There's a few new members on the site will be looking for their first bass this coming season. They will find themselves in a similar situation as many of us were in a year or maybe 2 year ago, i.e. where the bloody hell do you start ? When I first asked questions about bass fishing on this forum I was met by a wall of silence, behind the scenes I got a lot of help and information and was guided to my first bass on a lure within a few months. Obviously I don't want you all to stick up your best bass marks, but some guidance on techniques would be useful. Some things that maybe need answering are : What time of year do I start trying ? Should I start soon or do I run the risk of sickening myself off before the real action begins ? Should I cast or Troll my plugs ? and why should I choose one over the other ? What is trolling ? Do I paddle fast or slow when trolling ? Does it matter if I use surface plugs in deeper areas or should I buy deep divers. What depth of water should I fish ? Do I try close to shore or a mile to sea ?