Re: Newbie - River Fishing for Striper - Dover, NH
Artificials will work but I'd also recommend bringing another (light action) pole for catching some bait. As long as the River herring are still running you can get them on sabikis or flutter hooks and put them right on a circle hook (5/O give or take). To keep them alive longer, hook them through the upper lip instead of the back/neck. Some people use balloons...I just live-line them but watch out...there's a lot of sunken crap at the bottom of the cocheco that they can get tangled in.
You should also just start talking to the guys who are down there all the time. They're usually pretty nice and might share some bait if they pity you enough.