If you look at the dock in the photo, I bet you think it looks juicy all around. But ask yourself where the biggest bass holding this structure is likely to sit, then remember that a good dock provides the right mix bass vulnerability (are they a relatively easy spot to reach?) and angler ability (can your skills get a bait where it needs to go?). To that point, the optimal height of the platform above the water gets less credit than it’s due. The super-low platforms are awesome because they provide a ton of cover, and ultimately harbor more giants. The problem is that it’s tough to get a bait to the bass under them, and could be even tougher to get the big dude out if you do somehow hook it. On the flip side, higher docks provide less shade and are easy to cast a lure under, but they also tend to hold more mediocre-size, non-dominant, transient bass.