I want to feel the fight but I think my 7' 6-12 lb test outfits might break. Any tips? Thanks, I have gone out on piers before but so far haven't caught anything.