For the ICW
a 6 to 7 foot light to med action pole with spinning reel, plenty of cheap
combo kits for 40 to 80 bucks. Shrimp is widely used as bait either bottom fished or under a bobber, but you will catch all the "garbage" fish
too. "Cote Jig" which is a weighted head
with a hook and a plastic grub body works well for snook, spotted sea trout and red-fish (mostly one to two pounds). red head-red body and yellow head-green body are my preferences. Wading works best, fish near shore ie: grass
beds, just outside mangroves, shallow flats. the occasional Manatee may come by to check you out and surface a few feet in front of you, will scare the crap outta you but are harmless. If you want those 4 or 5 foot Snook, that's a whole different approach. Lots of bass in fresh (black) water
too. Use same pole with worms or buzzbaits for good results (don't get in fresh water
, gators and water moccasins) ... most of all Have Fun..