Along the Atlantic coast, even hardcore hunters try to shoehorn in a weekend or two of surf fishing in fall. The Cape Hatteras beaches, along the Outer Banks, are a top pick for slinging shrimp and heavy metal. Like any place where monstrous numbers of fish have a habit of pulsing through, it can get ugly. When the red drum are thick at Hatteras Point, the trucks are parked door handle to door handle, and you'd better know how to work a fish through the surf without tangling up with your neighbors. By and large, though, this is congenial fishing, and there's plenty of beach for everybody. You don't even have to be a monogamous salt angler to fit in. Show up in duck waders with heavy bass gear and you're good, brother. Put it right under the curl, there. That's where we're smacking 'em.