I'm also new to ocean fishing. I'm done with the fresh water stuff. To help me get started with ocean fishing, I've taken some Coast Guard Aux. classes and I highly recommend the same for you. If you live in southern CA, USCG Auxillary is starting a 16 week course that I'm also taking. Its beginning and advance coastal navigation and GPS. Just go to the USCG web site and it will direct you to the classes. The 16 week course in San Diego begins Aug. 21, every Monday for 16 weeks. If you have'nt already done so, I recommend you take the boating safety and basic seamanship class first. I'm finding out REEL fast that ocean boating is a whole different world than lake/river boating. Happy Boating!