I think every bass angler has a favorite bait and favorite rod and reel combo, and some even have a favorite “honey hole” for catching bass.
Many prefer fishing early or late, but if you ask me I would say that during this time of the year my favorite time to bass fish is at night. There are several reasons for this. First and most obvious is that it is so hot during the day and many anglers cannot take the hot sun all day. Plus, during the day there are so many folks having fun boating, swimming, and jet skiing that the lake is very busy and it is hard to find a quiet spot to fish.
Closer to dark, most pleasure boaters and skiers will load up and leave the lake. This leaves the lake to the nighttime anglers. It takes a little time for the lake to settle down and the bass to start moving around on shallow cover and in the shallow backwater areas. This is when you want to be on the lake and getting started.
I always prefer using a black light at night. This makes a nice light that will not spook shallow bass and will not blind the angler with glare. It makes your line look big and you can see a strike much easier. It takes a little bit for your eyes to get adjusted to the black light, but soon as you do you can see pretty good.
I always like to check out a new stretch of bank by fishing a bait I can use to make long casts and see the activity level of the bass. These are called search baits. These baits include buzz baits, crank baits and spinner baits. Fish these baits for a while. Try switching until you see what is the most active.
If you are fishing in and around cover like trees and brush, fish slower baits like worms, tube baits and jigs, tight to and in and around cover for big bass.
This is my favorite way to night fish, but just move around slowly and try different things to see what works for you.