A eel is a very hearty bait. They feed on the eel. They wrestle with it.
The eel somewhat slithers, dangles in and out of the stripers mouth.
Once the eel is completely engulfed in the stripers mouth.
You‘ll notice a steady stream of line coming off the spool.
If you swing on the bump. It’s hit or miss. The odds are not
in your favor. You have to remember now the regs have changed.
It’s a IN-LINE CIRCLE HOOK
Reel tight on the inline circle hook
until you can’t wind or crank anymore. Now is the time to bury
the hook in the stripers face.
You might just want to drop the egg sinker on the eye of the hook.
You might want to adjust the distance from the eye with beads or
even a short 2-4” mono leader. You can put a squid skirt over the lead.
In between the beads without the skirt a clevis with a willow leaf spinner
leave the skirt on and instead place the clevis with a Colorado blade
over the skirt. Adjust the spinner with beads if needed.
I find that a inline circle hook with the lead dropped on the eye of the hook
works extremely well. Tied directly to the mainline. Nothing more, nothing less.