newbie to bass fishing

Hey yall, im new to bass fishing, ive attempted to catch bass for the past couple of years and im having no luck. I guess the main issue would be lack of knowledge on bass fishing baits, how to use them as well as locating them. I can catch them in ponds, but theres only one person letting me fish in their pond. Ive been trying lake fishing but Im just not doing something right. I dont have a boat so I have to bank fish. Any tips on baits that are fairly easy to use and help me catch a few bass would be appreciated. Also how to use the bait would be great along with helping me locate them. Sorry for so many needed tips but youtube bass tips keep costing me money and producing no fish. Thanks guys.