A guide is always a good way to get a head start on a bay system you're unfamiliar with. You can save money and allot of wasted time, and hopefully, if with the right guide learn allot. We do it form time to time and especially in the winter.
I like learning new areas and a locals perspective of his home waters.
If not the weirs on the east shoreline from mid bay to the south end can be excellent, as well as the mid bay reefs. Get a hot spot map or equivalent and locate the reefs and weirs and put a plan together. Regardless, always try to fish bait and/or structure. tight lines n good luck.