“Finding the fish in their natural predator mode is always Plan A,” says Capt. Gene Quigley out of Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey. Problem is, Plan A isn’t always on the striper’s schedule. “I spend most of my day reading the bunker schools,” Quigley says. If he doesn’t find a surface party, he switches to live bunker. “Since I added a side-imaging sonar, I see bass hanging around the bait schools,” he says. With any luck, Quigley will have a baitwell full of bunker previously caught with a cast net. He rigs the bait on a 12/0 circle hook and casts into the school. If he doesn’t have live bait, he turns to snag-and-drop. Quigley ties on a weighted 12/0 treble hook and snags a bunker out of the school. Then he lets the bunker drop through the water to the striped bass feeding below. On the toughest days, when the bait holds deep and the bass are scattered, Quigley goes to trolling big spoons with lead-core line. “Trolling is the best way to cover a lot of water and put meat in the box,” he says. He uses 30-pound trolling tackle spooled with wire or lead-core line to pull a 12-inch, metal spoon. Recently, in addition to the spoons, he started pulling a heavy tandem parachute jig rig called a Mojo. With an 18- to 24-ounce jig on the bottom and an 8- to 12-ounce trailer, Quigley fishes the Mojo off the transom where they bounce along the bottom. “The spoons will be 300 to 350 feet from the boat, and the Mojos are directly below the boat,” he says.