I think you need to ask the folks at one of the Sporting Goods Stores in that area. My experience with Pier Fishing in SoCal required some medium weight gear, a longer than normal rod (7 ft or so) and 15-20 lb test line. I think thats a bit heavy for Atlantic side fishing.
I went bass fishing with one of my sons and his kids last winter. I am not real fond of pond fishing in any form, but to hang out with them I joined in. As a prank I took along a one-pound neon jig, usually used for deep-water Halibut or Tuna fishing in Baja…and tied it onto my line on a Tuna Stick with 130 lb test line. My grand kids looked at my rig with eyes as big a saucers, and when I cast that monster jig into the pond the waves from the splash washed audibily on the shore-line. They waited and waited for the huge fish that was going to take my jig…but apparently the monster in that half-acre pond was not hungry that day. I reeled in the jig and stowed the rod…But my grandkids had a story to tell about Grandpa’s "Elephant Gun" Fishing Rod when they got home ![;)]