I'm driving down the Pacific coast from Seattle to San Diego during the month of December, planning to do some surf fishing along the way. I'm interested in advice regarding beaches, gear, targets, bait. I have extensive experience surf fishing in Southern California, especially in the summer when the sand crabs and Corbina are everywhere. No experience in WA or OR and not much in Northern California, and less in winter than in summer. Especially interested in any recommendations of a surf fishing travel rod (multi-piece, spinning or conventional); what to expect and what fish to look for and what bait in WA and OR.