Most people wade too far out.
I've caught trout on live croaker in a foot of water while other guys were out there up to their necks catching hardheads.
The guts are different with different tides and at different locations. My advice is look up online...how to "read" the water. Might be some youtube videos about it.
I look for changes in the sand ON the beach, bait fish sparkles, birds, tiny splashes and where the first waves break at the beach.
Then again, I usually only fish at sunrise.
You might try San Luis pass on the Galveston side...but dont wade past thigh deep in there. The currents can be killers. Many have lost their lives in there over the years. I used to prefer beach access 61, ( I think)...a ways before you get to the pass.
Now, Donald...please pick John Bolton for your running mate.