Fishing worms, lizards, and finesse presentations usually mean slower retrieves and minor movements. These presentations are often associated with smaller and lighter lures which have one distinct advantage over heavy lures such as jigs and spinnerbaits; less splash and less noise.
Less noise can be a true advantage in certain situations, and if you’re fishing close to structure on a hot summer day, then your lure needs to enter the water as quiet as possible. Many anglers use casting methods such as “flipping” or “pitching”, and I highly recommend learning one of them to strengthen your game. The key to fishing docks is to not alarm the fish of your lures presence.
I approach all docks with my boat going into the wind because it’s much easier to control . No matter which side of the structure you are targeting, I have found that I catch most of my bass by casting at the end of the dock and working my way back towards shore, just like the picture below. Make sure to cast at least three times on each side; a matter of feet can make a big difference to a fish that’s not willing to travel for its meal. Your quiet approach (both boat and lure) will help keep these baits looking genuine. Call this strategy “don’t wanna make allota noisa”.
Fishing spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs around these docks are a completely different story. These lures make noise and vibrations, so they tend to be loud when hitting the water too. For these presentations, casting beyond the dock and retrieving it a foot or two from the structure is a great way to keep your lure looking authentic. Call this strategy “wreak havoc on thy neighbor”.
Noise above the water may not necessarily spook the fish into hiding, but noise underneath the water is like your alarm clock going off at four in the morning. No matter what lure you decide to throw, make sure to keep these two tips in mind, and I can almost guarantee that your success rate will increase with time and practice.