Got permission to fish a pond in Robeson that I haven't fished in 30 years. Could only fish the bank; didn't want to push the issue with a boat quite yet, but it is a beautiful piece of darkwater with rumoured lunkers. Fished with NCTommy and we got 11 between the 2 of us in 2.5 hrs. Biggest was about 3lbs but we saw wakes pushing away from shore that looked like submarines were under there.
"Now I gotta figure out on which visit I pop the question. "Can I put my boat in?""
If it would make you feel more comfortable about asking, I'd show some appreciation first. Maybe stop by with a gift card for something the owner would be interested in and show them the fish pictures? Looks like a nice spot.