You will discover very quickly what sort of tide works best for your area. We recommend fishing all parts of the tide day and night until you find the fish. eg: where we fish the outgoing tide fishes better than the incoming tide. Use white and black lures at night as these are the most successfull colours we find and when the moon shines anything sparkly also works well. We have caught 70% of our bass at night and 30% during the day. Never stay in the same spot for longer than 20 mins and cover as much ground as you can. Once you catch a fish move because you will spook anything that's close. When you are approaching the water be as quiet as you can because the bass are just feet away from you. Try your first cast stood out of the water and drag a soft lure through the weeds to see if anything is shallow before entering the water. If you have a set of waders then great but be "very" quiet entering the water and try not to spook any fish.
Never just cast out straight, always try and cast your lure into the flow so you are retrieving your lure with the flow of the tide. Sometimes this means casting sideways which might feel strange but once the bass sees the tail of the lure he will pounce rather than seeing your line first.
We mainly use soft plastics in an estuary and surface lures are a close second.