Since you're on here asking about the area, doesn't that mean it is sort of something you "can't do on your own"? Not taking a shot at your abilities, just saying that it seems more convenient. I am a solo DIY Public hunter too, but if I can save a hundred and fifty bucks (or more) on gas and save myself the trouble of figuring out tides and hunting areas for a two or three day weekend trip- I figure that would be better than going there blind and having to scout for a day or two instead of just showing up and hunting right away. Lots of experienced hunters use guides and it's not a bad thing to do when you don't know an area- especially on a coast hunt. Good luck, and let us know how it goes!
Wasn't born in Texas, but I got there as fast as I could.