I never really did that well by using a float.And when i did most of the bass were tiny.
I'd stick with freshest buker you can find on a 12 inch leader and a 10/0 hook
This fool moon is messing things up with weed right now ,so you have to pick and choose your spots but this past week there was fish on just about every beach west of FI ,and good size too.
Zeno is right however this was just if you want to kick back have a little fun during the day light tackle perhaps..
If you wanna go hardcore of course fresh bunker in the dark for the bigguns..
I rarely fish at night myself. But yes the fish are smaller in the day but the float doesn't seem to scare them as I most always use one, on florocarbon, and they don't seem to mind it. I'm waiting for someone to invent one that looks like a baitfish.. hmm