Went out again yesterday evening again. Was a little cooler so water temp started off at 82 at 7 and continued to drop.
And dude I was so stoked to get 3 fish. Two SM and a catfish. Giddy as a school girl in fact! I actually got all three on three consecutive casts. Also lost two fish earlier.
This one was obviously my personal best SM. Not sure how much it weighed, I need to buy a scale. But it was a fat sucker.
Sticking with one technique still, because I want to learn it well and gain confidence in it.
Same rig: Medium light 7' spinning rod with Triline XT 6lbs, and a Berkley 7" tequila sunrise Texas rigged with a 4/0 worm hook. (not EWG).
I just find a shoreline I like, cast parallel to the shore, let it sit for 30ish seconds, and slooowly and methodically lift the line and sweep it in 1 or 2 feet at a time. Paying attention to every little bump I feel on the bottom. Loose a few rigs that way but plastics and worm hooks are cheap. Plus not using a leader so re-rigging over and over is not a big deal.