I do not live around that area but I love surf fishing.
light surf tackle : 7ft, 12-15lb class recommanded with a reel that can hold at least 150yd of 20lb(equal to 6lb mono) or 30lb(equal to 8lb mono) powerpro. Use powerpro braided line. Its much better, stronger, and smoother than monofilament lines. If you are going to use monofilament which I do not recommend, go with at least, at least 10lb mono.
Leader- 20-30lb flurocarbon or monofilament leader about 3ft long. Try to attach line to line without using swievel. There is specific knot for that. (won't be hard to learn to tie it). Less tackle you use such as sinker and swievel, less chance you are going to spook the fish.
Use #2-3 size hook for permit, ladyfish, small or even decent size snook, snapper, sheepshead, and others.\
Hopefully it helped