I have been surf fishing for over 25 years and I always caught blue fish, the would wear you out rebating. I just spent a week on Ocracoke and never saw a blue fish actually I saw very little being caught. Fishing sure has gone down hill in the last 5 years . There was A time I never got skunked but It becoming a normal these days. Fished Nags head in August .in 3 day only landed one small sand perch. I didn't have much luck last year either I must be cursed LOL I might make another trip before it gets too cold.but I'm not sure why .