I see people talking of bringing in catches of 20, 30, 40 or more bluegill, or big stringers of cats or crappie and I generally manage to get a couple of modest sized bluegill. I've tried a number of different places--at least where I can get access (lots of small ponds or streams that aren't "navigable" on private property here so that's a no-go without permission and I don't know any of these people, no more do they know me). I've tried a number of different baits and lures (nightcrawlers, red wigglers, waxworms, small spoons and spinners, plastic grubs on jig heads, and so on) and had the best luck, such as it is, with bits of nightcrawler on a #6 or #8 hook. I don't have a boat, nor a place to park one if I could afford to buy one so I'm limited to the shore. A large portion of this also is that my daughter (5) likes to go fishing with daddy so extended hiking or really long drives are out as well (my wife doesn't go, so having my daughter get bored in the car on a long drive with only one parent along can turn a pleasant trip into a nightmare). Is there something I may be missing here, or doing wrong, or do the above constraints mean that I am doomed to pitiful catches?