My strategy for fishing tidal waters, verses a lake or reservoir, doesn’t differ much interestingly enough. Bass are bass wherever you go in the country. They all relate to the same types of structure/cover, and all of them have similar feeding habits they routinely exhibit when feeding. Bass, in both bodies of water, are influenced by the same environmental conditions that influence feeding as one to the other; IE. available forage, light and water conditions, water temps, lunar cycles etc. They both offer large and small creeks, and both offer main river or main lake fishing opportunities.
The major difference between the two is the rising and falling of the tide. Tidal movements constantly keeps re-positioning the fish throughout the tide cycles: therefore it causes you to expend more effort in relocating them throughout the day. Of course a low tide positions and concentrates fish in predictable locations and therefore offers more opportunities in catching numbers of fish in a shorter period of time than on a lake.
Other than these fundamental differences between the two, I search and target the same types of structure and cover based on the seasonal bass pattern for a tidal river as I do for a lake or reservoir. Points and edges are my two most favorite types of cover/structure to fish, no matter what body of water I am on. Weather I am fishing a tidal river, or lake, and regardless of the type of structure or cover I am targeting – I am constantly looking for the higher percentage feeding areas that offer as many force multipliers as I can find. In military terms a force multiplier is anything, and everything that gives a unit a tactical/firepower advantage over its enemy: IE. It could be a key piece of terrain, a heavy weapons platoon attached to it, having a dedicated artillery battery in support of it or air support etc. An example of a force multiplier I use in fishing terms is likening to a plain Jane feeder creek verses a feeder creek that has grass, pads, a defined channel, and on the outer edge/break line maybe an old cypress stump or log jam. Maybe even a duck blind or nearby dock etc. One creek has nothing and the other has multiple force multipliers that make it a high percentage area for feeding bass.