I think west end bait and tackle has a surf contest every week that starts on thurs nights, that would probably be a great place for you to start, maybe hook up with some locals. Another great way to start would be to click on the Bill Wetzel add to the right and go fishing with Bill, he can show you more than Long Beach and teach You how to read the beach and find the rips on your own.
A rip occurs when a large underwater structure i.e. rock or shoal is within a strong current. When the water passes over this structure it creates a form of turbulence on the surface. This is called a rip. 90% of the fish will stay on one side of the rip. So rather than tossing you plug or bucktail directly into the rip you need to throw it to the edges of the rip. So if the current is going from you left to right you want to throw your plug to the left of the rip. And if the current is going right to left then you should throw you plug to the right of the rip.
Most rocky areas have some form of a rip. In Long Beach many of the jettys probably have some nice rips on certain tides. It takes practice but the payoff is great.
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