Sounds like your right on track. My buddy emmit (bunker Bob) brought his sweetwater skills to the salt and slayed em right out of the gate. I had freiken pnemonia shivering in the truck while he was yanking out 25 pounders one after the other in a clearing monsoon. We chunked bunker that night but I had to listen to him for a week tell me how many more fish he caught than I did.
The striper has a lot of traits in common with its sunfish cousin the largemouth bass. They are predators, relate to structure, like cover and point there noses to the current. Try to do a search using the search feature on top for sluggos and plugs. You'll read a ton of great info on these threads from Charlie A, Jonny Bolt, Zimno , the jigman, Boston Boy, Kkeevy, striper777 and many others on these topics. They seem to be the resident plug experts. I do some plugging as well but i call it clowning since I really only have a few seasons of saltwater plugging experience under my belt. There is nothing like a plug getting blasted out of the water only to get attacked again as it falls back on the water. Throwing an atom striper swiper is much the same as throwing a chug bug at a largie as is a mepps spinner to a larger tin. Except the water is usually much calmer the gear much bigger and the water much larger to cover. In salt you work the water colums the same way. The learning curve is in locating the fish. at least IMHO :dumb: Here is some lure basics.
Popping plugs or surface lures are most effective during low light conditions such as dawn or dusk.
Metal lures, such as Kastmasters or Hopkins are best during bright sunlight conditions.
Swimming lures, both shallow swimmers and deep divers work best during the day when fish are less likely to come to the surface to feed and at night when they are close to the bottom and less active.
Bucktail Jigs and eel lures like the sluggo and tube and worm take fish during both day and night. These should be worked along the bottom at an extremely slow retrieve even better when a piece of pork rind or squid strip is added to the hook.
Have fun and enjoy the site. I always enjoy seeing pictures of stripers. Hope to see many of yours.
You would want to use a swivel on spoons and spinning tins as well as metal lipped swimmers.