Is wading the only way to catch them or can you catch them off the jetties and piers also?
You can catch off jetties and piers too. Try some fish bites in ez shrimp look for rocks or deviations in shore line. The tide has a lot to do with it, we did well @ low tide. Reds where out looking for some ez meals.
Popping cork good for specks, I did good on a drop shot fish bite for red fish. Red fish up shallow lite hits just be prepared when you set hook.