Though I’ve moved to Maryland from Brooklyn I thought I’d still like to contribute. My wife wanted to take our kids to a park about a 2 months ago. Low and behold there is a lake off the park. I have you I had not fished all year. I saw quite a few individuals wetting a line and thought I’d come back.
The lake has a trail around it with ample places to cast from the bank. First couple of times I didn’t catch anything but hooked into some decent fish. I worked the whole lake over the next month. Fishing about 2 to 3 times a week. Discovering the shallow from the deep and the cover and structure. I would fish a jig just to feel what was down on the bottom and how deep it was. (Thanks Ronnie) Weeks went by before I finally broke the code on the where and when to fish certain areas. I caught more fish but nothing to talk about. I discovered productive points and lay downs and when to fish them. I also discovered you have to cast parallel to the shore if you are going to have any success from the bank. The lure stays in the strike zone longer.
Today I had my plan. Shallow side in the morning deep side as the sun came up. Fifteen minutes into the trip I hook ole girl you see there. No scale but it’s the biggest fish I’ve caught here since I moved. So I’m going to fish here another week or so and move and learn another lake. That’s where the real challenge is. Using what you’ve learned and applying it else where.
So fellas it takes time to know a body of water. Be patient and be mindful of your surroundings. We all can spot a point just looking at a body of water. The best tool isn’t in the tackle box but between your ears.