This will be a very generic reply, but here goes. Go when it warms up enough to be comfortable to you, while fishing. Stop when it's too hot to stay out past noon. Bring all the usual baits and anything else you can think of or anything you've seen others use. Had days where Herring was 5-1 better than anything and the next day liver/shrimp/worms/etc. would be the bait of choice for Mr. Whiskers.
No one thing is set in stone. Start here and find what works for you, kinda' like Gators.
Good luck and have fun !!