I've been lurking this forum for a while now scraping all the knowledge available here. I don't get to go fishing often, but I tried various methods, went in the wrong conditions, etc. and came up unsuccessful many times. But yesterday it all finally came together. Pulled in the biggest fish I've ever caught in my life (and first ever red drum!) in the surf near San Luis Pass. Had the whole family there to see it happen to boot. Pretty cool, thanks TKF.
Oh yeah, and a quick question: I was catching a lot of good sized fish that I see a lot in the surf and I don't know if I'm identifying them correctly. I was calling them sand trout, but I don't think that's right. They have skin that feels like sandpaper and look like a whiting (from the photos I'm seeing online). The ones I've caught range in size from ~6-18 inches. Are these whiting?