Area bass hunters too often fall into a routine on fishing trips, and follow the same tactics time after time.
One problem that too many have is that they get hooked on wood, and fish it to the exclusion of all other types of structure. There's nothing wrong with fishing wood many times. Largemouths like fallen trees extending out into a lake, or stumps, logs, and drowned brush, and I've caught many a bass around them. If there's a problem it's that every bass angler knows wood is good, and they're going to hit any woody shoreline around.
I fished a lake a couple of years ago, got there at dawn, worked a very nice shoreline with lots of wood and picked up four bass on a worm and pig and jig. Then other anglers started launching their bass boats or small craft, and the first headed immediately for that shoreline. He might have caught one or two. Then another worked it, and another, and once I saw two boats waiting patiently for their turn to cover the stretch. They had to see all of the others that were there before them, but they were going to cast wood. Or else.
If you've fallen into that deep carved rut, I'd like to offer three words that will certainly improve your luck, "docks and rocks." I've been fishing a good sized private lake, about a hundred acres, for long years, and while I might try a downed tree or two along its length, eventually I head for a section of riprap shoreline a half mile or so from the launch ramp. The landowner there laid down an 80-yard section of pale gray limestone rocks along his shore to prevent erosion, and the rocks stretch out along the bottom for about five yards. More important, the water drops off very quickly to 10-foot depths off the riprap.