Much like "avg-joe", I've been fishing Austin and the surrounding area for years and I can easily say that within the past 3 years I may have caught 5 or 6 fish (not including perch). I'm 20 years old and I love to fish but I guess I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to fishing. I looked up the closest lake to my house and found a place called Old Settlers Park, so I took a drive over after work and found the lake, fished it for about an hour to an hour and a half but no bites, just a ton of weeds. I was fishing what looked like to be a good clear spot between a large tree and a small pier but like I said, no bites. If anyone could please let me know what type of lures to use or techniques I'm obviously not doing correctly. I love fishing but hate that I haven't caught in several months. What kind of bait do bass as catfish like? I know that bass like artificial worms and I've been using a "Texas Style" rig for the artificial worms but how do I reel them in? I hear adding a pause to reeling in artificial worms work? And are catfish really bottom feeders? Sorry for the huge post but thanks again.