I also target schoolies, mostly because I haven't gotten into any bigger fish. I stick to ultralight gear, usually 5 lb test but bump it up to 8 lb during Rocktober. It's about 45 minutes to the western shore of the middle bay, so I make it out about once a week.
I discovered a couple new spots, one of which consistently produced through the summer if the tide was right. Didn't find blitzing fish at any of my spots, but did stumble onto a decent topwater bite one morning which produced 5 or 6 fish, only one keeper.
My goals for this year were to get a striper on the beach, a keeper fluke, wild browns, a tiger musky, spanish, and a keeper speck. Got the first three of six so I'm calling it an average year. And by that I mean good. I had fun, learned a few things, got on some decent bites. Good times.
Merry solstice, or whatever holiday you celebrate, and happy new year!