I use a St Croix Inshore Mojo rod paired with a Penn Spinfisher V reel. I generally throw jigs, bucktail and/or other shaped with soft plastics on them. I have found that the action of paddle tail plastics is better in my part of the fishing world. I try to use natural colors on the plastics, and I have used Egret Baits, Salt water Assassin, and DOA with about the same success. I also have caught trout on shallow runner DOA Baitbusters in more natural colors..a dark back and light bottom. Good luck...you have some beautiful big fish in Texas. Hope you can join the 30 inch club!!!