I Spoke with another sailor who anchored in Smugglers Cove recently, it was shallow and ok for his 2.5' draft. Not so close in to shore for a 4.5' draft though-- couple hundred yards? He Also said the "flies" were bad on shore. he backed off shore for the night and caught the breezes to escape the flies.
See Loose Diamonds comments in this thread on Little Bend for deeper boats. Report back what you find this weekend.
27' O'Day 1975
MS Gulf Coast