Re: How do stripers strike
Most of what I've read of the species, and my experience says the striped bass will try to strike head on OR attempt to turn the bait around in it's mouth. this being do to the fact that fish scales generally have one smooth direction, and a direction that will catch in ur throat.
If you think about it, eels can be 12" long and more, and they always seem to hit them head first. I'd say head first for active quarry. For crabs and chunks, and trash (I've seen them eat hot dog chunks), I think they just suck em any way. Another good reason to use circle hooks. Circle hooks are more of a pain to bait, but they do decrease mortality.