I'm not sure exactly which section to post this in, so I'll try here.
Until recently, I hadn't fished for 20 years or so. This summer I bought a boat and some fishing gear, and have been giving it my best. However, I'm finding that it's very hard to find help figuring out how to actually catch anything.
A couple weeks ago, a kind fella at fisherman's overheard me asking an employee for tips on bass fishing and gave me lots of advice, showing me how to rig up a drop shot among other things. A couple nights ago a buddy and I headed up the Willamette from Cathedral park, intending to cast around the mouth of the slough. We boated in around the pylons at the (concrete?) factory there, and right around first cast we heard a good toot, and saw a barge headed straight towards us. The tide was low and we couldn't really get in towards any "fishy" looking cover, so we headed across towards Sauvie island and found what appears to be a rotting dock extending 50 feet or so form the shore, for a few hundred yards.
The water was 5-15' around here, and seemed really bassy, so we set anchor and cast a line. CATCH! ... wait, no, pylon. Second cast, FISH within 15 seconds. However, I tied the line in really poorly and it came loose. We were getting lots of bumps but didn't bring anything in.
I was using a 3" Outlaw tube on a drop shot setup. Has anyone caught anything around there? I'm looking for any advice on how to actually hook anything. I got some bottom walkers, some spinners, some "sturgeon candy" and 20# test line going for some dinosaurs, but man I can't seem to catch anything.
Help? I really can't seem to find general advice anywhere in the web. seems like you gotta know somebody to really know what to do and where to go. All my knowledge was for Tennessee warm water fish... croppy, carp, and bass, and that was 20 years ago. This site has been helpful, but I still feel a little lost.
Any advice appreciated. I have a boat and live in N Portland if anyone wants to go fishing and teach me a thing or two.