Nice points you describe here.Hi, Welcome to the forum. I use a fish finder rig when fishing fresh cut bait for stripers. I also live line a live small spot on this rig. Frozen bait turns to mush fast in the surf. I mostly cast plugs for stripers at inlets, pockets alongside inlets. Eels I only cast at night from the rocks at inlets. Get John Skinners book on striper fishing, it covers it all. I never, at least were I fish have caght stripers on Eels from the surf. The big boys like rough surf. But I have caught stripers to 28" to 34" on fish bite blood worms while fishing for Whiting, and spot. Just watch and be safe wading out to cast and reach the sand bar if there is any. Learn how to read the beach. Tight lines.