There’s something special about jet ski lifts. I consistently catch some of my biggest dock bass off of them and I can come up with two reasons to explain it: They hold heat and they’re different.
If you’re fishing in water below 60 degrees, heat plays a huge role in the behavior and positioning of bass. During this prespawn period they’re actively seeking warmer water and metal jet ski lifts attract and retain heat better than your generic wooden dock posts. Big females will snug up right next to the metal to warm their egg sacks in preparation for the spawn and they have an awfully tough time passing on a strategically placed jig or spinnerbait.
Also, these jet ski lifts are simply different. I’ll always remember Larry Nixon telling me several years ago, “If there’s anything different than the surrounding area, you’ll probably find a bass on it.”