If you're bank fishing I would use a Santee Cooper rig (a Carolina rig with a float above the hook). Circle Hooks all day! I set up several rod holders and put bells on my rods. The bells help a lot at night.
If you want the bigger cats (Blues and Flatheads) I would use live/fresh shad or bluegill. Cut carp is also great. Chicken breast works well and is easy to get. Pick a spot where the wind will be blowing towards the shore. Target flooded vegetation, timber and rocks.
For channels, worms, punch bait, livers and all things stinky!