Depends on what you you want to catch but generally speaking I'm partial to the surf and at the Cape Point. Bait will vary depending on the fish you are after. Blood worms, shrimp, cut bait and sand fleas are always good. Learn how to read a beach and you will be much more productive. Google "how to read a NC beach". Buxton seafood market always a good location if the fish aren't cooperating that day.