When fishing from shore or a dock, cover the hook with your bait and try several different places. Try fishing around weeds, lily pads, brush and other panfish hangouts. Dunk the bait and move it around until you catch your first fish.
Where there is one, there usually are more. Keep trying different depths until you begin catching fish. Once you locate a school, you can catch enough for the whole crew. If you don’t catch fish within your immediate area, try casting out farther. Eventually, you will find the fish.
A flashlight is handy for locating different kinds of cover.If you’re using a bobber, drop the bait close to the edges of the cover and keep moving until you cross paths with your target.