Re: big bait = big fish?
I have always understood it like this, And I dont know how accurate I really am:
Stripers school by size, this means that during migration, feeding and traveling that their cruise speed is relatively equal.
Fish will hit what they see in the water... and as far a I know Pogies, Macks, alewives, and other forage school by size as well.
So to catch a 25# on a 2" might just mean you found a 20-30# school chasing small herring or shad. and Vise versa.
The hitch comes in where they rest a little before heading up rivers to spawn, which can mean that schools intermingle. So the big fat boys try to expend less energy for a meal, so they stay low and quiet, picking up the leftovers from the rambunctious kids up above.
Maybe your jig sank faster than the big natural bait to get down to where the fat hogs were holding position?
As far as I'm concerned at this point, a fish is a fish. I won't be able to lay eyes on a striper until mid-late May... lucky sumbagun!