It's very easy to get sidetracked by seconding guessing yourself. This cove looks nice. You could go way back up in a creek. But wait…you should probably try the dam first. Oh, but the wind is calmer over there. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. As you struggle with decisions, precious fishing time ticks away. The trick to overcoming this habit is simplifying and using the same cues that help you anticipate bass location and behavior on your home field when you're away. As an example, on an unfamiliar lake, it shouldn't take you more than five minutes to tell if there's vegetation. Then you ask yourself if the bass should be in that vegetation this time of year. If the answer is yes, here's what I would do. The first third of the day I'd drive around to find some good-looking grass. The second third I'd try to figure out which grass beds are holding any fish. The final third I'd find the best ways to get the most and/or biggest bass to bite in the best of those grass beds. Whether you're a pro or a weekend angler looking to maximize a Saturday by exploring a new lake, you make a plan based on what you know from your home water, you break it down, you apply to your current location, and you stick to it.