When fishing around old docks or bridge pilings, anglers make a common mistake of casting directly to the pilings or beneath the dock at angles instead of making parallel casts. This takes several casts to accomplish what can be done with one. Time is often money to a tournament angler, instead of a repeated cast that could spook the fish, invest in the time to position the boat for parallel casts alongside the dock.
This way your lure will be where the bass is a while longer. Cast past where you think the bass are lurking in the shade and retrieve the bait along the side of the structure. A wooden dock with plenty of cover and near deep water can be one of the best places to fish.
Tip provided by bass angler ~ Mark Bilbrey ~