Bluefish actually propagate the striper feeding frenzy, creating a natural chum slick and free food shower from above. Bass remain below, inhaling the falling chunks of bunker, picking off an easy meal with little effort. Injured bunker baits actually work better than fresh and lively bunker, so if a bluefish cuts off the back end or takes a chunk out of a hooked bait, simply let it fall below the bait school down to bass awaiting the easy pickins’. Most anglers bring in a treble-snagged bunker and rehook it on a size 10/0 circle hook, through the back behind the dorsal fin if the drift is slow, or through the lips for a quicker drift, on a sliding fish-finder rig. The circle hook allows for a surefire hook-set and an easy release on the fish. Bluefish strikes are herky-jerky, and the hook should be set quickly, but bass tend to play around with the bunker first, then run off at a steady pace. If you think it’s a bass on the other end, give it a five-count, and then engage the circle hook.