I want to go surf fishing but have no experience. We have a rod and some hooks etc but were not sure how to tie the best lure/tackle for the given conditions. The beach is a surf beach which has all kinds of fish out in the deep and it has an inlet where sharks often go to feed on smaller fish.
Here is a good general website where you can learn the typical rigs and practices for surf fishing. Although this is a North Florida website, the concepts and advice given will translate to almost any sandy beach surf fishing environment- http://amelia-island-fishing.com/fishing/rigs/index.cfm
The best knots to tie for fishing is the "Palomar", and the "Improved Clinch".
Hope this helps?